Les 7 Laux, France

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Les 7 Laux isn't lauxing in powder... Photo: Alexandre Lombard.
Les 7 Laux isn’t lauxing in powder… Photo: Alexandre Lombard.

The mountains surrounding Grenoble have plenty of well-known resorts – Alp d’Huez and Les Deux Alpes to name but two – but even closer to the French city are some lesser-known spots which can offer more imaginitive snowboarders as good a time as their bigger-named brethren, but with a more low-key vibe.

Take the resort of Les 7 Laux. As the birthplace of the renowned HO5 shaping crew it’s safe to say that the freestyle terrain of this resort is well above par – with four zones catering for everyone from freestyle rookies to hard charging pros plus a dedicated lift you can be sure that, whatever your level, this French resort’s park will cater to your needs. The fact that it is located at 1800 metres means the hits will stay good till late in the season, too.

In terms of general cruising, there is 120km of runs to explore and if it dumps there are plenty of steep faces to charge that are accessible from the lifts or with a short hike, but bear in mind that tree runs are limited. When your day is done there are a few decent watering holes to choose from – try the Saloon for booze or La Sierra for food – and if they don’t cut it you can always try your luck in le big smoke of Grenoble; it’s not even an hour’s drive away.

Flights to Grenoble from British Airways start from just £45 one way

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