Campervan tours in the south of France in Winter

Written by on October 11, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Ski, Tours in France

It’s entirely possible to enjoy sun in the morning and snow in the afternoon in the far south of France says Andrew Cook of Cookies Campers. He shares his top tips for a sun/ski winter combo break on the Cote d’Azur, just 90 minutes drive from Nice.

It’s Nice to have both worlds

Cookies Campers are based in Antibes and owner Andrew Cook is a bit of an expert on the area. “Sure Spring, Summer and Autumn are perfect seasons for touring in a campervan in this lovely part of France” he says. “But many people miss out on a great winter break as they’re simply not aware of all this area has to offer out of season”.

It’s perfectly possible to have breakfast in Nice on a sunny day and then drive to the ski slopes for a day’s skiing in the winter months. Auron, just 90 minutes away, has oodles of authenticity and the charm of a genuine mountain village with a rich cultural heritage. The Auron resort (1600m) is set over 4 ski areas that stretch over 135 km of marked-out slopes. Isola ski resort is also around 90 minutes drive from Nice. More modern, it stretches for more than 2000 hectares and nestles in a valley which guarantees snow in winter. Skiing, snowboarding, heliskiing, snowmobiles, ice skating and snowshoe hiking are all on offer. “Park up near the snow instead of coming back to the town after a day on the pistes” says Andrew. “Some campsites are open all year round, we’re always happy to make specific recommendations.” he adds.

Read Andrew’s tips for some of the best ski resorts close to Nice and the Cote d’Azur.

A bit of winter sun

In the early 20th century, the rich, famous and royalty holidayed on the Cote d’Azur during the winter months. It’s said that only one day in six from December to March is a rainy day, the rest of the time it’s blazing sun. Unlike those early holiday makers, these days the area gets a fraction of the visitors in the winter compared to summer so it’s a great time to go.

“Some people might think it crazy to stay in a campervan in winter” says Andrew “but with a top of the range brand new vehicle like ours, it’s not crazy at all! We supply snow tyres and chains if need be. Auxiliary heating can be programmed so the van will be toasty warm when you return from a big day on the slopes. We also supply an extra thermal cover for the windows and for the pop top roof. You’ll be cosy and comfy and it means you have the freedom of the road and you can really get to see this area in all its winter glory. Enjoy the sun, the snow, the lack of tourists, fabulous winter menus, and the chance to get to know the local life out of season when the locals are a bit more relaxed”.

If you hanker after winter sun, ski fun and a freedom of the road break in the south of France head on over to Cookies Campers website for more details about hiring a glampervan.

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