Travel: Halfway to heaven in the French Alps

A bout of Covid over Christmas gave Nadine O’Regan an excuse to try out skiing in one of the most magical parts of the French Alps

Montriond in the French Alps is a fairyland of ice, evergreens shivering in the sunlight and the peaceful silence that everything being clad in snow brings

Like seemingly half the country, my husband and I got Covid-19 – happily, the milder Omicron variant – just before Christmas. We spent Christmas Day isolating at home, eating dinner dropped to our door by our mask-wearing relatives, and completing Netflix.

With that at our backs, and eager to capitalise on our temporarily Covid-proof immune systems, we decided a trip to the French Alps was just what we needed to get over the hump of ...