France has an impressive and well-deserved reputation when it comes to skiing. Vast ski areas at high altitude, awe-inspiring views and an extensive choice of resorts have all made ski holidays in France ever popular. The diversity of French ski resorts means that there is something for all tastes whether you prefer a traditional mountain village such as Megeve or a purpose-built resort like Val Thorens. And with many French ski resorts inter-connecting, France is also home to some of the world’s largest linked ski areas such as the Three Valleys and the Espace Killy, which offer world-class skiing to suit all levels.
Good flight links from the UK to airports such as Geneva, Chambery and Grenoble, make it incredibly easy to access numerous French ski resorts. Or for those who prefer alternative modes of transport, the Eurostar ski train also takes you directly into the French Alps.
Why we love France
- Some of the largest linked ski areas in the world - hundreds of kilometres of pistes.
- Diverse ski resorts from purpose built towns to traditional mountain villages.
- Fantastic snow records and high altitude glaciers.
- Some resorts have longer transfer times than their European counterparts.
- Resorts can get crowded during the school holidays.
- The major resorts can be expensive on the mountains.
Our favourite resorts
Best for lively après ski - Chamonix has a buzzy metropolitan atmosphere whilst Val Thorens, Meribel and Val d'Isere host flamboyant slopeside parties at la Folie Douce.
Best for short transfers - Chamonix, Megeve, Morzine and Avoriaz all have transfer times under 1 hour 40 minutes; you can get to ski on your arrival/departure days.
Best for beginners - Courchevel has some great learning terrain, Megeve is full of blues and you don't even need a lift pass for the magic carpets in Val Thorens.
Best for intermediates - Meribel opens up the three valleys for improving skiers whilst in Les Arcs or Morzine/Avoriaz the slopes are made for cruising around all day.
Best for the adventurous - Chamonix is the mountaineering capital and deservedly so with off-piste runs such as the Vallee Blanche. Tignes and Val d'Isere also have their fair share of steeps.
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