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Skiing in France

Ski holidays in France

Brits love to ski France. We book here more than any other country and it’s not hard to see why. The mountains are easy

to reach by road, rail or plane and the selection of resorts is vast. Ancient alpine villages, modern ski towns and the most varied skiing in Europe, if not the world. Food is unrivalled – once you’ve had a tartiflette you won’t look back!

"Top Ten Best" French resort lists

List of all French ski resorts

Buckets of off piste and an incredible terrain park make this a freeriding and freestyling paradise - combine this wi...more ‣

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Highlights Glacier Skiing Awesome Après Ski 300 days of sunshine

A charmingly quirky resort that’s a top ski destination for families and particularly popular for snowboarders, Avor...more ‣

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Highlights Recent €200 million improvement Top snowboarding destination 650km interconnected pistes

One of the oldest, greatest spa towns in the Pyrenees branched out into ski tourism in the 50's and hasn’t looked ba...more ‣

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Highlights Historic spa town 3 linked ski areas French & Spanish cuisine

Looking for a way to ski on a shoestring? Then look no further, because Brides Les Bains is a fantastic location to ...more ‣

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Highlights Exceptional value Traditional French village Central access to 3 Valleys ski area

As the global capital of winter sports, Chamonix’s history, skiing and scenery make it a true alpine legend. Every s...more ‣

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Highlights traditional mountain resort varied, high altitude terrain incredible panoramic views

Attractive, traditional and oozing style, Courchevel ticks all the boxes for a first class ski holiday. With masses o...more ‣

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Highlights 5 star luxury resort Vast 3 Valleys Traditional chocolate box villages & chalets Lots of ski in/ski out

Part of the Grand Massif and fondly known as the “big snowy bowl”, Flaine was purposely plonked on the mountain for...more ‣

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Highlights All round resort 265km well-groomed pistes Ski in/ski out accommodation

Small, chic and beautifully picturesque, La Clusaz is a charming alpine village in the heart of the Aravis Massif. Wi...more ‣

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Highlights Famille Plus label Beautiful hidden gem resort Events on throughout the season

A fabulous all-rounder: ski the Paradiski’s wonderful mix of tree-lined trails, knee-deep off piste and wide open cr...more ‣

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Highlights Paradiski Ski Area Bobsledding High Altitude Skiing

A quiet French resort giving snow lovers access to not one but two countries! Hop between French La Rosière and Ital...more ‣

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Highlights Off piste snow cross Ski France & Italy Famille Plus label resort

The charming little village is a modest, family-friendly gem of the Three Valleys. With excellent access to the world...more ‣

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Highlights Village charm Laid-back atmosphere Part of the massive 3 Valleys

Gobsmacking views of Mont Blanc aren’t the only bonus of the glacier - this ‘upside down’ ski resort is one of the...more ‣

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Highlights Glacier Skiing Awesome après Loads to do

Host of the fastest downhill run in history, part of the magnificent Paradiski and the self-professed “home of snowb...more ‣

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Highlights Paradiski Ski Area Famille Plus Montagne label High Altitude Skiing

A beautiful village full of rustic Savoyard charm, Les Gets sits between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, with not only st...more ‣

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Highlights Connected to the whole Porte du Soleil region Famille Plus Resort – amazing facilities Lots to do off the slopes

Sometimes grouped with the Chamonix ski area, sometimes seen as a resort of its own standing… Either way, the views ...more ‣

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Highlights Chamonix valley resort World cup host Tree-lined pistes

Couples, groups and families alike have a brilliant time here as one of the cheaper destinations in the 3 Valleys wit...more ‣

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Highlights Value 3 Valleys resort Outstanding skiing opportunities Loads for non-skiers

When it comes to the world’s ski resorts, Megeve is one of the classics, complete with a medieval village square and...more ‣

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Highlights Gorgeous alpine village Large linked ski area

Meribel has a special place in many Brit's hearts – not simply because it’s right in the middle of the biggest ski ...more ‣

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Highlights 3 Valleys ski area Excellent ski schools Lively après ski

Small, traditional and full of charm, this friendly town is ideal for a relaxed retreat to the slopes with family and...more ‣

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Highlights Quiet family resort Part of Italian Milky Way Traditional Alpine charm

Morzine ski holidays ooze traditional Savoyard charm. With a variety of terrain in the huge 650km Portes du Soleil ar...more ‣

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Highlights Family ski destination Traditional Savoyard charm 650km interconnected pistes

This old mountain village is a real charmer – evidence of historic stonemasonry lines the streets and squares and wi...more ‣

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Highlights "Ville Fleurie" awarded village Ski the Grand Massif Short transfers

You get those hulking ski resort titans, and then there’s Serre Chevalier: a group of smaller villages that just hap...more ‣

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Highlights Excellent snow Large ski area Scenery & character

Tignes is somewhere you can ski longer, higher and further than most other resorts in the Alps. Owing its snow-reliab...more ‣

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Highlights Espace Killy ski area Fantastic après ski High altitude skiing

Ski never-ending pistes and powder, ogle at colossal peaks and cosy Savoie architecture, then end the day with some o...more ‣

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Highlights ½ of Espace Killy Fantastic après Traditional chocolate box village Skiable glacier

This is Europe's highest resort, with incredible views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps and fantastic connection...more ‣

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Highlights Highest resort in Europe Top of the world's biggest interlinked ski area Foodie Favourite Off-slope activities galore

Traditional in every sense of the word, bask in the calm and tranquillity of this mountain village in the French Alps...more ‣

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Highlights Snowparks and boardercrosses for all levels Hidden gem in the French Alps Lots on at Christmas and Easter

Most popular ski resorts in France

The opportunity of soaking up the alpine way of life makes proper mountain towns like Chamonix and gorgeous mountain villages like Megeve feature on many a ski bucket list. It’s the glamorous side of skiing that brings the hordes to Courchevel, world renowned for its elite clientele, designer boutiques and top notch accommodation. If convenience is the key, you can’t beat the hassle-free nature that attracts snow lovers by the dozen to purpose built resorts like Val Thorens– they’re higher in the mountains and access to the slopes is a no brainer.

With the mountains being so easy to get to and resorts that pull out all stops to keep children entertained, it’s no surprise France is so popular with families. Look out for the French Ministry of Tourism’s “Famille Plus Montagne” label, awarded to the best family resorts - Morzine and Les Gets are two firm favourites. Groups planning to party are rarely disappointed with the après ski offerings in the bigger towns– you can’t talk about the après in France without mentioning the legendary Folie Douce – originally in Val d’Isere and now also in Val Thorens and Meribel.

At the end of the day it’s the skiing you’re here for, which is why anywhere with a massive ski area is an easy favourite. You won’t have to ski the same slope twice in the 3 Valleys, the world’s biggest linked ski area, where you’ll find big names like Meribel and Courchevel. Sizeable ski areas don’t stop here – Tignes and Val d’Isere share the Espace Killy, Paradiski can be skied from La Plagne and Les Arcs and Portes du Soleil connects Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz. The presence of a skiable glacier seals the deal when it comes to the best resorts, which puts snow sure Val Thorens, Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les 2 Alpes high up on the leaderboard.


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