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French Ski Resorts

Ski holidays in France

Brits love skiing in France and it doesn’t take long to see why… The French Alps are easy to reach by road, rail or plane and ski resorts come in every shape and size from ancient alpine villages to modern ski towns.

The country has more ski lifts than anywhere else in the world, serving a stonking variety of terrain for all skiers and snowboarders. Then there’s the dining side of things – with Michelin-starred mountain restaurants and hearty dishes like tartiflette, this nation will satisfy you’re hunger for food as well as snow.

"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 Top family destination Great for snowboarders 650km interconnected pistes

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 High altitude terrain Incredible panoramic views

Up on the Franco-Swiss border in the Chablais region (a UNESCO Global Geopark), Châtel’s a pretty mountain village ...more ‣

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Highlights Portes du Soleil area Traditional village

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 Luxury resort 3 Valleys ski area Traditional chocolate box villages & chalets Lots of ski-in ski-out

Part of the Grand Massif ski area, Flaine was purposely built on the mountain for direct access to some of the greate...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 Large ski area Ski-in ski-out accommodation 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

Spectacular 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 Top après Lots of activities

One half of the magnificent Paradiski, Les Arcs has well earned its reputation as one of the best ski destinations in...more ‣

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Highlights Paradiski ski area Ski-in ski-out High altitude skiing

With easy access to the glorious Grand Massif, lots on for children and pretty alpine architecture to boot, Les Carro...more ‣

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Highlights Linked with Flaine in the Grand Massif Famille Plus resort Tree-lined 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 Portes du Soleil Famille Plus Resort Lots to do off the slopes Pretty village

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 3 Valley ski area 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 ski area Lots of off-slope activities

Valloire: a humble resort that nurtures and takes care of its skiers and surroundings alike. Follow in the footsteps ...more ‣

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Highlights Quiet ski resort Traditional village charm Snowparks for all abilities 70% ski area above 2000m

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.

France ski resorts FAQ:

Winter sports enthusiasts have flocked to Chamonix for more than a century, and it's not hard to see why with its world-class ski terrain, the spectacular setting of Mont Blanc and it's beautiful Savoyard charm. There’s truly something for everyone in France - from the most relaxed cruiser to dedicated powder hounds and everyone in between.

There are over 250 ski resorts in France.

French skiing is predominantly in the Alps with a smattering of resorts in the Pyrenees. Boasting world-renowned ski areas and resorts such as:

We recommend higher resorts (1800m- 2000m + in height) or resorts with glacier skiing for early season. If you are looking to get away over Christmas or New Year, most resorts run events over the festive period. Look out for Christmas markets, winter forests, Santa visits, firework displays and New Years parties.

January’s a wonderful time to hit the French slopes. It’s just after the holiday rush, before the February half terms and with great snow conditions. Meribel is a fantastic option for skiing in January with access across the 3 Valleys ski area, varied terrain and a fun apres scene. Be wary of the temperature though in January - resorts like Val Thorens average high temperature in January is only -4 °C.

Skiing is busier in February with the UK Half Term and French school holidays. While smaller resorts may see less footfall, modernised resorts with high capacity lift systems will get the queues moving swiftly too. Some chairlifts like Les Colosses in La Plagne move over 4000 people an hour! Val d’Isère has a great feel, even over Half Term, and Flaine is a smaller resort but an easy journey from the airport.

March skiing is fantastic in France. Arguably the best time to ski with snow falling regularly and the burgeoning sun in the afternoon. Our favourite ski resorts for March are:

  • Val d’Isere and Tignes let you take advantage of the sun coupling great high-altitude snow conditions with lots of north-facing slopes.
  • La Plagne and Les Arcs are a great option too, even though some villages get more sun than others. Our pick would be Arc 1950 or 2000.
  • You can’t go wrong with the 3 Valleys either- especially Val Thorens where the village is at 2300m.

Skiing in April has been great over the last few seasons with fresh powder falling well into the month. Picking a high or glacial resort will be the safest bet at the end of the season. Opt for snow-sure resorts like Tignes, Val D’Isere, Val Thorens, Alpe D’Huez and Les Deux Alpes. Yes, the pistes can get a little slushy in the afternoon, but that’s just a great excuse to enjoy sunny apres!

Resorts with lots of gentle green and cruisy blue runs are the best fit, and you won’t need hundreds of kilometres of runs if it’s your first time. La Plagne tops of most people’s lists with its accessible terrain and dedicated learner areas. Still, Les Deux Alpes is a great ‘upside-down’ resort where even beginners can ski from the very top of the glacier! France also boasts an abundance of great ski schools such as ESF, New Generation and Oxygene.

Resorts that have a transfer time of less than 90 minutes from the airport include:

Val d’Isère is known for its vibrant après-ski. Head to La Folie Douce for a full-energy, dancing-on-tables vibe, Cocorico for terrace views and smashing DJ sets or Dick’s Tea Bar if you’re in search of some live music. Read lots more on our après-ski in France page.

France has many snow-sure resorts. High-altutide resorts with the best snow conditions are:

With no shortage of champagne bars, more Michelin star restaurants than any other ski resort on earth, fashion boutiques and five-star hotels, Courchevel is the most luxury ski resort in France.

There are a fantastic choice of family-friendly ski resorts in France offering brilliant ski schools, beginner ski areas and accommodations with childcare options. Here are our favourites:

Courchevel is a truly stylish treat for you and your other half – with luxury hotels and chalets, gourmet restaurants, champagne bars, boutiques and jewellery shops. The skiing is fabulous too, with access to the whole 3 valleys area.

Megeve is a delightful medieval mountain town with scenic views of the Mont Blanc massif. See our prettiest resorts in France page to read about our other favourite good-looking French resorts.


If you’re an avid Winter Olympics fan, read all about them on our best Olympic ski resorts page.

Yes – though it’s not the law, you rarely see people skiing or snowboarding without helmets these days, and most ski schools will only teach kids if they have a helmet. It’s important that it’s a proper ski helmet and not a cycling or horse riding one, as they’re designed differently. Our Mountain Safety page gives more advice about staying safe on the pistes.

Green, blue, red and black – from easiest to the most difficult. See our pistes information page for more detail.

Which are the best France ski holidays?

Property Resort Price (per person)
Village Montana Suites Tignes £ 1019
Hotel Avenue Lodge Val d'Isere £ 1069
Hotel Daria-I Nor Alpe d'Huez £ 1169
Chalet Carmen Tignes £ 243
Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Chalet Apartment Samoens £ 2717
Hotel Koh-I Nor Val Thorens £ 1745
Chalet Annina Tignes £ 269
Chalet Chamois Volant Les Deux Alpes £ 567
Chalet Giorgio Tignes £ 659
Chalet Escamillo Tignes £ 596

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