Attractive, traditional and oozing style, Courchevel ticks all the boxes for a first class ski holiday. With masses o...more ‣
Highlights • Luxury resort• 3 Valleys ski area• Traditional chocolate box villages & chalets• Lots of ski-in ski-out
A beautiful village full of rustic Savoyard charm, Les Gets sits between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, with not only st...more ‣
Highlights • Connected to Portes du Soleil• Famille Plus Resort• Lots to do off the slopes• Pretty village
This is Europe's highest resort, with incredible views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps and fantastic connection...more ‣
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 ‣
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 ‣
Highlights • Snowparks and boardercrosses for all levels• Hidden gem in the French Alps• Lots on at Christmas and Easter
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.
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:
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.
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.
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Chalet Hotel Le Savoie||Val d'Isere||£ 1289|
|Chalet L'Ancolie||Meribel & Mottaret||£ 929|
|Chalet Le Cedre Blanc||Meribel & Mottaret||£ 929|
|Alpen Lodge Hotel & Spa||La Rosiere||£ 1137|
|Chalet Estrella||Courchevel||£ 920|
|Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Chalet Apartment||Samoens||£ 3073|
|Chalet Campanula||La Plagne||£ 1109|
|Chalet Benoite||La Plagne||£ 997|
|Chalet Le Marjorie||Les Gets||£ 709|
|Hotel au Coeur du Village||La Clusaz||£ 1309|