Luxury ski holidays in France
Considering France for your next ski holiday? Over one third of British skiers and snowboarder’s choose France for their annual skiing holiday, almost double the number who go to Austria, the 2nd most popular country for skiing. It’s not difficult to see what attracts us to the French ski resorts, the country has the biggest lift and piste network in the world. Most of these big ski areas are also at high altitude, ensuring high quality snow conditions and a long season.
One drawback to French ski holidays is the monstrous architecture of some of the purpose-built resorts, they may not be easy on the eye but they do provide amazing skiing. Not all of them should be tagged in this category, there are genuinely old mountain villages and indeed big bustling towns that you can visit and of course, French resorts are renowned for offering some simply fantastic skiing.
Best ski resorts in France
Your ski week is precious; you may book it months in advance, so you’ll want to be sure of the snow. Whether you choose Val d’Isère, Arc 1950, Morzine, Les Gets or Avoriaz for your France ski holiday we can guarantee serious altitude, acres of snow cannons and world-class facilities, not to mention more ski miles than most of us could ever cover in a week.
5 fantastic French ski resorts...
Our selected French ski resorts range in altitude from 1450 to 2000m. Whether you choose to ski in the Portes Du Soleil, Paradiski or Val d'Isere-Tignes you are sure to have a wonderful time, with unbeatable skiing for timid beginners or absolute experts.
If you still need help choosing which resort is best for you, please give us a call and the team will be happy to chat through the options.
Avoriaz is the ‘ski to and from the door’ purpose-built resort on the French side of the big Portes du Soleil ski area. Of the purpose built resorts thrown up in the 1960s, Avoriaz is one of the better designed – genuinely convenient, completely car free and visually striking rather than offensive. We have 7 chalets/apartments in Avoriaz. Read more about skiing in Avoriaz.
Morzine is a long established year-round resort, popular for its short airport transfer, traditional atmosphere and gentle wooded slopes. The village ambience tends to be quiet, but there is plenty of après ski action for those so inclined. We have 5 chalets in Morzine sleeping from 4 to 16 guests. Read more about skiing in Morzine.
Val d’Isere is one of the fabulous high mega-resorts, particularly (though not only) for experts. For a high Alpine resort, the town is attractive and very lively at night. For a combination of seriously impressive skiing and captivating village ambience, there aren’t many places we’d rather go. With 17 chalets in Val d’Isere this is our most popular resort with returning VIP SKI Clients. Read more about skiing in Val d'Isere.
The charming, traditional neighbour of the better known Morzine, Les Gets is a wonderful resort with access to the massive Portes du Soleil ski area. The resort centre is a delightful mix of cobbled streets, piste side bars and traffic free retail therapy. A traditional dairy farming village at heart and a community that dates back to the 12th century, most buildings conform to the “chocolate box” vision of an Alpine ski resort. Read more about Les Gets ski holidays.
Arc 1950 is a high altitude, snow sure resort with a village feel and a good selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops. With its snowy pedestrianised streets you can literally ski right into the heart of the village. It offers an ideal base for beginners and experts alike to explore Les Arcs and the wider Paradiski area.
Best French ski resorts for families
It’s tricky to pick the ‘best family ski resort’ as we understand children differ, parents differ, and the requirements of both change over time, especially as the children get older and become more competent skiers, however we have come up with a list to make deciding a little easier.
Here's our 'best for...' shortlist
- ARC 1950 - BEST FOR...economical family bunk rooms and the slopes and ski school being directly outside.
- MORZINE - BEST FOR...short transfer and lower altitude for young babies.
- VAL D'ISERE - BEST FOR...Ski school. We have a very good relationship with Oxygene ski school and know the instructors well.