Skiing 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 ski resorts of France, 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 resorts 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, Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne, Méribel, Courchevel, Morzine or Avoriaz 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.
8 fantastic french ski resorts...
Our selected French ski resorts range in altitude from 1450 to 2000m. Whether you choose to ski in the 3 Valleys, Portes Du Soleil, Paradiski, Val d'Isere-Tignes or Rousses Massif 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 call us on 02088751957
There are few places to rival Alpe d’Huez and its Massif des Grandes Rousses for the extent and variety of terrain. We have seven chalets in Alpe d’Huez, all ski in ski out and with hot tub and sauna. The resort has a fabulous high setting on a sunny plateau, offering splendid views to the Southern Alps and pretty Sarenna Gorge from Pic Blanc. Read more about skiing in Alpe d'Huez.
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 8 chalets and three penthouse chalet-apartments in Avoriaz. Read more about skiing in Avoriaz.
Hailed as one of the finest resorts in the Three Valleys, Courchevel was purpose built shortly after the Second World War. Although purpose built, the resort maintains a traditional village feel within a fantastic high location, exceptional snow-making facilities which usually guarantees good snow. Read more about skiing in Courchevel.
With 225km of its own slopes, La Plagne is an intermediates paradise, even if you don’t use the link to Les Arcs. It also has some amazing off-piste terrain to challenge the advances skier or snowboarder. La Plagne consists of ten separate villages, our 5 chalets are all on the piste and next to the lifts in Plagne Centre, perched at 2000m in the very heart of the ski domain. Read more about skiing in La Plagne.
A loyal band of regular visitors just love Meribel, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s in the centre of the biggest linked lift network in the world, with an impressive lift system, it boasts pleasant chalet-style architecture; and it has a very lively après ski scene. We have 9 chalets in Meribel so you can enjoy all the Three Valleys has to offer. Read more about skiing in Meribel.
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 6 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 23 chalets in Val d’Isere this is our most popular resort with returning VIP SKI Clients. Read more about skiing in Val d'Isere.
Please contact Louise, Jonnie, Andy, Katie, Libby or Ben if you have any questions.
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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
ALPE D'HUEZ - BEST FOR...activities in resort, short transfers and nursery-slope-side location.
LA PLAGNE - 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.