Ski holidays in France are more popular among British ski holiday makers than anywhere else in the world. From incredible long-lasting snow coverage and easy access from the UK, to the glorious cheese and wine, there’s ample reason to choose a French ski resort this winter.
France has been a skiing hotspot since the 1960s thanks to its high-altitude resorts that guarantee great snow conditions. Take your pick from dozens of destinations which cater to all kinds of group sizes, skiing abilities and off-piste interests.
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Combining an average of 300 days of sunshine a year with ace snow conditions, Alpe d’Huez is unsurprisingly a very popular choice for a ski break. The resort hosts the longest black run in Europe – the 16km Sarenne - yet it’s also great for beginners and family groups thanks to gentle pistes near the mountain’s base.
Made up of four resorts at varying altitudes, Les Arcs in Paradiski is another ski area that offers something for everyone. It was largely built in the 1970s so expect plenty of unique architecture, plus you’ll also find a wide range of bars, restaurants and clubs ideal for after dark activities.
All about that ski-in, ski-out resort experience? Avoriaz couldn’t be more convenient due to its modern accommodation that’s been built right on the slopes. Part of the Portes du Soleil ski region, it sits at 1800m and boasts over 200 pistes suitable for both beginners and skilled skiers.
Lesser known La Clusaz in the Haute Savoie may not be as big or high up as other French ski destinations, but it’s an ideal resort for those after a less hectic ski holiday. Foodies will love its range of charmingly authentic restaurants and weekly farmer’s market, while novice skiers will appreciate the fact that over half of the pistes are blue or green runs.
It’s hard not to think of Courchevel when someone mentions skiing in France. One of the oldest resorts in the country, it’s also among the most glamorous (and most expensive) thanks to picture-perfect slopes, first class accommodation, extensive après options and plenty of relaxing wellness activities. You’ll find Courchevel in Les Trois Vallées and only 24km from Moutiers.
As one of France’s most snow-sure resorts, Les Deux Alpes is always a popular pick for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Keen to party after a day on the pistes? Les Deux Alpes has over 30 different bars to choose from and even kicks off each ski season with Rise, an annual electronic music and snow sports festival.
Those hoping to book a short ski break should bear Flaine in mind. Recent improvements to this resort’s facilities have helped put it on the map and it’s the best place to ski in the Grand Massif. Make the most of Flaine’s 142 runs and enjoy the convenience of ski-in, ski-out accommodation.
If you like your ski slopes to be less busy, definitely consider a cheap ski holiday in France to La Rosière. Located in Espace San Bernardo, it’s got a nice range of south-facing slopes, including nursery ones for kids. You’ll also find a couple of British-run ski schools.
Found just west of the Vanoise National Park, the Three Valleys (or Les Trois Vallées) is possibly one of the most famous ski regions not just in France, but the world. Thanks to being blessed by high altitudes and nearly 600km of incredible pistes, it’s where you’ll find top French ski resorts like Courchevel, Val Thorens and Méribel.
This epic ski region is sandwiched between Lake Geneva and the iconic peaks of Mont Blanc. Being within easy reach of Geneva airport makes it a prime location for ski weekends, plus there’s myriad ski runs for all abilities. While five Portes du Soleil resorts are situated across the border in Switzerland, you’ll discover seven in France, including Morzine and Avoriaz.
Whether you’re after a challenge or you’re a complete newbie to skiing, Espace Killy is a great shout. The region boasts over 150 pistes, plus you’ll find several rustic eateries and bars on the slopes if you want a more traditional Alpine experience. Espace Killy is additionally the home of the legendary Val d’Isère resort, one of the most glamorous ski destinations in Europe, and Tignes, a prime spot for pro skiers.
Located slap-bang in the middle of the Alps, Paradiski has been a popular snow sports area for decades thanks to Les Arcs’ and La Plagne’s mix of picturesque pistes for novices and experienced skiers. Since 2003, the two French resorts have been linked by cable car, meaning you can take your pick of both sets of runs on one trip.
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Like your ski trips to be more about the after party than the main event? You’ll find no shortage of ski resorts in France with a great après scene. Val d’Isère is home to the original Folie Douce bar – think wild parties right on the slopes - while Val Thorens gives you the chance to dance the night away at Malaysia, the highest club in France.
Family ski holidays in France should definitely be on your agenda if you’ve got kids who are keen to test out their snow skills. For a wide range of green runs and top-class ski schools, check out Méribel or Courchevel. You’ll also find a hatful of other French resorts, including Les Arcs, Avoriaz, La Plagne and La Rosière that offer up catered chalets ideal for family groups.
Corporate retreat or stag/hen do on the horizon? You’ll find plenty of resorts in France that’ll not only cater to larger parties, but also be the perfect match if you all have different skiing capabilities. For the ideal balance of exciting runs, easy access and lively après, plan a ski trip to Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Val d’Isère or Tignes.
Never strapped on a pair of skis before? Snow problem! You’ll find fantastic ski schools and a range of easy runs at resorts like La Plagne with its gentle slopes, lesser-visited La Rosière that’s great for quieter getaways, and Alpe d’Huez which has one of the largest nursery areas in France.
For the best snow conditions and the most insane range of pistes imaginable, you can’t go wrong with France’s higher altitude resorts like Val Thorens and Les Arcs. Some even offer up all-year-round skiing opportunities if you’d rather book your France ski holiday off-season.
If you’ve only got a few days to play with, never fear as France is still a great spot for a ski weekend. You’ll want to choose resorts as close to an airport as possible to maximise your mountain time. Morzine, Chamonix, Flaine & La Clusaz are all around an hours’ drive from Geneva and typically have the best ski deals and capacity for short breaks.