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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.

Need a hand? Get in touch with our experts to sort out your dream 2019/2020 ski holiday package to France, whether it’s for a family getaway, your best mate’s hen/stag/sten do or just a cheeky trip with friends.

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Choosing a ski resort in France

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Best for après

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.

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Best for families

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.

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Best for big 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.

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Best for beginners

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.

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Best snow-sure

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.

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What about ski weekends in France?

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.

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Top French ski regions & resorts
Ski pistes in Val Thorens

The Three Valleys

Altitude (max): 3,230m
Skiing: 600km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h30; Grenoble - 2h00; Chambery - 1h50

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.

Skiing in Portes du Soleil

Portes du Soleil

Altitude (max): 2,460m
Skiing: 650km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h20; Grenoble - 2h20; Chambery - 1h50

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.

A gondola in the ski resort of Tignes

Espace Killy

Altitude (max): 3,456m
Skiing: 300km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h50; Grenoble - 2h15; Chambery - 1h50

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.

The ski resort of Les Arcs

Paradiski

Altitude (max): 3,250m
Skiing: 425km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h30; Grenoble - 1h50; Chambery - 1h50

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.

The Alpe d'Huez ski resort

Alpe d’Huez

Altitude (resort): 1,860m
Altitude (max): 3,330m
Skiing: 249km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h45; Grenoble - 1h20; Chambery - 2h15

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.

A skier in powder in Les Arcs

Les Arcs

Altitude (resort): 1,200-2000m
Altitude (max): 3,250m
Skiing: 425km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h45; Grenoble - 2h10; Chambery - 1h50

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.

The Avoriaz ski resort at night

Avoriaz

Altitude (resort): 1,800m
Altitude (max): 2,460m
Skiing: 650km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h20; Grenoble - 2h20; Chambery - 1h50

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.

A gondola ski lift in Chamonix

Chamonix

Altitude (resort): 1,035m
Altitude (max): 3,842m
Skiing: 500km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h10; Grenoble - 2h10; Chambery - 1h45

Found at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is a true jewel in France’s ski resort collection. People have been skiing on its slopes for over two centuries and it famously hosted the Winter Olympics way back in 1924. Chamonix is ideal if you want a classic Alpine experience filled with pretty mountain villages, unrivalled après and, of course, challenging pistes that criss-cross down world-famous peaks.

the La Clusaz ski resort in the snow

La Clusaz

Altitude (resort): 1,100m
Altitude (max): 2,600m
Skiing: 222km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h; Grenoble - 1h50; Chambery - 1h20

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.

Two people skiing in Courchevel

Courchevel

Altitude (resort): 1,550-1,850m
Altitude (max): 2,738m
Skiing: 150km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h30; Grenoble - 1h45; Chambery - 1h25

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.

a man on a bridge in the Les Deux Alpes ski resort

Les Deux Alpes

Altitude (resort): 1,300m
Altitude (max): 3,600m
Skiing: 225km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h50; Grenoble - 1h30; Chambery - 2h10

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.

The Flaine ski resort in winter

Flaine

Altitude (resort): 1,600m
Altitude (max): 2,561m
Skiing: 265km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h20; Grenoble - 2h30; Chambery - 1h50

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.

The Meribel ski resort in winter

Méribel

Altitude (resort): 1,750m
Altitude (max): 2,952m
Skiing: 600km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h20; Grenoble - 1h50; Chambery - 1h20

Known for charming wooden chalets and high-speed gondolas, it’s no surprise that Méribel in Les Trois Vallées is one of France’s top ski resorts. It was built by British Colonel Peter Lindsay in the 1930s and is now a playground for both skiers and party-goers thanks to 600km of pistes and various live music venues.

The ski resort of Morzine in the snow

Morzine

Altitude (resort): 1,000m
Altitude (max): 2,460m
Skiing: 650km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h20; Grenoble - 2h30; Chambery - 1h50

Morzine is found at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski region and its village setting is as picturesque as they come. When you’re not taking in the views, take to Morzine’s wide slopes that are ideal for less experienced skiers. Off piste activities are aplenty here, too – think ice skating and indulgent spas.

La Rosiere in the snow

La Rosière

Altitude (resort): 1,850m
Altitude (max): 2,650m
Skiing: 150km
Transfer time: Geneva - 1h50; Grenoble - 2h150; Chambery - 1h50

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.

A snow covered lake in Tignes

Tignes

Altitude (resort): 1,440-2,100m
Altitude (max): 3,456m
Skiing: 300km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h50; Grenoble - 2h10; Chambery - 1h55

Sitting over 2000m above sea level, Tignes in Espace Killy is one of the most snow-sure French ski resorts. In addition to its amazing ski conditions and massive range of modern accommodation options, it’s also just 19km from Bourg St Maurice train station. Leave after work on Friday and be on the first lift on Saturday.

People walking on Val d'Isere high street at night

Val d’Isère

Altitude (resort): 1,850m
Altitude (max): 3,488m
Skiing: 300km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h55; Grenoble - 2h15; Chambery - 1h55

Merging a classic Alpine village feel with atmospheric après and first-rate skiing, you can’t go wrong with a holiday to Val d’Isère. It’s part of the legendary Espace Killy and is even linked by ski lift to Tignes if its 150+ ski runs aren’t quite diverse enough for you.

Two skiers in Val Thorens in front of a ski lift

Val Thorens

Altitude (resort): 2,300m
Altitude (max): 3,220m
Skiing: 600km
Transfer time: Geneva - 2h35; Grenoble - 1h55; Chambery - 1h40

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.

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