French Ski Resort Chamonix
French Ski Resort Chamonix
Val d'Isere Ski Resort France
Val d'Isere Ski Resort France
Val d'Isere France
Val d'Isere France
Views from a mountain restaurant terrace
Views from a mountain restaurant terrace
Skiing in France - Chamonix
Skiing in France - Chamonix
Ski France for some of the cute mountain villages
Ski France for some of the cute mountain villages
Ski France
Ski France
Skiing in France
Skiing in France
Ski Holiday France
Ski Holiday France

France

Ski France Forget frogs, snails, berets, perfume, and the Eiffel Tower. France should be renowned for the fabulous skiing instead! OK the French didn’t pioneer skiing, but they’ve sure taken it on with grand enthusiasm.

With hundreds of ski resorts in the French Alps and many more in the the Pyrenees and the Massif Central, it’s surprising that this many ski resorts can exist in one country without going broke. This speaks volumes for the popularity of skiing amongst the French as well as the Brits and other international holiday makers.

Some of the France ski resorts are absolutely massive and are accessed via super sophisticated lift infrastructure. Some French ski resorts are interconnected with each other, making the skiable terrain even bigger.

Like the rest of Europe skiing, France isn’t well known for huge volumes of snowfall, but the quality is well recognised. Much of the France skiing is at high altitude, which contributes to improved snow conditions and long seasons. Ski areas near the soaring Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border in particular are known for being very snow sure.

French Alps Ski Resorts The French Alps that border Switzerland and Italy offer some of the most extensive skiing opportunities in Europe, and are home to the most well known and largest ski resorts in France.

The Northern French Alps include the Portes du Soleil region which is shared with Switzerland. This region includes Avoriaz, Les Gets, and Morzine which is great for beginner skiers and snowboarders.

Further south is Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, the traditional ski area which is famous for the off-piste and extreme skiing. Megève is also located in this area. Also in Haute Savoie, La Plagne and Les Arcs provide high altitude skiing.

The Espace Killy region of the French Alps links the resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isère, which also provide high mountain skiing on hundreds of kilometres of well groomed piste. Tignes is perfect for intermediates whilst Val d’Isere is ritzy and frequented by the rich and famous.

An absolutely massive area for skiing in France is Les Trois Vallées (the 3 Valleys), which incorporates the interlinked ski resorts of Val Thorens, the upscale Courchevel Ski Resort, the party scene of Meribel, and Les Menuires.

The Paradiski area links La Plagne and Les Arcs with the Espace San Bernardo. Close to the Southern Alps is the large Alpe d'Huez and the twin resorts of La Grave and Les Deux Alpes, and the Glacier du Mont de Lans which offers terrain park skiing during summer.

Other French Ski Resorts There are plenty of ski resorts sitting further south in the Massif Central and about 20 French ski resorts in the Pyrenees. These ski resorts are relatively unknown to foreigners, they tend to be smaller than those in the Alps, and less developed, less crowded and less expensive.

Skiing in France - Characteristics Some of the older French ski resorts have a town or associated villages. These traditional towns have evolved into ski towns and they continue to ooze rustic historic charm. Examples include the charming Chamonix or the chalet prolific Meribel. However as a general rule, many of the France ski resorts are purpose built. They may lack quaintness and the traditional European look, but they possess advantages such as the convenience of ski-in ski-out accommodation, and they’re generally at higher altitude.

As a general rule, many of the French ski resorts are very busy (low profile resorts and those in the Pyrenees and Massif Central an exception), particularly over the Christmas break and during school holidays in February. One key attraction for skiing in France is the ease of access. Many of the ski resorts are close to gateway airports and the flights from the UK are short. It’s also possible to catch the train and driving to the France ski resorts is also reasonably easy from Britain.

The popularity of skiing in France in some respects also leads to most of the mainstream France ski resorts being rather expensive relative to other ski resorts in Europe.

The term “apres-ski” might be French, but the French ski resorts aren’t as vibrant after skiing when compared to some of the famous Austria ski resorts where partying continues on until the wee hours. Party animals shouldn’t lament though. There’s still plenty of apres-ski action at resorts such as Chamonix and Val d’Isere.

More Reasons to Ski France Massive interconnected ski areas, a range of ski terrain, and high altitude snow should be enough reasons in themselves to ski France, but of course part of skiing in Europe isn’t about the skiing or snowboarding at all. A major priority should be the food and alcohol. “Cuisine” was invented in France, and some would say France is the wine capital of the world, so France definitely comes up trumps when it comes to keeping foodies happy!

Ski Tours that include France

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Powder Skiing Safari France-Italy DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
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USD 1,750
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Skiing between the French and Italian alps over the southern alpine glaciers, this exceptional tour begins in La Grave, France, passes through Serre Chevalier and ends in Sestriere, Italy. Great off-piste combination of high alpine and tree skiing, plus beautiful villages and accommodation.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Tarentaise Valley Ski Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3+ Resorts
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USD 1,814
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas in the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000 metres in untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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Chamonix Expert Off Piste Weeks DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED OFF-PISTE TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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USD 1,869
Ability: Advanced, Expert
Safely experience the best that Chamonix has to offer. This tour is for advanced riders interested accessing Chamonix's famous off-piste terrain with expert guides.
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Chamonix Ultimate Experience Ski Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SKI TOUR | MIXED GROUP
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
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USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate, Advanced, Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier and Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours
LaGrave Expert Off-Piste Weeks DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED OFF-PISTE TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
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Enquire Enquire
Ability: Expert
This tour is for expert riders wanting to ski some of the best off-piste terrain in the world. With 2,100 m of vertical you will ski chutes, 50 deg pitches whilst avoiding couloirs, cliffs & crevasses. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Ski Touring
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USD 1,619
Ability: Advanced, Expert
This trip is for serious, fit, expert backcountry skiers. This tour links the best known resorts of Chamonix and Zermatt with 6,000 m of ascents / descents and over 120 km of touring. Join a fixed date tour or wrangle your own group together for a private custom tour.
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