The skiing in France is world famous and skiers from all over the world travel to its resorts to enjoy the marvellous skiing on offer. Modern lift systems, high altitude resorts, ski in/ ski out chalets and hotels are what make the skiing in France such a fantastic experience and you can choose to stay in either the more traditional resorts or purpose built resorts which tend to have a lot of ski in ski out accommodation.
If you like exploring miles of different slopes then the large skiing areas in France that offer inter-resort, lift-linked skiing such as the 3 Valleys (Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens), the Espace Killy (Tignes, Val d’Isere), the Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne) and the Portes du Soleil (Morzine, Avoriaz) won’t disappoint.
Beginners Skiing in France
Mixed Ability/ All Level Skiing in France
If you have a group of mixed abilities and want to go skiing in France then one of the larger ski areas will no doubt fit the bill. The Espace Killy resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere have plenty of skiing for all levels although the runs back in to Val d'Isere can be challenging when they are busy at the end of the day. The 3 Valleys resorts of Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens all offer great skiing for all levels but if some of your group are in ski school you'll may find it hard to get back in time if you've, for example, skied over to Val Thorens from Courchevel. For groups with beginners or children then the ski in / ski out resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne offer slopes for everyone.
Intermediate Skiing in France
If you are an intermediate skier wanting to go skiing in France then the extensive ski areas like the 3 Valleys (Meribel, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens), the Espace Killy (Tignes and Val d’Isere) and the Paradiski resort of La Plagne should provide you with all the cruising slopes you need. Morzine and Serre Chevalier are also popular for intermediates.
Advanced – Expert – Off Piste Skiing in France
France has plenty of excellent off-piste and expert skiing. Head to Val d’Isere or Tignes for easily accessible off-piste skiing and the world-famous resort of Chamonix for the most extreme and spectacular off-piste routes. Make sure you pre-book a guide before you go and have all the necessary safety equipment. In Val d'Isere try Alpine Experience for excellent off-piste instruction or guiding. In Tignes, Evolution 2 is popular and the British run Development Centre provides excellent off-piste lessons. In Chamonix, there are a large number of independent guides and guiding organisations to choose from.
Ski in ski out Convenience in France
Many resorts in France provide skiing that is easily accessible and in many cases ski in/ ski out. Resorts where you can find lots of slope-side chalets, apartments and hotels include Alpe d’huez, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes, Valmorel, Val Thorens and Isola 2000.
Skiing in France – our top resorts
Alpe d’Huez - Good for all levels especially beginners
Chamonix- Expert skiers paradise, fantastic après ski and off slope facilities
Courchevel – Great for all levels, good snow record, expensive
Isola 2000 – Great for short breaks and ski in / ski out convenience. Good snow record.
La Plagne – Good for all levels, good restaurants
La Tania – Huge ski area, good restaurants, quiet
Les Arcs – Good snow record, good for all levels, lots of ski in/ ski out accommodation
Les Deux Alpes – Good snow record, good expert slopes
Megeve – Large ski area, few queues, good for intermediates and great scenery
Meribel – Great for all levels, huge ski area
Morzine – Huge ski area, good for intermediates
Peisey Vallandry - Great for families and easy access to the Vanoise Express
Serre Chevalier – Good for beginners and intermediates
Tignes – Excellent snow record, superb skiing for experts and intermediates, fast lift system
Val d’Isere – Excellent snow record, superb skiing for experts and intermediates, fast lift system
Val Thorens – Excellent snow record, good for all levels, easy slope access
Valmorel – Great for beginners and intermediates , ski in / ski out accommodation