France is widely regarded as the ultimate ski destination, where you will find a vast choice of accommodation, slopes to suit all kinds of skiers, and some of the very best snow in the Alps. Our selection of the biggest ski resorts in France offer access to not only some of the most iconic ski areas in Europe, they also keep the entertainment going off the mountain by attracting plenty of events and parties throughout the season. If you like to stay in the very heart of the action, then make sure you don’t miss out on a visit to one of these bustling ski towns in France.
Comprised of 11 interconnected villages, La Plagne offers a wealth of choices for groups of all sizes. The slopes give access to the local ski area as well as the whole of the Paradiski, which links up with Les Arcs and offers a total of 425km of skiable terrain, served by 160 lifts. As you make your way down the high-altitude slopes – 70% of which sit above 2,000m, you will see the sprawling resort filling the landscape below, comprised of a network of bars, restaurants and hotels framed against a backdrop of Mont Blanc. Evenings can be filled enjoying live music and ice cold beers on blissful sun terraces, with a wide selection of dining options to indulge in. As one of the biggest ski resorts in France, La Plagne attracts an impressive mix of international eateries, which will ensure everyone is catered for.
Stay at: Sun Valley Apartments, a luxurious self-catered base just moments from the piste.
Chamonix is the ultimate hub of mountain activity, attracting just as many visitors in the summer as it does in the winter. As one of the biggest ski resorts in France, it comes fully-equipped with everything from shops and restaurants to gyms, a cinema and a range of luxurious spas complete with wonderful mountain views. Stay in heart of the action, or choose one of the quieter accessible neighbouring hamlets such as Les Houches. Up on the mountain, skiers can enjoy access to six separate ski areas with a bus service linking each one, meaning that brand new slopes can be explored on every day of your holiday. There will be no struggle to find skiing to suit every ability, from the cruisy blues in the Vallorcine area to the famous world cup downhill course. Those who are looking for an adventure will enjoy the 20km of freeride ski terrain along the Vallee Blanche, and the legendary off-piste runs on the Grand Montets glacier.
Stay at: Le Refuge des Aiglons, a renovated hotel with an excellent restaurant and outdoor pool complete with Mont Blanc views.
This large, buzzing village attracts a lively crowd with its offering of skiing on one of Europe’s largest glaciers, plus a host of events and parties that take place around the southern end of the town, in Venosc. When the lifts shut and the sun goes down, skiers can enjoy live DJ sets at Le Pano Bar or bask in the sunshine tucking into gourmet fare at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants along the Avenue de la Muzelle. We recommend a meal at Le P’tit Polyte, where you can enjoy gastronomic delights and a spectacular 500 bottle wine cellar. One of the biggest ski resorts in France both on and off the mountain, Les Deux Alpes offers no shortage of entertainment and activities, even catering well for non-skiers with its choice of leisure centres, ice rink and husky sledding excursions.
Stay at: Chalet Gorges, a homely and inviting chalet apartment with a south-facing sun terrace.
Comprised of five separate villages each situated at different altitudes, Courchevel can offer something for everyone, whether that be the peaceful settings of 1330 Le Praz, the traditional feel of Courchevel 1550 or the bustling glitz and glam of Courchevel 1850. The wide range of choice is extended to your experience on the mountain, with an incredible 600km of terrain on offer across the 3 Valleys ski area. Cruise between 183 lifts as you have your fill of long cruisy blues, challenging reds and advanced black runs such as the three Saulire couloirs. When it comes to passing an evening, you can take advantage of a choice between the five villages, and use the local bus routes to explore. We recommend the traditional mountain experience at La Cabane des Bûcherons, where you can tuck into hearty Savoyard food and head home by toboggan run down a floodlit piste.
Stay at: Portetta, one of our favourite luxury hotels at the foot of the pistes in Courchevel 1650.
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