Skiing in France

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

If you want the best resorts for beginners skiing in France then try.....  Les Arcs, La Plagne  Alpe d’huez, Courchevel or Valmorel.

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.

If it’s just lots of challenging piste skiing you are after then Courchevel, Les Arcs, Val Thorens and Alpe d’huez all offer a good selection of steep slopes to keep you challenged.

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


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