France has the most extensive and exciting skiing found anywhere in the world. Huge ski areas such as the Espace Killy, Three Valleys and Portes du Soleil are unrivalled for their vast expanses of skiable area and extreme terrain. With piste networks offering miles upon miles of cruisy blue runs as well as knee-trembling blacks and tough off-piste, France caters extremely well for all levels of skier.

French ski resorts understand the need for activities to cater for the ever-increasing numbers of non-skiers and so provides activities from thrilling paragliding to luxurious spas. As expected, ski holidays in France are also as much about the food and wine as they are about the snow – with resort and mountain restaurants offering a high standard of regional and international cuisine.

Ski Resorts

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Argentière

The pretty, good-value neighbour of mountain heavyweight Chamonix

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Avoriaz ski area

Avoriaz 1800

Dramatic architecture on a high, sunny perch, with pistes for all running right through the village

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Cauterets ski area

Cauterets

Cauterets is one of the most snow sure resorts in the Pyrenees.

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Chamonix ski resort

Chamonix

A one-off historical town with spectacular scenery. Expert or not, the experience is worth it

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Chatel ski lift, winter

Châtel

A very rustic, French option in the heart of the enormous Portes du Soleil region

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Courchevel ski resort

Courchevel

Ticks every box for excellent skiing, just plan ahead and read the menus to avoid bankruptcy

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Flaine ski resort

Flaine

Good value and great extensive skiing for all abilities. Self-cater and make your own fun

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Isola 2000

Something a little different: a laidback, high, snowsure resort in the Med’s Maritime Alps

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La Clusaz ski resort

La Clusaz

A pretty French town with good skiing for all abilities, nice and close to Geneva

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La Plagne ski resort

La Plagne

11 places to stay, all joined together by high glacier runs, cruisy tree-lined runs and everything in between

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La Rosiere ski jump

La Rosière

Linked with Italian La Thuile, this hidden gem offers great skiing, reasonable prices and a friendly village

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La Tania ski resort, France

La Tania

An attractive, good-value satellite village by Courchevel with better-than-you-might-expect pistes and nightlife

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Le Grand Bornand ski resort

Le Grand Bornand

Little-known and charming, close to Geneva and on the same pass as next-door La Clusaz

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Les Arcs ski resort

Les Arcs

Car-free, ski-in-ski-out convenience in a vast and varied resort

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Les Carroz ski resort, Winter

Les Carroz

Sunny, easily accessible, good-value mountain village with access to the Grand Massif’s varied terrain

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Les Contamines ski area

Les Contamines

A pleasant traditional resort with great blues and reds and perfect beginner off-piste

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Les Deux Alpes ski resort

Les Deux Alpes

High, snow-sure, cheap, cheerful, and excellent for park riders and off-piste

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Les Gets ski resort

Les Gets

A friendly, family resort on the outskirts of the huge Portes du Soleil area

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Les Menuires Ski Resort

Les Menuires

The best value option in the Three Valleys, with good home slopes and fast access to the massive ski area

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Megeve ski resort

Megève

Posh, in the best possible way. A pretty resort with extensive skiing for all, in the lee of majestic Mont Blanc

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Méribel

Much-loved, convenient and attractive, the middle valley of the Three Valleys has been a Brit stronghold from the start

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Morzine ski resort

Morzine

An enjoyable year-round town with real character, varied home slopes, and easy access to the huge Portes du Soleil

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Sainte Foy

This simple, tiny, value resort is great for two types: beginners and keen off-piste skiers

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Serre Chevalier ski resort

Serre Chevalier

Lots to do on-piste, off-piste and in the several villages. Great for families and snowboarders

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Saint Martin de Belleville ski resort village

St Martin de Belleville

A quiet, pretty base from which to launch assaults on the vast Three Valleys

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free ride skiing in Tignes

Tignes

Top-of-the-world access to excellent pistes for all abilities. Breathtaking, but no one would call it pretty

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Skiing in Val d'isere

Val d’Isère

Extensive ski area linked with Tignes, offering legendary off-piste and apres-ski. Very popular with the Brits

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Val Thorens ski resort village

Val Thorens

Europe’s highest resort – a real altitude experience. These days the food, après and general ambience are all good too

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