France Ski & Snowboard Resorts

Best Ski & Snowboard Resorts in France

Home to some of the world’s greatest skiing areas and resorts, France is a country that all skiers must try.

Nowhere else on the planet can you find such a diverse range of resorts that cater for every type of skier. Huge resorts such as Meribel, Alpe d’Huez and Les Arcs offer mile after mile of perfect pistes. Val D’Isere, Val Thorens and Tignes offer you the guarantee of being snow sure and of course there’s always Chamonix for those who enjoy pushing themselves to the limit. Many resorts are also linked to one another which enables you to move on if you become bored with any particular area. Linked areas include the Three Valleys, Paradiski and L’Espace Killy. Some French resorts may lack village charm and staying in them can be very expensive but skiing in France is always very, very special.

Top 5 Skiing & Snowboarding Resorts in France

alpe duez

Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez is a big league resort rivalling the best the Alps has to offer,...
Alpe d'Huez Info

tignes

Tignes

High, snow sure, and forming the Espace Killy ski region (300 kms of slopes) with...
Tignes Info

courchevel

Courchevel

Courchevel is one of the most glamorous alpine skiing resorts with stunning hotels, restaurants and...
Courchevel Info

les deux alpes

Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is one of France’s best and most well known resorts. It has...
Les Deux Alpes Info

les arcs

Les Arcs

One of the most popular alpine resorts, Les Arcs scores highly in all areas and...
Les Arcs Info


alpe duez

Alpe d'Huez

(Resort height - 1860m - 3330m)

Alpe d’Huez is a big league resort rivalling the best the Alps has to offer, it will appeal to many and should be at the top of any skiers list as a place to go. It offers everything you would expect from a world class resort, challenging off piste, genuine black runs, long cruisey blue and red runs and a beginners’ area above the village that is about as good as it gets. You’re thinking there must be some drawbacks – there is and it’s quite a major one. Most of Alpe d’Huez’s runs face south or south west and can be badly affected by the sun. Therefore it’s best to avoid any late season trips and keep your fingers crossed for early snowfall if you are going in December or early January.

Great for...

Beginners Beginners
★★★★★Beginner
★★★★★Intermediate
★★★★Advanced
★★★★Off-Piste
Extensive area Extensive area
★★★★★Snowboarding
★★★★Snow Reliability
★★★★Apres-Ski
★★★★Extent
Intermediates Intermediates
★★★★Mountain Restaurants
★★★Scenery
★★Village Charm
★★★★Non-Skiers

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tignes

Tignes

(Resort height - 1550m - 3550m)

High, snow sure, and forming the Espace Killy ski region (300 kms of slopes) with Val d’Isere, Tignes really does have everything a keen skier looks for. With guaranteed good snow and skiing all the year round Tignes has become a favourite amongst British skiers. The only drawback is the dreadful architecture which is a real eyesore. Get over that, however, and Tignes is one the best resorts the French Alps has to offer.

Great for...

Snow sure Snow sure
★★★Beginner
★★★★★Intermediate
★★★★★Advanced
★★★★★Off-Piste
Extensive area Extensive area
★★★★★Snowboarding
★★★★★Snow Reliability
★★★Apres-Ski
★★★★★Extent
Intermediates Intermediates
★★★Mountain Restaurants
★★★Scenery
★★Village Charm
★★★Non-Skiers

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courchevel

Courchevel

(Resort height - 1224m - 3248m)

High, snow sure, and forming the Espace Killy ski region (300 kms of slopes) with Val d’Isere, Tignes really does have everything a keen skier looks for. With guaranteed good snow and skiing all the year round Tignes has become a favourite amongst British skiers. The only drawback is the dreadful architecture which is a real eyesore. Get over that, however, and Tignes is one the best resorts the French Alps has to offer.

Great for...

Extensive area Extensive area
★★★★Beginner
★★★★★Intermediate
★★★★Advanced
★★★★Off-Piste
Intermediates Intermediates
★★★★Snowboarding
★★★★Snow Reliability
★★★Apres-Ski
★★★★★Extent
Scenic Scenic
★★★Mountain Restaurants
★★★★Scenery
★★★Village Charm
★★★★Non-Skiers

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les deux alpes

Les Deux Alpes

(Resort height - 1650m - 3568m)

Les Deux Alpes is one of France’s best and most well known resorts. It has a lot going for it including, reliable snow, gentle glacier slopes, excellent beginners’ terrain, decent lifts and some real hair raising stuff for those wanting a challenge. The village doesn’t disappoint either, especially if you are after some wild apres ski in addition to skiing to. However Les Deux Alpes does have it’s drawbacks, most notably of the erratic piste classification.

Great for...

Snow sure Snow sure
★★★★Beginner
★★★★Intermediate
★★★★Advanced
★★★★★Off-Piste
Off-piste Off-piste
★★★★★Snowboarding
★★★★★Snow Reliability
★★★★Apres-Ski
★★★★Extent
Snowboarding Snowboarding
★★★Mountain Restaurants
★★★Scenery
★★Village Charm
★★Non-Skiers

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les arcs

Les Arcs

(Resort height - 1609m - 3226m)

One of the most popular alpine resorts, Les Arcs scores highly in all areas and is a great place to go especially with a mixed group of skiers. On its own Les Arcs has a huge amount of terrain and variety for all, however it also has a direct cable car link (Vanoise Express) to its neighbouring resort La Plagne. Both resorts combined form the Paradiski area offering a total of 425 kms of skiable slopes. Four purpose built villages make up Les Arcs all with instant access to the slopes.

Great for...

Snowboarding Snowboarding
★★★★Beginner
★★★★★Intermediate
★★★★Advanced
★★★★Off-Piste
Extensive area Extensive area
★★★★★Snowboarding
★★★★Snow Reliability
★★★★Apres-Ski
★★★★★Extent
Intermediates Intermediates
★★★Mountain Restaurants
★★★Scenery
★★★Village Charm
★★Non-Skiers

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France's Ski & Snowboard Resorts

alpe duez

Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez is a big league resort rivalling the best the Alps has to offer,...
Alpe d’Huez Info

avoriaz

Avoriaz

Avoriaz is located right in the centre of the Portes du Soleil and is perched...
Avoriaz Info

chamonix

Chamonix

Standing in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one of the world’s great ski...
Chamonix Info

courchevel

Courchevel

Courchevel is one of the most glamorous alpine skiing resorts with stunning hotels, restaurants and...
Courchevel Info

flaine

Flaine

Flaine is one of France’s premier resorts because of its excellent skiing facilities rather than...
Flaine Info

la plagne

La Plagne

La Plagne is a huge and extensive ski area made even bigger as it is...
La Plagne Info

les arcs

Les Arcs

One of the most popular alpine resorts, Les Arcs scores highly in all areas and...
Les Arcs Info

les deux alpes

Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is one of France’s best and most well known resorts. It has...
Les Deux Alpes Info

meribel

Meribel

Meribel is one of the true mega resorts and part of the world famous Three...
Meribel Info

morzine

Morzine

Morzine is a picturesque village that shares its slopes with Les Gets and is linked...
Morzine Info

serre chevalier

Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier’s slopes are located above villages from which the 4 main areas can be...
Serre Chevalier Info

tignes

Tignes

High, snow sure, and forming the Espace Killy ski region (300 kms of slopes) with...
Tignes Info

val disere

Val d’Isere

Great skiing, great snow, great atmosphere and great nightlife – what more could you want...
Val d’Isere Info

val thorens

Val Thorens

Val Thorens is a major league resort and part of the famous linked Three Valleys...
Val Thorens Info

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