Top 5 resorts for snow in 2013

Whilst all the recent snowfall in Britain may not be to everyone’s liking the bumper snowfall that has occurred in many European resorts has been most welcome. France has had a huge amount of snow recently, here are 5 French resorts that have been generously covered by the white stuff this winter.

Flaine, France

  • Upper slopes 325cm
  • Lower slopes 86cm
Flaine - France

Flaine – France

Historically Flaine has always had a good snow record and this year is no different. Flaine is a great resort and caters well for all abilities by having a good range of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs. Typically Flaine attracts families as it has an excellent range of self catering accommodation, however hotel options are rather limited. Due to its family geared set up apres ski is not huge however that’s not to say it is anonymous. For more information check out our Flaine ski resort guide.


Chamonix, France

  • Upper slopes 320cm
  • Lower slopes 70cm
Chamonix - France

Chamonix – France

Chamonix is the complete antithesis of Flaine. Chamonix caters for the advanced and off piste skier arguably better than any other resort and if you are after an adventure this is the resort to head for. Chamonix also has a great range of bars and restaurants so quality apres ski is a definite possibility. Is there a downside, unfortunately yes. Chamonix slopes do tend to be fragmented and getting to all the slopes will require a short bus journey. However if you love your skiing hardcore then there are not many places better than Chamonix. For more information check out our Chamonix ski resort guide.


Alpe d’Huez, France

  • Upper slopes 300cm
  • Lower slopes 164cm
Alpe d'Huez - France

Alpe d’Huez – France

Alpe d’Huez is a major league French resort with 250 kms to suit all levels. Alpe d’Huez generally has a great snow record with plenty of snow on the lower slopes as well. This is great as Alpe d’Huez has arguably the best network of green runs in Europe just above the resort meaning that beginners are spoilt for choice. Apres ski and non skiers are well looked after to with plenty of off slope distractions. The only thing to bear in mind however is that Alpe d’Huez does receive a lot of sun as well as snow so if you are planning a late season trip here do check out the snow reports first as the lower slopes can get a bit slushy. Other than that Alpe d’Huez is a superb all rounder. For more information check out our Alpe d’Huez ski resort guide.


Tignes, France

  • Upper slopes 285cm
  • Lower slopes 130cm
Tignes - France

Tignes – France

As a resort Tignes is about as snow sure as you’re going to get in Europe. With a glacier and directly linked to Val d’Isere, Tignes is often considered in many peoples “Top 5” resort list. There are a wide variety of runs for all and the link to Val means you will not ski the area out in a week. Apres ski is ok as is the accommodation, however the villages that make up the resort of Tignes are monstrous in appearance with the accommodation a real eyesore. However to its credit Tignes is trying to address this with more modern and subtle looking accommodation, but quite frankly if you can ignore the appearance, Tignes is simply a world class skiing resort. For more information check out our Tignes ski resort guide.


Avoriaz, France

  • Upper slopes 270cm
  • Lower slopes 230cm
Avoriaz - France

Avoriaz – France

Avoriaz sits slap bang in the middle of the world famous Portes du Soleil ski area covering 650 kms of piste. From Avoriaz you have access to the slopes of Morzine and the Swiss slopes of Champery as well as 10 other lesser known resorts such as Chatel and Les Gets. Accomodation is mostly split between catered chalets and self catering apartments so there is something for all budgets. Avoriaz’s local slopes are sufficient for most over a week, but to cover the whole of the Portes du Soleil is going to take some serious time. Therefore Avoriaz makes for a great base if racking up the miles is your thing. For more information check out our Avoriaz ski resort guide.

So if you’re looking for a late skiing holiday the 5 resorts mentioned above will not let you down.

Finally thank you to www.igluski.com for the snow reports and do check out Igluski’s Cheap Ski deals which very helpfully allows you to select your next holiday by country, departure date and resort. It’s holiday searching made easy!!

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