France

Need we introduce the French Alps? No. But oh well, we may as well make the French a little bit more bigheaded: their famous mountain range does after all boast world class ski resorts that provide a diverse range of nightlife, mouthwatering traditional cuisine, quaint local hospitality and modern, expansive ski areas. French ski areas are some of the biggest in the world. Read through our reviews to find the ski resort to suit you, whether it be a snowboarding haven or a cruising paradise, you can be assured that you will find what you want in France! Allez, allez!

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Resort Reviews

Alpe d’Huez – Situated east of Grenoble, Alpe d’Huez is widely known for one thing – the Sarenne. The Sarenne is the world’s largest run at 16km and drops an incredible 2,000 vertical metres. However, the Sarenne isn’t the only attraction at Alpe d’Huez, with the resort’s ski area…

ArgentièreArgentiere resort logo – Located in the glacial section of the Chamonix valley, Argentiere is legendary for its ability to accommodate expert skiers. Argentiere is a small but charming resort which is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including, of course, Mont Blanc. We’d like to mention, however, that due to its proximity to the main Chamonix resort…

avoriazAvoriaz: Avoriaz sits on top of a cliff 800m above the ancient town of Morzine. The resort itself is car-free so most people tend to park in Prodains (Morzine) and take the cable-car up to the resort. It finds itself at the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area, in the Haute Savoie region, which boasts over 600 km of pistes. There is plenty…

chamonixChamonix: At the foot of the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps (4807 meters/15,770 feet), Chamonix offers one of the best high-mountain cocktails anywhere in the world. The mighty mount is a huge attraction itself; its spectacular, recognisable form, some of the most extreme landscapes you’re likely to see in Europe…

Châtel: Situated on the French/Swiss border, Châtel is part of the largest international linked ski area in the world – the Portes du Soleil. The resort itself is a genuine alpine village that has expanded from its farming heritage into a charming, picturesque ski resort…

Courchevel: With regards to pricing, luxury and exclusivity Courchevel is often regarded as the elite corner of the trois vallées. However, despite being the place for the uber-rich, Courchevel does offer some outstanding pistes with Courchevel’s ski domain offering 62 lifts and 150km of ski area. Courchevel is also part of the Trois Vallées…

FlaineFlaine: Located high in the Haute Savoie alpine region of France, Flaine is the main resort of the Grand Massif ski area. Flaine opened in 1968 and was the brainchild of Eric Boissonnas and Marcel Breuer. The latter was a leading exponent of the Bauhaus school of design and its influence on the resort is strikingly evident…

La Clusaz: The picturesque, traditional village of La Clusaz is one of the Haute Savoie’s best-kept secrets. This lively and friendly ski village has lost none of its deeply rooted French charm. Though not offering a huge ski area, there is a wonderful variety of skiing and boarding to suit everyone.

La Grave: Located in the Southern French Alps, La Grave isn’t your typical ski resort. In the shadow of La Meije (3982m), La Grave is widely known for its amazing off-piste opportunities and being suitable for only the best skiers. With a mere 2 marked pistes, what makes La Grave so unique is that it is completely up to you to navigate the rest of your way down the mountain. However, La Grave does come with its risks…

la plagneLa Plagne: Although dismissed in the past as a failed experiment. La Plagne is on the way up. Its unusual design of 10 mini-villages had been ridiculed, but through recent re-investment the once ghost towns are now beginning to regain their buzz. With the new Vanoise express now linking Les Arcs, it is one of the largest ski areas in the world with over 420 km of piste…

La Rosière: La Rosière is one the lesser known but charming traditional resorts to be found on the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoy region of France. Surrounded by world renowned resorts such as Tignes, Val d’Isère and Les Arcs you would be forgiven if you haven’t heard of La Rosière…

La Tania: La Tania is a small, family orientated resort that is quiet and relaxing but also provides easy access to Les Trois Vallées; the biggest linked ski area in the world with over 600km of freshly tracked pistes. Skiing in the 3 valleys has something for everyone and you are sure not to get bored. Facilities are excellent…

Les Arcs: Les Arcs is situated north of Bourg St Maurice, home of the ‘Snow Train’, providing a direct route from London to the Alps. The resort of Les Arcs has 4 villages 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000; each with its own personality and character. The skiing at Les Arcs is unlimited now due to the link to nearby La Plagne (and the Paradiski area) via…

Les Deux Alpes: Situated in the south-east of France, Les Deux Alpes is the largest ski resort in the Dauphine region and is the second oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix, which is situated in the Haute-Savoie region. Les Deux Alpes is well known for its guaranteed snow, modern life system and an excellent après-ski scene. No matter what your skiing level is, Les Deux Alpes is a key destination…

Les Gets: Les Gets is a small, friendly, traditional resort that offers a good variety of slopes. It is is part of the Portes du Soleil ski area (in the Haute Savoie region) which is one of the largest ski areas in the world offering in excess of 600km of pistes for you to explore. There is enough skiing to cater for everyone’s needs and you can village hop all day long…

Les Menuires: As part of the 3 valleys, Les Menuires doesn’t need any introduction. Often referred to as the ‘cheapest’ resort in the 3 valleys – Les Menuires offers an affordable alternative. However, this does not detract from its skiing with Les Menuires ski area boasting 77 pistes and 33 ski lifts. As part of the 3 valleys Les Menuires is part of the largest…

Les Orres: Les Orres is a purpose built resort and despite the beautiful location above the Durance Valley and lake Serre-Poncon, the resort itself is a bit concrete and unattractive. However, there is the old traditional…

Megève: Located in the south-east of France, Megève is often considered as the original purpose built ski resort with its development starting in the 1920’s. Far from being a concrete jungle, Megève is your typical alpine village, its architecture is part medieval, lined with cobbled streets with a rustic church at its helm. The resort boasts a large ski area with over 325km of pistes…

Méribel: Nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys, Méribel is split into 2 main resorts: Méribel Village at 1400m and Méribel Mottaret at 1750m. You could of course mention Bride Les Bains at the bottom of the valley at 600m, which is connected to Méribel via the long Olympe bubble, as well as Les Allues at 1100m, which can be accessed via an easy red (conditions permitting). The lift system is…

Montgenevre logoMontgenèvre: Montgenèvre is located at the top of a pass on the French-Italian border, at one end of the large cross-border Milky-Way ski network. Traveling to the other end of the Milky Way area (Sestriere and Sauze d’Ouix) is a time consuming task that requires you to take some slow lifts not only up but down as well…

Morzine: Morzine is a busy little alpine town with a lively spirit. Traditional wooden chalets, slate roofs and stone foundations ensure that the village retains is character and Savoyard charm. The old town centre is next to the river…

Sainte-Foy: Sainte-Foy is everything all the purpose built resorts aren’t: small, quiet and peaceful. Sainte-Foy is situated in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie region. Sainte-Foy is extremely small when compared to its French counterparts, with the ski region only making up 35km of pistes…

Samoëns – Samoëns is a charming French farming village set in the Savoy region. It is part of the extensive Grand Massif ski area which is one of the largest in the alps boasting over 260km of pistes; 25 km difficult, 185 km medium, 50 km easy)…

Puy-St-VincentPuy St. Vincent: Puy St. Vincent (or PSV, as it’s more commonly known) sits in one of the most stunning settings at the edge of the National Park “Les Ecrins”. The ski resort of PSV is called, with reason “la protégée des vents” which translates to “Village sheltered from the wind”. PSV benefits from the high peaks that surround it…

Serre Chevalier: Located in the Southern French Alps, Serre Chevalier is composed of a dozen villages brought together under a collective marketing brand. Serre Chevalier is traditionally known as snowsafe, its pistes are also well maintained thanks to over 300 snow cannons…

Tignes: Tignes offers supremely convenient access to snow-sure slopes. With its unrivalled snow record and door-to-door skiing on offer, the ski resort of Tignes makes an ideal location for skiing and boarding fanatics. Tignes is split into three main areas: Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret. There are two other villages slightly further down the mountain that are well connected to the resort: Les Boisses and Les Brévières…

Val-dIsereVal d’Isère: Val d’Isère has been considered by many to be the world’s premier ski resort, it is hard to find anything not to like. Behind all its glitz and glamour there is some serious skiing to be done at Val d’Isère. Once a year the resort is transformed into the biggest party in the alps with the arrival of the FIS downhill. If you are planning on travelling to Val d’Isère during the race be prepared for some serious partying…

Val Thorens: Amongst the clouds, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe. The resort forms part of the 3 Vallées linked ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is the largest ski area in the world. The nearest airports are Chambery, Lyon and Geneva. They have a transfer time of 2 hours, 2 hours 45…

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