Ski holidays in France

France ski holidays

France is the main ski destination for British skiers, with a third of UK holidaymakers heading there each year. France also boasts the largest lift network of any country in the world. 

french ski holiday resorts

Ski resorts in France, like the ski terrain, are massively varied, meaning there is something to cater for every possible taste. Many of the larger ski resorts are purpose built, so they are superbly located, with extensive and well maintained ski areas, at altitudes that guarantee reliable snow conditions, and with many properties fantastically positioned to offer easy access to the slopes. One downside to this kind of resort can be the slightly unattractive architecture where concrete apartment blocks, hastily constructed in the boom of the 60s and 70s, contrast against the magnificent beauty of their alpine setting. However, the fantastic skiing in France means such resorts are some of the best in the world.

That said, for every purpose built ski resort in France there are many smaller and more traditionally styled villages with good access to exceptional skiing. Although proximity to lifts may not be as good as in the purpose built resorts, the tranquillity offered by staying in an authentic French mountain village can be well worth the extra effort. 

Our catered ski chalets in France are easily the most popular accommodation option and these can be found in all skiing locations and resort sizes in the mountains.


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Resorts in France

  • Alpe D'Huez

    Alpe d’Huez has been a well-kept secret by the French for years. High up in the mountains in a sunny bowl opposite Les Deux Alpes, it commands spectacular views of the valley below and has become renowned for its sunshine record. Much of the resort ...

  • Courchevel

    Often known as the ‘chic’ resort of the Trois Vallées, Courchevel is an outstanding ski resort comprising four different villages. Courchevel 1850 (now known simply as Courchevel) is smart, sophisticated and expensive, with excellent restaurants ...

  • La Plagne

    The resort of La Plagne is split into ten stations, which gives the opportunity to ski a number of quaint, French villages in a huge ski area. Our chalets are all based in the four main areas of Belle Plagne, Plagne Centre, Plagne 1800 and Plagne Vil ...

  • La Rosiere

    La Rosiere enjoys a high, sunny location in the Tarentaise Valley with great views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa. The resort has been built in a traditional chalet style along the road which leads from Bourg St. Maurice to the Petit-St ...

  • Les Arcs

    Les Arcs consists of four modern purpose-built resorts at 1600, 1800, 1950 and 2000 metres. The resorts are spread out and accommodation is generally well placed to access the skiing. Arc 1800 is the largest village with a lively atmosphere, whilst A ...

  • Les Deux Alpes

    Spread out along the valley in this historic and charming village, the lifts are every few hundred yards, so you are never far away from one. Ski slopes run down both sides of the resort, which sits in a high altitude valley joining the 'two alps' of ...

  • Meribel

    The middle resort of the Trois Vallées, Méribel retains its traditional charm with attractive wooden chalet-style buildings. Shops, bars and restaurants are plentiful and lively. Mottaret (approximately 3km above Méribel Centre) is smaller and pur ...

  • Tignes

    One of the largest and most convenient of the purpose-built resorts, Tignes’ high altitude and excellent snow record of Tignes make it an ideal location for skiing and boarding fanatics the world over. There are three high-altitude villages in Tign ...

  • Val d'Isere

    Val d’Isère is one of the most popular resorts in the French Alps and has managed to retain its beautiful traditional village feel. Elegant and cosmopolitan, with its origins in medieval hunting estates, Val d’Isère has an array of shops, bars, ...

  • Val Thorens

    Not just the highest resort of the Trois Vallées but actually the highest resort in Europe (2300 metres), Val Thorens is modern, purpose-built, snow-sure and surrounded by spectacular peaks and glaciers. There are several commercial centres with ple ...

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