The best ski resorts in France

With France open to British skiers and snowboarders for several weeks now, we can’t wait to return to some of our favorite French ski destinations. So here are five of the best ski resorts in France if you’re also looking to plan a cross-Channel getaway this year.

1. Val d’Isere

One of France’s most iconic resorts, Val d’Isère (top photo) is linked to Tignes to form the 300km Espace Killy, offering plenty of skiing for all levels, whether you’re find your ski legs or whether you are a seasoned skier. If the ski area alone would be enough to tempt us, what makes Val d’Isère famous is its nightlife. Birthplace of the first Folie Douce, the après-ski scene here is almost unparalleled, with options ranging from lively clubs to cozy creperies and traditional restaurants.

Unlike some of the larger French ski resorts, Val d’Isere has an extremely picturesque town centre, which makes for a stunning backdrop for those Instagram-worthy photos.

Why Val d’Isere?

Val d’Isère offers something for every type of skier. Whether your goal is skiing, afternoons, great views or family time with plenty of activities, this resort will not disappoint.

And off the slopes?

Throughout the ski season, there’s plenty to do while you’re not on the slopes. There is a weekly market with local delicacies, an ice rink, helicopter rides, husky dog ​​safaris and a sports center which you have free access for one day with your lift pass.

Will stay: Dukes of Savoy

Ideally located, a few minutes walk from the town center and the ski slopes, Ducs de Savoie is the ideal base for your ski holiday.

Find out more or book your next vacation in Val d’Isère here.

2. Meribel

Part of the massive Three Valleys ski area, Méribel offers 600km of world-class skiing as part of Europe’s largest ski area. Combining fantastic skiing with a charming town centre, it’s not only one of the best ski resorts in France, but it’s also arguably one of the most beautiful.

The charming resort village provides a picture postcard backdrop for adventures with family, friends and loved ones while exploring the region. Wooden chalets with twinkling lights line the streets, while cozy bars and lively afternoon establishments attract those looking for the most enjoyable way to end their day of skiing.

Why Meribel?

With a wide variety of fantastic après-ski options, but also a ton of fun family-friendly activities on and off the slopes, Méribel is one of those rare resorts that can truly be said to be perfect for both families and friends.

And off the slopes?

The question in Méribel is not “what can we do off the slopes?” – instead it’s “what can’t you do?!” “. Whether you don’t ski or just fancy an evening activity, there’s something for everyone, from dog sledding and snowmobiling to ice skating and go-karting.

Adrenaline junkies can try their hand at hang gliding and paragliding, while families will love the resorts’ bowling facilities and numerous toboggan runs.

Will stay: Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes

Located just opposite the Chaudanne ski lifts, the Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes is as close as possible to the slopes. With cottage catering included, it’s the epitome of comfort and convenience.

Find out more or book your next holiday in Méribel here.

3. La Plagne

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Part of the immense Paradiski domain, La Plagne is a charming resort which offers 425 km of impeccably groomed pistes. Linked to the neighboring resort of Les Arcs, it offers exceptional snow reliability thanks to its glacier skiing, as well as numerous tree-lined runs, accessible beginner areas and more challenging advanced routes.

The resort itself is actually made up of around 10 villages, each with its own character and infrastructure. For accommodation in our favorite locations, check out Inghams top picks in Plagne Centre, Belle Plagne, Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages.

Why La Plagne?

What makes La Plagne special simply has to be the variety it has in all areas of the resort. From varied village centers to vibrant nightlife choices and a huge range of off-piste activities, you have so much to explore in La Plagne.

And off the slopes?

As well as amazing skiing, winter adventurers in La Plagne can also enjoy an Olympic bobsleigh and skeleton track, an ice cave, sledding, snowshoeing, paragliding and even hockey opportunities. on ice. In the town you’ll find that the many resort hubs have led to a very diverse après-ski scene, so you’re sure to find something to suit everyone. Staying on the flavor side, you can also enjoy some of the best food in the Alps in La Plagne, with a host of bars and restaurants serving food ranging from traditional French fare to classic Alpine cuisine.

Will stay: Snow Front Apartments

Elegant ski-in, ski-out apartments at the foot of the La Bergerie chairlift, Front de Neige offers the ultimate in slopeside comfort as well as a spacious spa area with heated indoor pool.

Find out more or book your next holiday in La Plagne here.

4. Avoriaz

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One of the best resorts in Europe (literally!), Avoriaz enjoys an altitude location in one of the best and largest ski areas in the world, the Portes du Soleil. One of the reasons why so many skiers return to Avoriaz again and again is its incredible accessibility. The vast majority of accommodation here is ski-in, making it an ideal destination for families and those looking to maximize their skiing time this winter – which, let’s face it, aren’t we all?!

In terms of location, this purpose-built resort is one of the highest in the Alps, but is only a short transfer from Geneva, so it’s incredibly easy to reach, whether on a weekend getaway. a week or a weekend by plane. With a central position on the 400 km of Portes du Soleil skiing, it’s a great option for skiers who like to rack up the miles.

Why Avoriaz?

Due to its high altitude, Avoriaz is one of the best ski resorts in France in terms of snow cover, with exceptional and constant snow cover throughout the season. As such, it allows you to have an epic early or late season skiing holiday in an epic ski area (the largest linked international ski area in the world in fact) while minimizing transfer times.

Voted best family resort at the Snow Awards 2012, Avoriaz also continues to be one of the best ski resorts in France for families, thanks to its traffic-free town center and easy access to the slopes.

And off the slopes?

There are so lots to do in Avoriaz you will be forgiven for not having time to ski! Truly cementing its family-friendly nature, there are heaps of family-friendly activities, from snow scooters and sledding to horse-drawn sleighs, bowling and a huge swimming center. Or adults who love heights can try paragliding or even helicopter rides!

Will stay: Hotel Les Cimes du Soleil

In true Avoriaz style, this ski-in ski-out hotel offers a large sun terrace, a cozy indoor bar and fantastic evening entertainment to take your week on the slopes to the next level.

Find out more or book your next vacation in Avoriaz here.

5.Chamonix

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Not just one of the best ski resorts in France, Chamonix is ​​undeniably one of the most famous resorts in the world, attracting skiers from all corners of the globe to its iconic high altitude terrain. Indeed, 90% of the ski area here is above 2000m, which translates to some of the best snow conditions in the world as well as spectacular mountain views. Up high you have a huge ski area and options for crossing the Italian border on skis, while in town you’ll find some of the best nightlife in the Alps.

Add to that short transfer times from Geneva airport and we can see why so many skiers put Chamonix at the top of their list.

Why Chamonix?

As the ski area offers a number of different ski areas, you can explore a different area almost every day. However, experienced skiers won’t want to just stick to the Chamonix slopes. The resort is famous for its extensive off-piste opportunities and if you hire a guide you can ski day after day in incredible, untouched terrain.

Located at the foot of majestic Mont Blanc, Chamonix also boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Alps, making it a must-visit resort for skiers and non-skiers alike.

And off the slopes?

Keep up the intense activity with paragliding, ice climbing or speed riding, or spend an evening exploring the area’s outdoor market, beautiful nature walks or entertaining husky rides. Alternatively, if you’re in the mood for some serious relaxation after a long day of skiing, you simply can’t miss the amazing new 4,000m² spa, the QC Therme.

Will stay: The Heliopic Hotel

A chic, state-of-the-art hotel at the foot of the iconic Aiguille du Midi cable car, the Hôtel Héliopic has a 500m2 spa area for adults (open all day for hotel guests only) as well as a playroom for children.

Find out more or book your next holiday in Chamonix here.

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