With superb snow conditions, charming chalets, picturesque villages and the highest ski resort in Europe, France is the ideal place for a winter holiday for couples, friends and family. If you’re wondering which alpine destination is right for you, we’ve listed our top favorite snowy all-inclusive resorts for you to consider.
Situated high on a plateau in the center of the French Alps, the lively resort of Alpe d’Huez has some of the best snow conditions in France for downhill and off-piste skiing. Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine is one of the largest ski areas in the world and boasts one of the largest uninterrupted verticals in the world – the 16km long Sarenne descent. With over 250 km of slopes, Alpe d’Huez caters to skiers of all levels and non-skiers will appreciate the range of non-skiing activities to enjoy including yoga, snow hiking, snow sledding, dogs and the indulgent Club Med Spa by PAYOT. Groups of friends and couples will enjoy getting together in the comfort of Club Med Alpe d’Huez and the nearly 300 days of sunshine that the resort enjoys thanks to its privileged location. The resort also offers a wide variety of activities, including great evening entertainment with shows, music, and DJ sets.
Panorama of Les Arcs
In the Tarentaise Valley in Savoie, in the Paradiski ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world, is Club Med Les Arc Panorama, a popular destination for skiers for a long time. With some of the most beautiful and peaceful forest runs to explore on skis, snowboard or ski lift, it is perfect and very popular with beginners. This family-friendly resort has an amazing kids’ club for children aged 4 months to 17 years old, as well as an innovative family restaurant where kids can treat their parents to dinner! For a more luxurious touch, the resort has the luxury Belvedere space where you can enjoy champagne every evening.
Spoil your family with a stay in the friendly Franco-Italian resort of Club Med La Rosière located at an altitude of 1,858 meters in Savoie. It is the only Franco-Italian ski resort in the Northern Alps and shares the spectacular ski areas of San Bernado, which connects La Rosière to La Thuile in Italy. With its 40 scenic runs, the resort is ideal for intermediate skiers and is one of the few where visitors can ski across the Italian border. Steeped in history and tradition, La Rosière is dotted with charming traditional chalets and almost all the pistes offer fabulous views of the dramatic mountain scenery. With its alpine character, it is the ideal resort for families and offers day care for children from 4 months. Due to its proximity to Mont Blanc (the highest mountain in the Alps) and the Col du Petit Saint-Bernard, La Rosière guarantees a long ski season.
Nothing showcases the best of the Alps more than Peisey-Vallandry. At an incredible altitude of 1600m in the Tarentaise Valley, it is a magical destination surrounded by pine forests and dramatic mountain peaks.
If you are looking for a family destination, Peisey offers fun activities for skiers and non-skiers. With ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities, active holidaymakers will be delighted by the spectacular slopes to play on. Non-skiers have a variety of enjoyable and relaxing activities such as snowshoe walking through pine forests to explore the countryside and the CARITA spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind with indulgent pampering.
One of the most dynamic and lively ski areas, Val Claret in the ski resort of Tignes is an essential destination for an active holiday with friends and family. You will be amazed by the 300 km of snowy terrain to explore and play. It’s a good choice for early season skiing that suits all levels. A stay at Club Med Tignes is not complete without experiencing the “Vallon de la Sache”, the lost valley or satisfying your senses at Club Med Spa by Sothys. Club Med Tignes also has an Exclusive Space which offers personalized butler services for guests and the largest indoor heated swimming pool in the Alps.
Valley of Isere
Considered one of the cradles of alpine skiing, Val d’Isère is also home to some of the most famous après-ski and clubbing spots in the Alps. Don’t miss the après-ski at Val d’Isère La Folie Douce, nicknamed the “highest club in Europe”! In terms of accommodation, Club Med Val d’Isère has everything you need to spend a luxurious, exclusive and relaxing stay for the whole family because when you walk through the doors of Club Med Val d’Isère, you benefit from the opportunity to discover the only Club Med Exclusive Collection resort located in the mountains. This charming resort has seen the greatest champions hurtle down its mythical slopes and is the ideal setting to experience luxury, intimacy and personal concierge service in this preserved jewel of Savoie..
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe (2,300m) and offers incredible snowfall with excellent skiing conditions until early April. It is part of the larger snow playground known as Les Trois Vallées, which has over 600 km of pistes and enough space that you never have to ski the same piste twice for a vacation week. And it is here that you will find the modern Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. With its avant-garde architecture and design, sleek, modern furnishings and vibrant hues of pink and beige, Val Thorens is unlike any resort you’ve experienced before. The resort’s fun atmosphere is amazing for friends and couples alike. For fun and partying outside peak hours, head to 360 Bar, located at the foot of the Moraine and Portette chairlifts with DJs and live music to keep the party going in the afternoon, or have a relaxing afternoon in the outdoor Jacuzzi admiring the view.
There are few experiences that can be as magical as a snow holiday or as exhilarating as learning to ski or perfecting your skills in France. Not only will you have an incredible French Alpine experience in a winter wonderland, but you’ll be charmed by village life, thrilled by gourmet cuisine and thrilled by all the activities on offer – making this the perfect adventure destination for 2022!
This post was sponsored and provided by Club Med.