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The Best Ski Resorts in France for an Unforgettable Winter Holiday

September 20th, 2022

Where to go skiing this winter? The question that comes up a lot, especially when you know that France has many ski resorts- Alps, Pyrenees, Jura, there is something for everyone. From luxury ski hotels to affordable lodging, we present you with a selection of the best destinations to go to the snow in France and beyond.

The best ski resorts in France

The French Alps

The Alps is home to the best ski areas in France, which is why it is one of the favourite destinations to go skiing worldwide. Mont Blanc, the highest peak in all of Western Europe, is the perfect place to try your hand at winter sports.

Located in the Alps, the 3 Valleys is the largest ski area in the world. More than 600 kilometres of pistes are linked, to the delight of all levels of skiers. With slopes between 1100m and 3230m in altitude and open 5 months of the year, you will have a great time.

Courchevel

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It is one of the most popular ski resorts. Nicknamed the Saint-Tropez of the Snows, it welcomes tourists from all over the world every year to ski on its famous slopes.

Ultra-luxurious, it has many luxury hotels in the Alps, but it is also quite possible to stay nearby for a lower price. The Mercure Brides-Les-Bains – Grand Hôtel des Thermes is nestled in the heart of the 3 valleys. This 4-star hotel offers all the guarantees for a relaxing and sporty stay. Skiing, hiking for snow lovers, and indoor swimming pool for the most chilly, everyone will find happiness in the activities offered.

Megeve

Megeve has almost 450 km of slopes plus 95 km of cross-country ski trails. This former ski resort is still a favourite place for skiers. Moreover, its village has always kept its authentic and traditional side.

The Résidence De L’Ours offers an ideal location to stay in the mountains. With a terrace and garden, you can enjoy a spectacular mountain range view while sipping hot chocolate. With 12 individually decorated rooms with kitchenettes, you are free as a bird in the residence.

For those looking for a ski spa hotel, we recommend the Grand Hotel Du Soleil d’Or. Recently renovated, you will enjoy an idyllic stay. Choose a room overlooking the mountains and relax in the spa after a day on the slopes.

The Pyrenees

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The Pyrenees, which rise to 3,404 metres, separated France from Spain. There are 39 ski resorts in the French Pyrenees, 34 resorts in Spain and 3 resorts in Andorra. Are you looking for resorts where you can go snow hiking? The Pyrenees are an excellent choice.

A Pyrennes ski hotel

Les Jardins de Balnéa – Vacanceole is the perfect solution for ski apartment rentals. Each flat has a fully equipped kitchenette, a bathroom, a bathtub, and a balcony. The residence, divided into 5 buildings of up to 2 floors, guarantees a successful holiday, with friends or family, for winter sports holidays.

Andorra

The principality offers a multitude of ski resorts for all levels, from beginner to expert.

The Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa 5 is the only 5* hotel in Andorra located at the foot of the Grandvalira ski area. This hotel concept in the heart of nature perfectly blends the latest avant-garde decoration trends with the warmth of rustic high mountain accommodation.

Apartamentos Prat de les Molleres is a ski apartment hotel located in Soldeu. It is the ideal place to practice adventure sports. The cable cars to the Granvalira ski resort are only 5 minutes away from the flats. The 22 cosy duplex flats will offer you all the comfort.

What is the highest ski resort France?

Wintersports riding the ski lift to empty pastes in the Alpine ski resort of Avoriaz.

The highest ski area in France is Val Thorens in the Three Valleys, with 2,300 metres of altitude.

Most beautiful ski resorts France

Our top 3 most beautiful ski resorts in France :

  • Avoriaz (Haute Savoie) as it is car-free.
  • Alpe d’Huez (Isère) because it hosts the mythical Sarenne, the largest black run in the world
  • Métabief (Doubs) is located on the Massif du Mont d’Oret and offers a superb panorama of Mont Blanc

What is the oldest resort in France?

Chamonix, Megève and Montgenèvre were the first to structure the ski activity in the early 1900s.

Where to ski abroad

Skiing in Switzerland

Red Swiss flag over Davos mountains, Switzerland.

  • St Moritz: it has twice hosted the Winter Olympics
  • Verbier Saas Fee: the authentic Swiss ski resort.
  • Gstaad is one of, if not the most exclusive resort in Switzerland. It is the Saint-Tropez of ski resorts.
  • The must-see resort of Zermatt: Voted the best ski resort in the world in 2019 and in the Alps in 2020, Zermatt offers an incredible setting.

Skiing in Austria

  • Sölden is one of the best of all the ski resorts in Austria and the best known in the country.
  • Lech Zürs is one of the oldest ski resorts in Austria.
  • Together with St. Anton am Arlberg, Tyrol has the largest ski area in Austria.

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