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French Ski Escapes: Top 10 Ski Resorts for Your Winter Vacation

An abundance of snow all season round, high-end resorts and Michelin star restaurants are just some of the things which make from these places top ski resort France.

These amazing alpine villages with their traditional chalets and family-friendly hotels attract a lot of tourists each year.

But let’s discover together why these amazing places are the most popular ski destinations from France, being visited by hundreds of thousand tourists each year.

France top ski resort

1. Courchevel

Part of the world largest ski domain known as Les Trois Vallees (Three Valleys), Courchevel is the largest resort from the area.

The village itself has more than 150 kilometres of pistes serviced by 60 lifts which are linked with the other 600 kilometres from the valley.

In the area, there are more than 10 summits with heights over 2.500 metres covered by pistes with incredibly good quality snow.

There are pistes for each type of skier: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Talking in percentage, about 25% of the pistes are green (for beginners), 35% are for intermediates and the rest of 40% are for advanced skiers.

Off-piste and tree skiing can be also practised in the area, with Jockeys and Jean Blanc pistes being the most famous ones.

Where to sleep

Epic1850 appartement Courchevelle is our choice for Courchevel because of its great location and good price-quality ratio.

The apartment has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony with amazing views of the surrounding mountains.

2. Les Arcs and La Plagne

La Plagne and the nearby resorts Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry are considered by many a top ski resort France has.

Here is the famous Paradiski area, the third-largest ski domain from France with more than 425 kilometres of pistes.

The pistes are located at altitudes between 1.200 m and 3.225 m and offer pistes for all types of skiers.

Les Arcs Ski resort in France top ski resort

Les Arcs resort in France

If you are a beginner and looking for a place to practice, then La Plagne should be the next France top ski resort.

This is a paradise for families with gentle descendings, wide slopes and many resorts located right near the ski slopes.

Intermediate and expert skiers from all over the world are invited to come to Les Arcs as the steeper terrain is perfect for those categories of skiers.

Where to sleep

How about spending your holiday at the magnificent Residence Pierre Vacances Premium Arc 1950 Le Village ?

This country-style hotel is located just 6 kilometres from Aguille Rouge, the highest point in the Les Arcs ski area.

It offers studios and apartments with balconies, fully equipped kitchenettes and lounges with pull-out sofas.

The indoor and outdoor pools, fitness room and hot tub are available for guests at no extra cost.

3. Alpe d’Huez

The skiable domain Alpe d’Huez comprises 6 resorts interconnected which offers 250 kilometres of pistes spread across the area.

There are 40 green pistes, 35 blue, 40 blue and 15 black ones to which we should add two snowparks, a boardercross park and a halfpipe.

More than 80 lifts serviced the entire domain and transport people from the bottom of the mountain up to 2.175 metres.

Alpe D Huez Ski in France

Alpe D Huez Ski in France

The most challenging piste from the area is L’Enversin d’Oz, a very interesting descend of more than 1.120 metres.

Here, in this park, you can find the longest ski piste in Europe, La Sarenne with a total length of 16 kilometres.

Where to sleep

The traditional style Les Grandes Rousses Alpe D’huez awaits its guests with clean and spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the mountains.

It features a restaurant and a bar where you can relax and taste traditional cuisine.

Spa facilities include a heated indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness centre and a hot tub, exactly what you need for a long day at ski.

4. Val D’Isere and Espace Killy a top ski resort France

Val d Isère is a France top ski resort part of the world-famous Espace Killy ski domain.

The domain was named after the Olympic tripe gold medal winner who grew and ski in this area, Jean Claude Killy,

More than 150 lifts serviced the pistes spread across these mountains with many peaks with heights over 3.000 metres.

In total, there are more than 300 kilometres of pistes, all of them being located at an altitude higher than 1.500 m.

Val D'Isere Ski resorts in France

Val D’Isere Ski resorts in France

Here you have the privilege to ski directly on a glacier, Glacier du Pisaillas and the ski season lasts until June in some years.

Because all the pistes are located at high altitudes, beginners have the unique opportunity to ski on top of the mountain. They can enjoy the beautiful sceneries, usually reserved to experts or intermediates.

The place is famous for its black runs (more than 20) and off-piste skiing which brings a lot of experts from all over the world.

The steep piste North Face of Pramecou si among experts’ favourite place to spend their days when in Val D’Isere.

After a long and tiring day on the slopes, you can enjoy a drink at one of the bars and restaurants located right near the pistes.

Where to sleep

Located in the centre of the Val d’Isere ski resort, Hotel Avenue Lodge Valdisere is withing minutes walk from the ski slopes.

Modern rooms, some of them with balcony accommodate guests and provide all the comfort needed for good night sleep.

Traditional and international cuisine is served at the hotel’s restaurant, while a beautiful fireplace in the lounge is the perfect place to chill.

5. Les Deux Alpes

A top ski resort France perfect for intermediates and advanced beginners is the area located close to Les Deux Alpes.

The interesting part about this area is the mountain shape which makes from this place a very popular one among beginners.

It is one of the very few places where beginners can ski on top of the mountain, while most difficult pistes are located at the bottom of the mountain.

This France top ski resort is perfect for snowboarders and freestylers that can show their talent in Les Deux Alpes Land snowpark from the glacier.

Les Deux Alpes Ski resorts in France

Les Deux Alpes Ski resorts in France

There are almost 100 slopes spread on the whole area out of which 15 are green, 45 blue, 25 red and 11 black.

All these pistes are serviced by 47 lifts which transport skiers from the bottom of the mountain up to higher grounds.

This is one of the largest Europe’s skiable domain and one of the very few areas where you can ski during summer.

All types of skiers can practice their favourite sport during summer, on top of the mountain and on the nearby glacier.

Where to sleep

Located in the heart of the village, Chamois Lodge Lesdeuxalps is a traditional style hotel with rooms overlooking the mountains and private parking.

The centrepiece of the place is the restaurant where the owners, Aurelie and Fabien, prepare really delicious specialities.

The nearest cable car is just 300 m from the hotel, while the nearest slope is just 50 m away.

6. Meribel

With pistes located at higher grounds, between 1.100 m to 3.250 m, Meribel is a top ski resort France.  It has one of the best snow coverage in Europe which ensures the perfect coverage conditions and a very long season.

The area is perfect for families with children, having two separate areas dedicated to kids with free lifts.

One of the kids’ dedicated areas is known as Moon Wild and is a trail with all kind of animals hidden in the woods.

The other one is P’tit Moon, a mini boardercross with banked turns especially designed for kids between 7 to 12.

Where to sleep

The beautiful 5-star hotel Le Kaila Meribell is definitely our choice for Meribel.

The rooms and suites combine a contemporary and chalet-style, each one is equipped with a minibar and flat-screen TV.

Spa facilities, as well as massage, aqua bike and water jet facilities, are available at the hotel.

7. Chamonix

Home of the first Winter Olympics and a France top ski resort, Chamonix is located at the foot of Mont Blanc, one of the highest mountains in Europe.

Chamonix is considered to be the perfect playground for experts and off-piste lovers because of the steeper pistes located at higher altitudes.

Here you can find the best snow conditions for skiing because of the high altitude location of the pistes.

Chamonix Ski Resort France

Chamonix Ski Resort France

Another factor which influences the snow conditions is the cooling effect from the four glaciers located in the nearby area.

Chamonix ski area comprises 7 ski villages, some of them being great for families while others are for experts and off-piste lovers.

Gentle pistes located close to Le Tour, Les Houches and Lognan makes from these three villages the perfect family destination for your winter holiday.

But Chamonix is famous for its experts’ terrain and here the slopes from Grande Montets stand out!

On this face of the mountain, you will find incredibly steep descending in a matter of a few seconds.

Where to sleep

Located just 8 minutes walk from Train du Montenvers Mer de Glace, Alpina Eclectic Hotel Chamonix is a great choice for Chamonix.

Guests can enjoy the spacious and cosy rooms with amazing views of the nearby slopes and the surrounding mountains.

A sauna, a hammam and a whirlpool tub are available at the spa area. A cosy fireplace in the lounge awaits for you after a long day at ski.

8. Serre Chevalier

250 kilometres of pistes and a very relaxing atmosphere are waiting for in this top ski resort France named Serre Chevalier.

Located close to the Italian border, with pistes at altitudes between 1.200 to 2.800 metres and a north-facing position, Serre Chevalier is one of the best ski resorts in France.

Serre Chevalier Ski Resort in France

Serre Chevalier Ski Resort in France

Here, on this are you can find the biggest snowmaking system from entire France which guarantees you a long ski season and high-quality snow.

Most of the small villages from the area are connected with buses so each day you can choose to ski in a different area of the mountain.

The largest ski domain from the area is called Grande Galaxie and it has more than 530 kilometres of pistes serviced by more than 150 lifts.

Where to sleep

Located in the centre of La Salle des Alpes village, Rock Noir Spa Serrechevalier is an ultra-modern hotel which runs on geothermal energy.

It is located right near the Aravet ski lifts and offers cosy rooms with mountain views and a very fashionable restaurant.

An indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna are available at the hotel while spa treatments are offered at an extra cost.

9. La Clusaz

A France top ski resort is La Clusaz, a beautiful and quiet village located in the Trois Vallees area.

The resort is conveniently located one hour drive from Geneva International Airport which makes it a very popular destination among winter sports lovers.

You can rent your car directly from the airport and follow the highway to the mountains.

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In the area, you can find all four categories of pistes: green for beginners, red and blue for intermediates and black for experts.

La Clusaz Best Ski in France

La Clusaz Best Ski in France

But the most privileged ones are the intermediates which have a few amazing pistes which linked ski areas of all the five peaks.

The total length of the pistes is more than 130 kilometres, which makes it a very popular place among skiers.

Where to sleep

Located within 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village, Hotel Prestige Odalys Le Chamois Clusaz is one of the best options when in La Clusaz.

It offers amazing rooms with balconies overlooking the surrounding mountains, a seasonal outdoor pool and a spa.

10. Portes du Soleil – Morzine and Avoriaz

One of the largest cross-border ski areas is Portes du Soleil with its amazing France top ski resort of Morzine and Avoriaz.

Seven French ski resorts and another 5 villages from Switzerland form this vast domain so popular among winter sports lovers.

All over the mountain, there are almost 200 lifts and 660 kilometres of pistes suitable for all categories.

Morzine Top Ski in France

Morzine Top Ski in France

There are two parks especially designed for kids located close to Avoriaz and many pistes for beginners, intermediates, experts and off-piste lovers.

Morzine is a traditional French alpine village with many chalets and a cosy atmosphere.

Avoriaz on the other hand has a more modern vibe with ultra-luxury hotels, fancy restaurants and many après ski.

Both of them offer easy access to the ski runs and have pistes for all levels of skiers.

Where to sleep

Located in a chalet-style building right in the heart of the mountains, Hotel Le Petit Dru Morzine is a family-run hotel close to the city centre.

The rooms with wood accents and valley-view balconies offer everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The hotel has its own restaurant, a lounge and a bar. A sauna, an outdoor pool, a jacuzzi and spa treatments are available at the location for the guests.

All these top ski resort France offer breathtaking sceneries, plenty of varied terrain and a lot of good snow and a long ski season.

If you haven’t planned your ski holiday yet it is time to do it and includes these amazing resorts into your future travel plans.

Let us know which one you liked most and which one is suitable for you and your family!