France has some of the most popular ski resorts in the world. France is a beautiful country, perfect for all types of skiier and Snowboarder alike.
France still remains the most popular destinations for British skiers, and it’s not surprising. Thanks to the massive choice of ski resorts in France, there’s something for everyone, whether you like lively resorts, family friendly ski holidays, or quieter spots for beginners. Here are some French ski resorts you might want to consider for your next trip.
British skiers and snowboarders can’t seem to get enough of Val d'Isère and its 300km of pistes. It’s not hard to see why. The two resorts that make up Val d'Isère are perfectly designed to allow maximum time on the slopes, with lots of ski-in/ski-out accommodation available.
Val d'Isère has runs to suit all levels, although intermediate and advanced skiers will feel more at home. However, inexperienced skiers will be impressed by the British run ski school, and it’s a great place for beginners to pick up skills quickly, with even the nursery slopes being just that bit more challenging. There are four main ski areas and eight lifts, so you can avoid the queues, and a reliable ski bus runs between the lifts. Running from late November to early May, the ski season is long, and with a high altitude, there’s decent, reliable snow coverage.
If you want a lively après-ski scene, then Val d'Isère has plenty of bars and restaurant, with the party starting late afternoon and some places open until the small hours. If you’d prefer to relax after a long day on the slopes, we offer many luxurious ski chalets in Val d'Isère, with facilities such as hot tubs and cinema screens for a great night in. There are more than 30 hotels in Val d'Isère, including the affordable Hotel Bellier in the centre of town, just a minute from the pistes, and 5-star Hotel Christiania which is renowned for its high levels of service, excellent cuisine, and luxury facilities.
Morzine is a lively resort that’s great for first time skiers and intermediates. This pretty Alpine town offers nursery slopes towards the base of the mountain, and the rest of this vast 650km ski area is taken up mostly with wooded, intermediate runs, although there are challenges for more advanced skiers. If you have non-skiers in the group, then they’re unlikely to get bored, with cross country ski trails, snowshoeing, a huge ice rink, and even ice diving to enjoy. Snowboarders also like the resort, and staying here means you are close Avoriaz which has board parks.
You’ll find a wide choice of accommodation in Morzine to suit all budgets, and the majority of hotels are 3 or 4 star. The lodge is a classic Alpine hotel from the 1930s which has been turned into two and three room apartments and cabins, and because in-house childcare is on offer, it’s very popular with families. Hotel Le Petit Dru offers a touch of luxury, and is just 400 metres from the piste, with free ski buses running outside. After a long day on the slopes, you can relax in the heated indoor or outdoor pools, or enjoy a soothing sauna or Jacuzzi.
Morzine’s season runs from mid-December to mid-April, with a decent covering of snow. Buy a ski pass for Les Gets, one of the world’s largest ski areas, and you’ll be able to use 48 ski lifts in the area, with 120km of slopes. The après-ski scene is just as impressive, with lively bars on the mountain, and a huge selection of restaurants in the village itself.
France isn’t the cheapest destination for skiing, but if you are looking for affordable luxury, then Montgenevre is a great option for beginners and intermediates. One of the country’s oldest ski resorts, the town is full of historic charm, and is just 2KM from the Italian border, so you’ll see influences from both countries.
Montgenevre is ideal for a first ski trip or for improvers, however, if you have a mixed group then there are guided off-piste opportunities to challenge advanced skiers. The resort has excellent snow that’s very reliable, and because the resort is relatively small, most accommodation is just a short walk from the lifts. The resort is family friendly, so you won’t find a wild après-ski scene, but there are excellent French and Italian restaurants, some cosy bars, and a nightclub in town.
France has such a wide choice of ski resorts; it can sometimes be difficult to decide where to book. If you need help choosing the right resort for your group, then speak to one of the ski experts at Snowfinders on 01858 466888.