France

Ski France – Still the market leader, with a whopping 43% of UK skiers opting for the big names and big ski areas, with high altitude assuring guaranteed snow, which France offers in such abundance.
France is the powerhouse when it comes to seriously BIG ski areas, including four of the all-time greats, that any skier or snowboarder is going to want to notch up at some point in their snow career.

Why Ski France?

The Ski Areas

Les Trois Vallées (The 3 Valleys) - from Courchevel
via Méribel and La Tania to Val Thorens and Les Menuires, 600kms of
piste, plus endless off-piste areas, link up into one of the
world’s biggest ski domaines.

Espace Killy - with chic Val d’Isère on one side,
and high altitude Tignes on the other, Espace Killy is a favourite with
more experienced skiers and riders, for the sheer scale of its
challenges, both on and off-piste.

Paradiski - the newest inter-linked mega-area,
with the Vanoise Express cable-car connecting Les Arcs with La Plagne -
both big ski areas in themselves - to create a combined 425kms of
ideal intermediate terrain.

Portes du Soleil - lays claim to the title of
‘biggest international ski area’, as the area bridges the border between
France and Switzerland, and covers a range of resorts, including
Les Gets, Avoriaz and Châtel.

The Resorts

France offers a complete contrast, from charming traditional villages like Les Gets and vibrant towns like Val d’Isère, to purpose-built resorts like Tignes, Val Thorens & Les Arcs, set in high altitude locations at the heart of some of the world’s biggest ski areas. Most offer some lively nightlife, as well as a host of après-ski activities and adventures to add to your holiday.

Accommodation In France

Catered Skiing Chalets France

The outright winner to emerge from the above two trends has been the
catered skiing chalet sector, and this is where France excels.
The country has by far the lion's share of Alpine ski chalets, and with
chalets being the preferred accommodation option for well over a third of
the UK ski market, this has been a key driver in France’s market dominance in
recent years.

Catered Chalet Hotels

Growing out of the chalet sector, the advent of Chalet Hotels
(also called Club Hotels by some operators) has seen the informal,
convivial style so popular in skiing chalets in France spread into
larger properties, ranging from 26 beds at the lower end up to 200+ at the
top of the scale. Run by the tour operator’s own, normally British, staff,
Ski Chalet Hotels combine the ski chalet ethos with a more extensive range
of facilities, normally including an in-house bar, and frequently with
leisure facilities or ‘Wellness Areas’, offering a swimming-pool, sauna,
hot-tub and steam-room.

Courchevel

Courchevel is renowned for having one of the longest ski seasons and the best snow cover in the whole of the Alps, and has headed skiers’ list of prestige ski resorts for many a year now.

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La Tania

Nestled in a perfect position in between Courchevel and Meribel, La Tania offers the French charm of a pretty village, with access to the incredible pistes of The Three Valleys. The resort centre itself is traffic free, and properties have doorstep skiing, so more time can be spent on the slopes.

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Flaine

Surrounding the resort of Flaine is a magnificent snow bowl with largely north-facing slopes, and this geographical position means that it is blessed with one of the highest snowfalls in the Alps with an average snow depth of 6 metres each winter. This is a resort that is perfect for all levels of skiers as you will find moguls, plenty of powder, and off-piste opportunities as well as pretty tree-lined runs back down to the resort.

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Val Thorens

Val Thorens is known for having one of the most up-to-date skiing lift systems in the world, with a huge uphill capacity that can whisk you quickly and comfortably to the top of the many peaks and glaciers that surround this ski holiday resort, including eight skiable peaks or passes over 3000 metres!

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Val d’Isère

The world-famous Espace Killy ski area links Val d’Isère with Tignes, connecting some of the highest peaks of the Savoie Alps. The skiing is never-ending; snowfalls are reliable and the area’s six-month season, starting in November, is one of the longest in Europe.

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Tignes

Tignes is indisputably one of the ‘crème de la crème’ of world ski areas, the ‘Espace Killy’ ski area, combining Tignes and neighbouring Val d’Isère, ranks highly in any keen skier’s top ten world resorts as their ski holiday choice, and deservedly so.

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Méribel

Now four valleys rather than three, this is a huge, state of the art system with 600 kms of varied terrain. Dawdle on flattering tree-lined slopes, attack giant bumps and steep couloirs or notch up the mileage, cruising the whole magnificent system, there is something for all skiers whatever your level when taking your skiing holidays in Méribel

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Les Gets

The friendly skiing terrain around Les Gets itself is perfect for beginners and intermediates to enjoy. Opposite Les Gets’ main Chavannes ski slopes is the smaller Mont Chéry area, with satisfyingly long runs, some excellent bumps and a snow park with lots of kickers, rails and boxes. Higher up, on thanks to the 49 lifts linked with Morzine on the local ski lift pass, there is also a good range of skiing for the more experienced skier or snow boarder. A permanent boarder cross has been developed on the Chavannes slopes for any aspiring Olympians to test their skills!

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Les Deux Alpes

Les 2 Alpes has a vast choice of skiing for all levels of skier and unusually has a number of easier slopes at the top as well as some more challenging runs near the resort. The slopes on the glacier are long and wide and are perfect for practising turns and gaining confidence. And at this altitude they always have excellent snow conditions.

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Les Arcs

The ski area of Les Arcs and its connected villages of Vallandry and Peisey Nancroix include some of the smoothest and longest runs in the French Alps, as well as some of the most exciting. Whatever your ski ability, whether you are chasing a speed record, enjoy motorway cruising and pretty tree-lined runs or want to learn on gentle, sunny nursery slopes, Les Arcs has something to offer everyone.

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Avoriaz

Skiers and snowboarders staying in our ski chalets in Avoriaz are thoroughly spoiled! – it is hard to think of anywhere more utterly convenient for a ski holiday, with skiing to and from the doorstep, and two charming restaurants all within a decent snowball’s throw.

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Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d’Huez is the main hub resort of the fabulous ‘Grandes Rousses’ ski area, comprising the six resorts you can see on our lift-map opposite, 250kms of wonderful pisted skiing, and endless acres of off-piste powder. It is the huge main snow-bowl immediately above and around the village itself, which is the main attraction of an Alpe d’Huez skiing holiday.

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