France ski holidays
It is no surprise that France is the most popular skiing destination for Britons. The majority of resorts are easy to get to; whether you travel by plane, car or train, it is normally no longer than half a day’s travelling. This key factor combined with the ever-reliable varied resorts and long-lasting snow, creates the perfect formula for a British ski holiday. Our ski holidays to France include flights, transfers and accomodation, including many catered ski chalets in France.
Best ski holidays in France
Best for snow-sure slopes - For snow sure slopes look at high altitude resorts with glaciers. Resorts such as Tignes and Val d'Isere, Les Arcs and La Plagne, Les Deux Alpes and Europe's highest Val Thorens are great choices.
Best for families - The resorts of Meribel and Courchevel in The Three Valleys and La Plagne and Les Arcs in the Paradiski ski area are great for families with plenty of runs for all abilities and we have a large selected of catered chalets here. Les Gets and Avoriaz in the Portes du Soleil ski area are also great family friendly resorts, especially Avoriaz as there are a number of slope side and ski in ski out accommodation. We also have catered chalets in the small resort of La Rosiere which have fantastic childcare facilities available.
Best for après - There are so many resorts that have amazing après ski and nightlight but the best of the bunch has to be Val Thorens, Meribel, Val d'Isere and Tignes, Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d'Huez.
Best for groups - For groups looking for great all-rounder resorts for all standards of skiing then Tignes, Les Arcs, Meribel, Courchevel, Alpe d'Huez and Morzine are the ones to go for!
Ski areas in France
France boasts a wide variety of excellent ski resorts which can cater the demands of anybody. Whether your wishes are for a variety of blue slopes or for an outdoor swimming pool, France is unlikely to leave you disappointed. Ski resorts in France are some of the best in the world and skiers and snowboarders will revel in the wide range of excellent pistes on offer. Ranging from traditional alpine villages to modern ski-in ski-out resorts, France almost certainly appeals to all.
The Three Valleys is a world-famous ski area that merges 8 main ski resorts including Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens. In the heart of the French Alps the Paradiski area offers uninterrupted skiing between La Plagne and Les Arcs. Espace Killy is one of the most popular ski areas in France linking Tignes and Val d'Isère. Other noteworthy ski areas in France include the Portes du Soleil and the Domaine de la Foret Blanche.
Snow conditions in France
The quality of snow in French ski resorts can vary from one resort to another, but on the whole, snow conditions in winter are excellent. Ski areas in France generally sit higher than any other ski country so ski resorts have superior snow conditions and longer seasons. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and Avoriaz repeatedly gets the most snowfall in France.
France has a superb and diverse après-ski scene. The extraordinary Folie Douce is well-known for its flamboyant and huge afternoon ski parties. The club giant now has bars in many of the top French ski resorts including Val d’Isere, Meribel, Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez. French après has something for everyone, whether you’re after an on the piste mountain bar, a bistro with a sunny terrace, a swanky cocktail bar or an alpine pub, you’ll be spoilt for choice in many French ski resorts.
Ski accommodation in France
We have a huge selection of different accommodation for French resorts, including hotels, apartments and chalets. If you prefer a more relaxed, informal atmosphere on your ski holiday, ski chalets are a very popular option. We have a wide range of French ski chalets in all the major ski resorts. Have a quick browse of our ski chalets in France.
Alternatively, you may be seeking private accommodation. Ski apartments in France are a brilliant way to enjoy ski holidays whilst feeling at home. There are plenty of hotel options ranging from great value chalet hotel ski holidays in the large resorts to luxurious hotels in the finest locations.
Transfer times to resorts in France
Transfer times from destination airports to the ski resort can take between one hour to four in ski resorts in France depending on which airport you are flying in to and your chosen ski resort. The main airports are Geneva and Chambery for France ski holidays. Transfer times are listed in the ‘Your Holiday’ details of each ski property listing.
Lift passes for french resorts
Remember you don't always need a full area pass; think about how much skiing you will actually do and whether you will benefit from an area or a local lift pass. You can pre-book your ski pass with your holiday booking, or you can get it on your ski rep on the transfer or when you arrive in your resort.