Ski holidays France: Snow up your life!
Why book ski holidays in France?What are the main reasons to spend your ski holiday in France? This beautiful country attracts many tourists each year and the reasons are versatile. Is it its cultural and scenic diversity, or perhaps its culinary specialities? At least one of these should be reason enough! France offers one-of-a-kind, delicious food and classically world-famous wines. While France offers a seemingly endless selection of delicacies, it still doesn’t explain why you should visit during the winter. However, the spectacular skiing and snowboarding conditions will surely speak for themselves! French ski regions belong to some the largest, highest, and most spacious in the world.
The French Alps are beautiful, snow-sure, and the ski areas simply massive with high altitudes, offering perfectly prepared pistes as well as amazing deep powder possibilities and freeride terrain. Just imagine skiing your perfect line in the sun viewing the Mont Blanc massif surrounded by your friends, family and glowing, white snow. Last but not least, let’s not forget that a ski holiday in France is so affordable! Additionally, France offers unique day-trip destinations and beautiful sights. One city you should certainly visit at least once in your lifetime is Grenoble, located in the middle of the French Alps and offering practically anything you can imagine (besides a great ski resort): e.g. museums or the Bastille, which offers a stunning view of the city as well as of the mountains that surround Grenoble, who were hosts of the 1968 Winter Olympics.
Where to go skiing in France?So many ski areas and sporting activities don’t make it easy to choose. That being said, the largest ski areas are located in Savoie. In the Vanoise Massif in the southern Savoie Alps, you can find the famous resorts of La Plagne, Val Thorens, Tignes and Valmeinier. At some point, this region will transform into the largest ski area and winter sports territory in the entire world! The ski area Trois Vallées offers over 600 km of piste, 200 ski lifts and are connected with the following resorts: Courchevel, Méribel, and Val Thorens/Les Menuires. The Trois Vallées are quite snow-sure and a popular place to go early on in the season: Val Thorens is even the highest ski resort in Europe, with an altitude reaching up to 2,300 m. Isère is possibly the most versatile ski region in France, reaching from the marginal mountain ranges of the French Pre-Alps to the Écrins massif. The Écrins massif also offers a truly majestic, high-mountain view of the Dauphiné!
Even more majestic is Europe's highest point, the Mont Blanc (4,810 m) which lies in the Haute Savoie. Haute Savoie is located in the eastern part of France, just along the border of the Swiss cantons of Valais and Geneva and also along the border of Italy. Majestic mountain scenery meets pristine landscapes with lakes and rivers sprinkled throughout the valley. Chamonix is quite a popular destination, having hosted the 1924 Winter Olympics, and has everything nature-lovers and winter sports fans adore. Here alone, you can select a variety of ski areas like Chamonix, Les Portes du Soleil and La Clusaz. Les Portes du Soleil, offering a total of 650 km of piste! These all compose 12 interconnected ski resorts that can partly be found in Switzerland, so crossing the border and back on skis has never been easier! Also worth mentioning are the unforgettable views skiers and snowboarders can take in on sunny days. Another destination to consider is the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m), where a glacier run starts, of which is one of the longest and most spectacular deep snow ski runs in the world with 20 km running through the Vallée Blanche down into Chamonix.
Mont Blanc isn’t the only high mountain in France, though. Lots of high peaks are located in the Hautes Alpes: The Barre des Ecrins (4,102 m), the southernmost 4,000 m peak or the Le Meije (3,983 m) and the Mont Pelvoux (3,946 m), both of which nearly touch the 4,000 m barrier. With all of these massive peaks available and a plethora of diverse ski areas, winter sports fans are sure to find something in France.
The large ski areas of La Plagne, Val Thorens, Tignes and Valmeinier are located in a semi-circle around the Vanoise Massif in the southern Savoie Alps. Although there are still some gaps between the ski areas, they will one day be joined to become the largest winter sports territory in the world.
A winter sports region can hardly be more varying. This one reaches from the marginal mountain ranges of the French Pre-Alps to the Écrins Massif, the majestic high mountain scenery of the Dauphiné.
The département Haute Savoie in the eastern part of France boarders on the Swiss cantons Valais and Geneva, as well as on the Italian Aosta Valley. Haut Savoie is a region of superlatives as it is the possessor of a wonderful natural heritage. Europe's highest point, the Mont Blanc (4,810 m) lies here, as well as part of Lake Geneva, Lake Annecy, the river Rhône and Chamonix Valley. Winter sports fans can choose from an extensive selection of ski areas, including Chamonix, but also the areas Portes du Soleil and La Clusaz, which are world-famous.
The name is programme here: France's highest mountains (apart from the Mont Blanc) are situated in the département Hautes Alpes. The Barre des Ecrins (4,102 m) rises up high as the most southern 4,000 m-peak, surrounded by a number of similarly high mountains - including the Le Meije (3,983 m) and the Mont Pelvoux (3,946 m). Ideal conditions for diverse winter sports options, and therefore, the ski areas of the Hautes Alpes attract guests with both quality and quantity. The Massif de Dévoluy offers 100 km of pistes, the Fôret Blanche has 185 km to offer and in Serre Chevalier it is even 250 km. Lots of space to run riot - for beginners and pros alike!
In southern France lies the département Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The region is especially well-known for it's wonderful landscape diversity. The impressive mix of deep canyons, massive mountain sides and mystic, rocky ridges makes the area the perfect destination for activity seekers. In winter holiday-goers will find charming ski villages with lots of hours of sunshine and pistes which stretch above 3,000 m altitude. Once of the largest ski areas of the southern Alps is the "Espace Lumière" with over 200 km of piste and two very family-friendly ski stations.
The Maritime Alps mean sea and high mountains in one breath. It is the distinctive contrast between deep blue sky and snowy winter landscape that creates the special attractiveness of the most southern winter sports area in the French Alps.
Ski area altitude
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|249 km||1,125 - 3,330 m||7||£ 266|
|75 km||960 - 2,460 m||7||£ 248|
|114 km||1,030 - 3,275 m||4-10||£ 257|
|90 km||1,650 - 2,250 m||7||£ 133|
|83 km||1,100 - 2,200 m||7||£ 266|
|150 km||1,300 - 2,738 m||7||£ 204|
|265 km||700 - 2,561 m||7||£ 257|
|120 km||1,800 - 2,603 m||7||£ 204|
|100 km||1,470 - 2,510 m||7||£ 115|
|65 km||1,350 - 2,750 m||7||£ 168|
|225 km||1,250 - 3,250 m||3-7||£ 133|
|310 km||1,100 - 2,620 m||7||£ 177|
|225 km||1,280 - 3,560 m||7||£ 284|
|120 km||1,350 - 2,400 m||7||£ 213|
|193 km||1,200 - 3,226 m||7||£ 302|
|265 km||700 - 2,561 m||7||£ 222|
|225 km||1,250 - 3,250 m||7||£ 328|
|160 km||1,450 - 2,850 m||7||£ 222|
|100 km||1,550 - 2,720 m||7||£ 222|
|468 km||1,113 - 2,350 m||7||£ 275|
|150 km||1,450 - 2,952 m||4-7||£ 213|
|265 km||700 - 2,561 m||7||£ 213|
|192 km||1,000 - 2,069 m||7||£ 186|
|100 km||1,850 - 2,725 m||7||£ 186|
|150 km||1,800 - 3,230 m||7||£ 231|
|75 km||1,400 - 2,700 m||7||£ 177|
|310 km||1,100 - 2,620 m||7||£ 177|
|250 km||1,200 - 2,800 m||7||£ 213|
|165 km||1,250 - 2,550 m||7||£ 168|
|100 km||1,470 - 2,510 m||7||£ 115|
|300 km||1,550 - 3,456 m||7||£ 231|
|125 km||1,300 - 2,800 m||7||£ 177|
|230 km||1,500 - 2,500 m||7||£ 150|
|300 km||1,550 - 3,456 m||7||£ 257|
|70 km||1,550 - 2,737 m||7||£ 142|
|150 km||1,430 - 2,594 m||7||£ 195|
|150 km||1,430 - 2,594 m||7||£ 150|
|165 km||1,250 - 2,550 m||7||£ 231|
|150 km||1,800 - 3,230 m||7||£ 257|
|185 km||1,650 - 2,750 m||4-10||£ 115|
|249 km||1,125 - 3,330 m||7||£ 213|