Skiing in France - French Ski Resorts

Ski resorts and holidays in France

France remains by far the most popular ski holiday destination for UK skiers and snowboarders, which is hardly surprising as French ski resorts are easily accessible for most brits by either plane, train or car. Extensive ski resorts, reliable snow, fantastic skiing, great food, and modern lifts characterise the skiing in France.
Skiing in France
The skiing on offer in France is, without doubt, some of the best and most extreme in the world - and French ski areas are certainly some of the biggest with many resorts lift-linked to a number of other resorts and all covered by one ski pass. Les Trois Vallées (the Three Valleys) is a prime example. Comprised of the resorts of Courchevel, Méribel, Val Thorens and Les Ménuires, the whole area has a massive 600km of pistes. France also has some of the best summer glacier skiing in Europe.
Off Piste Skiing & Boarding
The off-piste skiing and snowboarding in France is world famous. The French attitude, "if you want to ski off-piste it's OK with us, but on your head be it", means that there are none of the restrictive "out of bounds" policies that limit riders in North America. It's always best to take a guide though and you definitely should have safety equipment that you know how to use. If you are new to off-piste skiing, try an off-piste clinic and learn to ski the white stuff in safety.
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Ski Resorts in France
French ski resorts are scattered around two main mountain ranges, the Pyrenees and the Alps.

Ski resorts in France really do vary in style. There are huge, modern and purpose-built resorts like Flaine and pretty old farming villages like Megève or Chatel. But you can't beat many of France's purpose-built resorts for convenience. In La Plagne, for example, it's easy to ski to the doorstep of most apartment blocks and hotels - making for great family ski holidays.
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Like the villages, the lift systems also vary enormously, ranging from antiquated single chairs to modern high-tech, high-speed six-seaters and top-of-the-range cable cars. The lift passes aren't cheap though, so it's a good idea not to lose your pass when you accidentally find yourself in a nightclub still sporting your salopettes…

French ski resorts boast some good quality bars, and French mountain and village restaurants offer top-notch cuisine and wines at prices to suit all pockets. Some ski resorts in France are quiet and more geared towards the family ski holiday, however, most French resorts have good nightlife. In fact, some are very lively indeed, with clubs that are frequented by top DJs and stay open until dawn.