France is an overwhelming haven for skiers and snowboarders. Huge, dramatic mountain ranges, glorious bustling ski resorts, charming traditional villages, and acres and acres of snow abound. There are some impressive stats too; the worlds longest combined on-piste millage of nearly 5, 000 miles, the world's oldest resort, the toughest terrain and most awesome backcountry, Europe's highest ski resort (Val Thorens) and highest peak, 15, 771 ft Mont Blanc, all call France home.
Most skiing takes place in the giant French Alps region and the much smaller Pyrenees. There are nearly 400 resorts nestled into the valleys of the Alps, but they only take up 6 % of the total area, so the mountains' stunning natural beauty remains untouched.
We can take you to the heart of huge ski areas like the Three Valleys, with eight interlinked resorts and one lift pass, so you'll never have to ski the same trail twice. Les Trois Vallees is home to some of Europe's chicest, most sophisticated resorts including Courchevel and Meribel, where a sparkling après ski atmosphere draws the rich and famous. The smaller Pyrenees area and Les Grandes Rousses will seduce you with beautiful traditional villages where you can wander a labyrinth of tiny streets, past snow-tipped wooded chalets and ancient farms and churches. Forget that life outside snow-capped peaks exists at the towering Val Thorens or Mont Blanc, or take in the world's oldest resort Chamonix.
Take a look at some of the different resorts on offer and imagine yourself sitting back, easing off your boots and recalling the hundreds of kilometres you swished through that day, as you sample a delicious authentic Savoyard meal of fondue, raclette and crepes.