France is an overwhelming haven for skiers and snowboarders. Huge, dramatic mountain ranges, glorious bustling ski resorts, charming traditional villages, and acres of snow abound. France enjoys status as Europe's largest and most popular ski destination.
There are some impressive stats too; the worlds longest combined on-piste millage of nearly 5,000 miles, the world's oldest resort in Chamonix, the toughest terrain and most awesome backcountry, Europe's highest ski resort in Val Thorens and highest peak, 15, 771 ft Mont Blanc, all call France home.
Huge Ski Domains
We 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.
Smaller, Traditional Ski Regions
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.
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.
How to get to France
There is no shortage of flights to France, with the airports of Lyan, Chambery, and Grenoble all serving the French Alps. Geneva in Switzerland also a major gateway to French ski resorts, particularly those in the north. Skiing Holidays offers flight + accommodation deals, and you can throw in a transfer or hire car.
Catching the train
The Eurostar provides a convenient travel method to many ski resorts in France, with overnight trains leaving London on Friday night and arriving Saturday morning, meaning you often can have an two extra days on the slopes than if you'd flown. Paradiski, the Three Valeys and Espace Killy are all conveniently served by the Eurostar snow train.
Driving is an increasingly popular method to starting skiing holidays in France. In particular driving can be a lot cheaper than flying, particularly during peak dates. Expect to pay at least €120 ion toll along the way, and have a look at our individual resort pages for driving instructions.
For more information on skiing in France, please visit the RendezvousenFrance.com website.