France is the number one ski destination in Europe. Boasting seven of the 10 largest interconnected ski areas in the world, France was the first to really link up its ski resorts and has kept investing in lift improvements season-on-season. As well as extensive skiing, traditional and modern luxury chalets and a varied range of resorts from picturesque and traditional villages to high altitude and snow-sure, the French Alps deliver.
For those looking to combine endless skiing, world-class resort facilities and luxurious chalets then the ski areas of Les 3 Vallées and Espace Killy are hard to beat, and for many of our client’s, resorts they return to year after year.
The Espace Killy links the contrasting resorts of Val d’Isère and Tignes to create a 300km piste playground. There’s everything from high altitude glacier skiing and abundant off-piste, to treeline slopes into the valley and wonderfully wide runs on which to rack up many kilometres. These resorts are great options for early and late season snow and feature many of the most beautiful traditional luxury chalets, along with some very opulent chalets too!
Les 3 Vallées is the largest linked ski area in the World with 600km of slopes and 200 ski lifts. The skiing and resorts are spread between 3 huge valleys, with the most famous being Courchevel and its four resorts. Courchevel 1850 is the home of Alpine glitz and glamour and the finest luxury ski in ski out chalets. Both Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1550 offer a more relaxed and affordable base in the valley and are great options for families.
The last of the four resort is Courchevel Le Praz, an authentic and traditional village, but with fast and efficient links into the same great skiing. Le Praz is beautiful when the snow falls, with winding old streets, cosy bars and some excellent restaurants to discover. Nearby is La Tania, which sits between Courchevel and Méribel and is one of the best ski resorts for families and those looking for great value ski in ski out catered chalets.
Méribel sits at the centre of Les 3 Vallées and thus is the best base for those looking to take full advantage of this great ski area. Méribel is the birthplace of the ski chalet holiday, an attractive resort built in a traditional chalet style and with one of the best après ski scenes in the Alps. The choice of catered and self-catered chalets is extensive and with something to suit all tastes and budgets, it is our most popular ski destination.
Belleville, the third valley of this ski area is the largest and also provides plenty of contrasts. St Martin de Belleville is an authentic village full of charming chalets and an excellent choice for a gourmet ski holiday. Reberty is a purpose built resort, but in a traditional style and with ski in ski out chalets, whilst Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and home to one of the largest and most expensive ski chalets available to rent.
For those looking for a charming French ski village, with excellent resort facilities as well as access into one of the world’s largest ski areas, then the ski stations of the Portes du Soleil are fantastic choices.
Les Gets and Morzine both have lots of great value catered and self-catered chalets and also a short transfer time from Geneva, whilst Châtel is close to the Swiss border, meaning you can take full advantage of this linked ski area that combines both France and Switzerland.
If you are looking for a high altitude snow-sure resort with many ski in ski out chalets, then Alpe d’Huez, La Plagne and Les Arcs are great destinations, especially for families during the peak school holiday weeks. Avoriaz, which is also one of the central resorts of the Portes du Soleil ski area, is probably the ultimate purpose built resort with a car free centre and ski in ski out accommodation.
Chamonix, the birthplace of skiing in France, is dominated by the mighty Mont Blanc at 4810m, whilst the valley below hosts some of the best and most challenging ski terrain in the world. There is something here for everyone, whether on the mountain, relaxing in a beautiful chalet or in the centre of this bustling and lively town. Chamonix is an excellent all round winter holiday destination with many activities and excursions for non-skiers.
Megève is the ultimate choice for those seeking elegance and exclusivity along with beautiful skiing that can be enjoyed either side of fabulous mountain lunches. The charming resort centre is car free and comes complete with horse-drawn sleighs, cobbled streets, open-air ice rink, ornate church and smart fashionable boutiques.
Sainte Foy delivers great value luxury chalets and ski passes, and is a great choice for families and those new to skiing. It is also one of the best Alpine destinations for off-piste skiing, with many famous descents possible as well as day trips to other surrounding resorts. Nearby La Rosière offers a great snow record and skiing for all levels of skier and snowboarder. It is a great value option, has excellent facilities for families and the ski area is also linked with Italy for a two country ski adventure.
The Grand Massif ski area is one the largest in France, has a fantastic snow record and is as yet an undiscovered destination for many skiers and snowboarders. Samoëns is a truly beautiful Savoie village, whilst Morillon is small and picturesque, and both offer easy access into this extensive ski area. Together with some great value chalets and a short transfer time from Geneva, a ski holiday to the Grand Massif highly attractive.
The Southern Alps is where Alpine and Mediterranean cultures combine to give this region a character of its own, a typically southern way of life. Here, the high mountain resorts blend in with the charming old villages to provide an attractive cocktail of snow, ski and sun that you cannot fail to enjoy.
Serre Chevalier is the most famous resort here and with a huge ski area and distinctive French flavour is a unique ski destination. Vars is a great value resort just waiting to be discovered and with high altitude slopes and lots of off-piste, what are you waiting for.