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Ski holiday accommodation in France

French Ski Holidays - Skiing in France Self Catering Holiday Rentals - Ski Chalets & Apartments For Rent in the French Alps and Pyrenees

Ski holidays in France are very popular as the Alps are home to undoubtedly some of the best and most extensive ski terrain in the world and when you add in the Pyrenees, France boasts more than 400 ski resorts!

Skiing in the French ski resorts - these vary considerably from the small, charming and traditional to the large, cosmopolitan and commercialised. There is something for everyone from quaint, family friendly resorts to those that cater for the younger crowd meaning the apres-ski kicks-off early and finishes very late!

Ski Regions & Resorts

Most of the well known French ski resorts are located on the borders to Switzerland and Italy which is where you find the huge lift linked areas such as the Portes du Soleil, Grand Massif and Les Trois Vallees.

Whilst many French ski resorts are geared up for beginners and intermediates, there are some, and Chamonix springs to mind, where not only will you find the gentle slopes, but also some of the best and steepest off-piste terrain in the world.

Transfer distances to the ski resorts

For family ski holidays, transfer times can be an important factor in deciding which resort to choose for your ski holiday. Most ski resorts in France are within a one to two hour drive from an international airport although on peak Saturday transfer days, these times can increase considerably. The main airports are Geneva, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble.

Take a look at the approximate driving distances from the nearest airport to your ski resort.

Region Pistes (km) Popular ski resorts
Portes du Soleil 650 Chatel
Grand Massif 265 Les Carroz
Les Trois Vallees 600 Val Thorens
Evaison Mont Blanc 445 St Gervais
Paradiski 425 La Plagne
Chamonix Valley 500 Chamonix
L'Espace Killy 300 Tignes

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French Ski Holidays Accommodation

The choice of ski holiday accommodation in the French Alps varies considerably depending upon where you choose to stay. In the purpose built resorts such as Val Thorens and Flaine, the accommodation tends to be residence apartments with many of the newer developments offering in-house pools and spa facilities.

Whereas, in the more traditional, smaller villages the balance shifts towards more traditional ski chalets or family run hotels. One big advantage with ski holidays in the high altitude purpose built resorts is that many properties are ski-in, ski-out - which, if you have a young family, can save all the stress of getting a ski bus to the lifts!

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Summer Holidays in the French Alps

Summer holidays in the French Alps have never been so popular as the word gets out that the ski resorts have lots more to offer than snowy pistes. Fresh mountain air, stacks of outdoor activities and incredible views of the mountains and glaciers.

Not surprisingly, some of the ski resorts are busier during the summer than in winter. And, being so far south, the long sunny days regularly tip the thermometer north of 30 degrees and this is when the locals retreat to mountain lakes and rivers. Some of the most popular outdoor activities are...

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Swimming, sailing, kayaking
  • White water rafting

Summer Skiing on the Glaciers

The French Alps are home to several ski resorts that offer summer skiing on the glaciers. The best terrain is at Tignes and Les Deux Alpes.

The Grande Motte glacier at Tignes serves up some 20km of pistes during the summer and the Glacier du Mont de Lans at Les Deux Alpes, one of the largest in the Alps, opens it's' doors for summer skiing around mid June until September with skiing between 2900m and 3570m.

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Our view on French ski holidays and skiing in the French Alps

France is a country blessed with some of the most stunning alpine villages in the Alps and also some of the largest ski carousels in the world linking village after village. Whatever your criteria for choosing a ski resort, ski holidays in the French Alps cater for all budgets and tastes.