Skiing holidays in France
Ski resorts across the French Alps & Pyrennes
Ski holidays in France are very popular as the French 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!
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Featured French ski regions & ski carousels
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, Paradiski, 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.
Summer skiing in France
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.
French Alps - Summer
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
- Swimming, sailing, kayaking
- White water rafting
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.
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