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French Ski Resorts

Skiing in France
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French Ski Resorts - Skiing in France


Skiing in France - the main French ski resorts span the Alps bordering on to Italy and Switzerland but there are also a number of great ski resorts on the border with Andorra. Variety, cultural mixes and languages make skiing in France an authentic and entertaining experiencing on and off the slopes.

Our coverage of the French ski resorts includes a good mix of the well known international mountain resorts such as Chamonix and Tignes, to the authentic Haute Savoie villages scattered around the valleys of the Massifs including Chatel, Samoens and Val Cenis.

Family friendly French ski resorts

family friendly french ski resorts

family skiing lessons in val-thorens

Choosing a ski resort that caters for families can be challenging especially families with young chaildren. The French Tourist Board awards family-friendly resorts with the "Famille Plus" label. This is awarded for several factors including day care and creche facilities, childrens activity programmes and ski schools. "Famille Plus" ski resorts in the French Alps include...

  • Châtel
  • Les Gets
  • Les Carroz
  • Les Deux Alpes
  • St Gervais
  • Megeve
  • les Houches
  • Grand Bornand
  • La Clusaz
  • Val Cenis Vanoise

Popular ski regions in the French Alps

Many ski resorts in France are clustered together in carousels so that its possible to ski round to the different villages via the linked piste network.

For beginners, its generally not worthwhile buying the area lift pass but for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, the area ski passes are ideal for exploring the whole region and going on ski safaris, hopping from one ski resort to the next.

Portes du Soleil

One of the largest lift linked carousels in the world delivering over 650km of pistes for all levels of skier and snowboarder. Spanning France and Switzerland and connecting 12 wonderful resorts, the Portes du Soleil is a great destination for family ski holidays or long weekends with friends being just 1 hour from more

The 3 Valleys

This area of the French Alps needs no introduction with its world class ski resorts of Courchevel and Meribel to name a few. With 600km of connecting pistes, Les Trios Vallees is a mecca for all levels of skiers with fantstic apres-ski off the more


Sat within the spectacular Tarentaise Valley, Paradiski comprises the purpose built resorts of Les Arcs and La Plagne with ski-in, ski-out chalets and the tranquil hamlet of Peisey-Vallandry. Over 425km of linked pistes, 2 glaciers and superb apres-ski make Paradiski very more

Evasion Mont Blanc

A collection of 11 traditional and authentic ski resorts looking up at the impressive Mont Blanc Massif. The carousel providesover 445km of pistes and includes the thermal spa resort town of St Gervais and the chic and sophisticated more

Grand Massif

Popular for family holidays, the ski resorts of the Grand Massif offer a mix of traditional villages such as the beautiful and charming Samoens and Les Carroz to the modern purpose built ski-in, ski-out resorts such as Flaine and Morillon-1100. The ski area provides 265km of mainly beginner and intermediate pistes.

portes-du-soleil ski holidays, beginner slopes at avoriaz

Popular French Ski Resorts

Resort Height (m) Highest
lift (m)
Pistes (Kms) Nearest
Distance Km
Alpe d'Huez 1860 3330 249 Grenoble 110
Avoriaz 1800 2350 625 Geneva 90
Argentiere 1252 3842 500 Geneva 87
Bisanne 1500 2069 185 Chambery 87
Chamonix 1035 3842 500 Geneva 90
Chatel 1100 2460 625 Geneva 63
Courchevel 1550 3266 600 Chambery 110
Crest Voland 1230 2069 185 Chambery 85
Flaine 1600 2500 265 Geneva 80
La Plagne 1200 3250 425 Chambery 118
La Tania 1400 3200 600 Geneva 130
Grand Bornand 1000 2100 90 Geneva 65
Les Arcs 800 3250 425 Chambery 115
Les Carroz 1140 2500 265 Geneva 55
Les Contamines 1164 2500 120 Geneva 85
Les Deux Alpes 1650 3568 120 Grenoble 223
Les Gets 1172 2460 650 Geneva 63
Les Houches 1008 3842 500 Geneva 80
Les Menuires 1800 3200 600 Chambery 100
Les Saisies 1650 2000 600 Chambery 185
Megeve 1123 2350 445 Geneva 41
Meribel 1450 3200 600 Chambery 102
Morillon 1100 2500 265 Geneva 60
Morzine 1100 2460 625 Geneva 75
Bellecombe 1291 2350 625 Geneva 184
Orelle 880 3200 600 Chambery 95
Praz sur Arly 1035 1983 600 Geneva 184
Saint Jean d'Aulps 950 1800 625 Geneva 90
Samoëns 720 2500 265 Geneva 65
St Gervais 810 2350 445 Geneva 65
Tignes 2100 3550 300 Chambery 130
Val Cenis 1260 2800 125 Chambery 134
Val d'Isere 1850 3550 300 Chambery 135
Val Thorens 2300 3200 600 Chambery 112