Skiing holidays in France can sometimes prove a little more expensive than other, less classy European resorts. However, if it’s style, quality and excellent après ski options you’re after, the French resorts really can’t be beaten: there are so many options for accommodation and skiing ability, along with great levels of hospitality. Here, you’re sure to find something that suits your needs and budget – and all just a couple of hours from home.
Here are some of the best ski resorts France has to offer, all ready to provide you with the holiday of a lifetime this winter.
Paradiski – for all-round family fun
The Paradiski domain is lovely and sunny, with very reliable snow. It covers both La Plagne and Les Arcs. With over 265 miles of runs and excellent ski instructors working the slopes, everyone can be catered for here, from the total novice to the more experienced skier. Both ski and snowboard facilities are available, and the après ski is excellent too. Check out the iconic La Plagne 2100 from Club Med here. It’s a hotel that caters for holidaymakers of all ages at great all-inclusive prices.
Chamonix – for short breaks and weekends
Chamonix feels like a regular town rather than a constructed ski resort, and there are numerous satellite villages that stretch up the mountains, making for a novel and varied environment. For short-break visitors the conditions are ideal. You simply pick your skill level and go for it on the slopes. With Geneva airport only an hour away, the connections are excellent too.
Meribel – for the parties
The three valleys ski resorts are famous for being the heart of the party when it comes to French skiing holidays. You’ll find the crème de la crème of the skiing fraternity choosing to hang out here around winter time, and there is no denying that the Meribel crew really know how to have fun in style. There is a massive selection of excellent quality chalets for accommodation and good access to the other two valleys for a broader choice of skiing facilities.
Serre Chevalier – for the more advanced skier
If you aren’t quite ready for the Val d’Isere but would like a more challenging resort, then the Serre Chevalier resort is the ideal place for you. The resort itself is a bit smaller and less high-tech than the A-list resorts just up the road, but also comes with a friendlier, more French character and makes you feel like you’ve just stepped back in time a few decades. There are 62 lifts in the area, serving around 150 miles of good intermediate ski runs.
There are plenty of other resorts around the French Alps, many of which offer great value prices and excellent facilities. Always make sure you are booking with a reputable company that’s ABTA registered, and check what is and is not included in your package.
What seems like a cheap holiday deal could end up costing a lot more if the onsite ski instruction is not included and turns out to be overpriced. All-inclusive is a great way to get your holiday booked and paid for in advance, so all you have to worry about when you get there is having a great time – which is pretty much guaranteed at the above mentioned resorts.