In France, you can look forward to 10,167 kilometres of slopes: the ski resorts are served by 3,067 ski lifts. Have lots of fun skiing in France!
Courchevel ski resort
With 85% of the ski area above 1,800 metres and the largest artificial snow system in France (2,189 snowmakers covering 50% of the ski area), snow is guaranteed from the start to the end of the season. 25 mountaintops are accessible throughout the winter, and the resorts are connected by summits located at altitudes of 2,000 meters and over. As well as the high altitude, the majority of the ski area’s slopes are North-facing, which guarantees good quality natural snow cover from the beginning of December to the end of April. You don’t have to be a great skier; Les 3 Vallées is accessible to all abilities! 60% of its runs are blue and green, while its Zen zones for beginners and fun areas invite you to discover the joys of skiing in complete safety. At every summit, every time you stop to catch your breath at the side of the slope and every glance you make at the surrounding landscape, the breath-taking views are simply astounding… Over 1,000 Alpine summits make up this extraordinary 360° panorama. Open your eyes and take it all in, it’s magical… Maximum comfort, minimum waiting: Les 3 Vallées offers a high speed ski lift network, which ranks as one of the most efficient, comfortable systems in the world. In an aim to improve passenger flow, guarantee optimum comfort and avoid the build-up of queues, the resorts invest in new equipment every year.
Les Deux Alpes
This vibrant, sporty and fashionable international ski resort is among the biggest and most famous in the world. Les 2 Alpes was built in 1946 on the former high pastures of Venosc and Mont de Lans, two parish villages in the Isère where the northern and southern Alps meet. Les 2 Alpes' ski area is absolute paradise for lovers of snow sliding sports with an exceptional snowpark! You're guaranteed real snow throughout the season thanks to the glacier that rises to 3,600 metres' altitude. Families are especially well received at Les 2 Alpes - we have the FAMILLE PLUS label and several other labels (QUALITE TOURISME) attesting to the excellence of our services and accommodation (2 ALPES QUALITE apartments). As well as snowsports, the international atmosphere makes for a festive mood, with lots of sociable events and activities for families, and opportunities for stylish shopping. If you're looking to get away from it all and enjoy an unforgettable snowsports holiday, breathing pure air and surrounded by beautiful scenery, then Les 2 Alpes is the place for you!
Val d'Isere and Espace Killy ski resort
Val d'Isere is part of the vast Espace Killy, named for Olympic triple gold medal winner Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up skiing on these mountainsides. Val d'Isère shares this terrain, covering a high valley surrounded by 3,000-plus-meter peaks, with the smaller neighboring resort of Tignes. More than 150 lifts carry skiers and riders to 300 kilometers of terrain, all of it above an elevation of 1,550 meters. The altitude, coupled with heavy snowfall and Europe's largest snow-making capacity, means a long ski season with top conditions; skiing on the Glacier du Pisaillas usually extends the season through June.
The variety and number of trails allows skiers of all skills plenty of choices - enough to fill several days of skiing without repeating a run. Even beginning skiers can enjoy the high mountain views usually reserved for the more experienced, thanks to the new travelator, an enclosed magic-carpet at the top of a gondola, accessing a gentle high-altitude slope. More than 20 black runs challenge experts, but it's the superb off-piste skiing that brings extreme skiers to Val d'Isere. The 45-degree North Face of Pramecou and the above-timber-line snowfields of Tigne are expert favorites. Val d'Isere has a good variety of après-ski life, too, with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and lodging close to the lifts.
Alpe d'Huez ski resort
Alpe d’Huez forms part of the fabulous 'Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area' combining the resorts of Alpe d’Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas into one giant, heavenly playground. Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine has 249kms of pisted runs to explore and infinite off-piste possibilities, so you will find terrain to suit everyone here. There are 84 ski lifts here giving access to 41 green pistes, 34 blue pistes, 40 red pistes and 16 black pistes (see the piste maps). On top of this there are two snowparks, a boardercross park and a halfpipe. From its highest point, at the Pic Blanc (3,330m), you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama over the Ecrins National Park, La Grave, La Meije, Les Deux Alpes and Mont Blanc, before skiing the 2,175m of vertical drop down to L’Enversin d’Oz at 1125m. Alpe d'Huez has some amazing skiing for all different levels and abilities. The ski area is home to the longest ski run in Europe, La Sarenne (16km) and the infamous ‘Tunnel’ run, which is for experienced skiers and thrill seekers only. The gentle slopes on the outskirts of the resort provide the perfect terrain for beginners to build their confidence on and intermediate skiers will find plenty to entertain themselves with on the network of blues and reds. Set in a large sunny bowl, the resort is aptly named ‘l’Isle au Soleil’ (Sunny Island) due to the high percentage of sunny days it enjoys throughout the year. Snow conditions permitting, it’s open from early-December until the end of April. It is worth taking note of where you are staying to get the best out of the ski area. Those choosing to stay in the main resort will get the best choice of skiing as its central location in the ski area allows easy access to all levels of pistes. The smaller villages that link into the area can offer a more charming and peaceful base and each has its own quick and easy access the main ski area. You can buy ski passes for these smaller villages only but for those wanting to get the most out of a trip here, we'd recommend buying a Grande Domaine ski pass which covers the whole area.