France is the place to go if you want to ski at some of the best ski resorts in the Europe. French ski resorts cater for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, offer accommodation ranging from hotels, chalets and apartments that can fit every budget. France also has the biggest interlinked ski domains in the world and something for everyone to enjoy their ski holiday.
The Brits Skiing in France
This topic definitely warrants a mention, mainly because whenever the Brits think about taking a ski holiday the first country they consider is France. Yes, Brits love French ski resorts more than any other skiing destination. Year after year some 200,000 Brits will drive, take the train or fly to the French Alps to enjoy the superb skiing conditions, warm comfy chalets, lively nightlife and restaurants that sell fish and chips!
Ski holidays in France are very appealing mainly because the travelling time is only three hours by air, the snow is really reliable and the ski areas vary to meet the different ski levels. For skiing in France, we give you an idea of 3 of the best French ski resorts have to offer: Val d’Isere, Les Gets and Meribel catering for the majority, the family and the party goer.
Val d’ Isere: Best for Everyone
One of the most popular French resorts is Val d’Isere situated in the Savoie area of France. Opening between December and May it is a vibrant winter sports haven that shares it large skiing domain with Tignes.
It attracts more beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders but that is not to say that it doesn’t cater for the advanced skier and snowboarder as there is the famous Olympic run, The Face de Bellevarde, definite steeps, 1,000m vertical drop and the notorious Passage de l’Ancolie.
Where to Stay
Val d’Isère – Le Fornet by Jeremy Couture
There is a variety of accommodation in Val d’ Isere from wealthy private chalets, luxury and standard hotels, to design and basic chalets and affordable apartments.
Les Gets: Best for Families
Les Gets is the best resort in Europe for families with young children. It is situated in the 650km Portes du soleil ski area, is close to the slopes and has a good range of accommodation with child-friendly chalets with nannies, hotels and apartments set in a beautiful alpine backdrop and delicious meals and wines served in chalets and hotels.
Les Gets by Patrick Nouhailler
Méribel: Best for Partying
If you enjoy letting your hair down and partying après ski then the Méribel ski resort in the Trois Valleés should be your French skiing destination. The partying starts mid-afternoon at the Rond Point (Ronny) with happy hour between 4-5.p.m, live bands and a wickedly wild atmosphere that can go on until 7.30.a.m. the next day. There are other party spots you can revel like Le Poste de Secours, the Doron pub and Dick’s Tea Bar.
Meribel by Matt Squirrell
Apart from being the party haven Méribel also has great ski runs for all ski levels, catered chalets, self-catered apartments and a range hotels for cheap to luxury budgets.