La Petite Rosiere, Meribel / Meribel Tourisme ©JM_GOUEDARD


With some 6,000 ski slopes covering 25,000 hectares, and more than 300 ski resorts, France is home to the largest ski area in the world. 

The majority of resorts are located in the Alps and include some of the biggest and highest names in the world, attracting winter visitors in search of superb snow, fresh mountain air and majestic scenery as well as summer visitors in need of a revitalising boost.

As with other countries the choice of where to go is vast. France is particularly known for its snow-sure high altitude purpose-built resorts. Here, while the lift systems, piste extent and signage may be exemplary, the architecture and atmosphere is often less so. Nevertheless at many of these, things are on the up with many new buildings reverting to a more traditional style. The French Alps also have their fair share of charming old mountain villages enticing visitors in search of tradition and authenticity.  

Another great advantage for UK visitors is France’s proximity. The Eurostar Ski Train (or Eurostar to Paris followed by the TGV) can whisk you from London St Pancras to the slopes in as little as 8-9 hours whilst the drive from the south coast of England to resort is easily achievable in a day. There’s also a good choice of connections from the French airports at Chambéry, Lyon, Strasbourg, Grenoble and Nice for those wishing to take advantage of good-value flights. Our detailed maps will show you the best way to your resort.

Resort Altitude Range Vertical Drop Lifts Kms of Downhill Piste Cross Country Glacier
Alpe d'Huez 1100-3350m 2250m 76 250km 50km Yes
Auron 1600-2450m 850m 14 135km 4km No
Avoriaz 900-2400m 1500m 200 650km 45km No
Bonneval 1800-3050m 1250m 11 25km - No
Chamonix 1050-3275m 2225m 45 115km 43km Yes
Chatel 900-2400m 1500m 200 650km 45km No
Courchevel 1260-3230m 1970m 180 600km 65km Yes
Flaine 700-2480m 1780m 77 265km 47km No
Greolieres les Neiges 1400-1800m 400m 11 30km 30km
Isola 2000 1800-2610m 810m 20 120km <10km No
La Clusaz 1100-2600m 1500m 48 220km 80km No
La Plagne 1200-3250m 2050m 150 425km 80km Yes
La Rosiere 1180-2610m 1430m 38 160km 17km No
La Tania 1260-3230m 1970m 180 600km 65km Yes
Les Arcs 1200-3225m 2025m 150 425km 15km Yes
Les Carroz 700-2480m 1780m 70 265km 20km No
Les Deux Alpes 1300-3600m 2300m 44 67km 25km Yes
Les Gets 900-2400m 1500m 200 650km 45km No
Les Orres 1550-2700m 1150m 23 88km 40km No
Megeve 850-2350m 1500m 81 325km 40km No
Meribel & Les Menuires 1260-3230m 1970m 180 600km 65km Yes
Montgenevre 1350-2820m 1470m 85 400km 25km No
Morzine 900-2400m 1500m 200 650km 45km No
Orcierres Merlette 1850-2725m 875m 30 100km 43km No
Pra Loup 1500-2600m 1100m 50 180km 25km No
St Gervais 1400-2350m 1150m 81 325km 30km No
St Jean Montclar 1350-2500m 1150m 15 50km - No
St Martin de Belleville 1260-3230m 1970m 180 600km 65km Yes
Sainte Foy 1550-2620m 1070m 6 41km - No
Samoens 700-2480m 1780m 77 265km 70km No
Serre Chevalier/Briançon 1200-2800m 1600m 62 250km 35km No
Thollon les Mémises 1000-2000m 1000m 19 50km 6km No
Tignes 1550-3456m 1906m 90 300km 44km Yes
Val Cenis 1300-2800m 1500m 28 125km 27km No
Val d'Isere 1550-3456m 1906m 90 300km 44km Yes
Valloire  1430-2600m 1170m 31 150km 10km No
Vars 1650-2750m 1100m 51 185km 10km No

France Alps Gallery

Left to right: Winter landscape at La Clusaz ©OT La Clusaz / D. Machet; Family at Mont Blanc ©Seb Leon; River Doron / Meribel Tourisme ©JM_GOUEDARD; Meribel in winter / Meribel Tourisme ©JM_GOUEDARD

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