Nearly a fifth of France is mountainous. From the super resorts of Chamonix to the hidden gems of Avoriaz, it is easy to see why France is home to some of the most popular ski areas in the world. But where are the best French ski areas?
Friends of ours spent their honeymoon skiing in France after they crashed our trip to Iceland. They came back talking about their search for that perfect pow-day in the alps. If a french ski area is on your list, here’s what made their personal highlight, Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys), so special.
This may seem like an obvious one, but with so many options in France it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Looking for best French ski areas is definitely the number one consideration when my skiing and boarding friends are looking for their next run. One of the top ski holiday french alps location, the Three Valleys are home to the highest altitude ski resort in Europe. Sitting at an altitude of almost 3000m, Val Thorens is part of one of the largest linked ski areas in the world – with 650kms of trails (and since 1973 it has been possible to ski the interlinked valleys using a single ski pass!)
There are over 150 ski lifts and vast areas of off-piste in addition to the trails. You could spend the days and not ever ski the same run twice and the area offers a diverse terrain meaning there will always be something to suit everyone from beginner to expert.
Take in a 360° view of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps from the iconic Cime des Caron and the resorts unique location allows for ski in / out access.
With a long ski season (November to May), the three valleys welcomes skiers for short or long breaks. Average snow depth in-season is about 70” at summit and 40” at base. The valleys also enjoy an average of sixty-nine sunny days a year. This really increases your chances of that perfect bluebird day.
With some of the best ski conditions in France, you can come and enjoy several mountain activities. Alpine skiing, off-piste skiing, carving, freestyle and a host of other snow sports available.
Arguably my favourite part of skiing in general is, of course, the apres. But then again I grew up in Ontario where the ski-hill highlight was our beloved “Byron Bump”. Regardless of your priorities, quality options with delicious food and drinks is crucial to any good holiday on the slopes.