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France is the most popular ski destination for Brits, attracting two out of every five skiers and boarders, and it’s easy to see why.

Over the past 40 years our southern neighbour has developed the world’s biggest ski areas, with many of the world’s biggest lift-served verticals too, and all easy to reach via fast empty motorways, high speed rail or of course plane connections. Most of these giant ski areas start high and go very high, so are more snow sure than most others.

Our guide to skiing in France

Ski Resorts in France

Views over Alpe d'Huez and the Grand Rousses ski area

Alpe d'Huez

France

With one of the biggest resorts and largest ski areas in Europe, Alpe d'Huez also has a huge vertical and some wonderful long runs down from its snow sure glacier.

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Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley

Argentière

France

If you're after the most exciting skiing in the Chamonix Valley it's not Cham you want but Argentière where it's on your doorstep, although you're 8km from where most of the night time action is.

The Resort of Avoriaz; Copyright: Pierre et Vacances

Avoriaz

France

Avoriaz is a family friendly, super convenient and car-free purpose-built resort. Just 1hr and 30 mins from Geneva airport, it sits at the heart of one of the world's biggest ski areas.

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Funicular; Copyright: Manu Reyboz

Bourg-Saint-Maurice

France

An authentic mountain town, Bourg offers excellent facilities and services all just a short funicular ride from Arc 1600.

Brides les Bains

Brides-les-Bains

France

The old spa town has a great new spa and a long gondola link up to the Three Valleys, built when it played athletes village for the Albertville winter Olympics. So, small town, huge ski area.

The town of Chamonix

Chamonix

France

The iconic ski resort is a small town filling a narrow, shady valley dominated by Western Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. It’s noisy and inconveniently designed, but every skier must visit, and most return.

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The sun shining over Champagny-en-Vanoise, France; Copyright: OT Champagny-en-Vanoise

Champagny

France

Champagny is one of those rare French resorts that combines a traditional village bursting with character with fast access in to one of the world’s biggest and best ski areas.

Chatel - France; Copyright: Jean-François Vuarand – Châtel Tourisme

Chatel

France

Châtel is a good choice for anyone looking for a traditional resort that has stuck to its roots, but also provides access to one of the world’s biggest ski regions, with pistes over the border in to Switzerland, and families welcome.

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The mountains in Courchevel

Courchevel

France

France's most exclusive resort actually comes in five parts, known by their altitudes. The highest, 1850 is biggest, poshest and most expensive; the lower levels are more regular resorts.

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The snowy and sunny bowl of Flaine

Flaine

France

A purpose built resort that’s designed with convenience in mind, Flaine sits in a vast and wonderful giant snow bowl that’s just an hour from Geneva.

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The village of Isola 2000

Isola 2000

France

One of Europe's most southerly ski areas, only 90 minutes from the Med, Isola still has a good snow record thanks to its altitude and uglier older buildings are being supplanted by the new.

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La Clusaz - France

La Clusaz

France

Still very French after a century of skiing, and just as convenient for Geneva as it always has been, La Clusaz oozes Gallic ambience in the village and on the slopes.

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La Plagne and surrounding Paradiski Area

La Plagne

France

Among the world's most successful ski resorts, La Plagne hedges its bets with 10 different bases designed to cater for every taste and a vast snow-sure ski area that's bigger still with the Les Arcs link.

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La Rosiere ski resort in the Tarrentaise from above.

La Rosière

France

A mid-sized, purpose-built, family-friendly ski area across the valley from Les Arcs that's also has the novelty of being lift-linked to La Thuile in the Italian Aosta Valley.

La Tania in the 3 Valleys

La Tania

France

The newest and smallest resort in the world's biggest ski region, Courchevel's neighbour provides a cosy base if limited facilities due to its small size,

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La Tousssuire

La Toussuire

France

La Toussuire is a compact, traditional resort with a lot of new development and a comparatively recently inter-connected giant ski region surrounding it.

The Village of Grand Bornand

Le Grand Bornand Chinaillon

France

The real France, in all its cheesy glory, with great skiing – downhill and cross-country - to boot.

Blue ski and snow in Les Arcs; Copyright: Andy Parant

Les Arcs

France

The coolest French resort of the past 40 years is still cutting edge for snow sports, it’s just much bigger now with four base villages and a lift link to La Plagne creating one of the world’s three biggest ski areas.

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The village of Les Carroz

Les Carroz

France

Offering the best of both worlds, Les Carroz provides a small traditional village environment, linked in to the giant Grand Massif ski area. Handy for Geneva too.

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The town of La Coches

Les Coches - Montchavin

France

Well placed in Paradiski, the world's third biggest area, Les Coches - Montchavin has the convenience of a purpose built resort and the ambience of a traditional French mountain village.

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Les Deux Alpes from Above

Les Deux Alpes

France

A big ski are and a huge glacier for snow-sure skiing. Les Deux Alpes is large, modern and lively and has a lift-link to a traditional village.

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The view across the town of Les Gets

Les Gets

France

Les Gets is strong on family values, and strong on big ski areas too, with 650km of piste on your door step plus a chocolate workshop.

Racing in Les Houches

Les Houches

France

The biggest and most family friend ski area in the Chamonix Valley sits above this old hamlet which has seen recent development and also provide access to all of Chamonix's delights.

Les Menuires in the evening

Les Menuires

France

Les Menuires in the three valleys has seen a lot of investment in beatifying its old '60s centres, with far better new areas and ever improving facilities too.

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Les Saises, an excellent choice for beginners

Les Saisies

France

Ski in the tracks of Olympic champions at les Saises, well so long as you cross country ski. Saying that, the French downhill champion from the ’88 and ’92 games, Franck Piccard, calls les Saisies home.

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The town of Megeve

Megeve

France

Megeve has matured in to the country’s gourmet capital for skiers. The resort has a lovely old centre and a big ski area surrounding it. Pure class.

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Skiing in Meribel; Copyright: JM Goueda

Meribel

France

Meribel is a British designed resort of pretty chalets and is superbly located in the heart of the world’s biggest ski area. With more gondola lifts than any other resort on the planet, it’s still a British favourite.

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Montgenevre from the gondola

Montgenèvre

France

On the French side of the huge Milky Way ski area, most of which is in the 2006 Italian Olympic resorts, Montgenèvre celebrated its centenary with a multi-million Euro makeover and now looks great.

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The village of Morizine

Morzine

France

This lovely old village has a great location between Avoriaz, above, and Les Gets next door, in the giant Portes du Soleil region which links a dozen French and Swiss resorts together by piste.

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Oz en Oisans

Oz en Oisans

France

A pretty, purpose-built village ideal for families and mixed-ability groups, with easy access to the enormous Alpe d'Huez ski area.

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The resort of Peisey- Vallandry

Peisey - Vallandry

France

Sandwiched between the giants of La Plagne and Les Arcs, Peisey Vallandry's five base villages offer some traditional charm at the heart of the world's third biggest ski area.

View of the Tarentaise valley in Sainte Foy

Sainte Foy

France

Sainte Foy has grown in recent years with high quality facilities but it remains a hidden gem with its own great ski area and low-cost access to big-name resorts surrounding it.

Samoens Ski Resort France

Samoens

France

A pretty village with an unspoilt, historic, heart; a new gondola now links Samoëns direct in to Grand Massif, one of France's biggest, snowiest ski areas and handy for Geneva airport too.

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Cable car in Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier

France

More of a valley than a resort, Serre Chevaliers huge ski area stretches for miles above a dozen villages, three of them big enough for international guests, plus there’s Europe’s highest medieval town to explore.

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Saint Gervais after snowfall

St Gervais

France

Often overlooked by brochure browsers, St Gervais is a lovely old spa town with great facilities and a superb ski area, that's large, varied and has wonderful views of Mont Blanc.

The view from a chalet in St Martin de Belleville

St Martin de Belleville

France

Pretty St Martin de Belleville is a traditional village that’s the oldest in the region, but also the most recently connected to the Three Valleys. It’s great for a quiet holiday with maximum ambience but still in the world’s largest ski area.

Tignes and Le Grande Motte; Copyright: Tourist Office Tignes

Tignes

France

Tignes is among Europe’s largest and highest ski areas, linked to Val d’Isere, has a glacier for snow-sure skiing and a variety of bases. Choose from rather bleak high-altitude convenience or cosier, lower altitude villages.

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Val Cenis

France

Made up of three villages, the Val Cenis ski area stretches for miles above the valley running parallel to the Italian border.

Val d'Isere from above

Val d'Isere

France

The world famous classic is a beautiful old snow-sure village with a spectacular ski area which, with neighbouring Tignes, is amongst the biggest in the Alps.

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Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens

France

Europe's highest resort is fast becoming one of the biggest, which means ever better facilities at the top of the world's biggest ski region.

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Birds eye view of Valfrejus

Valfrejus

France

Although one of the newest resorts in the Alps, Valfréjus has been built in a traditional style so you might not know it. The small ski area is great for newer skiers too.

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Valloire, nestled into the mountains

Valloire

France

Valloire is one of France's original ski resorts and has lots of character and ambience as well as a nice big ski area linked to neighbouring Valmeinier.

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Vallorcine Ski Resort

Vallorcine

France

Vallorcine ski area is Chamonix unplugged, a small village with delightfully limited facilities, its own ski area on its door step and access to the rest of the Chamonix Valley’s famed attractions only minutes away.

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The view from the piste of Valmeinier and its surrounding mountains

Valmeinier

France

Valmeinier is a resort of two halves - the lower part a traditional resort, the upper section a convenient purpose built centre. Both are connected to Valloire to create a large ski area.

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Valmorel with mountains and pistes behind

Valmorel

France

Purpose built but in a style that's pleasing on the eye, in the post-concrete block era of the 1970s, Valmorel prides itself on its family-friendliness and has a good-sized ski area too.

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The town of Vars

Vars

France

Very French Vars has four village bases so be careful to pick one of the ones with ski lifts and runs to it, then you can access a giant area linked to Risoul in the southern Alps.

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Vaujany

Vaujany

France

The little village of Vaujany is punching above its weight with excellent facilities and a huge ski area stretching for thousand of metres above.

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