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Skiing in France

Posted by: hubert 2 weeks, 4 days ago

Where should you go Skiing in France for the 2018-2019 Season?

Europe is by far the most spoiled continent in the world when it comes to choice for ski resorts, and their quality.

We broke it down for you per country and mountain range so you have a clear picture of what are the best resorts according to our team of experts (Yes, a big part of our job is testing ski resorts for you. Quality control always comes first!) 

Skiing in France

Les Alpes 

1/ La Plagne


La plagne is one of the most famous ski resort in the world. Stations in the southern Alps have seen their number of tourists increased by 4% last year, and La Plagne is one of the one that benefits the most of this increase.

One of the biggest reason for this is that the station is actually huge. About 140 Miles of Ski slopes and if you add Les Arcs, a resort that you can access with “la vanoise express”  you will get to enjoy almost 300 Miles of pure joy. With those numbers you can see why La plage is so attractive for riders all over the world.

Important fact: There is a Bobsleigh Track !

1 bis. Val thorens


Located at 2,300m above sea level, Val thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and one of the largest ski resorts in France. Indeed, the resort has 150Km of alpine ski slopes spread over 68 tracks, including 27 red one! If this was not enough for you, know that Val Thorens is part of the area of the 3 Valleys, the largest ski area in the world. Just to give you an idea of how bit “les 3 Vallees” is, you can enjoy there 490 Km of alpine Ski slopes spread over no less than 335 different slopes. Certainly, the packages are not the cheapest there is to access it, but it is an unforgettable experience. It will open on November 17 2018, but the question is, are you ready for it?

2/ Meribel


Meribel is a discreet and elegant mountain resort that offers the best skiing for all snow sports enthusiasts, whether experts or beginners. This winter, the heart of the 3 Valleys blows 80 candles and bends over backwards to offer its customers a unique experience!

Behind this internationally renowned resort is the Allues Valley, a valley rich in authenticity and history. A story made of women and men who have built over the years a truly unique tourist destination.

3/ Les deux Alpes

Located 8.8 km from Alpe d'Huez, the second oldest ski resort in France - after Chamonix - is extremely popular amongst  skiers from all over the world. Indeed, besides its large ski area - 102 pistes with a total length of 227 kilometers, Les deux alpes are known to house the largest skiable glacier in Europe where riding is made possible in winter and summer. In addition, the station is home to some of the highest ski slope in France - its departure is located at nearly 3,600 meters above sea level! From its summit, you will be able to go ski for 2000 meters - more than 6 times the height of the Eiffel Tower - without having to borrow the slightest lift - a world record. Enough to ski for 30 minutes straight! If you visit the region in spring, you will be able to attend the Belgian Freestyle Championships from 7 to 24 April 2018.

4/ Megeve 

In the 1920s, Megève became a ski resort in the Alps of world renown when the Rothschild family decided to make it their holiday resort, transforming Megève into an ultra-chic resort on the same model as the Swiss resort of Saint -Moritz. Even today, Megève is - with Courchevel - the most popular French ski resort for the world elite. It must be said that the resort does not lack assets:

  • When the weather is nice, you can see the majestic Mont Blanc.

  • The ski area of Megeve - Evasion Mont-Blanc is huge: 219 slopes including 82 red with a total length of 445 Km.

  • Just to clarify it though, if you are looking for a budget ski resort, Megeve is not the best place.


5/ L'alpe d'Huez

Located just 59 kilometers from Grenoble, Alpe d'Huez is a popular destination for all sports enthusiasts. Indeed with 250 kilometers of alpine ski slopes, Alpe d'Huez is one of the largest ski areas in France. Better: the resort is home to the legendary track Sarenne - the longest black track in the world (16 km long!). Finally, Alpe d'Huez is also very appreciated for its very advantageous climate. Nicknamed "The Sun Island", the ski resort receives more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Note that this ski resort in the Alps won the prize of "Best ski resort in Europe in 2017".


6/ Serre-Chevalier

Located in the high Alps, 16 km from Briançon, Serre-Chevalier - "Serre-che" for the intimate - is a ski resort like no other. The resort is home to an important alpine ski area - the domain comprises 100 pistes - but also cross-country skiing. Moreover, the resort is, like the Alpe d'Huez, one of the sunniest in France (300 days of sunshine a year). Finally, according to the Locasun rental site, Serre-Chevalier is the ski resort with the best quality / price ratio in France. This is the place to go if you are looking for a cheap ski resort in the Alps. The estate will open on December 7, 2018.


7/ Val d'Isere

It is in Val d'Isère that grew and ski Jean Claude Killy, one of the best skiers of all time. This ski resort in the Alps hosted the Albertville Olympic Winter Games in 1992 and the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2009. Finally, it was voted the best French resort of the year! In short, Val-d'Isère is one of the best and most famous resorts in France. With a ski area connected to Tignes, the Espace Killy is one of the largest ski areas in France - you have access to 154 ski slopes (including 71 red or black) with a total length of 300 km . The slopes are scheduled to open on November 25, 2018.


8/ Avoriaz

Located close to Switzerland, Avoriaz is an interesting ski resort perfect for your winter holidays. Certainly, the ski area itself is relatively "small" - the area of ​​Avoriaz has "only" 34 ski lifts and 51 ski slopes. That being the case, Avoriaz is part of the "Les Portes du Soleil" ski area, the second largest ski area in the world after the 3 Valleys. In a few figures, the doors of the Sun, is:

• 283 alpine ski runs with a total length of 425 km in two countries (France and Switzerland)

• 400 km² of alpine domain - 4 times the size of Paris intra-muros

Finally, after a tiring day of skiing, you can rest at the Aquariaz, a huge tropical aquatic center where water is heated to 29 ° C, summer and winter! If you go skiing with your family, we suggest you to attend the Christmas fair from January 23 to 6 at this ski resort in the Alps.


9/ Vars

Located twenty kilometers from the city of Embrun in the Hautes-Alpes, the Forêt Blanche is one of the largest ski areas in the Southern Alps. Composed of two stations connected to each other - Risoul and Vars - the white forest has 105 tracks with a total length of 185 kilometers that offer varied landscapes. If you like to ski in wooded slopes, go to Risoul. If, on the other hand, you prefer the unobstructed views of treeless slopes, go to Vars. Finally, Vars is also the temple of speed skiing. Indeed, this ski resort in the Alps is home to the famous Chabrières track where the best skiers in the world can exceed 250 km / h at full speed! Here, we promise you a maximum wait of 5 to 10 minutes to the ski lifts!



Pyrénées

It is not all about the Alps in the life of a skier, there are also the Pyrenees which, if they are sometimes shunned by some purists hooked to their prejudices, have plenty to satisfy all desires for skiing.

  1. Grandvalira

Composed of 6 villages (Canillo, Encamp, Grau Roig, Pas de la Casa, Soldeu, El Tarter), Grandvalira is currently the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees, with 132 alpine ski slopes and 210 kilometers to go down, as much as in a resort like La Plagne. The ski area is located on the border between the Principality of Andorra and France, but no need to carry your passport, a package alone, will serve as a gateway to access all the slopes. Count between € 42 and € 48 a day, depending on whether you choose a pass for the day or the week.

  1. Saint-lary-Soulan

Without doubt the most family friendly ski resort in the Pyrenees. In addition to its 56 trails for a total of 100 km of slopes, Saint-Lary-Soulan has toboggan runs, a kid park for 6-12 years, and a half-pipe and a boardercross track for adults. Lift pass price vary between 36 € and 42 € / day depending on whether you buy a daily or weekly pass.

  1. Ax 3 Domaines

Located 1h30 by car from Toulouse, Ax 3 areas (Bonascre, Saquet and Campels which culminates at 2400 m) offers 35 ski slopes for 80 km of happiness. In addition to the pleasures of skiing, you will enjoy magnificent panoramas on the Pyrenean mountains, snow guaranteed (40 snow cannons are provided just in case), and even if you have plenty of paws, you will enjoy one of the many baths located in the village of Ax-les-thermes, accessible by gondola or car. Price of a package per day: between 30.5 and 37.5 € per adult.

       4. Grand Tourmalet

The resort of Grand Tourmalet is located at the foot of the Pic du Midi and offers two worlds of sliding according to whether you are connected mountain spirit, with wooden chalets, hydrotherapy, all bathed in an authentic setting (Barèges versant west), or you prefer the proximity of the slopes and the amenities that go with it (La Mongie pourant est). A resort with two entrances, but with the same pleasure at altitude (2500 m max) with nearly 100 km of slopes and 68 lifts. Package between 40 and 43 € the day.

       5.  Piau-Engaly

Perched at 1850 meters above sea level, Piau-Engaly is not only the highest ski resort in the French Pyrenees, but was also elected in 2015, the snowiest resort in the world. Piau offers 43 ski slopes for 64 km of total skiing. A big-air track is also accessible to the most furious of you. Daily package between 31 and 37 €.

       6.  Font Romeu Pyrenees 2000

If you are a Nordic ski masochist, also known as cross-country skiing, this ski area will become your favorite torture area. In addition to its 40 ski slopes, Font Romeu Pyrénées 2000 is home to 22 cross-country ski trails for 111 kilometers of guaranteed suffering. Moreover, Martin Fourcade grew up in the corner, it is necessarily a sign. In addition, with 3000 hours of sunshine on average per year, Font Romeu and Bolquère are the best-run resorts in France, all just 1h30 from Perpignan.