They say that once you ski in France, you’re spoiled for life. ‘Spectacular’ doesn’t even come close to describing the French Alps – it’s no wonder that the Alps are one of the world’s top skiing destinations.
Apart from its incredibly beautiful powder peaks and world-class après-ski scene, the appealing thing about the French Alps is its broad range of skiing opportunities. From kids hopping on skis for the first time to advanced cross-country trails, there’s something for everyone.
So, which ski spot is perfect for your snow holiday to the French Alps? Strap on your skis and hop on – we’ve got the lowdown on this incredible part of the world.
Getting to the French Alps
While the French Alps are particularly well connected to the rest of France, it’s actually easier to get to the mountains from Geneva in Switzerland rather than Paris.
The easiest route to Geneva from Australia is via Dubai or Doha flying either Qatar Airways or Emirates. Once in Geneva, the best way to get to the ski resorts is via car or bus transfer. It’s also the most scenic and enjoyable way to witness the breathtaking countryside!
Which French Alps ski area is best for me?
With countless ski fields, it can be hard to know where to go. Below, we give you a rundown on the top picks in the area.
Named after famed French skier Jean-Claude Killy, the Espace Killy is renowned as one of the best ski areas in the world and for good reason. With a ski season that lasts from November until May, over 300km of slopes and a maximum altitude of 3450m, you’ll reach the height of ski holidays here.
Number of runs: 20 green runs, 67 blue runs, 41 red runs, 26 black runs Altitude: between 1,550m and 3,450m
Ski fields in Espace Killy:
- ❅ Val d’Isere sits at 1850m at the foot of the slopes, and is perfect for its ski-in ski-out access to the mountain. Ideal for couples or friends, Val d’Isere has plenty of authentic chalet charm and is also home to the awesome La Folie Douce, a bar in the mountains. Download the piste map here
- ❅ Tignes Val Claret is higher than Val d’Isere at 2,100m, and is perfect for the thrill-seeker. In addition to incredible skiing and snowboarding conditions, the enthusiastic can also take on ice-diving or climb a frozen waterfall. Download the piste map here
When a ski area has the name ‘paradise’ in it, you can bet that it’s going to be a great spot for skiing. Comprised of three resorts and boasting 425km of downhill skiing, Paradiski is literally a dream for beginner and expert skiers.
Number of runs: 12 green runs, 132 blue runs, 65 red runs, 37 black runs Altitude: between 1,250m to 3,250m
Ski fields in Paradiski:
- ❅ Peisey-Vallandry sits at 1,600m and oozes charm, from log fireplaces to stone and wood bars. With ski-in ski-out access and incredible snow-covered pine trees, Peisey-Vallandry is literally a winter wonderland and perfect for families. For brownie points, the neighbouring Vanoise Express is also the world’s fastest cable car. Download the piste map here
- ❅ La Plagne is perched on the mountainside, and from the slopes you can literally see the Mont-Blanc rising in the distance. At 2,100m, these high-altitude runs are the perfect answer to any skiers dream. Download the piste map here
- ❅ Accessible from Peisey-Vallandry, Les Arcs is one of the first “mega resorts” with its large and varied network of open runs and wooded ski runs around the Peisey-Vallandry and Villaroger area. Sitting at 2,000m, Les Arcs is home to the Robert Blanc black run; plus, with 53 blue runs and 32 red runs available, intermediate skiers will fall in love with this area. Download the piste map here
Les 3 Vallees
As the largest linked ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallees (or The Three Valleys) are home to a whopping 600km of slopes. The ski area covers eight resorts, including Meribel, Val Thorens, Orelle, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, La Tania, and Brides-les-Bains.
Number of runs: 68 green runs, 104 blue runs, 110 red runs, 35 black runs Altitude: between 1,300m to 3,200m
Top ski fields in Les 3 Vallees:
- ❅ Val Thorens was voted the best French skiing resort and, at 2,300m, is Europe’s highest station. With a variety of open runs, Michelin-starred chefs and an incredible apres-ski scene, Val Thorens is the epitome of what skiing in France is all about. Download the piste map here
- ❅ Meribel is known as the heart of the 3 valleys, and is the perfect place to experience French chalet culture. After a day of skiing, Meribel is the perfect town to stroll around in and soak up the French chic style.
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