Top 10 most popular French ski resorts
Make way for winter! For many of us, the snow that is starting to cover the French mountains is awakening a deep desire for a holiday in the mountains. It's a good thing that France has more than 350 ski resorts where you can enjoy winter sports. Skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowboarding and tobogganing are all part of the flagship activities of these resorts, which welcome the public with the sole aim of offering them a sporting holiday, as well as relaxation and entertainment. Because a stay in the mountains is also synonymous with afternoons at the spa, enjoying the entertainment, not forgetting the comforting meals in the restaurant, as well as by the fire. In the Alps, Jura and Pyrenees, here are 10 of the most popular French ski resorts for a variety of fun with family and friends.
1- Les Arcs, Savoie
The resort of Les Arcs is located in the heart of the Alps and is part of the Paradiski domain. There are 5 sites at different altitudes, for 5 different atmospheres. However, one always feels the same pleasure to be in the middle of a natural environment of exemption, with sight on the Mont-Blanc. We like to walk around to discover the architecture, the shops, the local products, before joining the ski slopes to enjoy a generous powder. The resort of Les Arcs also has several infrastructures such as the bordercross, the snowpark and the toboggan runs. Finally, the cultural program is worth watching
2- Tignes, Savoie
Still in the department of Savoie, the resort of Tignes also includes 5 villages! Depending on the site, you will find the comforting atmosphere of the Savoyard villages, shopping areas where you can treat yourself and places that will make partygoers happy after long days on the snow. Tignes has 300 km of slopes for skiing and snowboarding, as well as snowshoeing and dog sledding. Off-piste enthusiasts will also find something to satisfy their desires. For original activities, you can turn to ice diving, like getting lost in a snow labyrinth!
3- Alpe d'Huez, Isère
Overlooking the Oisans and its valleys,Alpe d'Huez is located at an altitude of 1,860 m. The resort benefits from a generous amount of sunshine, making it a delight for those who wish to take in some colour in winter on the deckchairs, provided they are well protected of course! You can practice alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and unusual activities such as ski-jöering, meaning skiing pulled by a horse. For the daredevils, there is also the longest black run in Europe, the Sarenne, with a length of 16 km. Children are not left out with a multitude of activities specially dedicated to them
4- Megeve, Haute-Savoie
With 400 km of slopes, there is plenty to do in Megève for downhill skiing and snowboarding. After spending some time admiring the beautiful architecture of the village, you can also enjoy hiking to discover the beautiful landscapes of the Evasion Mont Blanc area. You can try cross-country skiing, take the pedestrian itineraries, and why not go with a guide to conquer the summits, for breathtaking panoramas. Skating rink and curling, tobogganing, climbing and indoor tennis, there are many infrastructures to make families happy. Not forgetting the cultural activities! The offer is complete in Megève to vary the pleasures and have a good time.
5- Courchevel, Savoie
With its ideal location in the heart of the Alps, Courchevel is a resort that focuses on innovation, with state-of-the-art facilities. There are no less than six villages where you can enjoy a wide variety of experiences. Depending on the location, there are old stones and traditional chalets, pedestrian areas and gourmet restaurants. Everyone is welcome to ski, beginners as well as the more experienced, who will not miss out on the mythical spot that is the Grand Couloir. Fat biking, ice climbing, snowmobiling, helicopter trips, spas, there are a thousand and one ways to enjoy Courchevel.
6- Val Thorens, Savoie
Nestled in the heart of the 3 Valleys, the resort of Val Thorens welcomes families and groups of friends in a friendly spirit. Val Thorens is of course a delight for ski lovers, but it also offers many other activities to keep you entertained: fatbike, go-karting, snake sliding, sledging, ice rink, snowmobile, dog sledding, not forgetting the La Bee zip line and its 1,800 m flight. You can also take the time to stroll around the resort, looking for the ideal place to relax with a hot drink or enjoy the varied gastronomy on offer. Later on, to get a good dose of thrills, the Alain PROST ice circuit awaits car enthusiasts, eager to test driving on ice.
7- Métabief - Mont d'Or, Doubs
You can also enjoy pleasant skiing sessions on the beautiful gentle slopes of the Jura. In the Haut-Doubs, the resort of Métabief-Mont d'Or is ideal for families who want to try downhill skiing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. You can vary the pleasures by going for a ride on an electric scooter with big wheels, or even on horse or ponyback. Sledges and buoys guarantee a lot of laughter. And for the adults, the ascent of the icefalls is a moment to be experienced at all costs to make the most of this natural phenomenon.
8- La Plagne, Savoie
The Tarentaise valley is sublime, and the best way to enjoy it in winter is to go to La Plagne. 6 high altitude resorts are linked by public transport and you can enjoy the many riches. The ski area is Paridiski, ideal for all types of skiers. There are areas for beginners and lessons are also available. Then, the slopes are perfect for the more experienced skiers, with always a magnificent view of the peaks. It is also in La Plagne that you can learn to bobsleigh! Activities for children, spas where you can warm up with a view on the mountains, the cocktail is perfect and you always leave La Plagne with the urge to come back.
9- Barèges-La Mongie, Hautes-Pyrénées
The Grand Tourmalet, the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees, is made up of two complementary villages: Barèges and La Mongie. Barèges has the face of an authentic village, while La Mongie reveals a more modern atmosphere. The green slopes of the Tournaloup area are perfect for beginners. With a little more experience, you can then head for the slopes of the Pic du Midi or the Dômes to practice freeride. Ice Tyrolean traverse and caving are other activities to add to the program. And then, we also like to allow ourselves a few sessions of balneo, to rest the muscles that have been severely tested on the snow.
10- Val d'Isère, Savoie
Located at the bottom of the Tarentaise valley, the resort of Val d'Isère is famous all over the world. There are 300 km of slopes to enjoy, and all levels are welcome. After several years of practice, it is in Val d'Isère that you can descend the Face de Bellevarde, a black run where attention is required! It is also pleasant to stroll through the village, whose architecture catches the eye, before heading back to the wide open spaces of the snow for ice biking, mini-snowmobiling or even snow golf. Val d'Isère also has a number of starred restaurants, because the pleasures of the mouth are an activity in its own right in the mountains