Ski Holidays in France

France has the most extensive skiing in the world - the scale of the top French resorts is truly amazing - and this may explain why more British skiers holiday here than in any other country.

Unlike their Alpine neighbours, most French resorts are purpose-built stations de ski that provide high altitude ski-in ski-out convenience, often at a high cost to the ambience. The majority of accommodation provided is in apartments and chalets, not hotels.

There are of course exceptions to this – two of our favourite resorts of Megeve and Morzine being great examples of the more attractive traditional alpine style villages that also benefit from much shorter transfer times.

Our Favourite French Ski Resorts

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Megeve Night Scene | Momentum Ski

Megeve

What skiing in France should be about – an attractive traditional Savoyard village centre, elegant gallic style and some of the best restaurants in the alps – and only just over an hour from Geneva.

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Morzine Chalets | Momentum Ski

Morzine

Very popular with the British, Morzine is a market town with all the appeal of an old-style chalet resort, set in charming, wooded surroundings and linked to the enormous Portes du Soleil ski area.

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Other French Resorts We Recommend

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Chamonix Resort | Momentum Ski

Chamonix

Renowned for its hardcore terrain Chamonix is not for the faint hearted and if you are looking for challenging skiing and long steep descents it is one of the greats. It’s a proper mountain town in its own right with plenty of après ski and other things going on. It is not a convenient resort with the travelling required to reach any section of the disparate ski areas. Its proximity to Geneva makes it popular for weekends but make sure you rent a car and expect to use it. Everyone should ski Chamonix but only once they are ready – particularly true of the resorts best mountain, the Grands Montets which comes to life in March.

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Meribel Resort | Momentum Ski

Meribel

Hugely popular with the British, many of whom never go anywhere else! The chalet style architecture makes for an attractive town that has a good mix of bars to compliment the lively early evening après ski on the mountain. Being at the centre of the 3 valleys offers great access to this truly vast ski area. There is a huge selection of weekly let chalets but ski weekends are also possible in low season at some of the hotels.

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Courchevel Resort | Momentum Ski

Courchevel

A wonderful mountain with the best skiing in the 3 valleys for all abilities – you may not even need to make use of the other two valleys of the worlds largest ski area! The main village of Courchevel 1850 boasts an extraordinary portfolio of wonderfully hedonistic ski in/ski out hotels and private chalets. If it is just the skiing you are after you can always stay in one of the lower sections of the resort at 1650, La Tania and Le Praz but take your credit card with you.

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Val d'Isere Resort | Momentum Ski

Val d'Isere

Big, bold, but still charmingly alpine! Val d’Isere and Tignes make up the Espace Killy, a phenomenal ski area with a vertical drop of 1 900m. Experts revel in the off-piste, intermediates are endlessly challenged by terrain and mileage on well-groomed pistes, and for beginners the quality of the many British run ski schools are excellent. Apres on the mountain is all about the Folie Douce, a must! The resorts altitude makes it a great early or late season option.

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Flaine

Situated in a snowy micro-climate at the heart of the vast playground of the Grand Massif area. Flaine is a compact and convenient purpose-built village at the foot of a big snowy bowl. It's snow record is hard to beat and you can see why our European friends & Flaine enthusiasts keep this one quiet! The extensive ski area is perfect for intermediates with wooded slopes immediately above Flaine and lots of cruisy blue and red runs back to the village but the off-piste terrain is also unexpectedly good. Nightlife is fairly quiet but there are a few lively bars & restaurants in the village.

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