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France is the world’s Numero Un ski nation thanks to its thousands of miles of snowy pistes. French resorts boast the highest altitude in the Alps, guaranteeing snow and high prices to match. France excels in easy motorway (freeway) skiing but also has very easy runs for beginners and intermediate skiers as well as some of the toughest runs in the world. Prices though are excruciatingly high and often double those of Austria or Italy.

  • Allez up for French resorts

    Allez up for French resorts

    Mountain food and property on the way up. Read more from John Hill and Tamsin Beaube.. Those fed up ...

  • La Tania

    La Tania

    A small ski village which has easy access to neighbouring Courchevel and Méribel, La Tania grants th...

  • La Plagne

    La Plagne

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  • Les Orres

    Les Orres

    Nestled high in the Southern Alps and all but hidden from view above the vast Lac de Serre-Poncon, l...

  • Valloire

    Valloire

    Valloire is an old mountain village with a generous spread of slopes, shared with Valmeiner. ...

  • Tignes

    Tignes is a no frills budget version of neighbouring rival Val d’Isère that still packs a big punch. Fly to ...

  • Val Thorens

    Val Thorens 2300 is Europe’s highest ski resort and the most snow-sure area in France’s 600km 3 Valleys lift circuit.

  • Méribel

    Méribel is at the centre of the vast 600km Les Trois Vallées region, one of the biggest in the world. ...

  • Val Cenis

    Val Cenis is a little-known gem in France’s Haute Maurienne, close to the Italian border.

  • Sainte Foy

    Ste Foy is a rarity in France - idyllically small with traditional architecture and hardly any crowds.

  • Montgenevre

    Montgenèvre is part of the massive 650km Italian border - straddling Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area. But Montgenèvre, already praised by the Good Ski Guide as the perfect Ski Easy resort, is well worth a visit in its own right.

  • Megeve

    With its expensive chalet-style architecture, boutique shopping and picturesque snow-covered streets, Megeve is resplendent in an alpine charm that many a purpose built resort will aspire [and fail] to emulate.

  • Les Contamines

    If the fur-coat-and-Ferrari glitz of Megève is not your scene then drive a few more miles to find rural French perfection in tiny Les Contamines.

  • Chamonix

    Mountain lovers and extreme skiers flock to Chamonix, the Alps’ most famous mountain town, at the foot of Mont Blanc.

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