3 Best Ski Resorts In France: Winter 2020

high altitude ski village
Tignes, alps, France

The best ski resorts in France offer beautiful views, high altitudes, perfect weather, and all the facilities you’ll need to have the perfect skiing holiday. You’ll find both talioured ski resorts that cater for all abilities and rustic villages where skiing is part of local life. If you’re looking to go skiing for a Winter break or a Christmas holiday, there are so many options to choose from that it can feel overwhelming. So here’s a guide to the 3 best ski resorts in France for Winter skiing. 

Where Is Best To Ski In France In December?

You can grab yourself a great bargain at this time of year with some great ski holiday deals in France. But sometimes the prices of a snow fueled holiday can increase around the Christmas season and into the New Year. 

If you are looking to book in November for Winter skiing, here are a few tips on getting a Winter ski holiday bargain:

  1. Try A Last Minute Booking
  2. Get A Deal That Includes Ski Lift Pass
  3. Go All Inclusive

The 3 Best Ski Resorts In France

There are lots of ski slopes and ski resorts in France, which cater for skiers of all abilities. If you want the best apres-ski in France, consider Chamonix in the Alps. Or if you’re a beginner skier wanting to learn and practice your skills then La Plagne is more suitable for you. Or if you’re a seasoned skier Tignes has hundreds of red and blue runs for you.

No matter how experienced you are or what you want out of your skiing holiday, there will be a resort in France that caterers for you. As an example, Alpes du Nord has the most ski resorts per meter than anywhere else in Europe. Whatsmore the Alps have beautiful views, huge slopes, and quick transfer times, making it the perfect skiing destination. 

Although some of the most iconic ski slopes are in the French Alps, France has a lot more to offer, with the Pyrenees also a popular skiing destination. So here are the top 3 best ski resorts in France:

Tignes and Val d’ Isère, France

Tignes and Val d’ Isère is where you will find guaranteed snow in the Alps. These neighboring ski resorts are so popular because of the weather all year around as both resorts have their own glaciers which means summer skiing is possible too.

Glaciers: 1 in each resort

Resort Altitude: 1785m

Piste Altitude: 1550m-3656m

Total Ski Area: 300km


Blue (easy) 87

Red (intermediate) 41

Black (advanced) 26

Snow Canons: 352 snowguns

Les Arcs, France

The terrain at Les Arcs is varied and so provides good skiing for all levels. This snow-sure resort provides skiing at 3225m and at 1200m, with its sister resort, La Plagne, providing an extra 225km of ski runs.

Glaciers: 1

Resort Altitude: 1800m/1950m/2000m

Piste Altitude: 3225m

Total Ski Area: 210km


Blue (easy) 140

Red (intermediate) 79

Black (advanced) 37

Snow Canons: 25% of ski areas.

Val Thorens, France

This ski resort is the highest in Europe at 2300m, with excellent snow until May. The pistes are as high as 3230m and the snow lasts for several days. If you want to ski early, opt for this resort.

Resort Altitude: 2300m

Piste Altitude: 1300m-3230m

Total Ski Area: 170km


Blue (easy) 177

Red (intermediate) 111

Black (advanced) 30

Snow Canon: 43% of ski areas.

How To Book A Skiing Holiday In Winter

With snow-sure slopes and generally good weather in Winter, these 3 ski resorts and the best places to go skiing in France this Winter. There are usually great deals for Christmas and New Year skiing, so book now and fly or drive to your winter getaway. 

Make sure you read up on the latest advice and information about travel before you fly.