By |Published On: 19 March, 2024|3.5 min read|

The possibilities when it comes to skiing in France are endless. Tignes, Alpe d’Huez, Avoriaz, Les Trois Vallées… But why do so many Brits make the long trip south every year to strap on their skis? Here are 5 reasons why you should choose a ski holiday to France and what makes skiing in the French Alps so special.

A group of friends playing in the snow in Alpe d'Huez, France

Photo: Fun in the snow, in Alpe d’Huez

1. Perfect skiing conditions

France is known for its excellent ski areas, offering both high altitude resorts and wide slopes. Popular areas such as Les Trois Vallées and Les Deux Alpes offer pistes at more than 3000m elevation, allowing you to enjoy long slopes and stunning views. Many slopes in these resorts are also interconnected, giving you a sea of options to choose from. Whether your level of experience is better suited to black, red, or blue slopes, you are guaranteed to find new adventures every day.

2. Fun for the whole family

France’s large ski areas mean that there is something for everyone. For the daredevils who can’t wait to race down the slopes, for experienced skiers looking for a challenge, and for total beginners, you are sure to find a resort that meets everyone’s needs. This also gives you the freedom to travel with a large group of both seasoned and less experienced skiers without leaving anyone out of the fun. There are plenty of child-friendly ski areas in France too, featuring nursery slopes and high-quality ski schools that will make your family ski trip a breeze.

Kids learning how to ski in Val Thorens, France

Photo: Take the kids along on your ski holiday to the French Alps

3. Endless snow

Snow-surety is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a destination for your ski holiday. We all know that there is nothing better than strapping on your skis and gliding over a fresh layer of powder, and France has plenty of it. The high elevation of many of its ski areas means you can rely on deep snow all winter, as snow droughts in the French Alps are rare.

4. Sunny days

Fun in the snow doesn’t always have to mean cold noses and frozen toes. France is also known for its glorious sunshine. Take Avoriaz for example, an alpine village located in Les Portes du Soleil, the gates of the sun. It is the perfect place to soak up some winter sun whilst enjoying a well-deserved snowy escape. However, we recommend wearing at least factor 15 sun cream: remember that all that sunshine reflecting off of the snow can lead to unexpected burns!

A ski lift on a sunny day in Avoriaz, France

Photo: Avoriaz is the best of both worlds, with plenty of sun and snow

5. Dance the night away

The south of the French Alps has an après-ski scene to rival even the legendary bars and clubs in Austria. Destinations such as Val Thorens and Alpe d’Huez are well known amongst skiers for their fantastic parties and vibrant nightlife. Don’t miss a trip to Café Snesko in Val Thorens, a renowned gathering place for party-lovers. The list of great bars in Les Deux Alpes is also long enough to keep even the most dedicated party animals entertained. If you like high spirits and dancing in your ski boots, you will never be short of opportunities to let your hair down in France.

Sunset over the snowy peaks in Val Thorens, France

Photo: Val Thorens is a favourite amongst party animals and skiers alike

If you are looking for the perfect ski destination, then France is an excellent choice. With one of the many ski-in, ski-out accommodations there, you can stay right next to the slopes and start skiing as soon as possible each morning. French cuisine is also difficult to beat, and is an unmissable experience in itself.

After reading our top 5 reasons why you should choose a ski holiday to France, have we convinced you? If you love France as much as we do, check out our selection of accommodations in the French Alps!

Hi! I'm Sally, one of Sunweb’s travel experts. I’m always planning my next adventure, and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. Check out my travel blog posts for advice and inspiration.
19 March, 2024

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