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Skiing in France

Introduction

France is a country well known for its great food and beautiful landscapes, and ski holidays in France really showcase this. Due to the high altitude of many of the resorts, there is brilliant snow reliability throughout the whole of the winter season. France has a number of large ski areas, where you can enjoy a variety of different slopes for beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Skiing in France

There are many reasons to choose a ski holiday in France. First of all there is a great chance for both snow, and favourable skiing conditions. There are also a number of ski areas with glaciers, including Tignes, Les Deux Alpes, Alpe d’Huez, Val Thorens and La Plagne. France is also home to the prestigious Les Trios Vallees; the largest connected ski area in the world.

Les Trios Vallees is made up of Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Méribel, St. Martin de Belleville and Courchevel. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe (2300m), and is famous for its après-ski scene. Méribel is also famous for its nightlife, and for having two Olympic standard descents.

Many believe that ski holidays in France consist of modern concrete buildings; however, there are many resorts that still maintain an authentic French charm. Two examples that emphasis this are the mountain villages of St. Sorlin d'Arves and St. Jean d'Arves in the Les Sybelles ski area. These resorts consist of a number of traditional, romantic chalets.

True winter enthusiasts know that some of the best skiing in France can be done in the area of Paradiski. This name is really justified, as it is literally a skiing paradise. It has over 400km of slopes and features the picturesque resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs. These areas are connected by the Vanoise Express lift, which can take 200 people from one side to the other in four minutes.

Ski Holidays for families

For families, there are also great options for ski holidays in France. Les Portes du Soleil features the resorts Avoriaz, Morzine, Châtel and Les Gets. A unique advantage of this area is that you can even ski all the way to Switzerland!

Avoriaz is a car-free village with a great deal of horse-drawn sleighs running around. There is also the Aquariaz, an aquatic paradise with pools, baths, water slides and more. Morzine has more of a traditional feel, and as the resort is lower than Avoriaz, generally packages are cheaper here.

Accommodation for your ski holiday

Sunweb offers a wide range of accommodations to suit all travellers. From cheap self-catering apartments, to luxurious all-inclusive hotels, you are sure to find an option to fit your budget. For groups there are large chalets that can even sleep up to 15 people. Remember all of our ski holidays include lift passes!

Travel information relating to the Coronavirus 

This information has been carefully compiled by Sunweb based on information provided by the local authorities. Since the measures mentioned are subject to constant change, no rights can be derived from this and Sunweb accepts no liability for any damage resulting from the use of this information.

Regulations per destination 

Distance required in public areas (in metres)
Yes
1 metre
Mask
Yes
Masks are mandatory from the age of 11 in public transport and air traffic. Also in all public closed buildings and areas, for example government buildings, hospitals, shops, restaurants and hotels. Ski lifts, drag lifts, ski schools, ski buses (also on the platform), lift stations, ski rental shops and other closed parts of the ski area. Even when you are in line (outside and inside).
Covid test before departure or wait in quarantaine
Yes
Proof of a negative PCR test is mandatory for all 11 years and older, within 72 hours of departure
Covid test on destination (random or everyone)
No
Health declaration
Yes

It is mandatory for all passengers to fill in a passenger location form 48 hours before arriving/returning to the UK. The form can be found here.

When you enter France you need to fill in a “Declaration sur l'honneur”.

Quarantaine
No
Max persons together outdoors
Yes
Max. 6 persons
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Yes
But advised to wear a mask inside aswell when in company of others
Curfew
Yes
Country wide curfew from 19:00-06:00
Slopes
Closed
Skilifts
Closed
Ski rental
Closed
Ski lessons
No
Unavailable from Friday 30.10.2020.
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Open
A mask is mandaotry for everyone aged 11 and over. Allowed for all trips during 06:00 - 19:00 and only for essential trips between 19:00 -06:00
Restaurants
Partially Open
Only takeaway and room service (hotels).
Bars / Apres-ski
Closed
Club/Nightlife
Closed
Events open air or indoor
No
Museums, cinemas and theater are however opened again.
Shops
Open
All non-essential shops closed
Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
A mask is mandatory
Not allowed to sell alcohol in certain hours
No
Wellness
Closed
Additional airline and bus rules
No
Transfer
Yes
A mask is mandatory
Petrol stations
Open
A mask is mandatory
Other formalities needed to enter destination?
Yes
Please always double check the GOV UK website before travelling. From 24/1 you must hold a negative PCR-test taken less than 72h before travel
Additional measures per ski region
No
Other area information
Yes
Additional COVID-19 information provided by France Montagnes.
Good to know
Yes
Entry into France and departure, to or from a country outside the European Union is prohibited, except for compelling reasons.

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