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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.

Current Status: Negative travel advice until the 30 November 2020.

Regulations per destination 

Distance required in public areas (in metres)
Yes
1 metre
Max persons together outdoors
No
Not allowed to come together
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Yes
But advised to wear a mask inside aswell when in company of others
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Open
A mask is mandaotry for everyone aged 11 and over, and only take transport for essential trips. Travelling between the French regions is no longer allowed as of Monday 02.11.2020
Transfer
Yes
A mask is mandatory
Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
A mask is mandatory
Petrol stations
Open
A mask is mandatory
Shops
Closed
Shops will reopen 28.11.2020
Restaurants
Closed
From Friday 30.10.2020.
Bars / Apres-ski
Closed
From Friday 30.10.2020.
Club/Nightlife
Closed
Curfew
Depends
From November 28, 2020, French people may be outside for 3 hours and a maximum of 20 kilometers from their home address. This does not apply if they have to leave for work or for a medical emergency.
Not allowed to sell alcohol in certain hours
No
Events open air or indoor
No
Not allowed
Wellness
Closed
Closed from Friday 30.10.2020.
Skilifts
Closed
Closed from Friday 30.10.2020.
Ski lessons
No
Unavailable from Friday 30.10.2020.
Ski rental
Closed
Closed from Friday 30.10.2020.
Slopes
Closed
Closed from Friday 30.10.2020.
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).
Quarantaine
No
Covid test before departure or wait in quarantaine
No
Covid test on destination (random or everyone)
No
Health declaration
Yes
All travelers are required to complete and carry the certificate corresponding to their situation: for exceptional international travel from abroad to France and for a non-conforming trip to certain overseas communities.
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.
Other formalities needed to enter destination?
No
Please always double check the GOV UK website before travelling.
Additional measures per ski region
No
Additional airline and bus rules
No
Other area information
Yes
Additional COVID-19 information provided by France Montagnes.

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