For snowsports fans, the French Alps might be the world’s most perfect playground.
You can ski in several superb locations worldwide, but none quite match the Gallic charm, dramatic scenery, pristine powder and awesome après-ski you find in this fabulous part of the world.
But what makes this terrific territory even more special is the sheer variety ̶ each resort has its own distinct charms so there’s something to satisfy every taste.
This means it can be tough to choose the ideal spot for your own ski or snowboard holiday, so we’ve saved you some research time by collating 3 French ski resorts with a certain je ne sais quoi.
1. Alpe d’Huez
A high-altitude ski resort set at the foot of the 3,300m Pic Blanc, Alpe d’Huez is also known as L’Isle Au Soleil because it’s usually blessed by around 300 days of sunshine annually.
The long, steep red and black runs are ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and the après-ski here is superb too, with lively bars like Smithy’s Tavern and cool clubs like L’Igloo encouraging revellers to let their hair down until the wee small hours.
Tip: take on The Tunnel Run if you’re an expert skier looking for a thrilling challenge!
2. Val d’Isère
Part of the expansive Espace Killy ski area, Val d’Isère sits at 1850m in the Tarentaise Valley, connects to 300km of varied pistes and provides lift access to some of the best off-piste powder anywhere on Earth.
La Folie Douce is at the vanguard of après-ski action here, with its trademark blend of DJs, live music and tabletop dancing, but the Doudoune Club is legendary too and has featured prominent headliners like Roger Sanchez and David Guetta over the years. Recover the morning after a big night out in the Oxygen sports centre’s saunas, steam rooms and pools.
Tip: ski holiday gurus Erna Low can create a customised Val d’Isère ski package trip that suits you down to the ground.
Nestled in the Chablais mountain range close to the French-Swiss border, Morzine sits between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. It’s part of the Portes du Soleil ski area, which contains a range of runs for skiers of all stripes and 11 snow parks to keep boarders happy.
Morzine hosts the Rock the Pistes week in March each year, where many top bands play live, but Robinsons bar (AKA ‘Robbos’) keeps the party fuelled all year round ̶ it’s a legendary local emporium where the staple drink is extremely strong Mutzig brand beer. There are a range of accommodation options on offer, but the self-catering apartments at L’Aiglon de Morzine are a good choice, with mountain views and in-house spa facilities.
Tip: L’Opera Nightclub is the perfect place for a late-night party ̶ open ‘til 5am, DJs spin D&B, House and EDM on the wheels of steel to keep the dance floor packed.
Choose whichever one of these three French ski resorts best satisfies your requirements and you’re sure to have a brilliant holiday ̶ you can thank us later!