Thinking about going skiing this winter but unsure where to go? Home to the largest ski area in the world as well as a number of superb resorts, France is the perfect ski destination for Brits looking for good snow and minimal journey times. Within France, there is a number of resorts to choose from. We have picked out our top three resorts in France to help you choose the best one for you.
Val d’Isere is known for being one of France’s most established ski resorts. With world-class slopes, a variety of non ski related activity and superb nightlife, it is easy to understand why Val d’Isere is so popular. Part of the Espace Killy ski area which it shares with the neighboring resort of Tignes, Val d’Isere has access to over 300km of skiable piste as well as an abundance of off-piste zones, ideal for advanced skiers looking for a challenge. For beginners, the resort has two newly refurbished beginners areas as well as plenty of green and blue runs on the mountain to progress to. On top of the superb skiing, Val d’Isere is also renowned for its lively nightlife which starts on the mountain with apres ski at the famous la Folie Douce and continues on until the small hours.
Sitting pretty at the centre of the the Three Valleys, the picturesque town of Meribel is the perfect base for those looking to get out an explore the World’s largest ski area. The resort banned the building of high-rised apartments and hotels, allowing it to keep its original charm, something that other resorts in France have lost over the years. A great resort in itself, the main attraction of Meribel is its location at the heart of the Three Valleys giving visitors to the resort access to over 600km of piste as well as an abundance of marked off piste areas. As well as the phenominal skiing on its doorstep, Meribel has plenty to offer in the town itself with a large leisure centre, ice rinks and plenty of bars and restaurants to spend the evening in. Take a look at Mark Warner who have been operating in the area for a years and have a number of resorts in Meribel.
The car free resort of Avoriaz is a beautiful resort in the Port du Soleil ski area. Ideal for families, Avoriaz is a relatively small resort yet still manages to provide visitors to the resort with plenty of amenities including an indoor swimming complex and mountainside restaurants. When you first arrive it’s easy to feel like you’ve been transported to Narnia, as the resort is car free, horse and carts are used for transportation. The closest airport to the resort is Geneva at just over an hour away.