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Time to Plan a Ski Trip to France

Photo: Méribel panorama CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ThierryB

With autumn well on the way, it is time to start planning an exciting skiing trip to France. The following is a brief introduction into some of the more popular French skiing locations to explore this coming winter season.


Méribel Valley is central to the Trois Vallées ski area, one of the biggest linked ski areas on Earth. The valley offers approximately 150km of pistes but also gives access to more than 600km pistes via 169 lifts and over 321 designated runs as well as approximately 130km of cross country tracks. There are three ski schools available to train every level of skier as well as snowboarding schools.
Meribel lift
Photo: Méribel Courchevel CC BY-SA 2.0 Leo-setä

For accommodation, there is a variety of hotels and resorts on offer from luxury through to budget, but the more popular form of lodging for skiers these days tends to be a luxury ski chalet in France.

For dining, Méribel offers a range of restaurants from the most expensive luxury options, through mid-range dining to the cheaper fare, meaning there is literally something on offer to suit every budget.


Chamonix offers more than just one mountain – there are plenty to enjoy on a ski holiday. The following offer everything needed for both skiing and snowboarding on a fun trip.
Photo: Chamonix CC BY-SA 2.0 blaise ulysse vincent verien 

Aiguille du Midi is at an altitude of 1035m to 3842m and offers two lifts, but no pistes. Argentière/Les Grands Montets, at a height of 1250m to 3275m, has nine lifts, 29km of pistes and a snowpark. Brévent-Flégère, altitude 1050m to 2525m, has 15 lifts, 57km of pistes, and a freestyle air bag and boarder/skier-cross track. Le Tour/Vallorcine at 1265m to 2270m, has 11 lifts, 29km of pistes, as well as a timed slalom run. Les Houches, at 950m to 1900m, offers 17 lifts, 55km of pistes and a snowpark.

Chamonix offers a wide range of hotel accommodation with everything from sheer luxury right through to budget accommodation to suit everyone. There are also several catered chalets on offer.

Food-wise, the area offers excellent dining options, both in mountain locations and in the ski resorts themselves.

Les Arcs

Les Arcs
Photo: Les Arcs panorama CC by 2.0 Julien Menichini  

The terrain in Les Arcs is very varied, with a good mixture of high, open, snow-sure slopes and lower woodland runs. The resort offers black and one red run, and on the lower half of the Aiguille Rouge is a speed-skiing run, occasionally open to the general public.

Les Arcs offers a great range of accommodation for all tastes and pockets, from hotels to ski chalets and budget apartments.

 Photo: Les Arcs CC BY-NC 2.0 Paul Appleton 

Dining and entertainment-wise, Les Arcs offers a wide range of restaurants and bars to suit all budgets in both the resorts and on the mountain. According to a report in the Telegraph the dining options are “uninspiring,” although the reporter did note that the mountain restaurants are definitely improving. One reporter did recommend Chalet du Solliet which is housed in a wooden chalet with a “warm ambience,” and offers both self-service and table service with lovely views.

With astounding views and great hospitality on offer, France is a definite choice for a great holiday in the snow.


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Latest update:  September 29, 2015