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The 10 Best Ski Resorts In France

Picture of Bethan Sweeting
Updated: 9 February 2017
A little pricier than neighboring Alpine countries such as Austria and Italy, and with the popularity of resorts growing in places such as Spain and Bulgaria, France has managed to retain its established and worthy reputation for comprising some of the best ski resorts in the world. With a bounty of resorts speckled over the Rhône-Alpes, from the snow-sure to the characterful, France is undoubtedly a top skiing destination. These are the ten best ski resorts in the country.

Val d’Isère

Situated in the Espace Killy ski area, Val d’Isère is renowned for its vast and challenging ski area, lively après-ski scene, historic alpine charm, and stylish chalets. Spanning a huge ski area from Le Fornet to La Daille and with fast, easy connections to Espace Killy sharing buddy Tignes, Val d’Isère offers a lot of ground to explore. An engaging terrain for advanced skiers as well as beginners, challenge yourself with off-piste such as the Vallée Perdue and race down the infamous 1992 Olympic black run, the Face de Bellevarde. For rewarding relaxation after a day on the mountains, choose from table dancing in ski boots at La Folie Douce, indulging in a premium cocktail at Le Blizzard or enjoying top Savoyarde cuisine at restaurant 1789. A resort that never stops giving, Val d’Isere is truly one of the best ski resorts in France.

Val d’Isère
Val d’Isère | © Edward Simpson / Flickr

Tignes

Comprised of five villages, Tignes is a varied resort made up of different characters, from concrete-built Val Claret and Le Lac to historic Les Boisses and Les Brevieres. Offering a wide range of snow sports activities including snow parks, air bag jumps, a half pipe, and the longest black run in the Espace Killy ‘Sache’, this resort is an adrenaline junkie’s dream. With a gentler side, Tignes also boasts some of the most interesting natural features you will find in a ski resort, including the Aiguille Percée and hidden ice caves. With its great height the resort also provides views of the purpose-built Lac du Chevril which sits at the bottom of the Tignes valley. A long and rewarding ski course from the top of the Glacier du Grande Motte down to the historically intriguing Barrage de Chevril, Tignes’ different areas make it one of the most diverse and unique ski resorts in France.

Tignes, French Alps
Tignes, French Alps | ©