The Perfect Resorts for a Last-Minute Winter Escape to France

Courchevel | © Dan Goodwin / Flickr
Courchevel | © Dan Goodwin / Flickr

Looking for a last-minute winter getaway? France is hard to beat when it comes to perfect skiing conditions, pistes and après. Search Pierre & Vacances for hotels and ski services across the Alps and beyond.

Arc 1950

Perfect for those looking to reconnect with nature, Arc 1950 is totally car-free and ski-in, ski-out. With views of Mont Blanc and access to Paradiski – the world’s second largest ski area – Arc 1950 will keep even the most hardcore skiers entertained.

From €569 for 7 nights

The village 1950. Ski resort Les Arcs, France | © nikolpetr/Shutterstock


Courchevel is made up of six villages at different altitudes, each with their own distinct character and charm. It forms part of the Three Valleys, the world’s largest ski area, with 600 kilometres (373 miles) of pistes and 162 lifts. Courchevel 1850 is the largest resort and home to the main lift hub.

From €379 for 7 nights


With 90 restaurants to choose from, Portes du Soleil is a gastronomic paradise in the mountains. Experience some of the world’s longest and steepest pistes between Mossette summit and the hamlet of Ardent, and recover with a traditional plate of cheese, cold meats and wine.

From €169 for 7 nights

View of the village and the surrounding area Avoriaz mountains | © Sergey Naryshkin/ Shutterstock


Art, culture and skiing collide in this 1960s-era resort high in the Haute-Savoie region, between Geneva and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Not only are many of its buildings listed in the French Historical Monuments Survey, but Flaine is also home to artworks and sculptures from artists including Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso, Victor Vasarely and Pol Bury.

From €503 for 7 nights


Alpe-d’Huez forms part of the Alpe-d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski Area, combining five resorts into one giant, snow-covered playground. Take a moonlight ride down the world’s longest ski run, joining the Pic Blanc to the Sarenne Gorge, and explore over 130 runs of varying difficulty.

From €425 for 7 nights

Spectacular ski resort with cable car station on the Pic Blanc peak in the French Alps, Alpe d’Huez, France | © Gaspar Janos / Shutterstock

Belle Plagne

Belle Plagne is a small resort in the La Plagne region. The resort, which is perfect for families, is connected to Paradiski and 425 kilometres (264 miles) of pistes. Adrenaline junkies will love trying the Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Piste. It’s also worth checking out Grottes de Glace at Bellecôte Glacier, which is home to some of the world’s most incredible ice sculptures.

From 373 € for 7 nights


Méribel forms part of the Tarentaise Valley, the biggest concentration of world-class ski resorts in the world. With its picture-perfect chalets, Méribel is definitely one of the prettiest resorts in the region and has runs for skiers of all abilities. Connected to the Three Valleys network, there’s enough here to keep everyone entertained.

From €299 for 7 nights

Méribel | © Jean Michael Gouedard / WikiCommons

Plagne Bellecôte

Home to four chair lifts – one drag and one bubble lift – Bellecôte village is considered the central hub of the region. This is both a blessing and a curse, as Plagne Bellecôte has unrivalled access to Plagne Centre, Champagny, Montchavin and Les Arcs, but can become very busy especially during peak times.

From €363 for 7 nights


Aime-La-Plagne benefits from a piste-side location, high enough to afford epic views over the surrounding valley and Mont Blanc. Not being in the shadow of the mountains means Aime-La-Plagne stays in the sun longer than nearby Plagne Centre, perfect for après-ski at one of the bars, restaurants or on your balcony.

From €677 for 7 nights

Aime-La-Plagne | © Ivan Aleshin/Shutterstock

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