Top Ski Resorts near the South of France

The ski resort of Serre Chevalier in the south of France | © Rrrainbow/Shutterstock
The ski resort of Serre Chevalier in the south of France | © Rrrainbow/Shutterstock
Photo of Alex Ledsom
8 February 2018

The south of France is known for its coastline but it also boasts several small ski resorts which are within driving distance, or can be reached by train from the coast. These resorts offer some great skiing opportunities and are ideal for a weekend break or longer.

The ski resorts are just a few hours drive (maximum) from the south of France. There is also a ski train with SNCF that leaves Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Manosque very early on Saturday mornings and returns on Sunday nights during the winter ski season. Tickets are only €20 for adults and €7,50 for children. Book them here. Trains will take you as far as Briançon or Gap and then buses transport you the rest of the way to 24 ski resorts in the southern French Alps.

Les Orres

Les Orres is probably the best resort for the most adventurous among you. The resort sits in the heart of a forest and has lots of interesting and diverse activities for the the entire family. You can base jump, paraglide, or kids can ride The Orres Express, a bobsleigh that slides 1.5km downhill. There are also areas devoted to snowboarders and freeriders. Off-piste, you can take a visit to the Mercantour National Park.

Val D’Ollos

Val D’Ollos is one of the closest to Marseille at just over 2 hours away by car. It’s actually two resorts in one — Val d’Allos-Le Seignus et Val d’Allos-La Foux. There is usually free entertainment in the resort for kids, so it’s very popular with families with young children. The pistes link up with nearby resort Pra Loup.

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