12 Best Ski Resort in France For A Dramatic Experience

Impeccable in their fashion sense and their artistic wonders, the French have been seducing its visitors since ages. While one always yearns to soak in the rich cultural experience and the romance on offer, most of them forget to take pleasure in the equally inviting French Alps.
 
 
Favored by the Brits, who consider France as their ideal Ski holiday destination, France is an amazing destination to go skiing and take part in a fun game of Snowball fight. Without further adieu, we present you a list of 12 best ski resort in France for a dramatic experience.
 
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1. Chamonix - oldest ski resorts in France

Best Ski Resort in France  

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One of oldest ski resorts in France, Chamonix in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region was the site where the first Winter Olympics was held in 1924. Renowned for its deep descents and its off-piste character, Chamonix has been an iconic destination for snowsports and mountaineering since ages. Third most visited natural site in the world, Chamonix attracts millions of visitors every year and is set at a height of 1,035 meters. When you have had enough of the varying snow terrain, head to the adventure and the theme park at the resort, to take part in the thrilling activities on offer. 

Loved by skiers and the snowsports enthusiasts, Chamonix is one of the best ski resorts in France and is suitable for all type of skiers. The nearest airport to Chamonix Ski resort is at Geneva. 

Peak time: December - May, and July -  August.
Activities: Mountaineering, Paragliding, Mountain biking, Climbing, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Snowshoeing, Speed Skiing, Adventure & Theme Parks, Paintball, Lasergame, Snowboarding.
 
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2. Tignes - all season ski resort

  

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Situated in the Savoie region in the south-eastern France, Tignes is an extensive ski area with an attractive snow cover that is accessible 365 days in a year. The resort along with Val-d'Isre is called the 'Espace Killy' ski area and is the freestyle skiing venue in the 1992 Winter Olympics while also co-hosting the event. Served by 78 lifts that take you to the top, Tignes has set the standard for high altitude resorts in France. Take a trip to the five villages set in the foothills, which are a part of the resort of Tignes to hang out at the restaurants and the bars. 

Offering 300 kilometers of a ski area, Tignes is an all season ski resort in France with a special something for everyone. The closest airports to Tignes are at Geneva and Chambery. 

Peak time: December - March
Activities: Snow Tubing, Sledding, Heli-Skiing, Karting, Ice Diving, Snake Gliss, Paragliding, Ice Skating, Snowmobiling, Microlight, Speed-Riding, Bungee, Horseback Riding, Paintball, Trampolining, Fishing, Hiking.
 
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3. Morzine - among the largest ski areas in the world

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Set in the heart of one of the largest ski areas in the world is the little Alpine town of Morzine. Marked with over 650 kilometers of skiing trail, Morzine encourages skiers of all levels. Enjoy the panoramic mountain views from atop the French Alps and be captivated by the snowy beauty of the place. Not into skiing but are intrigued by the resort of Morzine, do take part in the plenty of other activities that is available. Morzine resort notably has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and is an ideal weekend ski resort destination in France.  

Attracting visitors right from the Edwardian times, Morzine offers an authentic mountain village skiing experience. The nearest airport to Morzine is at Geneva. 

Peak time: December - March
Activities: Canyoning, Horse Riding, Climbing, Ice Rink, Paragliding, Paintball, Fishing, Biathlon, Mountaineering, Ice Diving, Swimming, Cross-country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Heli-Skiing, Yoga.  
 
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4. Val-d'Isre - popular winter sports destination

  

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Lying along the border of the Vanoise National Park is the alpine skiing resort of Val-d'Isre. Carpeted with fresh snow and an incredible azure which is in hands reach, Val-d'Isre is a fantastic picnic destination and is colorful winter sports destination. A part of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Val-d'Isre has been constantly holding World cup Alpine events. While here, be sure to venture into the National Park of Vanoise and the Lake of the Ouillette to get acquainted with the preserved flora and fauna.

Val-d'Isre is a world-class skiing destination in France that is loved by expert skiers and snowboarders. The nearest airport is at Chambery. 

Peak time: November - May
Activities: Karting, Ice Driving, Skiing, Snowboarding, Zip Lining, Archery, Golf, Skating, Tennis, Climbing, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Shooting, Biathlon, Trampoline, Horseback Riding. 
 
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5. Avoriaz - a delightful place to visit

  

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Placed at the center of the Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz is a French Alpine ski resort with snow-sure slopes that are great for freestylers. The angular cedarwood-clad apartments dotting the resort are absolutely charming and looking it from the top is extra special. The resort of Avoriaz along with Morzine have been frequently hosting the biggest cycling race of Tour de France and is one of the best-designed resorts. Avoriaz also provides a link to access the nearby ski resorts making it one of the delightful places to visit. 

Sitting on a dramatic high cliff side, Avoriaz is one of the best ski resorts in France. The closest airports to Avoriaz are at Chambery and Geneva. 

Peak time: November - March 
Activities: Night Sledding, Mountain Biking, Caving, Paragliding, Sky Diving, Snowball Fight, Human Bowling, Sit Ski, Snowscoot, Heli-Skiing, Horse Sleigh Rides, Yoga, Snowshoeing, Nordic Walking, Biathlon. 
 
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6. Chamrousse

  

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Chamrousse is a ski resort in the Belledonne Mountain Range near Grenoble in the south-eastern France. Made up as a result of interconnection between two small towns, Chamrousse is built within a forest, overlooking the valley of Grenoble while offering stunning views. Originally formed as a Winter Olympic destination, the ski resort of Chamrousse slowly gained popularity to becoming a relaxed ski destination in France. Chamrousse has also notably hosted six Alpine skiing events in the 1968 Winter Olympics. 

Served by 24 lifts and with a skiing area of 90 kilometers, Chamrousse is a prominent skiing resort in France. The closest airports to Chamrousse are at Chambery and Grenoble. 

Peak time: December - April
Activities: Trampoline, Crazy Jump, Cross-country Skiing, Tubing, Snowboarding, Mountain Biking, Snow Sledding, Eco Walk, Heli-Skiing, Paragliding, Ice Climbing, Ice Riding, Skating. 
 
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7. Megeve - popular vacation spot

  

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The quaint town of Megeve near the Mount-Blanc in the French Alps is a popular ski resort vacation spot, known for its medieval appearance and highly facilitated ski areas on offer. Frequented by the Rothschild family who used to spend their winter vacation in Megeve during 1910's, the ski resort of Megeve gradually started attracting plenty of famed celebrities gaining popularity to reach the stature that it is now. Megeve is a perfect place for couples to romance, not to forget the ancient-looking Horse-sleigh ride. 

Beautifully preserved, Megeve is definitely one of the most famous and favorite ski resort destinations in the world, especially in France. The nearest airport to Megeve is at Geneva. 

Peak time: December - April
Activities: Cross-country Skiing, Paragliding, Snowshoeing, Glacier Hiking, Electric Biking, Ski Touring, Golf, Summer Camping, Horse-Sleighs, Snowboarding. 
 
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8. Courchevel - best for luxurious holiday

  

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A part of the Les Trois Vallées, which is the largest linked ski areas in the world, Courchevel is an Alpine ski resort in France that offers a scenic view of the Mount Blanc. With a varying terrain in place, Courchevel is suitable for both experts and beginners, who wish to get the experience of the French Alps. If you are a beginner and are looking for a ski destination to practice the sport of skiing, then Courchevel dotted with a variety of ski schools, is totally for you! Courchevel has skiing are of 600 kilometers and is served by 170 lifts. 

Visited often by the stars like Beckham and Beyonce, Courchevel is one of the top luxury resorts in France. The nearest airport to Courchevel is at Courchevel also comprises of a remarkable lift system, which is completely free of cost. 

Peak time: December - April
Activities: Ski Touring, Cross-country Skiing, Hang Gliding, Climbing,  Heli-Skiing, Adventure Camping, Biking, Cooking, Mountaineering.
 
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9. St-Martin-de-Belleville

  

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St-Martin-de-Belleville is an unspoiled village in France in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. Famously known for its unbeatable location and tranquility, St-Martin-de-Belleville which is a part of the Three Valleys Ski area is an attractive ski location of the lot. Carrying a rich heritage, St-Martin-de-Belleville with its modernity and a blend of the tradition looks totally eye pleasing.  When you are here at St-Martin-de-Belleville, be sure to treat your taste buds to the ravishing food offered at the 3 Michelin Starred restaurant of La Bouitte. 

Complete with a rustic church and wooden buildings that are iced on the top with snow, St-Martin-de-Belleville is a gorgeous ski resort in France. The closest airports to St Martin-de-Belleville are at Annecy and Chambery. 

Peak time: December - May
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding, Dog Sledding, Cross-country Skiing, Paragliding, Yoga, Aqua Trampo, Zumba Dancing, Snowscoot, Basketball, Biathlon, Tubing. 
 
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10. Méribel - charming french ski resort

  

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Located near the town of Moutiers is the French ski resort of Meribel in the Tarentaise Valley. Loved by the visitors for its charming setting elevated by the presence of chalets and a friendly village atmosphere, Méribel offers good snow throughout the season. Absolutely picturesque in nature, Méribel has been attracting more than one-thirds of the US population during the winters! Home to the 1992 Winter Olympics, Méribel is noted to have hosted the game of ice hockey and women's alpine skiing events. 

Adorned by an endless number of Chalets that add to the characteristic of the resort, Meribel is an ideal party-style ski resort in France. The closest airports to Meribel are at Chambery and Grenoble. 

Peak time: December - April
Activities: Paragliding, Snake Gliss, Disabled Skiing, Snowshoeing, Horse Sleigh Rides, Snowmobiling, Eco Walk, Indoor Climbing, Bowling, Ice Rink, Swimming. 
 
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11. Alpe-d’Huez - favorite skiing spot for beginners

  

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Alpe-d’Huez is an expansive ski resort region in France, distinctly characterized by the breathtaking view of the glacier and its extensive snow cover. Welcoming its visitors with its humongous 2210 meter vertical drop and snow-sure conditions, Alpe-d’Huez is a favorite skiing spot for beginners and expert skiers alike. Always buzzing with events and snowsports activities, Alpe-d’Huez will keep you entertained. It is always recommended to check the events calendar of Alpe-d’Huez and come prepared. Alpe-d’Huez constantly get featured in Tour de France races. 

Take a descent to the vibrant towns and villages, painting the foothills of the region to immerse in the bustling nightlife and the bar scene in action. The nearest airport to Alpe-d’Huez is at Grenoble. 

Peak time: November - March
Activities: Heli-Skiing, Mountain Biking, Cross-country Skiing, Snake Gliss, Night Skiing, Disabled Skiing, Night Sledding, Swimming, Archery, Canyoning, Canoeing, Glacier Walking, Fishing. 
 
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12. Les Gets

  

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Les Gets is a magical ski resort in France placed in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region of the south-eastern France. Surrounded by a blissful village that is full with chalets, Les Gets looks traditional with an authentic French style to it. Wedged in between the towns of Taninges and Morzine, Les Gets also contains a museum of Mechanical music and celebrates a festival of Mechanical music, bi-annually. Les Gets has an area of 650 kilometers to explore and is dotted with a dozen restaurants and bar to chill. 

With a plenty of attractive events and activities specifically formulated for families, Les Gets is the ideal family ski resort destination in France you shouldn't miss. The nearest international airport is in Geneva. 

Peak time: December - April
Activities: Mountain Biking, Paragliding, Rafting, Swimming, Fishing, Mountaineering, Trampoline, Ice Skating, Sledding, Hiking, Tennis, Canyoning, Cross-country skiing, Bowling, Geocaching. 
 
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