The best ski destinations in France you need
to add to your bucket list for skiing in 2022
Today we're sharing our knowledge on the French Ski Resorts so you can start planning your next ski holiday for Winter 2021/2022 .
What are the best ski resorts in France?
If we have to choose the best area to go skiing in France, we would head to the Alps as this area guarantees great snow conditions from the end of November all the way to April. Some areas are even open during the Summer like the glacier in Les Deux Alpes.
So, what are our favorite ski resorts in the French Alps? Let's find out our top 5 ski resorts that you should definitely add to your bucket list for Winter 2021/2022:
✔ Chamonix Ski Resort is rated as one of the top ten best ski resorts in Europe . And it's ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers.
✔ It's a great ski destination to visit in December. So, if you're planning a pre-Christmas ski holiday, Chamonix has your name on it!
✔ If you're traveling with people that don't ski , you can go snowshoeing, husky sledding or visit one of the local spas in Chamonix.
✔ There's loads of bars and restaurants in the town centre where you can enjoy an evening meal. If you fancy aprés-ski drinks , you should head to Avenue Michel Croz which is full of bars with outdoor terraces and live music.
✔ The closest airport is in Geneva (GVA) , which is 100km from Chamonix.
Where to stay in Chamonix:
Our ski and snowboard experts recommend the RockyPop Hotel *** .
This hotel is located in Les Houches , a great location for families, friends and couples . The hotel is modern and has an excellent restaurant service and a food truck that serves delicious homemade burgers. The bedrooms are spacious and super functional.
Check out our Christmas 2021 Ski Holiday to the RockyPop Hotel for € 788 per person . The price includes a 6-day Ski Pass for Chamonix Montblanc Unlimited ski area.
✔ Tignes is known for being one of the most snow-dependable winter ski destinations in France. This resort shares its ski area with Val d'Isère, offering a total of 300km of pistes for all abilities.
✔ There are a total of 5 villages, Val Claret (2,100m) has easy access to the glacier and Tignes Le Lac which is just down the road, is the most convenient place to stay.
✔ If you're traveling with people that don't ski , this place offers loads of other things to do: tobogganing , ski-bungee jump, indoor climbing and there's also a giant Lagoon Aqua Center with pools, water slides and wellness area.
✔ There are bars and restaurants in the Val Claret area where you can go after skiing. Our favorite is Grizzly’s . It's a log cabin styled pub with a lovely warm and woody with an outdoor fire pit. It's one of the most attractive venues in Tignes Val Claret for a vin chaud or hot chocolate.
✔ The nearest airports to Tignes are:
Chambéry Airport , which is an hour and 40 minutes
Geneva Airport , which is two hours and 30 minutes
Where to stay in Tignes:
If you're looking for something convenient and budget-friendly, Val Claret is the best ski area in Tignes. We have a great ski deal in the Hotel & Bar Le Curling *** , which has great views of the slopes! You're a short walk away from the Tufs ski lift.
We have short ski breaks in Tignes in January from 514 € per person. And that includes the hotel with breakfast, a 3-day Ski Pass and access to the Lagoon indoor pool and ice-skating rink.
3. Les Deux Alpes
✔ This ski resort is very snowsure due to its glacier skiing , where you can also go skiing in Summer!
✔ It's an excellent ski destination if you're traveling with skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Beginner slopes are located on the glacier and freestylers should visit the Freestyle Land which is considered to be one of the best in Europe.
✔ For non-skiers , there are other activities you can try during your holiday like the outdoor heated swimming pool , the ice rink and a sports centre.
✔ Les Deux Alpes is known for its lively party scene so, if you're looking for a ski resort with a good aprés-ski program, this is definitely your spot. Pano Bar and Umbrella Bar are definitely our favorite for aprés-ski.
✔ The nearest airports to Les Deux Alpes are:
Grenoble Airport, which is 1 hour and 10 minutes away.
Chambery Airport , which is 1 hour and 45 minutes away.
Geneva Airport , which is 2 hours and 50 minutes away.
Where to stay in Les Deux Alpes:
If you book the Hotel Les Melezes *** you will not be disappointed! This hotel is located right on the slopes, in the heart of Les Deux Alpes ski resort. It's a family-run hotel since 1968 that has 34 fully equipped bedrooms with an impressive view of the resort.
March is an excellent time of the year to go skiing in Les Deux Alpes. Book 5 nights in the Hotel Les Melezes with Half Board and a 4-day ski pass for € 635 per person!
4. La Plagne
✔ T his resort is ideal for lower intermediate skiers and boarders and thus, perfect for a family ski holiday ! Much of the ski area is located on a plateau where there are wide and easy slopes for children to gain some confidence.
✔ If you're looking for something a bit more challenging , we recommend you to head to Roche de Mio and the Bellecôte Glacier where you'll find black runs and a large off-piste area.
✔ For non-skiers or harpés-ski family activities, try the Olympic Bobsleigh track which is open to holidaymakers at the end of the afternoon. You can also go ice skating or visit the “Deep Nature Spa” located in the centre of Belle Plagne.
✔ La Plagne is known for being a family ski destination so the aprés-ski atmosphere is pretty lowkey.
✔ The nearest airports to La Plagne are:
Chambery Airport , which is about a 90-minute drive away.
Geneva Airport , which is 2 hours and 30 minutes away.
Where to stay in La Plagne:
The accommodations are mainly self-catered which makes things very budget-friendly and flexible as you will be able to go in and out of the Lodges and Chalets freely, depending on what your daily plan is.
The prices range from € 490 to € 926 per person and that price includes 7 nights and a 6-day ski pass.
5. Alpe d'Huez
✔ T he Alpe d'Huez ski resort It lies on a sunny plateau and the slopes are linked to different villages: Auris, Villard Reulares, Oz en Oisans and Vaujany.
✔ Beginners and low-intermediates should head over to the Vaujany's ski area to gain some confidence. There are great slopes for keen intermediates in Oz and Vaujany.
✔ This ski resort is also known for having the most extensive nursery slopes in the Alps and there's also a big park suitable for all ski and snowboard levels.
✔ Non-skiers , the resort is really easy to get around as there are loads of chairlifts and a cable-car. It also has an ice-skating rink and an outdoor heated pool.
✔ It's an excellent resort for aprés-ski as it's the host of the Tomorrowland Winter Festival . There's also another fantastic après-ski venue called La Folie Douce.
✔ The nearest airport is in Grenoble , which is a 90-minute drive from Alpe d'Huez.
Where to stay in Alpe d'Huez:
If you're skiing in Alpe d'Huez, you have to stay in the Hotel Royal Ours Blanc *** located right on the slopes!
This hotel is super modern and all of the bedrooms offer incredible views of the mountains.
We recommend you to visit this hotel in March. Book 7 nights in the Hotel Royal Ours Blanc with breakfast and a 6-day Ski Pass in Alpe d'Huez for € 867 per person.
So, what do you think of our top 5 ski resorts in France? If you haven't had a chance to go skiing this 2020/2021 ski season and are thinking of planning ahead for next winter, now is the time to book on Esquiades.com! Most of our ski holidays for 2021/2022 include early booking discounts and free cancellations. Besides, all you need to do to secure your room is pay a deposit of 10%.