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The best ski resorts for beginners in the French Alps

Published: Jan 29, 2024
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1 Flaine
2 La Rosière
3 Les 3 Vallées 
4 Alpe d'Huez
5 Les Portes du Soleil
6 La Plagne
7 Les Arcs
8 Les Deux Alpes

Planning your very first ski trip or hitting the slopes with a group that includes beginners? Are you a beginner skier looking to hit the slopes in the French Alps? No worries, we've got you covered! France is the perfect playground for new skiers, with a wide range of fantastic options to choose from!

The French Alps are one of the world's premier ski destinations, known for their challenging slopes, world-class resorts, and ideal altitudes that guarantee an abundance of fresh powder. French ski resorts are often our go-to destinations when we want to enjoy the mountains with friends or family.

 

It's safe to say that whatever Ski Resort in France you choose randomly, you're likely to have a fantastic first skiing experience, as they all generally excel in catering to beginners. Nevertheless, we've carefully curated a list of the top 10 ski resorts for beginners in the French Alps. 

 

 

Flaine

 

Flaine is a picturesque ski resort nestled in the heart of the French Alps that is part of the huge Grand Massif ski area, the fourth largest fully interlinked ski domain in France. With a total of 265 kilometres of slopes and altitudes ranging from 1,600 meters to 2,500 meters, it offers a wide range of terrain suitable for skiers of all levels and stunning views of Mont Blanc. Located just 70 kilometres from Geneva, Switzerland, it's easily accessible. 

 

The resort boasts a mix of blue and green runs, making it a haven for beginners. Flaine offers dedicated learning zones and ski schools with patient instructors, ensuring a comfortable introduction to the sport. Families will appreciate the kids' areas and nurseries, allowing parents to enjoy their skiing while knowing their children are in good hands. Additionally, the resort offers snowshoeing and tobogganing, ensuring that non-skiers also have a memorable experience 

 

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La Rosière

 

Located in the Espace San Bernardo ski area, La Rosière is nestled near the Italian border, sharing its proximity with the neighbouring ski resort, La Thuile. This picturesque destination offers excellent opportunities for beginners to hone their skiing skills. With altitudes ranging from 1,185 meters to 2,650 meters La Rosière offering breathtaking views of Mont Blanc. With 160 kilometres of slopes, it provides a welcoming environment for beginners. Located in the Savoie region, this resort is easily accessible from nearby airports.

 

For beginners, La Rosière offers gentle slopes perfect for learning, along with top-notch ski schools to ensure a smooth transition into skiing. Families will find excellent kids' areas and childcare services available. Beyond skiing, the resort provides opportunities for snowshoeing and exciting toboggan runs, ensuring a well-rounded winter experience for all visitors.

 

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Les 3 Vallées 

 

Being the largest ski area in the world as it is, Les 3 Vallées is home to an impressive 600 kilometres of slopes as well as beginner-friendly ski resorts. La Tania in Courchevel, Méribel, and Les Menuires offer the most slopes and ski areas for beginners. Located right in the heart of the French Alps, Les Trois Vallées is easily accessible from various airports.

 

Beginners will find dedicated learning zones and expert ski schools in each of these resorts, ensuring a supportive environment for those new to skiing. The wide, gentle slopes are perfect for honing your skills. Families can enjoy kids' areas and childcare services. Beyond skiing, explore the stunning surroundings, try snowshoeing, or enjoy thrilling toboggan rides to make the most of your winter getaway.

 

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Alpe d'Huez

 

Alpe d'Huez is a legendary ski resort known for its iconic slopes, but it also caters to beginners. With 250 km of slopes and altitudes ranging from 1,125 meters to 3,330 meters, beginners are in good hands in this super-sized resort, as 39 runs here are classified ‘easy’

 

Families can take advantage of kids' areas and childcare services for a stress-free skiing holiday. When you're not skiing, delve into snowshoeing adventures or enjoy the thrill of tobogganing on the snowy slopes.

 

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Les Portes du Soleil

 

Les Portes du Soleil is a huge ski area, including popular destinations like Avoriaz or Châtel. However, Morzine and Les Gets are the place to be if you are looking for a family ski holiday or a beginner ski area. With a whopping 650 km of slopes and altitudes ranging from 900 meters to 2,466 meters, it's a skiing paradise. 

 

Morzine offers a diverse range of slopes to cater to skiers of all levels. Whether you're embarking on your very first ski adventure or simply getting back into the rhythm of skiing. With a selection of gentle green slopes perfect for beginners and a wealth of inviting blue runs for those looking to ease into their skiing experience, Morzine ensures that every skier can find the ideal terrain to match their skill level.

 

Les Gets, nestled in the picturesque French Savoy, is also an ideal ski resort for beginners. The Mappy's beginner zone in the Chavannes area offers a gentle introduction to skiing, Kids can enhance their skills on the themed Indian trail, which winds through the forest with gentle bumps and turns. As you refine your turns, you'll have access to an impressive 320 kilometres of enticing blue slopes for further learning. 

 

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La Plagne

 

La Plagne is a fantastic choice for beginner skiers with its extensive network of gentle, wide pistes that allow new skiers to explore the mountain while enjoying a comfortable experience. It offers a seamless start with dedicated beginner zones featuring gentle slopes and convenient magic carpets, ensuring a user-friendly introduction.

 

With 225 kilometres of slopes and altitudes ranging from 1,250 meters to 3,250 meters, La Plagne has something for everyone: in addition to the options for beginners there are also 9 green runs and 67 blue runs. And if that wasn't enough, did you know that La Plagne is part of the Paradiski ski area, offering a total of 425 km of pistes? 
 

 Beyond skiing, the resort provides a diverse array of non-ski activities, including snowshoeing, ice climbing, and bob sledding. 

 

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Les Arcs

 

Les Arcs is a vast ski resort, boasting 425 kilometres of slopes and altitudes ranging from 1,200 meters to 3,226 meters. While it offers a range of terrain, it also provides beginner-friendly slopes. 

 

For beginners, Les Arcs features excellent ski schools and dedicated beginner zones. Families can take advantage of kids' areas and childcare services for a seamless skiing holiday. When you're not on the slopes, explore the beautiful surroundings with snowshoeing or enjoy the thrills of tobogganing for an unforgettable winter adventure.

 

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Les Deux Alpes

 

Les Deux Alpes boasts Europe's largest skiable glacier, providing an impressive 2,268 meters of on-piste vertical drops that stand out among ski destinations. What sets this resort apart is that, unlike many others, beginners can access some of the easiest runs right at the top. This unique feature allows novice skiers to experience the most snow-sure slopes while enjoying breathtaking scenic skiing in the process. Discover Les Deux Alpes for an exceptional skiing experience.

 

Beginners at Les Deux Alpes will find a variety of gentle slopes to build their confidence. The resort provides excellent ski schools and beginner zones to ensure a comfortable introduction to skiing. Families can also enjoy kids' areas and childcare services. When you're not on the slopes, try snowshoeing or enjoy the thrills of tobogganing for a well-rounded winter experience.


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As you can see, the French Alps offer something for everyone.  Beyond their worldwide reputation for being among the best ski resorts, many of them take care of the conditions for beginners. 

 

So, what are you waiting for to get your skiing adventure in the French Alps? Book your ski deal at the best price today! 

 

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