France has one of the very best selections of resorts to choose from in the world. Thanks to its relative proximity, France is perhaps the most convenient major ski destination available to the British market. There are different flight arrival points for different parts of the French Alps, (Grenoble and Lyon) and Geneva is very well located for a superb selection of resorts in France too. France has arguably more mega-resorts than any other country, boasting world famous destinations such as Val dâ€™Isere, Courchevel and Chamonix to name but a few. Thanks to this truly exceptional choice in resorts, France is consistently the most favoured destination of the British skier. There is a resort in France for every level of skier, every budget and any other requirement imaginable.
Perhaps the most famous ski destination in France is the indomitable Three Valleys in the Northern Tarentaise. Made up of six resorts that would be major destinations in their own right, they are linked together to form the largest linked ski area in the world. 600km of piste is more than enough for the most seasoned skier. Courchevel is the jewel in the crown and offers doorstep skiing and the perfect environment for beginners and intermediates. The more experienced skiers are also spoilt for choice, try the infamous Suisse run or the fabled Grand Couloir.
Nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys is the picturesque resort of Meribel, perhaps the largest single resort in the Three Valleys. Thanks to its size, Meribel is able to offer a wealth of different accommodation options ranging from great value to incredible luxury. It can suit almost any budget and the ski area will suit any level, with some perfect nursery slopes around the Altiport area or why not try the long sweeping red runs from the summit of the Mont du Vallon? Meribel also offers some of the best aprĂ¨s-ski and nightlife in France and has always been a popular destination for people looking for a lively ski holiday.
In the third Valley, you have Val Thorens. VT is the most popular destination for British skiers for early and late season thanks to its unrivalled altitude, the resort is based at 2300 metres and the skiing reaches a dizzying 3266 metres. If there isnâ€™t snow in Val Thorens, there isnâ€™t snow anywhere in Europe! The resort is purpose built and therefore offers incredible access to the skiing, and you can ski to the door of most chalets as long as you are happy straying off pistes to do so!
The trump card that France often plays is the incredible Espace Killy ski area. Named after the areaâ€™s most famous son Jean Claude Killy, The Espace Killy encompasses Val dâ€™Isere, Tignes and several smaller satellite resorts such as Les Brevieres and La Daille. Val dâ€™Isere is often branded as the most famous resort in the world and for good reason. The ski area is nothing short of spectacular, the village itself is picturesque and the nightlife as calm or as boisterous as you wish to make it. Val dâ€™Isere is one of only a handful of ski resorts in the world that seems to have not a single major fault.
Its partner in crime, Tignes, isnâ€™t far behind. Whilst it canâ€™t be compared aesthetically with Val, there are many reasons why Tignes has cultivated a loyal following. The resort offers some of the best value accommodation in a major resort that you will ever find, you can benefit from an incredibly high standard of accommodation in ski in, ski out positions for a fraction of the cost in some of its more fashionable competitors. Its other major advantage is its height and its glacier which makes it such a popular destination with skiers looking for guaranteed snow!
These two ski areas are perhaps the most famous, but they make up only a fraction of the skiing available in France. The Paradiski area (La Plagne and Les Arcs) is another monster resort that offers doorstep skiing and more kilometres of groomed piste that you could ever cover in a weekâ€™s holiday. The Portes Du Soleil ski area which France shares with Switzerland is another major destination for skiers looking for large ski areas in which to rack up mile after mile.
France is the most popular destination for the British skier, and itâ€™s easy to see why. The resorts on offer are second to none and here at Last Minute Ski Deals, we know them better than anyone else.