Whether you’re lured by the Alps or the Pyrenees, France has certainly the biggest ski park in Europe. Stunning blue skies, excellent snow, fine après ski and breathtaking scenery – you´ll find it all if you’re looking for a quality ski resort in France. Most of the French ski resorts are located at high altitude – which means a longer ski season and good quality snow. Here are Europcar’s favorite picks in French Alps.
Situated on Europe’s well known 4,807-metre mountain, Mont Blanc, Chamonix remains a popular ski resort in Europe. With its vast ski terrain and choice of slopes of all levels, there is something for everyone, from beginners to advanced skiers. Along with picturesque views and great choice of restaurants, chalets and ski-related activities, Chamonix is a superb ski resort in France for the whole family. This resort is also popular for its cross country skiing.
A spectacular example of skiing at its best and one of World’s best ski resorts, Courchevel is set in an absolutely stunning location in the Trois Vallées (Three Valleys) area of France. At 1,850m Courchevel is open from December to April and offers skiers of all levels a superb ski experience. This is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world for good reasons: the great skiing is complemented by the unique atmosphere at night – bars, restaurants, fireworks and twinkling lights all create a magical atmosphere.
With its 250km of pistes, Serre-Chevalier is located at the foot of Parc National des Ecrins, the largest glacier park in France. Linked by several rustic mountain villages, each with its own individual charm, Serre-Chavalier offers beginners’ skiing and steep descents for experienced skiers, up to 2,830m. This is a particularly beautiful ski area with plenty of sunshine and is famed for its natural healing hot spring baths at Monetier les Bains.
If you love shopping then Méribel is for you. There are plenty of ski and snowboard equipment shops offering the latest designer wear along with other standard brands, traditional French bakeries, ‘fromageries’ (cheese shops) and markets. Once you’ve finished your shopping, you can take to the slopes using the ski lifts that have minimal waiting times ensuring more time to ski. Méribel’s highest point is 3,000 metres, meaning good snow for most of the season.
Discover Val d’Isère in the French Alps to experience excellent skiing for all levels, alongside the astounding 53,000 hectare Parc National de la Vanoise. The peaks reach 3,000 metres in this popular location, which is perfect for planning a beginners’ skiing trip or a more advanced ski adventure. The ski runs in Val d’Isère span from 1,500 to 3,450 metres and there are more than 150 lifts to take you to your destination before making your descent. The après-ski is well known for its lively atmosphere and great selection of bars and restaurants.
With some of the best skiing in Europe, France is an excellent choice due to most ski resorts’ proximity to local airports, making ski weekends as popular as longer trips. In terms of the facilities on offer – snow conditions, altitude, ski lift networks, scenery, charm and atmosphere, France undoubtedly leads the way.