France Ski Resorts
For some truly impressive landscapes, not to mention a vibrant après-ski scene, check out Chamonix or head to La Plagne, one of the largest ski resorts in the world. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere in Megeve or admire the charm and beauty of Annecy.
One of the world’s most iconic ski resorts, the steep slopes of Chamonix are home to some of the most challenging off-piste action on the planet. Scene of the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and captured on celluloid in the James Bond movie, 'The World is not Enough', the rugged slopes around this buzzing Alpine town have been wowing adrenalin junkies for well over a century. Expect a vibrant, buzzing après-ski scene and some truly awe-inspiring landscapes.
With its private jets, 5-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants, Courchevel has long been synonymous with the high life. But don’t let the resort’s exclusive reputation put you off: there are plenty of options for those of us lacking bulging wallets and platinum credit cards. Located right in the epicentre of the largest ski area in the world, Courchevel’s huge selection of runs and immaculate infrastructure make it a great choice whether it’s your first time on a pair of skis or you’re a seasoned expert.
Surrounded by mountains and 20 ski stations, Grenoble is said to be the ‘Capital of the Alps’. Its long history, stunning location and high-tech economic activity create an exciting blend for any visitor, at any time of the year. There are the enticing charms of an ancient French city. And there’s the buzz that comes from being a cutting-edge scientific and cultural centre. You’re sure to be seduced by Grenoble.
Long favoured by Britain’s beautiful people, Val d’Isere is a classy place, packed with sensational slopes and some of the best après-ski in the Alps. You’ll find an impressive 185 miles (300km) of skiing amid some of the most stunning scenery in Europe, a hassle-free system of lifts, and some fantastic bars and restaurants just perfect for winding down after a hard day in your ski boots. Along with neighbouring Tignes, Val d’Isere makes up the vast Espace Killy ski region, named after Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy, who learned to ski in the town as a child.
Few French cities are easier on the eye than Annecy. Surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Alps and on the edge of the crystal-clear waters of Lake Annecy, it’s the place Parisians head for to get away from it all. Annecy is a beautiful place full of bustling bars and restaurants, canal-side cafes, stone bridges and pristine medieval buildings. It’s the perfect place to mix the sightseeing of a city break with sublime scenery of the Alpine countryside.