5 Best French Ski Resorts with Guaranteed Snow

If you’re planning a ski holiday in the French Alps, it makes sense to check out the 5 Best French ski resorts with guaranteed snow

High Altitude Ski Resorts in France

As you would expect the highest ski resorts have the most snow and the longest skiing season, stretching from November to May.

The snow often goes right into the village which has the advantage of not having to carry your ski gear from your accommodation to the snow. It is also a bonus for beginners having guaranteed snow on the nursery slopes.

At glacier height there is less vegetation than on the lower altitude slopes offering less hazards for beginners.

Generally, the higher runs are steep in high-altitude resorts offering challenging terrain for experienced skiers. Most of these resorts are above the tree line so when there is a big snow fall, its heaven for powder lovers.

There has been big investment in the high-altitude resorts offering high quality accommodation which doesn’t come with a low price tag. Prices do fall in lower altitude resorts but these don’t offer the convenience of door-step skiing.

On the other hand, if you want travel at the start or the end of the season to a high altitude resort, you are likely to benefit from lower air fares.

Here are the 5 Best French ski resorts with guaranteed snow

#1  Val Thorens

Village altitude 2,300m

Highest ski lift 3,200

5 Best French Ski Resorts with Guaranteed Snow Val Thorens

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort not only in France but in Europe. You are sure of plenty of snow on its north facing slopes. The village is pretty cluster of traditional ski accommodation from which you can ski in and out of with the nursery slopes nearby.

The sking area is huge at 600km.served by fast modern lifts. Should the snow need to be enhanced the resort has a really effective snow machine. Val Thorens enjoys a regularly long season from November until May.

#2  Avoriaz

Village altitude 1,800m

Highest ski lift 2,466m

Avoriaz one of the 5 Best French Ski Resorts with Guaranteed Snow

Avoriaz is located in the Portes du Soleil and is surrounded by extensive varied slopes suitable for all abilities. It is a car free resort with plenty of ski in/ski out accommodation. There are horse-drawn sleighs all around town to help you get around. The hotel and restaurant capacity is limited so best to book early.

#3  Tignes

Village Altitude 1,550 – 2,300m

Highest Ski Lift 3,456m

Tignes lies within the 350km Espace Killy ski area which it shares with Val d’Isers offering slopes for levels of ability. The village is divided into four, all with different altitudes. The highest are Val Claret (2,300m) and Le Lac (2,100m). Really effective snow machines ensure that lack of snow is never an issue.

#4  Val D’Isere

Village altitude 1850m

Highest ski lift 3,456.m

Val d'Isère one of the 5 Best French Ski Resorts with Guaranteed Snow

Val D’Isere remains one of the most popular high altitude resorts with many north facing slopes which hold the snow well.

Val D’Isere is home to the World Cup Downhill and Slalom Ski Races in December.

#5  Courchevel

Village altitude 1,300-1,750

Highest ski lift 2,700m

Courcheval is in the world’s biggest ski area in the 3 valleys. The resort has 5 villages with plenty of ski in/ski out accommodation. The area offers 150km of alpine ski runs served by 58 lifts. The local slopes offer a variety of terrain with some runs through trees.

5 Best French Ski Resorts with Guaranteed Snow (post by Springwood Gatwick)

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