Ski Areas France

The French ski regions rank amongst the largest, highest, and most spacious worldwide. Second to none is the ski area Trois Vallées, with over 600 kilometres of piste and 200 ski lifts. It consists of the connected three valleys of Courchevel, Méribel, and Val Thorens/Les Menuires. At 2,300 m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe.

The ski area, Les Portes du Soleil (in English: The Gateway to the Sun) can also be enjoyed. It offers 650 km of literally unlimited pistes, the 12 connected resorts are partly in Switzerland. Depending on which direction you decide to go in, you can get a glimpse of either Lake Geneva or Mont Blanc or enjoy yourself in the deep snow or in one of the 9 fun parks.

Further combined ski regions are La Plagne and Les Arcs (420 km, 169 lifts), as well as Tignes and Val d'Isère (350 km , 97 lifts). The largest glacier ski regions are found in Tignes (2,100 - 3,350 m) and Les 2 Alpes (1,300 - 3,560 m).

Additionally, France is home of the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc (4,792 m). At the foot of the mountain lies one of the winter sports hot spots, Chamonix, scene of the Olympics in 1924. From here, the second highest cable car in Europe goes up to the Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m). This is the starting point for one of the longest and most spectacular deep snow ski runs in the world, the glacier run (20 km) through the Vallée Blanche down to Chamonix.

Other Winter Olympics took place 1968 in Grenoble (Alpine competitions in Chamrousse) and 1992 in Albertville (competitions in, for example, Tignes).

Resorts in France

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Resort (region) resort-altitude
from testtill
Ski area Pistes Ski area altitude
from testtill
1,860 m Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski 249 km 1,120 - 3,330 m
1,800 m Avoriaz 72 km 960 - 2,460 m
1,035 m Chamonix 115 km 1,035 - 2,765 m
1,700 m Chamrousse 90 km 1,650 - 2,250 m
1,191 m Châtel 83 km 1,100 - 2,200 m
1,550 m Courchevel 150 km 1,300 - 2,738 m
1,600 m Grand Massif 265 km 700 - 2,500 m
2,000 m Isola 2000 120 km 1,800 - 2,610 m
1,470 m SuperDévoluy & La Joue du Loup 100 km 1,470 - 2,510 m
1,350 m La Norma 65 km 1,350 - 2,750 m
1,970 m La Plagne 225 km 1,250 - 3,250 m
1,550 m Le Sybelles 310 km 1,550 - 2,620 m
1,650 m Les 2 Alpes 225 km 1,600 - 3,566 m
1,350 m Les 7 Laux 120 km 1,350 - 2,400 m
1,800 m Les Arcs/​Peisey-​Vallandry 193 km 1,200 - 3,226 m
1,140 m Grand Massif 265 km 700 - 2,500 m
1,450 m La Plagne 225 km 1,250 - 3,250 m
1,850 m Les Menuires/​Saint Martin 160 km 1,400 - 3,200 m
1,120 m Evasion Mont Blanc 445 km 1,113 - 2,350 m
1,450 m Méribel 150 km 1,450 - 2,952 m
1,100 m Grand Massif 265 km 700 - 2,500 m
1,150 m Espace Diamant 185 km 1,000 - 2,069 m
1,850 m Orcières 100 km 1,850 - 2,725 m
819 m Val Thorens-​Orelle 150 km 900 - 3,230 m
1,650 m Les Arcs/​Peisey-​Vallandry 193 km 1,200 - 3,226 m
1,400 m Puy St. Vincent 75 km 1,400 - 2,700 m
1,600 m Les Sybelles 310 km 1,550 - 2,620 m
1,300 m Serre Chevalier 250 km 1,200 - 2,800 m
1,450 m Le Grand Domaine 153 km 1,400 - 2,550 m
1,500 m SuperDévoluy & La Joue du Loup 100 km 1,470 - 2,510 m
2,100 m Tignes 150 km 1,550 - 3,456 m
1,400 m Val Cenis/​Termignon 125 km 1,300 - 2,800 m
1,800 m Val d'Allos/​Pra Loup 230 km 1,400 - 2,600 m
1,850 m Val d'Isère 150 km 1,850 - 3,300 m
1,550 m Valfréjus 65 km 1,550 - 2,737 m
694 m Galibier Thabor 150 km 1,430 - 2,600 m
1,800 m Galibier-​Thabor 150 km 1,430 - 2,600 m
1,400 m Le Grand Domaine 153 km 1,400 - 2,550 m
2,300 m Val Thorens-​Orelle 150 km 900 - 3,230 m
1,850 m La Forêt Blanche 185 km 1,650 - 2,750 m
1,250 m Alpe d'Huez grand domaine Ski 249 km 1,120 - 3,330 m