Winter is slowly approaching and you’re probably wondering where you should visit next for your holidays. If you’re a fan of skiing or if you’ve ever wanted to take it up, then you could do a lot worse than travelling to the French Alps! This area of the world graces us with beautiful views, quality ski-runs and stunning accommodation that you need to visit at least once in your life! Here are the top 5 ski resorts in the French Alps that you should be booking trips for.
“You can ski before and after everyone else” – that’s the motto of this breathtaking resort. With long lasting seasons and 150km runs, it’s no wonder why this stunning resort attracts advanced skiers and freestylers to the slopes! Elsewhere there’re also a wide range of winter activities that have nothing to do with skiing! Some of the activities include climbing, swimming and ice diving, so there’s something for everyone.
Dubbed as one of the largest ski areas in the French Alps, Meribel is known for many things that make it a popular winter destination. Located in the heart of the Three Valleys, this family friendly resort blends beautiful forests, outstanding luxury ski chalets and breathtaking views. It extends from Brides-les-bains at 600m to Peclet-Polset at 3,650m, with a whopping 57 ski lifts that serve 150km of pistes. The Meribel ski area is so exceptional that the World Cup Alpine Ski Finals event was held there in 2015. So, whether you’re a professional skier or a beginner there is always something for you in Meribel.
As part of the Three Valleys, Courchevel is also known to be one of the largest ski resorts in the French Alps. It connects to Meribel and La Tania, offering 90 km of cross-country tracks! Home to some amazing Michelin-star restaurants, great bars, shops and stunning views. Courchevel is more than just skiing. You can swim, ice skate, indoor surf, relax with spa treatments and many more wonderful things! It’s no wonder Courchevel is a popular choice for many skiers.
Known as the premier ski resort, Val d’Isere never seems to disappoint when it comes to stunning views, smooth slopes and plenty of dining options. Connected to Tignes, you will never run out of space to show off your moves! Professional skiers and beginners both adore this paradise! If you’re into gourmet foods, amazing scenery and smooth slopes – Val d’Isere is for you.
Situated in the Southern French Alps, Serre Chevalier is known to be slightly cheaper than its neighbours and is filled with laidback, friendly locals. The total terrain of Serre Chevalier is 1170 acres, with 61 lifts and 100 groomed trails – great news for skiers who want room to glide down the slopes this winter! And let’s not forget the 300 days of sunshine per year for this stunning resort, a great bonus!
The French Alps are home to so many wonderful ski resorts it’s hard to pick just five. Wherever you travel to you are sure to fall in love with skiing, and you’ll probably make your winter ski excursion a yearly event!