Skiing in France
The French Alps have something for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, and include some of the most popular ski resorts in Europe. There is every kind of holiday here – from rustic mountain villages to purpose-built ski-in ski-out complexes with huge interlinked runs and super reliable snow.
So whether you’re hitting the slopes hard, or you’re more of a casual skier, and all about the après ski, you’re sure to find something in France.
Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes has a lot of choice for skiers and snowboarders, with sunny south-facing slopes and a lively après ski scene, making this a good choice for families and groups of friends. The park opens for the summer in June until August, and then again for the winter in November until late April. The top altitude of 3,568m means there is always snow cover, and the après ski is among the liveliest in France!
The resort is approximately 8 hours’ drive from Dieppe and Calais, 8 ½ hours from Dunkirk and 10 hours from Amsterdam.
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One of the original French ski resorts, Chamonix has been a skiing destination since 1760, and is almost as famous for its upmarket shops and restaurants as it is for the glorious slopes of Mont Blanc. There are courses for skiers of all ability, but it is the main attraction, “Le Grand Ski” which brings the most dedicated skiers to test their mettle on one of the sport’s bucket list courses.
Chamonix is approximately 8 hours’ drive from Dieppe and Calais, 8 ½ hours from Dunkirk, or 10 hours from Amsterdam.
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One of the highest resorts in the Alps, Tignes has some of the most reliable snow in Europe. The ski area is vast – from easy slopes to spine tingling vertical drops. With 300km of pistes for all abilities with over 90 lifts when combined with the neighbouring Espace Killy resort, there’s something for skiers of all abilities here.
Tignes is approximately 9 hours from Dieppe and Dunkirk, 9 ½ hours’ drive from Calais, or just over 10 hours from Amsterdam.
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Perched high above the clouds with an average 300 days of sunshine per year, Alpe d’Huez’s gentle slopes are particularly good for beginner and intermediate skiers. There is also a snowpark where you will find jumps and obstacles for skiers who fancy something a little more challenging.
Alpe d’Huez is approximately 8 hours from Dieppe, 8 ½ hours’ drive from Calais and Dunkirk or 10 hours from Amsterdam.
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