Ski resorts in the French Alps
France boasts some fantastic high altitude resorts and some of the best skiing in the Alps. Our ski specialists have put together these resort guides to give you an insider view of our French resorts.
Val d’Isère is one half of the renowned Espace Killy, which is arguably the greatest ski area in the world. The village itself dates back to 1664, giving the resort far more character than most other high altitude resorts. At 1850m (6,000 feet), Val d’Isère is among the highest resorts in Europe and has one of the best snow records in Europe - great conditions from early December to early May are assured. We run a Scott Dunn Explorers children's club in Val d’Isère exclusively for Scott Dunn guests.
Courchevel remains the ski resort of choice for the rich and famous. It even has its own airstrip, with the largest area for private planes in any ski resort in the world. The heliport is soon to be extended, as people’s choice of transfer by helicopter has increased over the last few years. Superb skiing for all levels, Michelin-star restaurants and fabulous shopping make this the perfect upmarket ski experience.
With a lift system linking to Meribel and Val Thorens, Courchevel Moriond 1650 is a great base for skiing Les Trois Vallées. The skiing on the doorstep for beginner and intermediate skier is sunny and forgiving and for advanced skiers there is access to the most exciting and extensive ski area in the world.
The super chic resort of Megève is only a short transfer from Geneva and enjoys some of the prettiest skiing in the Alps, with its exceptionally beautiful, bowl-like setting beneath Mont Blanc. Megève is not a very high resort, however its proximity to Mont Blanc means it often has better snow than other resorts of a similar altitude.
At 2,300m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and forms part of the Trois Vallées with over 600 km of piste - the largest linked ski area in the world. Surrounded by six glaciers, the resort is situated in a vast natural cirque, with fantastic snow conditions and a ski area offering something for every ability of skier. Coupled with ski in/ski out facilities, Val Thorens is an ideal resort.
Part of the Three Valleys, Méribel is a lively resort in the middle of the largest linked lift network on the planet. Unlike other purpose-built French resorts, Méribel is more traditional in style. Whilst its satellite villages are less lively, the main village is always bustling, inviting a loyal fan-base back year after year. Buses connect Méribel’s different areas, but for getting to other Three Valleys resorts not on skis, a car is recommended.