The French Alps offer world-famous skiing, along with the luxury lifestyle you dream of. Picture huge ski terrain – the biggest in the world, stunning Alps, and lively après ski. The French Alps are famed for vast ski slopes and luxurious mountain villages. Resorts like Les Trois Vallées including Courchevel and Val Thorens, Val D’Isère and Tignes, and Chamonix Mont Blanc, connect several ski villages for miles of alpine skiing. On mountain lunches in France are legendary, so is the “après ski” – the fun has just begun when the ski lifts stop. French wine, cheese, and authentic ski songs in chalets are the perfect last chair. Ski villages in France offer fine French dining and five-star mountain hotels to round out your luxury ski vacation in France.
Our favorite French ski resorts are Courchevel and Meribel, part of Les Trois Vallées – the largest ski resort in the world with 370 miles of skiing, 160 lifts connecting 8 ski areas, akin to Vail, Park City and Whistler combined. Courchevel is the best French ski town, second is Méribel – all part of Les Trois Vallées. Val Thorens offers the highest alps skiing in the 3 Valleys – at 10,500′ for big alpine advenutre, with Courchevel next – with its four ski regions. Courchevel 1850 is the biggest, with the best luxury ski hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs. Méribel is France’s most well-designed ski resort among Les Trois Vallées in the heart of this vast ski region between Val Thorens and Courchevel.
Val d’Isère Tignes is another great French ski resort, called L’Espace Killy honoring ski racer Jean Claude Killy. With 300 kilometers of skiing and 76 lifts, Val d’Isère is huge, famed for hosting the 1992 Winter Olympics skiing events. Val D’Isère’s terrain is challenge and amazing, so is après ski and nightlife in the historic but happening Savoie town. Tignes is more modern resort, lacking alpine charm, just vast off-piste terrain and super scenic skiing on a glacier.
Chamonix France is home to the highest mountain peaks in The Alps, 15,780′ Mont Blanc. Chamonix is just 25-minutes from Italy’s skiing at Courmayeur through the Mont Blanc tunnel or to Switzerland. Chamonix’s 145 ski trails plus over 30,000 acres of off-piste skiing including the famous Vallée-Blanche, and the legendary Aiguille du Midi.
A luxury ski vacation to France should be on your Alps bucket list.
“Find me on a snowy mountain in the French Alps, and you will find your bliss as well,”
– Heather Burke