Where is the Best Resort to enjoy Luxury Skiing in France?
Luxury skiing in France is the connoisseur’s choice, offering amazing snow sports combined with excellent facilities, cuisine, lodgings and levels of service. It may be a more expensive option than other destinations, but France boasts a more exhaustive range of options for skiers and snowboarders than many other countries.
Every year over 200,000 UK holiday makers travel to France to enjoy some of the best snow that Europe has to offer. France truly is a winter sport haven for those who value reliably thick snow and modern facilities.
A full range of resorts are offered: everything from traditional ski villages, upmarket chalet accommodation or modern ski-in ski-out resorts. France also boasts some of the world’s largest interlinked ski regions, providing an unparalleled choice of terrain within reach of the typical holidaymaker.
All levels of skills are well catered for, with a strong tradition of tuition for those just embarking on their love of winter sports.
Meribel and the Three Valleys
For many Meribel, is the height of French skiing, situated in the Three Valleys ski region that also incorporates Courchevel, Vals Thorens and L'Espace Killy into a colossal skier’s paradise.
Meribel is situated next to the traditional French hamlet of Morel and has been cementing its reputation as a gem among French resorts since 1936. At 1,400 meters above sea level, great snow is guaranteed in a resort that was developed in harmony with the local architecture.
In 1992 the world spotlight shone on Meribel when it hosted events at the Albertville Winter Olympics, heralding an era of increased investment and modernisation.
As part of the Three Valleys domain skiers have access to 180 lifts, 335 marked runs and 130km of cross-country trekking.
The quaint and beautiful town of Chamonix contains a wide range of accommodation from luxury chalets to charming ski villages and of course, some amazing runs.
Lying at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, Chamonix expands over the 16km length of the valley to incorporate five modern ski stations. The range of slopes provides a variety of challenges for skiers new and old making this an excellent family destination.
La Tour offers wide, open pistes that offer just the right level of challenge to intermediate skiers. Chamonix itself is world renowned for its après ski hospitality- with a stunning array of restaurants and pubs.
Finally Val d'Isere bills itself as "the most beautiful ski area in the world". They certainly have a point, and within the Tarentaise Valley you will find the highest concentration of luxury ski resorts on the planet. Luxury ski chalets and catered accommodation is the region’s strong point, offering the best way to truly relax on your vacation.
It’s possible to get as high as 3,500 metres above sea level, so snow is practically guaranteed; the rest of the resort is well catered with snow cannons to ensure that the most heavily skied pistes remain pristine.
With a reputation as one of the world’s most refined resorts, Val d'Isere certainly delivers quality - from the beautiful architecture of its 13th century villages and lively après ski opportunities.