We have compiled a list of some of the highest ski resorts in France. This month, take advantage of the high mountains for the most reliable snow conditions. Read more information about the resorts that have made our list below!
Coming in at number 1, Val Thorens is officially the ski resort with the highest village in Europe, with an altitude of 2,300m and the highest ski lift reaching 3,200m. The highest skiable points in the resort are on the glaciers of Péclet and Thorens. In Val Thorens you will find more than 150 km of ski runs and a total of 30 ski lifts. It is without a doubt an exceptional resort.
Val Thorens makes up one part of The Three Valleys, the world's largest ski area with a huge choice of runs for every type of skier. It is well renowned for its high quality of snow, perfectly groomed runs, and a wide range of terrains suitable whatever your ability, from beginners to expert skiers. You will find breathtaking views over 1000 alpine summits. As well as the choice of skiing styles, you can enjoy a huge range of activities, delicious food, a great party scene and trendy hotels.
Tignes is one of the most famous resorts in France, and is connected to the well known Val d’Isère ski resort. Their base is at 2,100m with the highest point at the Grande Motte glacier at 3,456m. With this glacier, Tignes is able to stay open for 11 months of the year with a guarantee of fantastic snow! If you buy yourself a full area lift pass you will also be able to enjoy Val d’Isère’s Pisaillas glacier, which peaks at over 3,000m.
The two resorts together make up a total of 300 km of pistes and 75 lifts. As well as the fantastic skiing on offer, you will experience an amazing selection of gourmet dining, lively après ski, plenty of activities for non-skiers and lots of well positioned ski-in-ski-out style accommodation.
Our next resort of choice is Avoriaz. The village itself sits at 1,800m with the highest ski lift reaching 2,466m. Avoriaz is situated on a sloping shelf high above the town of Morzine. Avoriaz is a car-free resort and has proved a big hit with families, offering lots of ski-in-ski-out style of accommodation. It is situated in the Portes du Soleil ski area, with a total of 300 runs and 214 ski lifts.
Avoriaz does offer a slightly more limited number of hotels and restaurants so make sure to book early to secure yourself a trip with some of the best snow in Europe. You will also find the purpose-built neighbour, Morzine, which is at a lower altitude and offers a good base for easy access to the ski area. It is particularly popular with snowboarders hosting five terrain parks.
Courchevel is another snow-sure option and is made up of five villages. Courchevel 1850 is the highest of the five, however this village more accurately sits around 1,750m. The highest lift in Courchevel reaches 2,700m, which is where the resort connects to the rest of The Three Valleys, offering a total of 600 km of ski runs. There are many pistes that run directly through Courchevel 1850 which has resulted in many ski-in-ski-out style chalets and apartments.
Courchevel is also famous for its fantastic range of high-end retail and Michelin-starred restaurants. A real treat for any holiday goer and the perfect location to catch some great early season snowfall!
Les Deux Alpes is a snowsports paradise, offering 200 km of ski runs. It is one of the highest altitude ski resorts in The Alps reaching 3,600m at its peak. The village itself sits at 1,650m and it is France’s second oldest ski resort behind Chamonix. The resort has the largest skiable glacier in the whole of Europe and it is also home to the piste with the largest vertical drop from top to bottom in the world.
The glacier enables year round skiing, however lifts are often closed for a few weeks in the middle of the summer. A funicular railway is tunneled under the ice that transports skiers and, in summer, tourists to 3,540m where panoramic views can be seen of the surrounding Mont Blanc area.
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