Ski tourism skyrocketed in France in the mid-1960s, and since then several hundred resorts have been growing furiously and attracting huge numbers of people to mountain villages and towns. Due to a popularity built by beautiful mountain ranges, extensive skiing and some very skilled French professional skiers bringing glory to their country, many resorts are being constantly improved and updated, and most have been built in traditional styles, making them generally really nice places to be.
The overwhelming majority of the skiing in France takes place in the Alps, which stretch up to about 3,300m above sea level and which therefore have quite long ski seasons, with some resorts including Les Deux Alpes providing snow and skiing all year round. Furthermore, most ski resorts in France are connected into a larger skiing area, such as the 3 Valleys which includes such resorts as Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens - buying one ski pass for the entire area, about 600km of slopes, ensures tons of skiing for your money. Likewise, La Plagne contains eleven resorts and is partnered up with neighbouring resorts Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry to form the Paradiski area, consisting of 425km of pistes.
Some French resorts give direct access to the more famous natural attractions which draw people from around the world. Such an example is Chamonix, which sits directly below Mont Blanc, a mecca for climbers and skiers all over the world. Likewise, L’Alpe d’Huez is a resort in one of the main mountains on the Tour de France, as well as offering great skiing in winter.
You’ll find everything from traditional chalets through to five star hotels in the French Alpine resorts. Skiing in France is not a cheap option, but the bang for your buck is very worth it - the millions of skiers coming to this region every year will attest to that.