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France’s most popular ski resorts

With modern ski lifts and numerous linked ski areas, France is the largest ski area in the world. Open from the beginning of October until the beginning of May but also all summer, the ski resorts in France offer quality services.

  1. Val Thorens

Zipline, snowmobile, sled dogs, ice diving … In Val Thorens, you won’t be bored! In the heart of the Three Valleys domain, surrounded by 6 glaciers and offering more than 600 km of slopes, Val Thorens is undoubtedly one of the most renowned ski resorts in France. Perched at an altitude of 2,300 m, it is also one of the highest in Europe.

  1. Tignes

Tignes is a haunt of champions! The older ones came to train in this Savoyard resort. Certified Green Globe for its ecological commitment, the Tignes resort has managed to manage current priorities. Family friendly, it is also a very good resort to introduce children to the joys of skiing: lessons are offered from the age of 2 years.

  1. Les Menuires

The station of Les Menuires forms, with that of Val Thorens, the alpine domain of Belleville. Located at 1,850 m above sea level, Les Menuires station is divided into several districts. Its adorable Savoyard chalets, its “Famille Plus Montagne” label and its exceptional setting make it the resort of choice for a family holiday.

  1. Alpe D’Huez

L’Alpe d’Huez is also and above all one of the largest French ski resorts, with more than 250 km of slopes and an impressive drop of 2,223 m! Certain tracks made the glory of the station, it is the case of the track of the Tunnel which crosses the mountain and the Sarenne on more than 16 km of descent.

  1. Val-D’isère

The Val d’Isère resort offers 300 km of slopes and a peak at 3,197 m at the Pisaillas glacier. This small village has forged its fame thanks in particular to all its champions and its activities. There is, for example, Ice Driving, a driving track (karting, car and motorcycle) on sensational ice. Children are not left out since, throughout the year, a host of activities is offered to them: sledding, ice skating …

Here is some vocabulary for your next ski trip

  • after ski : après ski
  • snow gun : canon à neige
  • helmet : un casque
  • snow plow : chasse neige
  • slipper : chausson
  • a descent : une descente
  • ski area : un domaine skiable
  • bend : fléchir
  • gloves : les gants
  • ski equipment : équipement de frein
  • skiing boots : chaussures de ski
  • ski suit : combinaison de ski
  • skis : les ski
  • fasteners : les fixations
  • ski station : station de ski
  • ski lift : remontée mécanique
  • chair lift : remonte-pente
  • gondola : télésiège
  • snow scooter : un scooter des neiges
  • off piste skiing : ski hors piste
  • a bump : une bosse
  • a steep slope : une pente raide