Top place among legendary ski destinations goes to the Alps, the majestic mountain range that divides Europe in a curving line from Austria to France. Some of the most iconic and top-rated ski resorts in the world lie on the north-facing slopes of these peaks, in the French Savoie. The Pyrenees and other mountains in France offer skiing, but the world-class mountains where Olympic medals are won are those in the Alps. Here, in addition to dependable snow and superb skiing for all skill levels, you’ll find snug Alpine villages, traditional chalets, family-friendly lodges, modern hotels, and ultra-chic resorts with Michelin stars and A-list guests.
Whatever your taste in skiing, winter activities, lodging, or après-ski life may be, there’s a place for you in the French Alps. And wherever you go, one thing you can be sure of is spectacular mountain scenery.
Ratings by various polls and sources can be confusing because some list by individual resorts, while others list by groups of nearby mountains, known as ski domains. For example Courchevel, Meribel, and Val Thorens may be grouped together as Les Trois Vallees – The Three Valleys. Here, we show individual resorts separately when they have enough terrain and enough facilities to stand alone as a top destination for a ski holiday.
Polls and best-of lists can also be confusing because they represent the criteria of their separate audiences — black diamond experts, off-piste adventurers, families, or the wide range of intermediate skiers. The judgement here is based on a combination of all these factors to identify those resorts with the best overall appeal to skiers. Find the best place to hit the slopes on your next vacation with our list of the top ski resorts in France.