With winter having arrived across much of Europe, the time to plan an epic snow holiday is now. Fortunately, the French Alps is not that far away.
This magical place is home to scores of snow resorts, which collectively offer something for every skill level and interest.
With many of these resorts offering chalets for rent, you might not even have to go that far to board your chair lift in the morning, as the front door of some of them are only located a few yards from the loading zone.
Which mountains in France are the place to be this season? Check out our suggestions below…
1) La Plagne
If you are looking for a snow resort with serious social atmosphere, then you will want to consider booking your snow holiday at La Plagne.
With over two and a half million visitors per winter, it is easily the most popular snow destination in the French Alps.
With 72 intermediate runs, this ski area is best for the recreational skier that has some experience but doesn’t hit the slopes enough to ski expert runs comfortably.
It is a convenient place to be, as you can stay in a chalet right in La Plagne that will put you in the middle of its thriving entertainment district.
Some chalets here have direct chairlift access, allowing their occupants to enjoy the convenience of staying in a ski-in/ski-out accommodation.
If having access to the world’s most robust selection of ski and snowboard trails is important, then you might want to spend your snow holiday in Courchevel.
This resort is part of the Three Valleys, which is a network of snow resorts that have linked their trails together.
Because of this arrangement, skiers and snowboarders staying here have access to over 600 kilometers worth of pistes.
Courchevel is also well-known among the world’s elite, meaning that you might be able to spot A-list celebrities and other important figures while you are out on the slopes here.
Looking for excellent skiing, but also want to party hard after the day is done? If letting your hair down and raging until the sun comes up is near the top of your list of priorities, then booking a chalet in Meribel is a must.
This resort is part of the Three Valleys system of ski trails, making it a great spot for snow sports enthusiasts, but it is also well-known for having the best apres-ski scenes in the French Alps for many years running.
By night, you can wander the streets of the village and stumble into countless pubs, bars, and nightclubs where you can meet that special someone, or you can simply have several pints with your friends after a fun day on the slopes.