Looking to shred some powder before spring arrives in earnest? The French Alps has some of the longest-lived snow in Europe, making it the logical place to plan one last holiday in the mountains.
If you are undecided on where to plan your ski holidays in France, read on below, as one of the following resorts is sure to be a good fit for you and your traveling companions.
First developed in 1760, Chamonix has managed to remain one of the top winter resorts in the French Alps for centuries.
Despite Chamonix’s reputation for being an expert’s mountain, there is plenty of terrain for intermediate and novice skiers/riders, with the 20 kilometer long Vallee Blanche glacier trail being a popular run for less technically skilled.
That said, there are plenty of off-piste and advanced runs for those who are looking for a challenge.
2) Val d’Isere
If you are a skilled skier/snowboarder, Val d’Isere will present you with the ultimate challenge, as its steeps are the stuff of legends.
In addition to this, this resort gets some of the most reliable snow in the Alps, enabling them to stay open into May, which is when most of their competitors have already packed it in for the year.
There is plenty of terrain to enjoy here, as it is linked together with neighboring resort Tignes. Between them, snowsport lovers will be able to enjoy over 300 kilometers worth of runs, made accessible by over 94 lifts.
Want to enjoy a ski/boarding holiday in the lap of luxury? Look no further than the resort villages of Courchevel. Part of the Trois Vallees ski area, which grants snowsports enthusiasts access to over 600 kilometers of pistes, you won’t be left wanting, no matter your skill level.
With plenty of lodging, dining, and shopping options in each of the villages (Courchevel 1300/1550/1650/1850), your time off the slopes will be just as eventful.
While prices are a bit on the high side, all but 1850 are affordable for those looking to splurge a bit on their final winter outing of the season.
Further down the Trois Vallees, Meribel stands out as the best option for those looking to keep their stoke elevated after an epic day on the slopes.
Being the highest of the resorts in this alliance with a peak elevation of over 3,000 meters, it remains excellent to ride well into spring, so there will be plenty of powder worth bragging about to your buddies when you hit the vaunted bars and pubs of Meribel after your day has come to a close.
In town, the appropriately named Le Pub and O’ Sullivans will be your best bet for good times throughout the course of the evening.