Our guide to the best resorts in the French Alps
loveholidays have launched ski holidays page! Whether you’re a pro on the slopes, or still need to master the snow plough, our choice of ski resorts in the Alps are perfect for a winter break away. In this post, learn more about our key ski resorts and pick up some top skiing holiday tips!
The French Alps are roughly a two and a half hour flight away, with easy transfers from Grenoble and Geneva. They are brilliant for beginners, with most resorts boasting a high number of green and blue slopes. But there’s plenty to keep the thrill-seekers happy too, with challenging red runs and long black runs at each resort.
The Alps après-ski scene is the best in Europe. The resorts have excellent bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Other resorts are family-friendly with nursery slopes and crèches available. With our guide to our Alpine ski resorts below, you can choose the best place for your next ski holiday, whether you’re a couple, family or group!
Green Runs: 38 Blue Runs: 32 Red Runs: 34 Black Runs: 17 No. of Ski Lifts: 84
Top Fact: Home to the world’s longest ski run, Sarenne Run, which is 16km long!
Overall Atmosphere: With 235km of skiing, Alp d’Huez is one of the largest and highest resorts in Europe. It has plenty of off-piste activities including concerts, ice skating and court sports. There’s also night-time skiing available.
Best for: Groups, Families and Couples
Green Runs: 27 Blue Runs: 44 Red Runs: 38 Black Runs: 10 No. of Ski Lifts: 62
Top Fact: Courchevel is part of the largest ski domain in the world, the Trois Vallées.
Overall Atmosphere: Known for its extravagant restaurants and luxury hotels, Courchevel is one of the most prestigious resorts in Europe. But it has a fun side too, with themed ski zones and plenty of activities for kids.
Best for: Families and Couples
Green Runs: 11 Blue Runs: 70 Red Runs: 33 Black Runs: 6 No. of Ski Lifts: 111
Top Fact: La Plagne is linked by cable car to Les Arcs, where there are 239 pistes! Also, 70 of the lifts in La Plagne are button/drag lifts.
Overall Atmosphere: One of the smaller resorts, La Plagne is perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers. However, more experienced snow lovers can enjoy the choice of black and red runs in Les Arcs.
Best for: Families
Green Runs: 8 Blue Runs: 34 Red Runs: 23 Black Runs: 9 No. of Ski Lifts: 56
Top Fact: There are two Olympic runs here and two snowboard parks.
Overall Atmosphere: Meribel forms part of the Trois Vallées and is great for experienced skiers and snowboarders. There are lots of diverse slopes and off-piste opportunities, as well as a great nightlife.
Best for: Groups, couples and families.
Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc
Green Runs: 22 Blue Runs: 42 Red Runs: 52 Black Runs: 19 No. of Ski Lifts: 113
Top Fact: Saint Gervais is famed for its spas and year-round attractions.
Overall Atmosphere: Saint Gervais is a beautiful Alpine resort, with easy links to the Mount Blanc area. There are nursery slopes and kindergartens, beauty spas and a small, but wonderful choice of restaurants.
Smiley’s Top Tips for Ski Holidays!
- What to take in your pockets: Lift pass, sweets, phone, camera, water, snack, room keys.
- What to pack: If you’re going self-catered, pack loo roll, sponges and tea towels so you don’t have to buy them when you get there!
- A boiled egg is a great snack on the slopes – a quick protein hit will boost your mid-morning energy levels.
- Have a plan – if your group gets lost or divided, know where to meet and at what time if people get lost.
- Download a ski app for your phone that tracks your speed, altitude and time – a great way to improve your skiing.
If you have any other tips to add or want to ask us about our new ski holidays, get in touch via Twitter and tweet this post to all your super keen ski friends!
Full list of loveholidays’s Alpine ski resorts & hotels:
- Alp d’Huez
- La Joue Du Loup
- La Plagne
- Les Orres
- Puy Saint Vincent
- Saint Sorlin d’Arves
- St Gervais Mont-Blanc