Skiing in France

good resorts in france

French skiing resorts are very popular with Irish skiers and snowboarders. One of the main advantages of France as a ski destination is it’s short flight time from Dublin & Cork. The French Alps is the number one destination for Irish heading on skiing holidays.

Top French Resorts

France boasts some of the best ski areas in the world, such as Tignes and Val d’Isere are both popular French skiing holiday destinations, they are connected together by the Espace Killy ski area. If you are looking for an even bigger challenge the the massive Three Valley ski area is for you. This connects the French ski holiday resorts of Val Thorens, Courchevel and Meribel. This is the largest connected ski area in the world, sporting over 600km of slopes and over 200 individual lifts.

Top 10 French Resorts

Polling our readers in previous years, these are the following top resorts in France

  1. Chamonix
  2. Meribel
  3. Val D’Isere
  4. Courchevel
  5. Val Thorens
  6. La Plagne
  7. Tignes
  8. Alpe D’Huez
  9. Les Deux Alpes
  10. Les Arcs

French Airports for Skiing

If you are going to ski in France, you should be looking into flying into the following airports. These French airports are the closest to the resorts.

  • Chambery
  • Geneva
  • Girona
  • Grenoble
  • Lyon Bron
  • Lyon St-Exupéry
  • Nice
  • Toulouse (for skiing in Andorra)

6 thoughts on “Skiing in France

  1. chamonix seems a nice place to go skiing
    Im starting to think about going there next year, anyone been there already? How is it ?

  2. I’ve been there for christmas, it was a marvelous experience
    the mountains are so beautiful up there
    we stayed in a very nice and cozy chalet , and the view was spectacular , can’t say enough good things about it !
    you can see it there if you wanna make up your mind
    have a nice time 😉

  3. thank you very much katie !
    very ufeseful link and what a stunning place!!
    love the view and the chalet
    I’ll let you know what’s up regarding my future trip
    How many people did you stay there with ?

  4. Hi John, it depends on your skiing level It’s great if there is enough snow and you prefer to ski off piste Otherwise, you’d have to take a bus to ski in Argentiere and it’s good 40min Not saying buses are busy. Argentiere area is not big and usually crowded It’s beautiful place alright but in my opinion it’s place to go to ski Mont-Blanc 😉 Good luck

  5. Hi,

    Morzine is a great place for all levels of skier and snowboarder. It is in the heart of the Portes du Soleil, the largest international ski area in the world with over 650kms of pisted runs. There are plenty of back country areas to explore and 4 dedicated snowboard parks. Lively resort with excellent apres ski. Heres to a great winter.

    All the best,


  6. Would love you to feature skiing in Italy too! We’re on border with France so transfers from airports are just as easy plus you can use Turin and Milan too. Ryanair have regular flights to Bergamo (Milan) from Dublin. Met a couple of ski instructors from Kilternan out here 2 years ago and they loved everything about Bardo. We don’t serve Guinness but we make a mean Bombardino!!

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