Living in the UK we are lucky enough to have easy access to some of the best skiing on earth in France. France is home to the largest lift-linked ski area in the world, the highest ski resort in Europe and the longest black run in Europe. Most of the top reviews each are always suggesting France is the place to be for the best ski resorts.
Ski holidays in France are extremely popular because of the wide variety of accommodations available, the high quality of amenities in resort, the excellent lift infrastructure and the large varied ski areas. So S’no Queen has put together the best 5 destinations to head to in France this season.
This is one for the freestyle enthusiasts. Prolays is a jibbers paradise, the piste runs parallel to the stash with lots of bumps and jumps to hit up along the edge. The run itself is usually well pisted and great for fast skiers and snowboarders who wish to shoot down the steep sections.
Les Sources, La Plagne
Located at the top of the Roche de Mio gondola and towering above the La Plagne villages of Belle Plagne and Bellecote is the start of the red run Les Sources. For the more leisurely skier there is also one of my favourite blue runs here Levasset. Les Sources is a fun, wide red piste with varied terrain that sweeps down to join the blue runs as you pass by Belle Plagne village and back down to Bellecotte.
The run varies in steepness which adds to the fun. Experienced skiers can enjoy the ups and downs, while relaxed skiers will enjoy the different sections of the run including wide sections at an easy red gradient to shorter sections of stepper terrain.
Top of La Grande Motte, Tignes
This is one for the expert skiers that love a long ski run. Starting from 3456m at the top of the glacier, hit a few Moguls down Descente (black run) then straight line down into Double M and Cirse (red runs) to Tignes Val Claret at 2100m. Squeeze in a few turns as you go under Les Lanches chairlift if anyone’s watching but aside from that no turning or stopping allowed. Then relax in your Winter thermals and grab yourself a well-deserved beer down in Val Claret.
Hidden Valley from Folie Douce to La Daille, Val d’Isere
This ‘hidden gem’ in Val d’Isere is displayed perfectly by Léo Taillefer in the video below. The run is off piste and best left for a powder day. Experienced skiers and snowboarders will be hugely satisfied after tackling this one.
Jerusalem, Meribel to St Martin
This enjoyable red run can be reached from the Tougnete chairlift in Meribel, once at the top you follow the Cretes down before turning left in to Jerusalem. The wide run is filled with natural rollers which make the run so enjoyable and a favourite for numerous skiers and snowboarders.
As you come to the end of Jerusalem you can carry on down the blue biolly piste to St Martin de Belleville. You are advised to do this run in the late morning so you can stop for lunch in the pretty hamlet of St Martin.