There are plenty of ski resorts around the world but it’s the French Alps that host a third of British skiers each and every winter. From traditional chalets to sky-high purpose-built resorts – skiers just love everything the French Alps has to offer. That said, with so many different locations to choose from, which ski resorts are the best? Let’s take a look.
When it comes to resorts situated on the French Alps, Chamonix is the iconic go-to. The Mont Blanc historic valley town is known around the world for its next level descents and premium off-piste terrain that all the best skiers have to try at least once. Still, you don’t have to be a pro skier to enjoy Chamonix, as there are quite a few regular ski slopes for anyone who has come to relax rather than get into extreme sports.
Meanwhile, in the town centre, tourists will find plenty of cute shops to peruse, as well as a collection of restaurants, cafes and bars that make Chamonix’s nightlife a true staple of the French Alps. For live music, dancing and even a micro-brewery experience, we recommend visiting Chambre 9, Monkey Bar or MBC. As for the day, there’s a public swimming pool, an ice rink, tenpin bowling, paragliding and plenty of other activities you can get involved in.
On the surface, this Savoie settlement may look like a traditional sleepy Alpine town but it truly is a hidden gem that is often frequented by French tourists in-the-know. It’s the complete opposite of purpose-built resorts like Courchevel or La Plagne, having been around since before the 13th century. That isn’t to say that Megeve isn’t modern though. There are slopes to suit any skiing level, from intermediate up to expert. There are even nursery slopes and, for those more experienced skiers, cross-country trails up to 40km long.
As for life off the slopes, there are plenty of restaurants such as Auberge du Christomet or you can visit local jazz or cocktail bars such as 5 Rues and Cocoon. There’s even a casino that could rival our favourite online live casino platforms like Mr Green as it offers plenty of different table games. Megeve’s Alpine casino is packed full of 60 slot machines, poker, roulette and blackjack.
Once you’ve experienced all Megeve has to offer outside, you can return to relax in their sauna or Turkish baths, accompanied by a large range of spa treatments.
Elite La Plagne
We’ve already mentioned this purpose-built resort and for good reason: every skier and their grandmother knows about this place. This convenient, elite resort is linked to Les Arcs to create the Paradiski, attracting thousands of families every year. There are seven mountain-based villages to choose from, as well as four villages further out, making La Plagne a huge skiing destination.
There are slopes, hotels, restaurants, bars and activities to suit anyone, whether you’re an avid skier or you’ve never skied a day in your life. No matter what you choose to do, we’re sure you will literally never run out of things to do and try.
Whether you’re a Chamonix icon, a traditionalist at Megeve or an elite La Plagne skier, these three resorts are sure to have everything you could ever need from a winter skiing holiday.