France’s mountain ranges are a skier’s paradise, but it can be confusing working out which resorts are better depending on how experienced you are and whether skiing with children.
You might also be keen on lots of activities away from the slopes, or are more interested in spending all your energy off-piste, in the snowparks or on daring black runs than on après ski.
Some of the picks offer family holidays in winter wonderlands, and others will catch the eye of serious off-piste skiers and snowboarders in need of some exhilaration.
If you crave the rush of red and black runs, or the freedom of ungroomed terrain read on!
Lets have a look at the best ski resorts in France:
1. Avoriaz, Haute-Savoie
A clever aspect of the design of Avoriaz, straddling the border with Switzerland, is that the slopes remain in the shade for nearly all of the day, but the modern, purpose-built resort is bathed in sun.
There are more than 130 kilometres in the vicinity, while the resort is also at the heart of the Portes du Soleil domain offering another 650 kilometres and 283 runs.
Most of the connecting slopes are high-altitude, suiting skiers with a bit more knowhow.
But there’s a superb ski school with lessons that adapt to parents’ own tuition schedules.
Freestylers can express themselves in the super-pipe and five snowparks, while people in need of off-piste can christen the eight metres of fresh powder that falls every season.