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Scenic view of the French Alps on a sunny winters day

French Alps

Despite the growing popularity of ski resorts across the world, by far the most popular destination for British skiers remains France. It offers great value and ease of access to the slopes, as well as ski resorts known for being family-friendly, all within easy reach of the UK.

What makes France a great ski destination?

There are almost 200 different ski resorts in France, from large to small. Between them they offer thousands of kilometres of pistes...

Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, France caters well for all types of winter sports lover, from beginners to advanced. You could be enjoying fresh powder in tree-lined runs or heading up onto the many glaciers to enjoy your sport. Those who are more proficient will enjoy the freestyle parks in many resort areas and for the most proficient of all there are many opportunities for off-piste skiing as well.

All resorts have excellent ski lifts and many have been linked into super resort areas, giving you a huge range of areas to ski and snowboard across with just one pass. Check each resort for more information.

Due to the way that many resorts have been built, you are able to ski from the door of your apartment complex or hotel. This means you spend less time getting around and more time on the slopes, and with some of the shortest transfer times from the region's airports those precious hours add up to give you more snow time.

A downside of skiing in France is that many of the resorts are, to be frank, a little ugly. Modern builds have bloomed throughout the French Alps and have not always been built with the most sensitive look; however the mountains and scenery make up for the unforgiving architecture. Head to resorts such as La Clusaz or Serre Chevalier if you want more of a traditional mountain village feel.

Much of the accommodation is in self-catering apartments, giving you the chance to cook on a budget or to get out and enjoy the fantastic French cuisine, including regional specialties such as fondue, raclette and tartiflette, a hearty cheesy potato bake, perfect after a day on the slopes.

Which resort should I head to?

With a huge range of resorts on offer, it can be difficult to decide which resort will suit you. Read our reviews to help you choose...

Here are some of the resorts we feature in France, with handy guides to help you select the right destination. Not only do we give you an overview of the resort, but we rate each one out of 10 for:

• Suitability for beginners, intermediates and advanced skiers and snowboarders
• Après-ski
• Non-skiers
• Cost of living
• Attractiveness of the resort.

Click on a destination below to read more and to see the ratings we have given