France is the most popular country for British skiers and snowboarders, and it’s not hard to see why.
The magnificent backdrop of the Alps has welcomed traditional mountain villages, purpose-built resorts and vast networks of lifts and gondolas, with size and easy access meaning our neighbour across the Channel has become a haven for snowsports’ enthusiasts.
The Alps offer some of the best downhill skiing in the world along with some of the most famed resorts and villages, offering something for everyone from complete beginners to experienced off-pisters.
From the challenging slopes of Mont Blanc to the family-friendly mega-resorts of Les Arcs or the unspoiled, idyllic village of La Clusaz, there are dozens of options for those who want to experience skiing in France.
Whether you’ve already been dozens of times or are planning a first visit, read on – we’ve rounded up a list of the best ski resorts and holidays in the country.
Sharing a massive ski area with neighbouring Val d’Isère, Tignes is known as a snowsure destination with one of the longest seasons in Europe. Home to 300km of pistes, it is a good choice for skiers of every level, with extensive beginner areas at Val Claret or Le Lac and advanced on- and off-piste options such as La Sache.
Away from the slopes, there’s a lively après and nightlife scene, with notable venues including Loop Bar, Le Coffee, Couloir and Melting Pot for particularly late nights. For families, Le Lac is the best choice, as a quieter alternative that is near nursery slopes and non-skiing winter activities.
How to ski in Tignes
Residence Ynycio is one of the newest additions to Tignes, right in the centre of Val Claret. Inghams is offering packages to these modern, stylish apartments, which has South American style throughout, with spacious rooms and a magnificent sauna and pool area. In addition, it sits just 150 metres from the lifts and 100 metres from the ski hire shop.
From £1,188pp including seven nights’ accommodation, self catering, return flights from London Heathrow with one piece of checked luggage per passenger, and transfers. Departing 27 January.
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