France dominates Europe’s top 50 ski resorts – ready to buy there?

Posted on 22 October 2013

Ski resorts in the French Alps accounted for nearly half of the 50 best European resorts in a list compiled by a group of experts in October and published in the UK Independent newspaper. Here are key French resorts included in the list, with comments about each.

Méribel:  A charming family resort connecting Courchevel on one side and Val Thorens on the other, Méribel boasts a huge array of skiing for every level. There’s also a swimming pool, indoor ice rink and, for partygoers, great bars and a range of restaurants. Méribel will host the 2015 World Cup Ski Finals.

Courchevel: Part of the largest ski area in the world, the 3-Valleys, Courchevel has a world-class variety of skiing, with great off-piste. Off the slopes, it’s one of the world’s glitziest resorts, with boutiques more commonly found in expensive capital city shopping streets.

Val d’Isère: The resort has a loyal following and shares its ski area with neighbouring Tignes, together forming the 300-kilometre Espace Killy. It is well-known amongst the younger generation, including university students.

St Foy: St Foy’s ski is smaller than its more famous neighbours, but its runs are quiet, so there’s less traffic on the slopes, even less on the extensive off-piste areas.

Les Gets: Within the vast Portes du Soleil, Les Gets is a great resort to choose because of its access to Mont Chery – a mountain that remains blissfully quiet due to its position away from the main circuit. It’s a firm favourite with families too.

Tignes: High altitude, Tignes is unbeatable for snow quality and guaranteed snow, meaning it has a long season, spanning nine months. It also offers ice diving, ice climbing, a swimming pool and brand new, high-altitude training centre.