The first thing to realise about most French ski resorts is that they are usually part of much larger "Ski Domains". The resorts within these domains are usually linked either directly by lifts (so you never have to take your skis off) or by short shuttle rides. It is possible to buy a ski pass for just the local resort (eg. Meribel, Morzine, St Martin etc) or for the whole domain (eg. 3 Valleys, Portes Du Soleul, Espace Killy). Another important point to mention is that a lot of French ski resorts were purpose built during the 50's and 60's and as such were placed at altitudes that almost guarantee good snow.
Good For: Exploration and cruising intermediate skiers. There is just so much here and the runs are all so nicely laid out for intermediate skiers, if exploring on skis is your thing then the Portes du Soleil is for you. It's also the perfect place for families to go with its abundance of child and beginner friendly runs.
Bad For: A lot of the connections between the lifts require a bit of ski-boot walking across villages.
Famous For: Its the biggest ski area in the world! Also car free Avoriaz is pretty cool!
Meribel / Courchevel / La Tania / Bozel / St Martin de Belleville / Les Menuires / Val Thorens / Brides-Les-Bains
Good For: The insane amount of high altitude skiing makes the 3 Valleys the pefect place for those who really want to get their ski on! The fact that it has one of the best and most well connected lift infrastructures on the planet only adds to its appeal.
Bad For: Expensive - Courchevel and Merbel may be synonymous with chic but this also means they are pretty expensive, Especially if you are a solo beginner and are looking for group lessons or a family on a budget.
Famous For: Motorway skiing - wide open high altitude runs. An abundance of high speed lifts and amazing off piste.
Good For: 70% of Paradiski is above 2,000m so it is great for snow, Huge range of off piste, modern fast lift network. A large range of villages and town styles.
Bad For: It is a long linear resort making it difficult to go the length of it in a single day. Le Plagne's villages are scattered and sometimes not easy to access. Paradiski is still a relatively new concept.
Famous For: The Vanoise Express - 200 people on a double decker 2km long cable car! It has 3 glaciers!
Les Bottières / La Toussuire / Saint Jean d'Arves / Le Corbier / Saint Colomban des Villards / Saint Sorlin d'Arves
Good For: Familys and Beginners, this is a quiet resort compared to its bigger and more well known neighbours. As such it is a little cheaper. Its gentler pistes make it better suited to people just starting out skiing.
Bad For: Being an older resort designed in the 60's it is not the prettiest in the Alps. A family orientated resort means the nightlife is fairly low key.
Famous For: Popular with continental Europeans and the French. It has a glacier!
Good For: Another high altitude resort this one has a special area just for snowboarders. Also the Sarenne Glacier and at 3330m the Pic Blanc is a must for those who have a taste for some serious skiing. You can ski through an old mining tunnel too!
Bad For: It is a south facing resort so not great for later in the season. It can suffer from long lines at the lifts.
Famous For: Known to the French as “La Piste Mythique” La Sarenne is the longest piste in the world (16km). The Tour De France stage.
Grands Montets / Les Houches / Le Tour / La Flegere / Le Brevent
Good For: Chamonix is truly the mecca for incredible high altitude skiing. Couple that with the stunning scenery and amazing off piste makes this the place to be for extreme skiers. Also nice is that it is open year round and one of the few ski resorts that is a real town.
Bad For: Extremely disconnected resorts. You need to take long bus rides to go between the various resort areas. Its not very good for beginners. Extremely steep.
Famous For: Being the extreme sports centre of the French Alps. Squirrel suits and extreme sports. The first winter Olympics was here.
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