Top 5 Ski Resorts in France you absolutely must visit!

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Whether you are a novice on the slopes or a seasoned ski professional there are a number of incredible resorts throughout France that will cater for your every need. With runs ranging from the gentle inclines of the nursery slopes through to the heart in the mouth black runs that only the accomplished skiers can handle. The following resorts have been picked to accommodate a range of different ski needs.

Tignes

Situated in the beautiful French Alps this resort is one of the highest in France, and due to its altitude it is known as a snow sure resort which means that it can offer skiing even at the height of summer. The opportunities for both skiing and snowboarding are excellent here and the slopes can accommodate all levels of skier, in fact it offers some of the best skiing to be found in the region.

Les Arcs

The resort at Les Arcs suits just about every class of skier no matter their level of ability. The resort is linked to their twinned resort of La Plagne by means of a high tech cable car. The linking of the two resorts has increased the amount of incredible skiing that is available. Not only are the slopes incredible, but the views that you get to appreciate as you travel down the slopes on in the cable cars are breathtaking. For those who are making the visit to the slopes for the first time there are some excellent ski schools that will have you moving under your steam in no time.

Meribel
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The resort at Meribel is one of the most famous of all of the European resorts. The resort is nestled in the heart of the immense Three Valleys area. The picturesque chalet accommodation belies the incredible night life that the resort is famous for, an evening’s entertainment here generally starts with the 4pm après ski. This is a well organised and very family friendly resort.

Sainte Foy

Not one of the most well known resorts but definitely one of the more exclusive. This is a place that caters for family ski holidays with style. Despite not having one of the largest ski areas the quality of the skiing here is amazing, and the exclusivity of the resort means that the slopes are a little quieter here than in some of the other resorts. The atmosphere here is one of relaxation and enjoyment.

Chamonix

This may be a well known resort but it is not really a place for the beginner, to get the best from the skiing here you should be at intermediate level or above. Off piste skiing is available which offers some incredible snowboarding opportunities, but be sure that you only go with a guide. The slopes here will put your skills to the test and you will be a much better skier by the time you leave. The town of Chamonix offers some vibrant bars and clubs in which you can spend an enjoyable evening with friends.

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