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Winter Sports in France

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Winter sports holidays in France

Skiing in France


Welcome to our new section about winter sports holidays in France. Check out our latest articles on:

Getting to French Ski Resorts
Comparison of Ski Resorts
Pyrenean Resorts Reviewed

...Or use our Holiday Directory to find Winter Sports Tour Operators

We want to make sure we have everything you need for choosing the right winter sports holiday and enjoying it to the full. If you have any suggestions, ideas, articles, reviews or recommendations for FrenchEntrée Holiday's Winter Sports section, please get in touch.

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Duty-Free Shopping in Andorra

Calling Shopaholics Everywhere! As if the department of the Pyrénées-Orientales didn’t have enough going for it already, for those with a passion for shopping there is an added bonus to be found on its south-west border
...Andorra!

Editor's picks

With family ski breaks more popular than ever, getting your child suitably attired and keeping them warm are key challenges. After that, it’s downhill all the way more...

10 reasons to enjoy a winter break in France

Ski liftThinking of booking a ski holiday in France? You certainly will be after reading our top 10 reasons to spend your winter break at a French resort. Cheap flights, English speaking instructors, thermal spas and fondue are just the tip of the iceberg. more...

10 reasons to visit the Pyrénées

The PyreneesWhile the Alps tend to grab the ski headlines, there's a new kid in town. The Pyrénées offer a great value alternative with modernised facilities, unspoilt villages and stunning scenery. more...

The ‘S’ Word: Samoëns gourmet après-ski weeks

SamoensThe French Alps village of Samoëns achieves top marks from its local cuisine & wine to its offerings for some of the best skiing in France. This winter, you can combine the neige with the vin rouge so get your Gordon Ramsay-esque hat on for a food-filled après-ski not to be missed! more...

Brand new, luxury Tignes village from Peak Retreats

Tignes ResortTignes ski resort is situated in the Tarentaise Valley, part of the grand French Alps, and made up of various villages located at different altitudes from 1550-2100m. This historic resort has experienced a rebirth for winter 13/14, at 1800m, which is now know as the brand new Tignes 1800 les Boisses resort. more...

The ski resort - a beginner’s guide

Hit the slopesWhether or not you’ve had some practise on a dry slope, a ski resort in France can still prove daunting to the uninitiated. So before we bid you bon voyage, read our guide to runs and lifts, ski hire and schools to help prepare you for your first ski holiday in France. more...

Ski in France the French way

Peak RetreatsAward winning Peak Retreats is a friendly, independent tour operator which gives British skiers the opportunity to experience skiing in France the French way. Find out more...

Family Ski Holidays in France

Skiing with children? Family skiingSkiing with young children may seem a daunting prospect, but don’t be put off. Families who take the plunge say a ski holiday can be a huge success. Chris Thompson, Managing Director of Ski Famille, provides us with his hints and tips for taking your family skiing and highlights three basic rules... Family skiing...

Snow sports to try this winter

SnowboardingWith the arrival of the first snowfalls, a flurry of activity overtakes the mountains. Everyone’s attention is focussed on the snow sports for which many variations are added to the list each year. Here's our pick of those you should definitely try while holidaying in the Alps or Pyrénées... more...

Real-life story: skiing in France

On a ski tripIn 2007, Christian Lawler went on his first ski holiday in France. Now, he spends at least seven days each year at a French ski resort and has even invested in a few pieces of equipment. Here, Christian tells FrenchEntrée about his experience. more...

Staying safe on the slopes

First aid on the slopesAn environment praised for its slippery surfaces carries an increased risk of injury for holidaymakers. Make sure you have all bases covered when you set off on a ski break in France, including adequate travel insurance and safety equipment. more...

Travel from the UK to French ski resorts

Off to FranceSki bunnies are spoiled for choice when it comes to travel options, as the mountainous regions of France are well served by planes and trains. Taking the channel tunnel or ferry in your car or hiring a vehicle on your arrival offer yet more possibilities. get the details...

The history of skiing

Dauphinois Museum, GrenobleFor many of us, skiing has become an annual treat. It is one of the most popular types of holiday and at this time of year, it seems our thoughts turn to the sun-kissed glamour of the French ski resorts – and away from the depressing drizzle of the British winter. more...

Skiing in the Aveyron

Skiing A vast volcanic plateau situated in the north of the Aveyron departement, Aubrac boasts a domaine for cross-country skiing and downhill skiing in the resorts of Brameloup, Nasbinals, Aubrac, Saint-Urcize and Laguiole. more...

Guide to ski holidays in France

MyFerryLink FerryIt’s the perfect winter holiday. Taking a week away from the daily grind and grey dreary weather at home then hitting the slopes in the Alps or Pyrenees. If it sounds like your perfect winter break, take a look at our guide to ski holidays in France... more...

Alps, Pyrénées or Massif Centrale

Is there potential for investment? French AlpsFrance has no less than three major mountain ranges to choose from when deciding on the location for ski accommodation, as well as more minor destinations. The Alps are the obvious choice, but there are also the up-and-coming... more...

Night Thrills on the Longest Toboggan Run in Europe

An exhilirating experience. Val ThorensWhen night falls in Val Thorens, the toboggan run is transformed. The longest toboggan run in Europe, it is 6km long and drops 700m in altitude. From the foot of the awe-inspiring, illuminated glacier of... more on the toboggan ride...

Morzine – France’s premier winter sports resort

Skiing in Morzine Morzine is one of Europe’s leading alpine resorts. Its popularity can be attributed to an excellent snow record, traditional charm and short transfers. Plus, the village is at the centre of the world’s largest internationally linked ski area, les Portes du Soleil.
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Unusual accommodation in Samoens

Samoens igloo If you are looking for somewhere different to stay, why not spend the weekend in an igloo! Away from the skiing crowds, this relaxing weekend is the ideal way to discover wide open spaces... more...

Great skiing. Great area. Good value holidays.

So what’s the name of the resort? Savoie FaireIf your idea of a great ski holiday includes quieter slopes, no queues, cheaper lift passes, ski hire and mountain eating/drinking whilst staying in an authentic French village then you should take a closer look at Châtel and La Chapelle d’Abondance, part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski region. more...

Where to ski in France

French AlpsFrance offers a choice of purpose-built or natural resorts depending on how you wish to spend your time après ski, both catered and self-catering chalet accommodation to suit all budgets and child-friendly fun should you be looking for it. more...

Winter sports in France: a glossary

New to winter sports?Do you know your piste from your pente? Check out this list of French key words that you may come across during your skiing holiday in France. more...

Real life story: running a ski chalet

Cateriane chaletAl and Deb Flight left London to scour France for the perfect property to start their mountain holiday business. After many months and many disappointments, they discovered the Châtel in the Portes du Soleil area of the French Alps... more...

Mountain Pick and Mix for Everyone

Ski2FreedomThe Ski 2 Freedom Foundation (a non-profit organization) works in partnership with French ski schools and ski resorts to help make ski and alpine holidays a reality for children and adults who need that little extra help... more...

Try Skidooing!

"Brilliant fun!" - reader, Perry Lancaster has a go... © Melissa King - FOTOLIA Skidoo rides are available at most ski resorts throughout France and offer an exciting option après-ski. Perry Lancaster, recently tried skidooing for the first time with a group of friends in the Alps. more...

A family ski holiday for less

Ski resortIf you're a ski buff looking for an affordable ski holiday in the French Alps, taking your brood to the mountain needn't cost a small fortune... The solution is simple - go self-catering! Follow our top tips for bargain family ski breaks.... more...

The French Pyrénées - Try Something Different

Resorts reviewed by Benn Coley Skiing, Ben ColeyWant to get away from expensive English bar and restaurant prices you find in the Alps and hear some voices other than English and Russian? Then try out some smaller, but equally enjoyable ski destinations. Pyrenees skiing...

Discover the mountain resort of Aillons-Margeriaz!

OT AillonsAillons-Margeriaz, a great place to escape to, you can try a whole variety of winter sports while enjoying being in a typical unspoilt village with its own unique identity. Find out more.

Discover skiing in the Pyrenees

MountainbugSkiing holidays with a difference in the Grand Tourmalet - French Pyrenees’ largest resort. Miles of cruising pistes for all abilities, with prices 1/3 cheaper than the Alps! Catered chalet or 3* hotel with hot-tub in Bareges. www.mountainbug.com.

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