Luxury Ski Chalets France

With historic ski villages and extensive slopes, the French Alps are widely regarded as the epicentre of luxury skiing and snowboarding holidays in Europe. You can choose from a wide range of luxury chalets in France, plus there's lively apres-ski and fantastic ski schools.

Why Choose France for a Luxury Ski Holiday?

  • France has the biggest lift and piste networks in the world
  • Most ski resorts in France are located at high altitudes with good snow
  • There's a long ski season so you have more choice of when to book your luxury ski chalet holiday in France.
  • French Alps skiing holidays can accommodate all budgets from the luxury resort of Courchevel to purpose-built Tignes.
  • The French Alps are very accessible and are easy to get to by car, train or plane.

Luxury Ski Holidays France

With high-quality skiing, fantastic cuisine and alpine charm aplenty, it comes as no surprise to see skiers and snowboarders of every nationality flock to luxury ski chalets in France each winter. There are three departments in the Northern Alps (Haute-Savoie, Savoie and Isère), which are home to three main ski areas, Paradiski, Les Portes du Soleil and of course the famous Trois Vallees. With all of the French resorts within three hours of Geneva, there are a multitude of options for your luxury ski holiday in France. Whether you are looking for a ski-in/ski-out chalet with direct access to the slopes, or a wellness retreat in the Alps, the luxury chalets in France cater to all.

Whilst the stereotypical French ski resort is purpose-built and somewhat lacking in charm, there are many variations and plenty of exceptions to this theme. The most appealing resorts for French ski holidays are Megeve and the characterful mountaineering town of Chamonix. For a ski resort with high-altitude head to Val Thorens, the highest major resort village in Europe with skiing up to 2350m. With numerous activities such as ice skating and tobogganing on offer, France chalet holidays are particularly popular with families. We recommend choosing a luxury chalet in France close to the ski school meeting point if you are travelling with young children.

Fireworks in luxury ski resort in FrancePhoto: Andy Parant/Val d'Isere TO
Off piste skiing in French AlpsPhoto: Andy Parant/Tignes TO
Three Valleys ski area in FrancePhoto: Courchevel Tourisme
Luxury ski holiday in FrancePhoto: C. Cattin/OT Val Thorens
Luxury ski chalet in FrancePhoto: Chalet Sapphire, Morzine

Luxury Ski Resorts in France

France is home to many luxury ski resorts, the most well-known being Les 3 Vallees in the Tarentaise Valley. One of the largest ski areas in the world, Les 3 Vallees links together eight resorts, including Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, giving skiers access to 600 km of pistes. Within the Tarentaise Valley are several other famous ski areas, including Espace Killy which combines Val d’Isere and Tignes giving access to 300 km of pistes.

Another popular area for luxury ski holidays in France is Les Portes du Soleil which encompasses 13 resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Several resorts, such as Les Gets and Morzine, have grown around traditional valley villages, preserving a sense of heritage and mountain soul. With the quality and range of skiing available, these luxury French ski resorts cater to a range of abilities and are particularly well suited to families with many luxurious ski chalets available to rent.

A particular favourite for family holidays is Meribel in the Les 3 Vallées. Méribel has some great starting points for beginners looking to enjoy a luxury ski holiday in France. Mottaret is most convenient for beginners with nursery slopes found at Rond Point too. Once you have gained confidence on the green runs, there are plenty of easy blues to progress to. Méribel is also a mecca for boarders and freestylers providing a Rookies area with large boxes, small jumps and a mini half-pipe.

One of the most glamorous resorts in the French Alps, Courchevel is the go-to destination for the ultimate luxury ski holiday. With countless Michelin-star restaurants, designer shops and its very own airstrip, Courchevel has plenty to keep you entertained during your luxury ski trip to France. Courchevel 1850 chalets are renowned for their state-of-the-art facilities and service with everything from sumptuous spas to cinema rooms and nightclubs. Particularly popular for its ski-in/ski-out properties, we also have a large number of family ski chalets in Courchevel featuring dedicated playrooms, TV lounges and bunk beds.

Skiing in France

Ski holidays in France are particularly popular for beginner skiers with gentle open runs and top ski schools on offer. With several free ski lifts for beginners to enjoy and outstanding ski instructors on hand to help you navigate the mountain and work on your skills, one of the best ski resorts in France for first-time skiers is Courchevel. Situated in the world’s biggest ski area, Courchevel is perfectly positioned for enjoying the fabulous 600 km of skiing that Les 3 Vallées has to offer, although the local slopes offer 150 km of skiing between 1,350m and 2,738m before you even venture further afield into the 3 Vallées. A high number of ski-in/ski-out luxury chalets in France are also located in Courchevel, allowing visitors maximum time on the piste. A few of our favourites include Chalet Le Namaste, Chalet Panmah and Chalet Licorne

Ski holidays in France also have plenty to offer both intermediate and advanced skiers. The country is a favourite skiing destination for British holidaymakers from December through to April. If you are looking to enjoy a luxury ski holiday in France, the slopes in January tend to be less busy with perfect snow conditions to ski on, whilst we recommend February half-term and Easter for families looking to spend a ski holiday together in the Alps.

Catered Luxury Chalets France

The convenience of our luxury catered ski chalets in France is hard to beat. Spend hours exploring the slopes whilst your own personal chef is working on a mouth-watering meal for the evening. Upon your return to the chalet, refuel with fresh coffee and homemade cake before relaxing in the wellness facilities of your luxury chalet. Come evening, the family can congregate around the fire whilst your chalet host provides you all with a chilled glass of champagne before dinner. From traditional to modern chalets, our selection of catered ski chalets in France, allows guests to be taken care of with more time spent on the slopes and less time in the kitchen.

Top Catered Luxury Chalets French Alps

Eating & Drinking in France

Famous for its gastronomic scene, it should come as no surprise that a luxury ski holiday in France has plenty to offer when it comes to restaurants and après ski bars. From secluded mountain hut restaurants to Michelin-starred cuisine, guests staying in our luxury self-catered chalets in France will have ample opportunities to indulge in the local cuisine. Guests staying in our luxury catered ski chalets will have the majority of meals prepared for them by a private chef, however, there is still the opportunity to explore the local restaurants on staff nights off or the apres ski bars following a day on the slopes.

Several of our luxury ski resorts in France offer Michelin-starred restaurants and extravagant bars such as La Folie Douce where dancing on tables and live performances keep the crowds entertained. Explore our magazine for resort specific information on where to eat and drink or ask a member of our specialised team who will be more than happy to recommend their favourite restaurants.

Frequently asked questions

Where are the best luxury resorts in France?

The most luxurious ski resorts in France are; Courchevel 1850, Megeve and Val d'Isere.

Where is the best place to ski in France?

Chamonix, Val d'isere and Meribel are all well known for being some of the best places to ski in France.

Is skiing in France Expensive?

Skiing in France can be expensive depending on which resort you choose. Courchevel 1850 and Megeve are at the higher end of the market while resorts like Tignes tend to be more affordable.

Can you rent luxury chalets in France?

Yes, many of the best luxury chalets in Europe can be found in France in resorts like Chamonix, Megeve or Courchevel 1850