Why you'll love going to the French mountains this winter

Sublime, surprising, awe-inspiring, addictive, party-like or peaceful: there are many adjectives to describe the mountains, whenever you go. This season there are more reasons than ever – a winter version of electro festival Tomorrowland; the launch of the highest zipline in the world in Val Thorens; new playgrounds for extreme sports; new trendy après-ski spots and old haunts brought bang up to date. Ready to pack your bags?

Where to go with your friends?

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    Linked ski resorts: A French specialty

    France is the ideal destination for skiers who are hungry for the great outdoors with 22 ski areas connected by slopes or by shuttle, including 19 in Savoie Mont Blanc and 2 in Isère. There’s no doubt about it: this winter, it’s in France that your skis and snowboards will find their happiness.

    Discover a huge selection of linked ski resorts
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    Combining ski holidays and protecting the environment, nothing could be simpler!

    Protecting the environment isn’t just an objective for the lowlands, it also takes place in the mountains.To preserve their landscapes, managers at French ski resorts are creating initiatives that are charting the way for a "greener" ski experience.

    Discover the different environmental actions
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    The best ski-in, ski-out resorts in the French mountains

    No-one likes hobbling to the snow in their ski boots or crowding onto a swaying shuttle bus. So this winter, why not make your mountain holiday a whole lot easier by targeting a ski-in, ski-out resort? Here in France, they’re something of a speciality

    The best ski-in, ski-out resorts in the French mountains

Feeling tired?

  • Ski accommodation: 5 great hostel deals

    Some may doubt it – but it’s still quite possible to go on a mountain holiday without breaking the bank, even in high season. For some years now, the largest French ski resorts have been working to democratise access to their powdery pistes – and the result is the emergence of a new hybrid form of resort accommodation, halfway between a traditional hotel and a hostel, at unbeatable value for money.

    Find your home for your skiing holiday!

What to do in the mountains?

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    Start the Season Right: Go to Rock On Snow!

    This touring festival of all things ski and snowboard-related lets you test the new season’s kit, giving you a better idea of what you might want to buy, but it’s also a gathering of like-minded individuals and a celebration!

    Rock on !
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    The best trails in the French Alps

    Trail running in the UK is booming, with more races being added to the calendar every year. So this year, why not trying something different and trailing in the mountains? Don't forget to take some warm clothes!

    Ready, set, GO!
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    5 Adrenaline-Fuelled Experiences to Try

    Yes, you can go to the mountain and do other things than skiing. What a better way to feel alive than having your heart pounding in your chest? Discover 5 unexpected experiences that will create unforgettable memories….

    Best way to feel alive

Feeling a bit hungry?

  • 5 trendy places to eat in the mountains

    We all know the mountain hotspots where everyone goes for a drink and a bite to eat… but what if we swapped our old habits for a new cool? From current trends to places off the beaten track, we take stock of a few new gourmet experiences to share with friends.

    It is finally time to eat!

It's time to have fun!


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    5 great resorts for snowparks

    Where should you go to find the best snowpark to practice your tricks? Whether you are a freestyle addicts or a beginners, discover some of our favourite spots.

    Find the spot of your dreams!
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    9 of the best resorts for party-goers

    There are plenty of places in the mountains to leave your skis and poles behind and dance – whether at clubs or festivals. .Here we recommend a line-up of resorts for this season.

    It's time to celebrate
  • 5 alternative mountain sports tyou have to try

    There is nothing is more exhilarating than taking off your skis (or almost), grabbing an adrenaline sports guide, throwing caution to the wind and jumping into something new. What are you waiting for?

    Be out of the box!

How to get there?

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  • Getting to the French Alps

    There’s a wide variety of options for travelling to the French Alps from the UK or Ireland. Whatever the time of year, the majority of Alpine resorts are very accessible from motorways, airports and train stations.

    By air, by train or by car, find how you can go skiing!

What's on?

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    Tomorrowland Winter Festival, Alpe d'Huez

    This popular Belgian festival, which has already spread across to the USA and Brazil, is coming to France for the first time from 9-16 March 2019. No less than 30,000 people are expected in the French Alps, combining skiing with concert-going over the three days.

    It's time to party!
  • La Folie Douce Festival in Courchevel, French Alps

    Skiing in Courchevel runs until 22 April 2019... and the parties, too. With La Folie Douce Courchevel Festival, urban and electro music are taking over the slopes for a phenomenal closing weekend on the Verdons track in Courchevel 1850. Why not attending this festival?

    Discover this festival
  • The Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc

    Probably the most challenging international dog sled race, the grande odyssée brings together each year 20 of the best mushers on the planet. Through the Savoie and Haute-Savoie, these cold weather athletes travel 1,000km over 30,000m of altitude thanks to 300 exceptional dogs.

    Discover this festival