France offers some of the best skiing in Europe in both traditional and purpose built ski resorts that provide ski convenience few others can match. Whilst in some cases purpose built can require a small compromise aesthetically compared to other countries, it is far from the reality in most, Courchevel, Meribel, and Val d'Isere three examples
The Three Valleys offers probably the most extensive high altitude ski network in Europe and probably the world, with Meribel and Courchevel topping the list, and La Tania providing a great value alternative. Courchevel 1850 is the pinnacle in terms of luxury chalets and probably France's most exclusive ski resort, combining its high altitude skiing, piste convenience, and lavish bars and restaurants, to become one of the worlds most exclusive ski resorts
Val d'Isere and Tignes follow close behind, the former providing high class entertainment on and off the slopes. With over 300km of pistes and both extensive and challenging off-piste, it rightly sits are Europe's top 5 ski resorts.
Megeve offers French sophistication, frequented by the Parisian elite with a style and swagger few other ski resorts can match down the high street. The skiing matches the image, a relatively extensive area, the pistes are beautifully prepared and the mountain restaurants serve some of the best mountain food in France, so allow an hour or two for stops.
Elsewhere, Chamonix deserves a special mention. The mountain capital of the world, deep and steep, it's reputation grows year on year, attracting skiers from around the world to its challenging peaks. This said, at either end of the valley there are two secret gems that offer great skiing for the family.
But for high altitude and convenience skiing, then take a look at the Paradiski ski region that is home to La Plagne and Les Arcs. With 425km of linked skiing, the region is extensive. Beginners will love the gentle pistes around La Plagne with intermediates better situated in and around Les Arcs. Whilst we have heard many skiers claim it isn't an experts area, we fell this is somewhat harsh. The off-piste around the l'Aiguille Rouge is particularly steep and challenging in placing, and underneath the Arcs 2000 Gondola the moguls are long, steep and challenging, with long falls possible.
The list is endless with the Portes du Soliel and Grand Massif also excellent alternatives.