Cloos Life Guide: Our Top Pick Ski Destinations In The French Alps
Going on a skiing vacation never gets old. At Christopher Cloos, we believe that the French Alps offer the best skiing in the world. Destinations range from the high-altitude with the seemingly endless terrain, to lesser-known farming villages with traditional French ambience and tree-lined slopes. Keep reading to find the top places to hit the slopes on your next vacation with our list of the best ski resorts in France. And of course, never forget to always bring your Cloos sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sharp sun and snow glare!
Courchevel is at one end of the world's largest lift-linked ski area, the Trois Vallées, which has 600km of pistes and 166 lifts. With many north-facing slopes, the snow in the Courchevel valley is usually some of the best you can find.
Courchevel is famous for its glitz and multi-million-euro property prices and is a resort with many facets. The giant Trois Vallées ski area that includes Méribel and Val Thorens, 1850 is the smartest, most expensive and highest of the four Courchevel villages.
Expert skiers come here especially for the excellent off-piste terrain and for the couloirs-corridors-and black steeps studded with moguls. However, the area offers ideal beginner slopes around the altitude area of 1850, with mild gradients and easy lifts.
In addition to the skiing, Courchevel is famous for its posh atmosphere and upscale lodges, five-star and luxury boutique hotels, and Michelin-starred dining (seven restaurants here have earned stars).
Val d'Isere is part of the vast Espace Killy, named for Olympic triple gold medal winner Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up skiing on these mountainsides. The resort is spread along a high, remote valley and shares the giant ski area formerly neighbouring Tignes.
As in most ski holiday destinations in the Alps, the vast majority of visitors are intermediates, so it’s not essential to be an expert to enjoy good times here. However, those are ready to face a more challenging terrain, there is plenty to choose from – both on and off piste. We particularly recommend investing expert guidance to make the most of the slopes and discover the hidden gems of the world-class resort.
Furthermore, Val d'Isère has a reputation for some of the liveliest nightlife in the Alps and there are dozens of bars and night spots that are open to the early morning.
Chamonix is on the 4,807-meter Mont Blanc, and adding to its legendary status, was the site of the first Winter Olympics. The Valley is considered by many to be the best freeride resort in the world. With its 5 ski resorts, Chamonix Mont-Blanc offers the perfect ski holiday.
It is not surprising that ski terrain on the slopes of the tallest mountain in the Alps should be known as expert territory. Depending on your level of proficiency, consider hiring a mountain guide to ski the breathtakingly beautiful Vallée Blanche, Chamonix's well-known ski route of 20km, over glaciers, navigating around and over crevasses and surrounded by some of the most inspiring mountains in the Alps.