Itching to learn to ski this winter? The Alps is the perfect place to give riding the white stuff a try, and SnowTrex‘s guide to the best beginner-friendly resorts in France will help you pick the perfect base for a trip with family or your mates.
The best ski resorts in France for beginners
Alpe d’Huez is the main resort in the Grandes Rousses Massif and boasts 84 ski lifts and a huge 249km area of linked pistes. The resort is only a 30 minute drive from Grenoble airport, and the myriad slopes suited to all ages and abilities makes it perfect for beginners and for taking your little ones on their first family skiing holiday. Newbies can brush up on skills on the 41 green and 34 blue pistes and more experienced skiiers can tackle the 40 red and 16 black runs. Scared of getting chilly? This is the town for you – the region has been nicknamed l’isle du soleil or the island of sun for its reputation of having the most days of sunshine per year on the slopes.
Serre Chevalier also boasts an massive ski area to explore, with 264 pistes and 151 ski lifts covering 410 snow-clad acres. It’s a smart choice for novice skiiers, as it includes special areas designated for family skiing and a gaggle of highly regarded ski schools. If you’re still learning to read a piste map, don’t worry – despite being a huge ski area, Serre Chevalier is well planned and easy to navigate your way around. The chilled-out ski towns down in the valley are lovely places for a spot of apres, too.
Looking for somewhere a little more low-key? Val Cenis may not be the place for bustling nightlife, it is peaceful, pretty and perfect for families. That said, there are plenty of more challenging slopes for intermediate skiiers to test themselves on too. A frequent free bus service runs throughout the day between Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard to help you get around, and Val Cenis is a goos shout if you’re looking for a late season deal, too, as good snow conditions usually last until late April.
Miles of relaxed blue pistes your bag? Head to Les Arcs, where almost half of the 128 runs over 200km of pistes are ideal for beginners and chilled skiiers, and are often wide and perfect for practising your turns and technique. The snow conditions are reliable throughout the season, and when the slopes close for the evening the friendly towns are perfect for a spot of apres, a swim or even catching a movie at the local winter film festival.
Wherever you decide to visit for your first ski holiday experience, make sure you stay safe on the slopes by reading Snowtrex’s safe skiing guide here.
About Snowtrex: SnowTrex is an international winter sports tour operator, offering ski holidays in up to 1,500 accommodations and 500 resorts around the Alps and other areas.