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Welcome to the Ski France page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the French Alps and the Pyrenees. Over recent years some of the most consistently good piste conditions have been reported at Tignes, Val d'Isere, Flaine, La Rosiere, La Plagne, Alpe d'Huez, Val Thorens and La Grave showing a mix of glacial resorts and those most exposed to the prevailing storm paths. However, in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the other high French resorts or at lower elevation ski stations in poor weather.

For off-piste powder, resorts such as La Rosiere, Les Menuires, Morzine, Samoens, Les Saisies, Le Grand Bornand, Montchavin/Les Coches and Val d'Isere have proven among the most consistent either for their regular snowfalls, northerly aspect or for not getting tracked out quickly. Warm moist weather fronts drifting in from the Atlantic can produce significant snowfalls in the French Alps Chamonix, Argentiere, Flaine and Samoens have impressive records) but can also raise the freezing level so your choice of resort can be crucial if you are chasing powder. Check out the reports below for the latest news and the forecasts we provide for different elevations in the resort.

France is one of the world’s top skiing destinations. The best known of the country’s 400 or so ski areas are in the Northern and Southern Alps but there are also several dozen ski areas in the French Pyrenees and in other sectors like the Auvergne and Jura.

French ski resorts have really come in to their own in the past 40 years – later than the other three main Alpine skiing nations.

The post-war plan skiing in France was to help stop the migration of agricultural communities to the cities has been reversed by the country’s efforts to develop ski resorts. They have grown to include the world’s biggest fully lift-linked ski region (The 3 Valleys – which always had a 600km total no matter how many new runs are added); its biggest lift served vertical (at Chamonix) and indeed six of the world’s 10 biggest ski regions. Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens, is also here.

But it’s not just size but also convenience that led many French resorts to success and ever more people to love to ski France – the original concrete resorts built in the 1960s were not always pretty but they were designed to be functional and give slopeside access to the skiing and all other facilities in a few short steps at a time when most resorts in Europe required a laborious trek to catch a ski bus and then ages on lifts getting up to the slopes.

This decision to build resorts at altitude has paid extra dividends in these years of climate change fears as, with many ski areas beginning and ending 1000 vertical metres higher than many traditional resorts, they are more likely to get natural snowfall when lower elevation resorts get rain, and for it to be cold enough to run snow making machines when lower resorts have air too warm.

Those who are not so keen on this high altitude, purpose-built ski experience however criticise the resorts as soul-less places, artificial communities (they are almost completely empty in spring and autumn) with their captive market charged high prices for a sometimes inferior service. The slopes are also criticised as bleak, being high above the treeline.

Aimed squarely at the family market, French resorts also offer the most comprehensive childcare for babies as young as a few months old at most resorts, and ski kindergarten from three, although they do make children pay for lift passes a few years younger than elsewhere in the Alps and the full adult price from early teens or younger. The family orientation also means that lively après ski is something of a rarity in France.

Although French lift passes for these big ski regions are – except when the Swiss franc is on a high – among the most expensive to ski at in Europe, the French argue that they are still the best value because your extra Euros buy access to far more kilometres of piste and the use of many more fast lifts than at smaller resorts. In any case there is usually a cheaper pass for part of the giant ski area which in any case is equal in size or larger than a ‘regular’ ski area elsewhere.

It is wrong to think however that all French resorts are purpose-built. Chamonix, Morzine, Val d'Isere, Montgenevre (Via Lattea) and many other famous resorts have long histories as mountain and ski tourism communities, some originally spa towns. Megeve was developed in the 1920s as a rival to St Moritz by Baroness Rothschild and it still retains much of the ‘old money’ and more Michelin starred chefs than any other French resort, while Courchevel has become the country’s most glitz resort where the most expensive chalet costs £200,000 a week to rent.

Summer glacier skiing has declined dramatically in France since 2000. There used to be 7 or 8 resorts offering summer skiing but now only three (Tignes, Val d'Isere and Les Deux Alpes) are open briefly in July and August and there’s no skiing at all in France from mid-May to late June or in September. From October to late November Tignes is the only ski area open.

For Brits, France has been the most popular destination for the past two decades taking nearly 40% of the UK market each winter. Fast motorways from the English Channel to the Alps make French resorts the easiest to reach from southern England and it’s also possible to reach many French ski areas direct by Eurostar from London St Pancras railway station.
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Lac L'Airon,November 2012, France

Les Carroz

3:29 pm 16 Nov 2012

Le Garibeuil, France

Valberg

7:13 pm 22 Feb 2009

 Le Bout du Lac Restaurant Montriond, France

Morzine

7:16 pm 10 Feb 2010

Pic du Péne Médaa , France

Gourette

8:39 am 7 Dec 2008

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France: latest snow conditions round-up


FRANCE Unfortunately rain was falling across much of France on Thursday 18th December. This followed some good snowfalls of up to 20cm on Wednesday, which below approximately 2,000-2,500m will have been affected by the rainfall. That being said, upper slopes will make good gains from this snowstorm, so hopefully more terrain up high should open for the coming weekend.The best conditions again remain at altitude, with glacier resorts seeing the most snowfall but more importantly snow on Thursday rather than rain. Tignes (25/40cm) saw 20cm up on the Grande Motte glacier and over the links across to Val d'Isere (10/40cm). Val Thorens (60/100cm) continues its excellent start to the season, reporting 20cm of fresh snow and owing to its high altitude it was still snowing on Thursday.Elsewhere, the situation is not looking as good. In the lower resorts, such as those in the Portes du Soleil the rain has been a big set back. The upper slopes should hold on to Wednesday's snowfall, but the latest webcam images on Thursday suggest that at resort level much of this is already melting. As many resorts are due to open this weekend, keep an eye on resort websites for the latest opening information following Thursday''s rainfall.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in France. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 20 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Reports For France

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    Beautiful day in Morzine #lovemorzine
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    La Tania - below freezing and the snow cannons are blasting the snow out. #latania

A–B

C–K L–L M–R S–Z Best piste conditions (20)

Ski resorts in France from A to B


Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(950m — 2001m)

Abondance webcam
2
6
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1476 m
3050m 3150m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1550m — 2451m)

1
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 2000 m
3400m 3350m 2550m 1800m 700m

(1000m — 1900m)

snow report yesterday

5 days ago
1
8
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1450 m
3150m 3150m 2450m 1300m 300m

(1500m — 2201m)

1
6
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1850 m
3250m 3250m 2450m 1400m 300m

(1100m — 3350m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe d'Huez webcam
80
15
Packed
Limited
20 cm
4 days ago
1
10
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2225 m
3300m 3250m 2400m 1350m 300m

(1367m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

on 24 Mar
2
9
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1784 m
3300m 3250m 2450m 1350m 300m

(1251m — 1808m)

4
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1530 m
3350m 3250m 2600m 1600m 400m

(1400m — 1700m)

2
11
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1550 m
3150m 3150m 2400m 1250m 300m

(1050m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

45
5 days ago
1
6
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1675 m
3100m 3200m 2400m 1250m 250m

(1252m — 3275m)

snow report yesterday

Argentiere webcam
70
1
Fair
Limited
20 cm
4 days ago
3
7
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2264 m
3100m 3250m 2350m 1200m 200m

(1250m — 2100m)

clear
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1675 m
3400m 3150m 2450m 1700m 1200m

(1681m — 2111m)

2
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1896 m
3400m 3300m 2550m 1700m 600m

(1600m — 3330m)

snow report 5 days ago

50

Good
7 days ago
1
9
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2465 m
3300m 3250m 2400m 1400m 300m

(1600m — 2450m)

snow report 2 days ago

Auron webcam
40
10

Good
6 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 2025 m
3450m 3400m 2750m 1950m 800m

(1500m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Aussois webcam
60
5

Good
4 days ago
6
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2125 m
3300m 3300m 2450m 1550m 350m

(1050m — 1710m)

snow report yesterday

15
Humid 13 days ago
2
5
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1380 m
3250m 3200m 2550m 1300m 300m

(1000m — 2460m)

snow report yesterday

60
30
Slushy
×
Not Enough Snow
2 cm
2 days ago
3
7
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1730 m
3050m 3200m 2350m 1200m 250m

(1400m — 2399m)

snow report yesterday

50
20

Good
6 days ago
3
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1900 m
3450m 3400m 2650m 1650m 800m

(850m — 1237m)

4
10
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1044 m
2800m 3050m 2150m 1200m 300m

(1250m — 2877m)

snow report 3 days ago

Bareges & La Mongie webcam
75
30
Fair
Varied
4 cm
2 days ago
1
3
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2064 m
3400m 3200m 2500m 1700m 1100m

(1000m — 1301m)

4
11
clear
clear
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1150 m
3100m 3150m 2250m 1200m 300m

(1101m — 1801m)

1
7
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1451 m
3100m 3150m 2450m 1250m 250m

(1000m — 2001m)

3
6
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1500 m
3050m 3150m 2350m 1250m 250m

(1740m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

20
10

Good
2 days ago
3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1970 m
3300m 3300m 2400m 1650m 400m

(1350m — 1849m)

snow report yesterday

5
20
Humid 5 days ago
3
9
clear
clear
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1600 m
3300m 3200m 2350m 1400m 400m

(1430m — 1725m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1578 m
3500m 3400m 2800m 2000m 900m

(1700m — 2001m)

1
clear
partially cloudy
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1850 m
3500m 3400m 2650m 1850m 850m

(1801m — 3001m)

snow report 3 days ago

30
10
×
Closed
Limited
10 cm
4 days ago
4
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 2401 m
3300m 3300m 2450m 1650m 400m

(900m — 1351m)

3
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1126 m
3200m 3250m 2400m 1400m 300m

(1200m — 1600m)

3
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1400 m
3300m 3300m 2450m 1550m 350m

(1200m — 2501m)

5
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1850 m
3350m 3300m 2500m 1650m 400m

(600m — 2950m)

Brides Les Bains webcam
5
clear
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1775 m
3150m 3200m 2450m 1350m 250m

(600m — 1220m)

4
10
clear
clear
partially cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 910 m
2750m 3050m 2150m 1200m 300m
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