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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 Thursday morning dawned snowy for most of our featured French resorts. The only places to miss out were the southern Alps (resorts such as Isola 2000) and the Pyrenees (resorts such as Font Romeu). Be careful out there as the avalanche danger is very high.Some resorts also caught snow earlier in the week, with Flaine (100/180cm) and Samoens (45/78cm) catching 20cm on Tuesday. A further 20cm was recorded on the morning of Thursday 29th January, so powder conditions are to be found across the Grand Massif. The snowiest spot on Thursday morning was the Chamonix Valley (40/140cm), where 40cm of fresh snow was recorded on the upper slopes. Even down at 1035m in the valley, 20cm of fresh snow was picked up. Be careful when skiing in this region however as the avalanche risk is currently very high. Another area to benefit significantly is the Portes du Soleil, with Avoriaz (120/170cm) seeing 30cm of fresh snow overnight. The even better news is that the snow is that the snow was continuing to fall throughout the day on Thursday.The heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the weekend, with several pulses of heavy precipitation forecast to cross the French Alps, hopefully bringing up to a metre of fresh snow for many. The next clear spell is forecast for Monday, although it is likely to be short-lived as the snow is set to return again on Tuesday.Both Cauterets (100/170cm) and Font Romeu (55/75cm) in the Pyrenees dawned dry on Thursday, but very heavy snow is expected to begin through the afternoon. By the end of the weekend a metre of new snow is possible, so some excellent skiing should be on offer over the coming days.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in France. Fresh snow is forecast at 183 resorts. Powder is reported at 67 resorts and 113 are reporting good piste conditions.

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A–B

C–K L–L M–R S–Z Best powder (67) Best piste conditions (113)

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(950m — 2001m)

Abondance webcam
24
4
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1476 m
300m 300m 250m 150m 200m

(1550m — 2451m)

snow report 12 days ago

70
20

Excellent

Powder
6 cm
12 days ago
11
26
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2000 m
400m 450m 350m 700m 950m

(1000m — 1900m)

snow report yesterday

130
40

Good
yesterday
28
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1450 m
200m 250m 300m 50m 100m

(1500m — 2201m)

25
6
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1850 m
200m 300m 400m 550m 450m

(1100m — 3350m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe d'Huez webcam
170
117
Powder
Powder
53 cm
2 days ago
37
5
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2225 m
250m 350m 500m 350m 250m

(1367m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

90
80

Good
2 days ago
56
14
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1784 m
300m 350m 500m 250m 150m

(1251m — 1808m)

snow report yesterday

50
40
Packed 3 days ago
12
4
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1530 m
250m 350m 500m 550m 650m

(1400m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

90
60
Packed 2 days ago
27
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1550 m
200m 250m 250m 50m 150m

(1050m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

175
120

Good
yesterday
22
7
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
250m 250m 400m 400m 300m

(1252m — 3275m)

snow report yesterday

Argentiere webcam
210
50

Excellent

Powder
20 cm
yesterday
34
12
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2264 m
200m 250m 450m 550m 400m

(1250m — 2100m)

snow report 5 days ago

65
35

Good
×
No snow
13 days ago
55
13
moderate snow
light snow
clear
moderate snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
650m 950m 800m 150m 100m

(1681m — 2111m)

12
16
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1896 m
350m 400m 350m 750m 1000m

(1600m — 3330m)

snow report 4 days ago

100
29

Good
5 days ago
34
6
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2465 m
250m 350m 550m 400m 300m

(1600m — 2450m)

snow report 2 days ago

Auron webcam
130
90

Good
2 days ago
9
16
snow showers
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 2025 m
450m 500m 500m 700m 1050m

(1500m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Aussois webcam
145
65

Good
2 days ago
16
20
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 2125 m
300m 300m 350m 750m 800m

(1050m — 1710m)

snow report yesterday

50
30

Good
15 days ago
64
26
moderate snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1380 m
350m 300m 200m 0m 0m

(1000m — 2460m)

snow report yesterday

250
200

Excellent

Powder
20 cm
2 days ago
31
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
250m 250m 300m 200m 250m

(1400m — 2399m)

snow report yesterday

180
100

Good
yesterday
26
11
2
light snow
snow showers
partially cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1900 m
550m 800m 650m 300m 50m

(850m — 1237m)

snow report yesterday

60
50
Packed 2 days ago
25
9
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1044 m
300m 250m 50m 0m 0m

(1250m — 2877m)

snow report yesterday

Bareges & La Mongie webcam
180
140

Excellent

Powder
100 cm
yesterday
39
11
moderate snow
light snow
clear
moderate snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 2064 m
650m 950m 900m 150m 100m

(1000m — 1301m)

46
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1150 m
400m 300m 100m 0m 100m

(1101m — 1801m)

snow report yesterday

90
40
Packed 2 days ago
24
2
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1451 m
200m 250m 350m 150m 150m

(1000m — 2001m)

snow report yesterday

155
80
Powder
Powder
2 days ago
21
2
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1500 m
350m 350m 250m 100m 150m

(1740m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

60
50

Good
yesterday
16
37
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1970 m
300m 350m 250m 800m 900m

(1350m — 1849m)

snow report yesterday

120
130

Good
yesterday
34
27
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
550m 350m 100m 50m 0m

(1430m — 1725m)

snow report yesterday

90
60

Good
2 days ago
5
7
partially cloudy
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1578 m
600m 550m 550m 750m 1100m

(1700m — 2001m)

21
2
4
light snow
light snow
partially cloudy
light snow
partially cloudy
Mid station 1850 m
550m 750m 550m 400m 100m

(1801m — 3001m)

snow report 2 days ago

120
40
Powder
Powder
10 cm
2 days ago
18
50
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 2401 m
300m 350m 250m 800m 900m

(900m — 1351m)

12
10
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1126 m
250m 250m 400m 600m 550m

(1200m — 1600m)

12
14
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1400 m
300m 350m 300m 750m 800m

(1200m — 2501m)

13
12
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1850 m
300m 400m 400m 800m 950m

(600m — 2950m)

Brides Les Bains webcam
15
8
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1775 m
250m 250m 450m 550m 450m

(600m — 1220m)

25
9
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 910 m
300m 250m 0m 0m 0m
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