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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France: latest snow conditions round-up


FRANCE REPORT It has been rather warm, dry and sunny across French ski slopes for the past 3-4 days, with temperatures getting a few degrees above freezing up to mid-mountain levels, but it in the last 24 hours or so the snow has returned and it is currently forecast to be heavy, through the rest of the week, potentially bringing a metre or more to some resorts in the Northern French Alps by Friday, but probably more like 30-60cm (1-2 feet) for most.

Les Arcs (202/330 / 81/132"), which currently has the deepest snow in the country, is amongst those in line to probably receive some of the biggest snowfalls this week.

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 104 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for France

A–B

C–K L–L M–R S–Z Best piste conditions (104)

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)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(950m — 2001m)

snow report yesterday

Abondance webcam
95
30

Fresh
20 cm
yesterday
20
10
28
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1476 m
1400m 400m 550m 1500m 1050m

(1550m — 2451m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
7
13
7
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2000 m
1300m 200m 950m 1650m 1100m

(1000m — 1900m)

snow report yesterday

90
90

Fresh
22 cm
yesterday
11
9
24
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1450 m
1450m 250m 750m 1600m 1100m

(1500m — 2201m)

snow report yesterday

60
60

Fresh
28 cm
yesterday
35
20
38
heavy snow
moderate snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1850 m
1450m 200m 700m 1800m 1050m

(1100m — 3350m)

snow report yesterday

Alpe d'Huez webcam
235
141

Fresh
25 cm
yesterday
32
20
39
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2225 m
1450m 250m 750m 1700m 1100m

(1367m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

45
15

Fresh
20 cm
yesterday
19
14
29
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1784 m
1450m 250m 700m 1650m 1150m

(1251m — 1808m)

snow report yesterday

40
30

Fresh
8 cm
yesterday
18
14
18
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1530 m
1450m 350m 950m 1800m 1050m

(1400m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

9
9
23 cm
yesterday
16
10
28
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1550 m
1400m 400m 700m 1600m 1000m

(1050m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

Arêches-Beaufort webcam
200
55

Fresh
35 cm
yesterday
40
20
48
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
1150m 300m 600m 1450m 1050m

(1252m — 3275m)

snow report yesterday

130
10

Fresh
35 cm
yesterday
50
19
55
moderate snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 2264 m
1350m 250m 500m 1450m 950m

(1250m — 2100m)

snow report yesterday

100
50
Spring 9 cm
yesterday
3
25
9
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
1950m 1250m 2100m 1650m 1300m

(1681m — 2111m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
19
16
17
light snow
moderate snow
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1896 m
1250m 0m 600m 1400m 900m

(1500m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

35
10

Fresh
5 cm
yesterday
1
16
7
light snow
light rain
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1750 m
2200m 1100m 2050m 1850m 1400m

(1400m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

5
5
1 cm
30 days ago
1
10
1
clear
snow showers
clear
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1600 m
2450m 850m 2550m 1850m 1500m

(1600m — 3330m)

snow report yesterday

139
35

Fresh
23 cm
yesterday
34
22
39
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 2465 m
1400m 250m 800m 1750m 1100m

(1600m — 2450m)

snow report yesterday

Auron webcam
120
30
Hard 1 cm
yesterday
3
18
3
snow showers
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2025 m
1450m 350m 1200m 1800m 1250m

(1500m — 2750m)

snow report yesterday

Aussois webcam
165
50

Fresh
24 cm
yesterday
41
14
40
moderate snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2125 m
1350m 0m 750m 1400m 1050m

(1050m — 1710m)

snow report yesterday

50
20

Fresh
12 cm
yesterday
6
6
26
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1380 m
1400m 450m 800m 1750m 1200m

(1000m — 2460m)

snow report yesterday

Avoriaz webcam
290
130
Hard 26 cm
yesterday
28
13
37
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1730 m
1400m 300m 500m 1500m 1050m

(1400m — 2399m)

snow report yesterday

100
30

Fresh
5 cm
yesterday
3
18
9
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1900 m
2150m 1150m 2100m 1900m 1400m

(850m — 1237m)

snow report yesterday

15
5
Spring snow 14 cm
yesterday
16
6
17
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 1044 m
950m 400m 300m 1200m 750m

(1000m — 1301m)

snow report yesterday

13
13
15 cm
yesterday
10
5
19
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 1150 m
1350m 500m 500m 1500m 850m

(1101m — 1801m)

snow report yesterday

50
10
Wet 17 cm
yesterday
16
10
24
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
Mid station 1451 m
1400m 450m 700m 1600m 950m

(1000m — 2001m)

snow report yesterday

60
40

Fresh
16 cm
yesterday
18
10
26
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1500 m
1450m 550m 650m 1550m 1050m

(1740m — 2200m)

snow report yesterday

86
71

Fresh
17 cm
yesterday
30
10
29
moderate snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1970 m
1400m 200m 800m 1500m 1100m

(1350m — 1849m)

snow report yesterday

30
20

Fresh
14 cm
yesterday
11
15
14
snow showers
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
1350m 700m 900m 1150m 900m

(1430m — 1725m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
30 days ago
1
11
1
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1578 m
2050m 600m 2250m 1850m 1450m

(1700m — 2001m)

1
8
2
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1850 m
2300m 1200m 2100m 2000m 1650m

(1801m — 3001m)

snow report yesterday

270
110

Fresh
22 cm
yesterday
40
13
39
moderate snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 2401 m
1450m 200m 800m 1500m 1100m

(900m — 1351m)

snow report yesterday

19 cm
yesterday
10
5
12
moderate snow
heavy rain
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1126 m
1350m 250m 700m 1600m 1050m

(1200m — 1600m)

snow report yesterday

4
4
14 cm
yesterday
20
8
20
light snow
moderate snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1400 m
1350m 0m 750m 1400m 1100m

(1030m — 2525m)

snow report yesterday

Brévent-Flégère webcam
130
Packed powder or groomed snow 31 cm
yesterday
38
16
42
moderate snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1778 m
1350m 300m 500m 1400m 950m

(1200m — 2501m)

snow report yesterday

4
4
9 cm
yesterday
21
14
20
light snow
heavy snow
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1850 m
1250m 0m 700m 1350m 950m

(600m — 2950m)

snow report yesterday

Brides Les Bains webcam
15
15

Fresh
36 cm
yesterday
42
22
46
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1775 m
1300m 250m 650m 1600m 1050m

(600m — 1220m)

snow report yesterday

15
15
14 cm
yesterday
8
6
10
light snow
heavy rain
partly cloudy
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 910 m
950m 400m 300m 1150m 750m