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 French ski areas remain closed through what is usually the busiest month of the season, due to school holidaymakers. Many of the ski resorts are in fact open for families that can get to them safely and within the current travel rules, and some ski school classes for kids are on, but the main lifts remain closed. That is, of course, a government decision to try to limit the pandemic spread, but conditions have been near perfect this past week so it's naturally frustrating for skiers and ski resorts.

Most areas have reported sunny weather and clear skies but with temperatures a little below freezing, not too cold and not too warm. Most of the well-known resorts have a good cover so if they can open in the spring (as yet unknown) the snow should still be there. Flaine (180/300cm / 72/120") has the country's deepest reported snow but most other big resorts have snow lying at least two metres (80") deep on upper runs.

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 1 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 (1)

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)

snow report today

Abondance webcam
90
10
×
Closed
Crust
1 cm
11 days ago
2
5
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1476 m
1100m 2250m 2400m 2350m 1700m

(1550m — 2451m)

snow report today

13 cm
today
4
1
10
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2000 m
700m 1650m 1650m 2200m 1750m

(1000m — 1900m)

snow report 15 days ago

9 cm
15 days ago
3
1
3
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 1450 m
1250m 2300m 2400m 2350m 1800m

(1500m — 2201m)

snow report 6 days ago

1 cm
6 days ago
6
6
6
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1850 m
1100m 1800m 1800m 2200m 1850m

(1100m — 3350m)

snow report 6 days ago

Alpe d'Huez webcam
opens in 1 days 2 cm
6 days ago
6
4
6
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2225 m
1400m 2100m 2200m 2250m 1900m

(1367m — 2200m)

snow report today

20
20
Spring snow 1 cm
yesterday
4
2
4
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1784 m
1400m 2150m 2350m 2300m 1900m

(1251m — 1808m)

snow report 15 days ago

opens in 1 days 10 cm
15 days ago
2
1
3
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1530 m
1350m 2200m 2300m 2300m 1900m

(1400m — 1700m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
4
2
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 1550 m
1150m 2300m 2400m 2350m 1800m

(1050m — 2300m)

snow report 11 days ago

Arêches-Beaufort webcam
3 cm
11 days ago
3
5
4
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
1000m 2050m 2100m 2250m 1750m

(1252m — 3275m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 1 days 4 cm
11 days ago
4
8
5
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2264 m
1000m 1800m 1800m 2250m 1750m

(1250m — 2100m)

snow report today

opens in 1 days 2 cm
today
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1675 m
1400m 1900m 2200m 2300m 2300m

(1681m — 2111m)

snow report today

6 cm
today
4
1
7
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1896 m
950m 1450m 1450m 2150m 1750m

(1500m — 2000m)

snow report 15 days ago

11 cm
15 days ago
2
2
5
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1750 m
1450m 2200m 2400m 2400m 2250m

(1400m — 1800m)

snow report 14 days ago

10 cm
14 days ago
2
2
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
1350m 2350m 2400m 2350m 1900m

(1600m — 3330m)

snow report 6 days ago

2 cm
6 days ago
7
3
7
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 2465 m
1400m 2100m 2200m 2250m 1900m

(1600m — 2450m)

snow report today

Auron webcam
3 cm
today
4
8
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2025 m
800m 1550m 1500m 2200m 1800m

(1500m — 2750m)

snow report today

opens in 1 days 2 cm
today
2
8
3
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2125 m
650m 1550m 1550m 2250m 1850m

(1050m — 1710m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
2
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1380 m
1350m 2250m 2450m 2350m 1900m

(1000m — 2460m)

snow report 2 days ago

Avoriaz webcam
280
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
11 days ago
2
7
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
light snow
Mid station 1730 m
1150m 2200m 2350m 2350m 1700m

(1400m — 2399m)

snow report 6 days ago

opens in 1 days 10 cm
6 days ago
2
3
6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1900 m
1450m 2150m 2400m 2400m 2250m

(850m — 1237m)

snow report 18 days ago

opens in 1 days 9 cm
18 days ago
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1044 m
0m 2200m 2450m 2250m 1450m

(1000m — 1301m)

snow report 15 days ago

1 cm
15 days ago
1
1
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
moderate rain
Mid station 1150 m
1000m 2300m 2450m 2350m 1700m

(1101m — 1801m)

snow report 15 days ago

6 cm
15 days ago
2
4
2
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1451 m
1100m 2250m 2450m 2350m 1750m

(1000m — 2001m)

snow report today

40
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
11 days ago
1
4
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1500 m
1050m 2250m 2400m 2350m 1700m

(1740m — 2200m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
1
3
4
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1970 m
700m 1800m 1800m 2250m 1750m

(1350m — 1849m)

snow report 16 days ago

opens in 1 days 7 cm
16 days ago
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 1600 m
1200m 2200m 2450m 2300m 1900m

(1430m — 1725m)

snow report 14 days ago

8 cm
14 days ago
1
3
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1578 m
950m 2100m 2050m 2250m 1800m

(1700m — 2001m)

snow report 5 days ago

12 cm
5 days ago
2
8
8
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 1850 m
1550m 1850m 2150m 2300m 2150m

(1801m — 3001m)

snow report today

opens in 1 days 4 cm
today
2
4
7
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 2401 m
700m 1800m 1800m 2250m 1700m

(900m — 1351m)

snow report 15 days ago

5 cm
15 days ago
1
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 1126 m
1000m 1650m 1600m 2200m 1800m

(1200m — 1600m)

snow report 15 days ago

5 cm
15 days ago
1
1
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1400 m
650m 1550m 1550m 2250m 1800m

(1030m — 2525m)

snow report 11 days ago

Brévent-Flégère webcam
opens in 1 days 2 cm
11 days ago
2
5
3
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1778 m
1000m 1850m 1800m 2250m 1700m

(1200m — 2501m)

snow report today

4 cm
today
5
1
7
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1850 m
800m 1400m 1350m 2100m 1800m

(600m — 2950m)

snow report 11 days ago

Brides Les Bains webcam
1 cm
11 days ago
3
6
4
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1775 m
1050m 1850m 1750m 2200m 1800m

(600m — 1220m)

snow report 18 days ago

8 cm
18 days ago
1
clear
clear
clear
clear
light rain
Mid station 910 m
0m 2200m 2450m 2250m 1400m