The Top Five French Snowboarding Resorts

By • Jun 28th, 2013 • Category: Rhone Alpes

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In France you’ll find an outstanding 320 resorts for skiing and snowboarding, with many that easily match the big resorts in Austria and Switzerland. Snowboarders from across the world flock to the French Alps during the winter months to enjoy everything the French slopes have on offer, but what are the best resorts to check out?

Take a look at our top five favourite French resorts for snowboarding, to find out a bit about the terrain and facilities they have to offer.

French Snowboarding Resorts

Chamonix

Chamonix is a great place to go if you’re a fan of freeriding and natural freestyle terrain. Admittedly, much of the terrain is a little too challenging for beginners, and often you’ll find it a bit rough around the edges, but that’s part of Chamonix’s charm. You’ll find few better places to snowboard after a fall of fresh snow.

Les Arcs

Les Arcs is something of a paradox, possessing a vast riding area while still managing to maintain a cosy atmosphere, with all the best snowboarding areas within easy reach of each other. Also, long lift queues are only likely to appear during the very height of the season.

There’s something for everyone in Les Arcs, with lots of off-piste and powder, plenty of natural hits, and slopes that will suit everyone from the beginner looking for something a bit mellow, to some of the most challenging runs you’ll find anywhere in the country. Then after you’re done, enjoy some of the resort’s amazing nightlife.

Tignes

Tignes is a popular destination for snowboarders, and unfortunately such popularity means long lift queues and crowds, especially if you’re in Tignes during the school holidays. If you don’t mind the wait and the company, you’ll find an incredibly friendly resort that was serving up fun times to snowboarders long before the sport became cool. There’s terrain to suit all abilities and interests, and plenty to do between times. Tignes is worth checking out, especially if you can get here when it’s quieter.

Courchevel

Courchevel is one of the most expensive winter resorts you’ll find in Europe. For your money you get a good all-round resort in the famous Trois Vallees ski area, with a state of the art lift system, some good parks and a snow record that’s not to be sniffed at. Whether you’re looking for well-groomed piste or natural terrain, if you can afford it, and you have the skills to make the most of everything the resort has to offer, Couchevel can be a snowboarders’ paradise.

Morzine

A real smorgasbord of a snowboarding resort, Morzine boasts broad, lengthy, tree-lined slopes, more challenging runs on Mont Cherry and Chamossiere, and a snowpark at Les Gets. Despite the town’s relatively low altitude of 1000 metres, the resort offers a good snow depth thanks to the location’s natural microclimate due to its position between Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. The town itself has some great accommodation options and a vibrant nightlife, with easy transport to other snowboarding areas slightly further afield, should you fancy it.

On the peaks and pistes of France you’ll find something for every taste and skill level. Have a look around and see what the best fit for you is.

 

Author Bio: Alex Narracott, founder and CEO of Much Better Adventures and is a particular fan of Morzine.

Video: Snowboarding Resort Courchevel France

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