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Snowboarding in France

As with the Snowboarding in Switzerland section, the following reports are based on day trips. Obviously this list is currently extremely limited but it will hopefully expand as more resorts are explored!

Resort map

Here's a map of France showing (roughly) where the resorts are. Click on the numbers, or use the summary below.

Chamonix Morzine/Avoriaz Tignes/Val d'Isere Les 3 Vallees Les Deux Alpes Vars Isola 2000 Pas de la Casa / Soldeu

Google Earth guide

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This small file (8kb), when opened in Google Earth, shows all these resorts in lovely 3d. So you can fly over the Alps and check out the resorts and where they are. You can even play a tour and fly from one resort to the next! Each resort has a pushpin with a little info bubble, and these contain links back to the resort guide here at Activity Workshop.

If you haven't got Google Earth installed, you can see the same resort links in Google Maps instead.

Resort Summary

The ratings take into account the quality and variety of the slopes, efficiency of the lifts, and the cost of a day trip. They don't take any account of hotel or restaurant quality, nightlife, village atmosphere etc, which will be additional factors when choosing a holiday destination.

The resort guides also include a "slope orientation diagram", showing which directions most of the runs face. North-facing slopes are likely to receive less sunshine (perhaps holding their snow longer during sunny spells), east- and southeast-facing slopes get morning sunshine, west- and southwest-facing slopes get theirs later in the day. All of this is approximate, but can be a useful indication.

 
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Chamonix

Not one resort, but many resorts calling themselves the same name, choose carefully! Car useful

1000m to 3840m

average to
excellent

 

More info

For more information on these and more French ski resorts, see worldsnowboardguide.com or j2ski.com.

For other nearby resorts you can see snowboarding in Germany, Austria or Italy.