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Five Best French Ski Resorts for Beginners

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France ski trips promise travellers many things – adventure, excitement, luxury and relaxation but one thing that should never be associated with a skiing holiday is intimidation.

If you’ve never taken the plunge before, skiing and snowboarding trips can initially seem overwhelming. From booking equipment to finding the right ski runs, there are a lot of factors for first-timers to keep in mind.

That’s why it’s so important for beginners to find resorts that cater to them and offer the right facilities, equipment and services. With this in mind, here is a look at five of the best France ski trips for beginners.



Tignes Val Claret is renowned across the world for being a modern, friendly and easy-going resort. With over 185 miles of runs to explore, there’s also a huge variety when it comes to finding the right ski slope for you. If the beginners in your group are children then you can rest easy knowing they are in good hands.

Mini Club Med offers a safe and fun environment for kids to try their first turn on skis, and there are also ‘children-only’ slopes available for them to find their ski-legs. With the range of children’s clubs and activities on offer, there are also plenty of opportunities for parents and older siblings to explore the more challenging runs whilst the young ones are in good hands.



Meribel Antares is another excellent location for first time skiers. The resort offers outstanding ski and snowboarding lessons, so beginners can rest easy knowing they are developing the ideal technique and skills when they hit the slopes. These lessons are available in a one-on-one format and are also available for groups of all standards.

Aime La Plagne


Situated in the stunning French Alps, with views over the iconic Mount Blanc, there’s much to love about a trip to Le Plagne before you even hit the slopes. There are over 140 miles of ski runs suitable for any level of skill, and excellent classes such as the Mini Club Med where kids can earn their skiing “stars”. If you’re finding it exhausting out on the mountain each day, make the most of the other facilities on offer, like the range of bars, restaurants, heated pools and spa treatments.



A ski holiday at Chamonix harks back to a golden age of luxury winter sports and relaxation. The ski facilities are first class, but so are the off-piste activities on offer, like treatments at the Club Med Spa and pool. If skiing turns out to not really be your thing, you can also take in the excitement of the snowy summits on foot or with snow shoes.



Situated near the Swiss border, the ski resort at Avoriaz is renowned for its warm and welcoming atmosphere, with lessons available for all levels. When you return from the slopes there is also the delicious Savoyard restaurant to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the local cuisine.

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