WINTER ACTIVITIES in FRANCE
France is one of the world's iconic destinations for winter activities. Blessed with huge mountain ranges including the Alps and the Pyrenees, winter in France is all about getting outside and enjoying the snow. The winter ski season in France runs from around early-December to mid-April, with temperatures from Christmas to early February ranging from -10° C to +4° C. January and February tend to be the coldest months with temperatures rising in March and April. The Chamonix Valley, the Portes du Soleil and the Tarentaise offer vast ski domains including Espace Killy, Paradiski and the 3 Valleys, with many hundreds of kilometres of ski pistes. Regions such as the Queyras, the Ecrins and Serre Chevalier in the Southern Alps are renowned for their snowsure winters and bright sunshine. Whatever activity you're into you'll find a destination in France to suit, whether that's skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, ski-touring, snowshoeing, or even ice climbing.
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Ski touring is an increasingly popular winter activity that combines off-piste skiing with mountaineering. Escape the crowds and ski the best terrain in the Alps.
Whether it is mountain ice or frozen waterfalls, the ice climbing in the French Alps is superb. Physical and exhilarating but also accessible, the sense of satisfaction you get from scaling an ice wall is hard to beat.
For the travelling snowboarder, it's safe to say that France has it all; big mountains, epic powder, Europe's best snowparks and awesome après.
Experience the very best heli-skiing in the Alps. Take to the skies for a heli-drop high in the backcountry. Expect big thrills, epic powder and some of the best descents you've ever done.
Speedriding mixes paragliding with skiing in an adrenaline-charged cocktail. It’s the new winter extreme sport that you just have to try. Defy gravity, glide meters above the snow, then land in pristine powder fields. High octane thrills!
France has some of the world's best lift-accessed off-piste skiing. Get away from the crowds and carve your own lines down some of the French Alps legendary off-piste runs.
Discover the best steep skiing terrain in the French Alps. This is skiing at its most extreme. Accessible to expert skiers with mountaineering experience and a keen sense of adventure.
Discover the wild side of the French Alps with snowshoeing. Make your own tracks and explore pristine wildernesses in a winter wonderland far from the hustle and bustle of the resort.
FRANCE'S BEST WINTER ACTIVITY DESTINATIONS
France is a lucky country - it has 2 huge mountain ranges, the French Alps and the Pyrenees and over 400 ski resorts. That means that whatever winter sport you're into, France has a choice of resorts for you. Here's a selection of our favourite places in France for an active winter holiday.
Spend your days skiing, snowboarding, ice-climbing and mountaineering amongst the high peaks of the French Alps.
Pristine mountains offer everything from freeride skiing and snowboarding to ski-touring and ice climbing.
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