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Winter holidays

Winter Holidays in France

France remains one of the world's most popular winter sport destinations, and it's easy to see why - the towering peaks of the Alps and Pyrenees guarantee months of snow and some of Europe's most spectacular scenery, and the Massif Central and pre-Alpine ranges offer quieter, gentler conditions with their own beauty and appeal.

France offers winter holidays for all tastes and ability levels, including cross country skiing across the spectacular Jura Mountains, a fun filled week of dog sledding, ice-skating, horse sleigh riding and winter walking or off-piste lessons in Chamonix, the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics, where you’ll explore the untracked powder of the challenging and exhilarating backcountry.

For a unique experience, why not explore the Chamonix Valley on snowshoes and rest at the world renowned Grand St Bernard Monastery. But of course, there are countless ski resorts in the Alps to enjoy a week of traditional downhill skiing and relaxing stays in lovely winter chalets.

For an idea of what the Pyrenees have to offer snow lovers, read about Anna Shepard’s snowshoeing adventure. The choices for a fantastic winter holiday in France are countless: there really is something for everyone wanting to enjoy the snow. Featured below are some of the best winter holidays on offer in France, all of which are easy to reach by train or ferry:

Snowshoe across the High Pyrenees

The French Pyrenees High Level Snowshoe Trek

A fantastic week long snowshoeing trip in the high French Pyrenees, with 5 nights in a comfortable chalet and 2 nights in a mountain hut, enabling you to explore 3000m summits with stunning views of Pico Aneto, the highest Pyrenean Peak.
£795 Land Only
Mountain Holidays with KE Adventure - The Haute Route

One Week Haute Route - Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Classic alpine walking holiday along the Haute Route from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland in just one week. Includes sections of scrambling, snow-slope climbing and glacier travel, where ropes, crampons and an ice-axe will be used.

£1295 land only

8 days
25 Jul, 15 Aug and 5 Sep 2015
The massive Christmas tree at the centre of the market

Strasbourg Christmas Market

One of France’s longest established markets, the first in Strasbourg was in 1570, with picturesque stalls offering Alsace specialities and crafts, decorations and delicious mulled wine. You can't miss the giant Christmas Tree on Place Kleber.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Christmas gingerbread

Lille Christmas Market

Enjoy a short break before Christmas and visit Lille's large Christmas market by train. Stock up on gifts, decorations, sip some mulled wine and take a spin on the 50 metre big wheel.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
Cross-Country Skiing in the Pyrenees, France

Cross-Country Skiing in the Pyrenees, France

With over 100km of løipe accessible to us, our leader takes us each day on a different route, so we can perfect our classic cross-country skiing technique and enjoy beautiful views of the Pyrenean mountains.

From 1099.00 GBP

8 days
Various departures from January to February
Cross-country ski touring with KE Adventure - the Jura Traverse

Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour, France

The Jura Mountains extend for 250kms in an arc from the Rhone to the Rhine, at 175kms, the complete Jura Traverse is a long journey and is only suitable for those who have previous cross-country ski or nordic ski touring experience.


8 Days
17 Jan, 31 Jan, 21 Feb 2015 - Call for 2016 dates
Budget New Year Family Ski Yoga and Circus Holiday

Budget New Year Family Ski Yoga and Circus Holiday

If you are looking for an unusual family skiing holiday over New Year, our Family Ski Holiday is the best possible value New Year Family Ski Trip! You have free access to the best skiing in Europe, ice caves, the highest cable car in Europe etc.

£655 12 and up £525 7-11 (Chamonix Unlimited Ski pass included!) £395 3-6

Saturday the 27th Dec 2014 to Saturday 3rd Jan 2015
27th December 2014

Transjurassienne Ski Race, France

Set in France's top cross-country skiing destination, the Transjurassienne is one of the most popular races in the worldloppet series. Basing ourselves in the lovely hamlet of Bois D'Amont, we spend a week skiing through beautiful scenery.

From £1649

8 days
8th February 2016

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