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: