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                Welcome to the Ski France page, providing a regular round-up of the skiing conditions and current snow reports for the main ski resorts in the French Alps and the Pyrenees. Over recent years some of the most consistently good piste conditions have been reported at Tignes, Val d'Isere, Flaine, La Rosiere, La Plagne, Alpe d'Huez, Val Thorens and La Grave showing a mix of glacial resorts and those most exposed to the prevailing storm paths. However, in any given week or season the best slope conditions may be found at any of the other high French resorts or at lower elevation ski stations in poor weather.

                For off-piste powder, resorts such as La Rosiere, Les Menuires, Morzine, Samoens, Les Saisies, Le Grand Bornand, Montchavin/Les Coches and Val d'Isere have proven among the most consistent either for their regular snowfalls, northerly aspect or for not getting tracked out quickly.

                Warm moist weather fronts drifting in from the Atlantic can produce significant snowfalls in the French Alps Chamonix, Argentiere, Flaine and Samoens have impressive records) but can also raise the freezing level so your choice of resort can be crucial if you are chasing powder. Check out the reports below for the latest news and the forecasts we provide for different elevations in the resort.

                France is one of the world’s top skiing destinations. The best known of the country’s 400 or so ski areas are in the Northern and Southern Alps but there are also several dozen ski areas in the French Pyrenees and in other sectors like the Auvergne and Jura.

                French ski resorts have really come in to their own in the past 40 years – later than the other three main Alpine skiing nations.

                The post-war plan skiing in France was to help stop the migration of agricultural communities to the cities has been reversed by the country’s efforts to develop ski resorts. They have grown to include the world’s biggest fully lift-linked ski region (The 3 Valleys – which always had a 600km total no matter how many new runs are added); its biggest lift served vertical (at Chamonix) and indeed six of the world’s 10 biggest ski regions. Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens, is also here.

                But it’s not just size but also convenience that led many French resorts to success and ever more people to love to ski France – the original concrete resorts built in the 1960s were not always pretty but they were designed to be functional and give slopeside access to the skiing and all other facilities in a few short steps at a time when most resorts in Europe required a laborious trek to catch a ski bus and then ages on lifts getting up to the slopes.

                This decision to build resorts at altitude has paid extra dividends in these years of climate change fears as, with many ski areas beginning and ending 1000 vertical metres higher than many traditional resorts, they are more likely to get natural snowfall when lower elevation resorts get rain, and for it to be cold enough to run snow making machines when lower resorts have air too warm.

                Those who are not so keen on this high altitude, purpose-built ski experience however criticise the resorts as soul-less places, artificial communities (they are almost completely empty in spring and autumn) with their captive market charged high prices for a sometimes inferior service. The slopes are also criticised as bleak, being high above the treeline.

                Aimed squarely at the family market, French resorts also offer the most comprehensive childcare for babies as young as a few months old at most resorts, and ski kindergarten from three, although they do make children pay for lift passes a few years younger than elsewhere in the Alps and the full adult price from early teens or younger. The family orientation also means that lively après ski is something of a rarity in France.

                Although French lift passes for these big ski regions are – except when the Swiss franc is on a high – among the most expensive to ski at in Europe, the French argue that they are still the best value because your extra Euros buy access to far more kilometres of piste and the use of many more fast lifts than at smaller resorts. In any case there is usually a cheaper pass for part of the giant ski area which in any case is equal in size or larger than a ‘regular’ ski area elsewhere.

                It is wrong to think however that all French resorts are purpose-built. Chamonix, Morzine, Val d'Isere, Montgenevre (Via Lattea) and many other famous resorts have long histories as mountain and ski tourism communities, some originally spa towns. Megeve was developed in the 1920s as a rival to St Moritz by Baroness Rothschild and it still retains much of the ‘old money’ and more Michelin starred chefs than any other French resort, while Courchevel has become the country’s most glitz resort where the most expensive chalet costs £200,000 a week to rent.

                Summer glacier skiing has declined dramatically in France since 2000. There used to be 7 or 8 resorts offering summer skiing but now only three (Tignes, Val d'Isere and Les Deux Alpes) are open briefly in July and August and there’s no skiing at all in France from mid-May to late June or in September. From October to late November Tignes is the only ski area open.

                For Brits, France has been the most popular destination for the past two decades taking nearly 40% of the UK market each winter. Fast motorways from the English Channel to the Alps make French resorts the easiest to reach from southern England and it’s also possible to reach many French ski areas direct by Eurostar from London St Pancras railway station.
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                France: latest snow conditions round-up

                Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in France. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

                Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for France

                A–B

                C–K L–L M–R S–Z

                Ski resorts in France from A to B

                Bottom Mid Top
                Resort Webcam Top
                snow depth
                top and bottom
                Good piste
                on-piste
                Powder
                off-piste
                Fresh snow depth
                Last Snow
                Fresh snow depth
                Next 9 Days
                0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
                snow (cm)
                Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
                Freezing level (m)
                Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

                (950m — 2001m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                Abondance webcam
                9 cm
                2 days ago
                4
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1476 m
                1950m 1950m 1750m 1600m 1650m

                (1550m — 2451m)

                snow report today

                5 cm
                today
                light rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                clear
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 2000 m
                2300m 2450m 1950m 1700m 1700m

                (1000m — 1900m)

                snow report yesterday

                1 cm
                yesterday
                3
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                rain showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1450 m
                1800m 2100m 1700m 1550m 1800m

                (1500m — 2201m)

                snow report today

                3 cm
                today
                4
                4
                3
                moderate rain
                heavy rain
                light rain
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1850 m
                2100m 2100m 1550m 1600m 1300m

                (1100m — 3350m)

                snow report yesterday

                Alpe d'Huez webcam
                opens in 210 days 1 cm
                yesterday
                16
                2
                15
                light snow
                light snow
                partly cloudy
                snow showers
                snow showers
                Mid station 2225 m
                2100m 2150m 1650m 1650m 1600m

                (1367m — 2200m)

                snow report yesterday

                opens in 210 days 1 cm
                yesterday
                3
                2
                2
                light snow
                moderate rain
                partly cloudy
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1784 m
                2050m 2150m 1800m 1600m 1750m

                (1251m — 1808m)

                snow report 13 days ago

                opens in 210 days 4 cm
                13 days ago
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                partly cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1530 m
                2200m 2350m 1900m 1850m 1950m

                (1400m — 1700m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                4 cm
                2 days ago
                3
                4
                2
                light snow
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1550 m
                1800m 2050m 1700m 1550m 1750m

                (1050m — 2300m)

                snow report yesterday

                Arêches-Beaufort webcam
                1 cm
                yesterday
                15
                6
                13
                light snow
                heavy rain
                light rain
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1675 m
                1900m 1850m 1550m 1550m 1500m

                (1252m — 3275m)

                snow report today

                opens in 189 days 8 cm
                today
                23
                15
                22
                light snow
                light snow
                light snow
                snow showers
                light snow
                Mid station 2264 m
                2000m 1950m 1350m 1600m 1400m

                (1250m — 2100m)

                snow report yesterday

                opens in 216 days 4 cm
                yesterday
                light rain
                light rain
                partly cloudy
                clear
                clear
                Mid station 1675 m
                3200m 3050m 2400m 2150m 2850m

                (1681m — 2111m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                1 cm
                2 days ago
                5
                5
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                clear
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1896 m
                2200m 2250m 1450m 1250m 1400m

                (1500m — 2000m)

                snow report yesterday

                3 cm
                yesterday
                cloudy
                light rain
                cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1750 m
                3300m 3300m 2500m 1900m 2400m

                (1400m — 1800m)

                snow report 24 days ago

                2 cm
                24 days ago
                cloudy
                rain showers
                partly cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1600 m
                2700m 3100m 2950m 2600m 2600m

                (1600m — 3330m)

                snow report today

                3 cm
                today
                18
                3
                18
                light snow
                light snow
                partly cloudy
                snow showers
                snow showers
                Mid station 2465 m
                2150m 2150m 1600m 1650m 1550m

                (1600m — 2450m)

                snow report today

                Auron webcam
                opens in 210 days 8 cm
                today
                light rain
                rain showers
                clear
                clear
                clear
                Mid station 2025 m
                2500m 2750m 2500m 2250m 2250m

                (1500m — 2750m)

                snow report today

                opens in 210 days 2 cm
                today
                18
                3
                17
                light snow
                heavy rain
                snow showers
                snow showers
                snow showers
                Mid station 2125 m
                2050m 2150m 1550m 1500m 1200m

                (1050m — 1710m)

                snow report yesterday

                8 cm
                yesterday
                1
                light rain
                moderate rain
                partly cloudy
                rain showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1380 m
                2000m 2150m 1750m 1500m 1850m

                (1000m — 2460m)

                snow report today

                Avoriaz webcam
                opens in 202 days 2 cm
                today
                13
                8
                11
                light snow
                moderate rain
                light rain
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1730 m
                2000m 1900m 1750m 1650m 1650m

                (1400m — 2399m)

                snow report yesterday

                opens in 203 days 9 cm
                yesterday
                cloudy
                light rain
                partly cloudy
                clear
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1900 m
                3300m 3250m 2500m 2000m 2450m

                (850m — 1237m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                opens in 217 days 7 cm
                8 days ago
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                Mid station 1044 m
                1700m 1800m 1450m 1450m 1500m

                (1000m — 1301m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                4 cm
                2 days ago
                moderate rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                rain showers
                light rain
                Mid station 1150 m
                1650m 1900m 1550m 1400m 1600m

                (1101m — 1801m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                2 cm
                2 days ago
                4
                moderate rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1451 m
                1900m 2050m 1750m 1550m 1700m

                (1000m — 2001m)

                snow report 2 days ago

                opens in 217 days 2 cm
                2 days ago
                2
                4
                1
                light snow
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1500 m
                1950m 2000m 1750m 1600m 1650m

                (1740m — 2200m)

                snow report today

                1 cm
                today
                3
                2
                2
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                snow showers
                snow showers
                snow showers
                Mid station 1970 m
                2000m 2200m 1700m 1550m 1350m

                (1350m — 1849m)

                snow report today

                opens in 203 days 2 cm
                today
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                rain showers
                rain showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1600 m
                2250m 2000m 1550m 1450m 1650m

                (1430m — 1725m)

                snow report 24 days ago

                2 cm
                24 days ago
                light rain
                rain showers
                clear
                clear
                clear
                Mid station 1578 m
                2550m 2900m 2750m 2500m 2400m

                (1700m — 2001m)

                snow report yesterday

                1 cm
                yesterday
                partly cloudy
                light rain
                rain showers
                partly cloudy
                partly cloudy
                Mid station 1850 m
                3400m 3350m 2750m 2200m 2600m

                (1801m — 3001m)

                snow report today

                opens in 216 days 4 cm
                today
                22
                3
                21
                light snow
                light snow
                snow showers
                snow showers
                snow showers
                Mid station 2401 m
                2050m 2250m 1700m 1600m 1400m

                (900m — 1351m)

                snow report 13 days ago

                1 cm
                13 days ago
                moderate rain
                heavy rain
                light rain
                light rain
                rain showers
                Mid station 1126 m
                2000m 1950m 1700m 1650m 1250m

                (1200m — 1600m)

                snow report 13 days ago

                2 cm
                13 days ago
                moderate rain
                heavy rain
                rain showers
                rain showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1400 m
                2050m 2200m 1550m 1500m 1250m

                (1030m — 2525m)

                snow report today

                Brévent-Flégère webcam
                opens in 196 days 5 cm
                today
                8
                6
                7
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                snow showers
                light rain
                Mid station 1778 m
                2000m 1950m 1400m 1600m 1400m

                (1200m — 2501m)

                snow report 10 days ago

                2 cm
                10 days ago
                1
                moderate rain
                moderate rain
                rain showers
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1850 m
                2150m 2250m 1450m 1450m 1350m

                (600m — 2950m)

                snow report today

                Brides Les Bains webcam
                2 cm
                today
                13
                6
                12
                moderate rain
                heavy rain
                light rain
                snow showers
                rain showers
                Mid station 1775 m
                2000m 1900m 1700m 1600m 1300m

                (600m — 1220m)

                snow report 8 days ago

                6 cm
                8 days ago
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                moderate rain
                light rain
                Mid station 910 m
                1700m 1750m 1450m 1450m 1500m