When to Ski in France?
If you’re wondering when is the best time to ski in France, or indeed Europe, the answer depends on what you’re looking for from your ski holiday…
In the Three Valleys, we are guaranteed the most open, linked runs anywhere in Europe during the ski season. An impressive claim! But with 600km of pistes, it’s by far the largest ski area and has 80% of the skiing above 1800m. So if you’re looking for the perfect French ski holiday, look no further…
Three Valleys Opening Dates 2018-2019
The Three Valleys links will be open from:
- 8th December 2018 – 22nd April 2019
NB: Val Thorens and Orelle are open until 5th May 2019
December, Christmas and New Year skiing
If you can sneak away to ski before the festive season gets into full swing, you’ll be rewarded with empty slopes and a cheaper lift pass! From 8th until 22nd December there are reduced lift pass rates available.
Christmas and New Year skiing is popular for a reason. Expect a festive atmosphere, thousands of twinkly lights and the extra events on offer. Usually you can rely on a decent snowfall at least once during a December week, when the excitement mounts even further as skiers head out into the powder! If you relish a little silliness, don’t forget your fancy dress costume if you’re spending Christmas and New year on the ski slopes!
Once the festivities have faded into last year, start your new year’s resolutions with a bang and get some exercise on the mountain.
January means reliable snow conditions and no queues for the lifts, meaning the serious skiers (or those who like more than one ski holiday a year) all flock to the slopes to make the most of the regular snowfall and gorgeous conditions on and off the pistes.
It may be a little chillier, but in our book that’s the perfect excuse to enjoy plenty of hot chocolate and vin chaud stops.
February and Half term skiing
Half way through the season already? February is when the evenings get a little lighter and the lifts stay open longer, meaning you get an extra 30 minutes or so on the slopes.
If you’re concerned about overcrowding, the Three Valleys doesn’t suffer, especially with the efficient lift system and plenty of hidden runs away from the more popular areas.
The restaurants are buzzing with happy skiers, so it’s a good idea to ask your host to help you book a table in advance.
Early March is always a popular time for those not restricted to school holidays. A good snowpack has accumulated and the snowparks are in full swing.
The sun shines merrily and temperatures start to rise but in March you can still rely on the odd wintry day to remind you that you’re in a ski resort.
April and Easter skiing
The best of both worlds, April is a good compromise for family members and friends who prefer to laze in the sunshine rather than commit to all-day skiing! Now’s the time to linger longer over lunch on the terrace, enjoy a sundowner before heading back to the chalet, and generally absorb the mountain air whilst whizzing down the beautifully-groomed slopes of the Three Valleys.