France

“Not exactly known for its delightful mountain architecture or willingness to allow foreigners to teach, but you can't argue with the amazing resorts this country has to offer”
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  • Best overall
  • Best off-piste
  • Best value
  • For beginners
  • Best parks

Sixty million French people are the lucky owners of some of the best snowboard resorts in the world, (Chamonix and Serre Chevalier should be on the calling card of all snowboarders) and without doubt, the most extreme and largest areas in Europe.

Resorts vary from the old to the new, but what makes them stand out is the variety of resorts themselves. Some are ugly, semi-modern dumps, whilst others are olde worlde hamlets. What is common however, are the facilities on offer. Fast-food and good bars are plentiful and all help to create a good snowboard scene.

Getting to French resorts is no problem; most are reached by road, although please note that motorways have expensive tolls. Flying to France offers a number of routes, with the principal airports to resorts being Grenoble, Lyon, Chambery and Geneva in Switzerland.

Train services in France are affordable, excellent and fast. Furthermore, during the winter months there is a direct train service from London's Waterloo station to Bourg St Maurice station, a short five minute walk to the funicular that serves the resort of Les Arcs. Most resorts can be reached indirectly by train and bus.

Working in France. EU national won't need a visa to work in France, however it is not as simple as passing a couple of snowboard exams. In order to obtain official stagiaire status, you will require ISIA-level qualifications and a certain number of FIS points. SnowSkool snowboard instructor courses offer BASI qualifications - check out their advice here. However, more mundane forms of work such as bar work are permitted. Many opportunities do exist, especially at the bigger resorts.

Accommodation in most places consists of apartment blocks sleeping any number from 1-21, which are usually quite easy to overload with floor scammers, provided they pay up with some beers.

On the money side, France is expensive, but you can get by if you eat fast-food or buy in supermarkets (where alcohol is really cheap). Avoid the overpriced discos as late night bars are just as good.

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All prices include accommodation and lift passes for all days of your stay

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Alpes d'Huez,France

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 Supersized resort that draws a lot of people to its slopes. It has some excellent off-piste freeriding opportunities.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €669.00 - More details

Avoriaz,France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 Good resort with excellent freeriding and carving areas. The main problem with Avoriaz are the crowds and long lift queues.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 24 Feb - - - - €779.00 - More details

Chamonix,France

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 Chamonix offers some truly excellent freeriding and great natural freestyle terrain. It's not great for beginners and can suffer if there's not much snow. It's rough round the edges - but therein lies its charm. If you can, wait until there's fresh snow then jump in your car.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €549.00 - More details

Courchevel,France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 Good all-round resort. Miles of groomed piste and natural terrain. An excellent intermediate/advanced resort but expensive. If you're a beginner, save your money and come here when you can fully utilise the whole resort.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €679.00 - More details

Flaine,France

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 Okay on slopes, pretty tacky off
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €1,079.00 - More details

Isola 2000,France

Snowboard Guide rating 4 out of 10 Okay but a little bit cheesy
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €569.00 - More details

La Plagne,France

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 A bit tacky, but good fun and easy riding
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €709.00 - More details
Sun 04 Mar - - - - €589.00 - More details

Les Arcs,France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 A great freeriders resort with lots of off-piste and powder, plus natural hits to explore. A major tourist spot with lively nightlife.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 24 Feb - - - - €989.00 - More details
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €789.00 - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €699.00 - More details

Les Deux Alpes,France

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 Decent all-year, all-style resort, with some great carving terrain and good off-piste, but the place can be hellishly busy at weekends and over holidays.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €499.00 - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 24 Feb - - - - €1,059.00 - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €509.00 - More details

Meribel,France

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 Well overpriced and over-rated. The park is good but lift system is not as good as Courchevel, and the snow's better in Val Thorens. Good for large mixed groups and those with long arms and short pockets.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €879.00 - More details

Puy St Vincent,France

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 Great little resort for families but not a great deal to keep advanced riders smiling
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €379.00 - More details

Serre Chevalier,France

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 One of the best resorts in France. Great freeriding with powder and full-on, freestyle terrain. Shame it's pricey and packed with skiers.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €639.00 - More details

Tignes,France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 Snow sure, true boarders' moonscape Great all-round resort with something for everyone, no matter what your ability. However, watch out some for long lift queues and crowds during school holidays and weekends.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €729.00 - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €309.00 - More details

Val d'Isere,France

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 Great mountain, expensive town. Overall, Val d'Isere has something for everyone. There's varying terrain for all abilities, some great off-piste and a good snow record but be ready to pay for it. They take card and cash, don't you worry.
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 24 Feb - - - - €1,029.00 - More details

Vars,France

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 Plenty of terrain to keep you amused for a week
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €439.00 - More details
Start date 3 days 4 days 5 days 6 days 7 days 10 days
Sat 03 Mar - - - - €689.00 - More details

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