Best places to snowboard in France

We think these are the top 10 places overall to visit in France.

1.  Serre Chevalier

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 ...”

Freeriding

80%

Great tree runs & good off-piste

Freestyle

72%

Parks & 2 halfpipes

Pistes

76%

Lots of trees & open pistes

2.  Chamonix

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 ...”

Freeriding

95%

Tree runs & amazing off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Half-pipe but great natural

Pistes

60%

Spread out & ungroomed slopes

Beginners

50%

Too rough round the edges

3.  Avoriaz

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 ...”

Freeriding

80%

Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

85%

Excellent Parks & half-pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good slopes

4.  Les Arcs

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 ...”

Freeriding

76%

Tree runs & excellent off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Park & half-pipe

Pistes

85%

Pisted to perfection

5.  Tignes

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 ...”

Freeriding

80%

No tree runs but huge off-piste

Freestyle

70%

All year parks & halfpipe

Pistes

76%

Open motorway cruisers

6.  Courchevel

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 ...”

Freeriding

74%

Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

63%

Park & half-pipe

Pistes

87%

Pisted to perfection

7.  Val d'Isere

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 ...”

Freeriding

80%

Some tree runs & good off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Park & Pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good wide slopes

8.  Sainte-Foy

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Fantastic freeriding when there's fresh snow, but it's no longer an unheard of ...”

Freeriding

80%

A few tree runs & excellent off-piste

Freestyle

40%

no park but good natural

Pistes

35%

Forget it

Beginners

30%

Limited slopes

9.  La Grave

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ With the right conditions: awesome and ...”

Freeriding

80%

Proper hardcore

Freestyle

35%

As natural as it gets

Pistes

25%

Not at all what this place is about

Beginners

10%

Go somewhere else

10.  Val Thorens

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Tacky with loads of skiers, but access to great ...”

Freeriding

75%

No tree runs but good off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Terrain park and halfpipe

Pistes

74%

Busy but decnt slopes