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Best French Alps resorts to ski in December

Skiing in the French Alps in December can be a magical experience. The pristine snow-covered landscapes and exhilarating ski experiences make it a dream destination for winter sports enthusiasts. However, choosing the right resort for December skiing is crucial, as this marks the early season when reliable snow cover is essential.

So, to help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best French Alps ski resorts for early-season skiing. Read on to discover our top picks!

The top ski resorts for early-season skiing

Chamonix: Classic allure and diverse ski adventures

Chamonix mountains with snow and blue sky
Chamonix is a perfect year-round resort, with excellent conditions in December – photo by Chris Biron on Unsplash

A timeless classic among French Alps ski resorts, Chamonix offers a long ski season thanks to its high-altitude skiing areas and proximity to Mont Blanc. Here, you can experience an array of skiing adventures, from challenging off-piste terrain for the seasoned skier to family-friendly slopes for beginners. Chamonix’s reputation for early-season skiing is well-deserved.

Val Thorens: High altitude, vast slopes, and glacier skiing

A chairlift travels above La Folie Douce in Val Thorens
Val Thorens is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps – photo by Joan Oger on Unsplash

As part of the extensive Les Trois Vallées ski area, Val Thorens boasts high-altitude skiing (the highest in Europe!) and an abundance of slopes. Plus, the resort’s glacier ensures excellent snow conditions even in December. Therefore, it’s the perfect destination for those seeking diverse skiing experiences and the added thrill of skiing on a glacier.

Courchevel: Modern facilities and early-season reliability

A family stand at the top of a groomed ski slope
The 3 Vallées is the perfect destination for a Januar getaway – photo by Piotr Figlarz on Unsplash

Courchevel is another gem in Les Trois Vallées’ crown. With its high altitude and modern snowmaking facilities (over 700 snow cannons which covers the entire resort), it’s an ideal choice for early-season skiing. The resort offers a range of slopes, excellent grooming, and stunning mountain views.

Les Deux Alpes: Trustworthy glacier skiing

Les Deux Alpes is renowned for its high-altitude glacier skiing at 3600m, making it a dependable choice for early-season skiing. With a vast skiable area suitable for all levels, it’s a haven for skiers looking to kick off their season in style.

Les Deux Alpes village in winter
Les Deux Alpes’ glacier makes it an ideal destination for early-season skiing – photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

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La Plagne: Family-friendly atmosphere and ski-in/ski-out comfort

A chair lift with snowy mountains in the background
With a large ski area and snowy pistes, La Plagne is a great option for early-season skiing – photo by Geike Verniers on Unsplash

Part of the Paradiski ski area, La Plagne offers a diverse range of slopes and good snow conditions in December. It’s known for its family-friendly atmosphere and convenient ski-in/ski-out accommodations, making it an excellent choice for a December ski holiday.

Val d’Isère: Reliable snowfall and diverse slopes

People ski along a flat piste with sign posts to ski resorts
Val d’Isère is a reliable destination for avid skiers and boarders – photo by Nicolas Peyrol on Unsplash

Celebrated for its consistent snowfall, Val d’Isère often opens its ski season in late November. As part of the Espace Killy ski area, Val d’Isère offers a wide range of slopes for all skill levels. Additionally, its high altitude ensures reliable snow cover, even in the early days of December.

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Tignes: The glacier skiing wonderland

A snowboarder on a snowy piste against mountains and blue sky
Early season skiers and boarders will find plenty to discover in Tignes – photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash

Connected to Val d’Isère, Tignes is another fantastic choice for early-season skiing. The presence of a glacier ensures a constant supply of snow, making it a reliable option for December skiing. Tignes provides a range of ski experiences, including excellent off-piste opportunities.

The choice is yours…

When choosing a French Alps resort for December skiing, consider factors like altitude, snowmaking capabilities, and historical snowfall patterns. Plus, be sure to check the resort’s specific opening and closing dates for the season, as these vary each year. Finally, monitoring weather and snow conditions leading up to your trip will help ensure a memorable skiing experience. So, pack your gear, book your trip, and get ready to hit the slopes in the breathtaking French Alps this December!

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