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Best French Alps resorts to ski in January

The French Alps boast some of the world’s premier ski resorts, and January provides the perfect canvas for carving down pristine slopes. Let’s explore the top French Alps ski destinations to make the most of your winter getaway…

The top resorts to ski in January

La Clusaz: A hidden gem

A person wearing a yellow ski jacket stands in front of a La Clusaz map in the mountains
Head to La Clusaz this January © C.Hudry,

La Clusaz, a hidden gem in the French Alps, is a fantastic choice for skiing in January. Its quaint charm, welcoming atmosphere, and diverse terrain attract winter enthusiasts seeking a snowy escape. Plus, the town’s authenticity and the abundance of activities provide plenty of entertainment off the slopes.

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Manigod: Traditional charm

Manigod photographed from above
Manigod captures the true Savoyard charm © T. Vattard,

Nestled near La Clusaz, Manigod offers a serene and less crowded alternative. This tranquil destination is perfect for those who cherish the peace of the mountains. And with well-maintained trails and a cosy village, Manigod is an ideal retreat for a winter holiday in January.

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Méribel: Something for everyone

A cable car against snowy mountains
There’s something for everyone in Méribel © David Andre, Méribel Tourism

Méribel, part of the Three Valleys, is a picturesque wonderland offering terrain suitable for all skill levels. The interconnectivity of ski areas in this region provides endless opportunities for exploration, making it a popular choice for those seeking diverse skiing experiences.

Les Deux Alpes: Glacier-side paradise

Snowy slopes in Les Deux Alpes
Les Deux Alpes: a snow-sure resort for your winter holiday – photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Les Deux Alpes is famous for its extensive glacier skiing, a significant advantage in January when snow conditions are at their prime. It’s not only a paradise for skiing but also renowned for its vibrant nightlife, ensuring a well-rounded alpine experience.

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Val d’Isère: The high-altitude haven

A group of skiers stand next to the Val d'Isère emblem
Reliable snow conditions and a longstanding reputation make Val d’Isère an ideal destination – photo by Yann Allegre on Unsplash

Val d’Isère, known for its reliable high-altitude skiing, guarantees excellent snow conditions in January. As part of the expansive Espace Killy ski area, it grants access to an extensive network of slopes, including challenging terrains for the more daring skiers. There’s also easy access to the neighbouring resort of Tignes, which is home to a glacier.

La Giettaz: Quiet serenity

A skier wearing a red jacket skis through fresh powder
Fresh powder and quieter slopes can be discovered in La Giettaz- photo by Maarten Duineveld

La Giettaz, nestled in the enchanting Evasion Mont-Blanc domain, combines scenic beauty with a wide range of slopes for skiers of all levels. Its quiet charm and proximity to renowned ski resorts such as Megève make it a lovely choice for a winter escape.

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Les Arcs: Adventure in the Paradiski

Two people on skis stand on a groomed piste
Home to a wide variety of slopes, Les Arcs is a great option for all abilities – photo by Tim Arnold on Unsplash

As part of the Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs offers a mix of family-friendly and challenging terrain. The Vanoise Express cable car provides a thrilling connection to La Plagne, expanding the possibilities for your January skiing adventures.

The choice is yours…

In January, the French Alps come alive with the promise of fresh powder and exhilarating descents. Each of these top French Alps ski resorts offers its unique charm and attractions, making it the perfect time to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of alpine sports.

Whether you seek tranquil slopes or vibrant apres-ski scenes, there’s a perfect destination for every winter explorer. So, gear up and hit the slopes in these captivating alpine locations!

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