Winter sports in the Alps and other French mountain ranges
Home to the highest Alpine peak and some of the largest and best ski resorts in Europe, France is undoubtedly a world-class winter sports destination. But there are also plenty of other mountain ranges beyond the Alps which are worth exploring.
The French Alps
Four-thousanders, glaciers and jaw-dropping heights: all this and more is what makes the French Alps a Mecca for winter sports fans. Whether you choose Charmonix, Les Portes du Soleil, the Val d’Isere or one of the many others, it is not unusual here to find over 100 km of piste in a single resort. This is enhanced by outstanding, multilingual ski schools, slopes to suit every ability, freeride spots, snow parks, après-ski and everything a skier could ask for. Your experienced partner for equipment hire, SPORT 2000 rent, has branches at almost every ski resort. That means you can leave the heavy baggage at home and enjoy the snow with state-of-the-art skis, snowboards and winter sports gear. Here are some of the largest and most beautiful ski resorts: Les 3 Vallées (over 600 kilometres of piste situated in the northern French Alps), Espace Killy, Val d’Isere-Tignes (300 kilometres of piste for all abilities), La Plagne (225 km of exquisite pistes), Megève (this ski resort next to Mont Blanc offers up over 200 pistes), Les Deux Alpes (225 km set between the 'Two Alps'), Les Portes du Soleil (one of the largest and most legendary resorts in the world with 650 km of pure ski heaven).
Skiing in the Pyrenees
The mountain range lining the Spanish and French border stands proud when it comes to winter sports. With peaks that stretch up to 3400 metres (such as Pico de Aneto), here you will find excellent conditions, a long winter season, as well as pristine ski resorts and freeride spots that will set the heart of any snow-sports fan aflutter. Spain, Andorra and France all have their own resorts in this outstanding ski area. These heavenly ski resorts are slightly less busy than those in the Alps and are perfect for guests who just want to enjoy the piste.
Those travelling by plane can reach the French Pyrenees from Toulouse airport and, if you are travelling to Spain, from San Sebastian airport (for the most northern resorts) or Barcelona airport (for those travelling to the most southern resorts).
The Massif Central and other Resorts
Reaching heights of up to 1885 m (for example, Puy de Sancy), the Massif Central is certainly not to be sniffed at. Although the resorts here are smaller and situated at lower altitudes, there are still plenty of gems to be found here, even for experienced trail-goers and downhill skiers. And the easy pistes are perfect for a relaxed family holiday. There are also resorts further inland where cross-country takes priority.
Your partner for all winter sports
There are some places in France where the snow is quick to disappear, but where it does stay, you will be sure to find cross-country tracks. You can access some outstanding trails across the flat landscape directly via the mountains and foothills. When it comes to hiring equipment for cross-country skiing and Alpine sport, SPORT 2000 rent is your perfect partner.
You can order your gear directly from us online and simply pick it up upon arrival. With branches in almost every ski resort, we are the ideal partner for your French winter holiday. Save yourself an arduous trek to your resort with heavy gear in tow: with us, you can look forward to high-tech equipment as well as the latest models.