picture of chalet in chamonix under snow

France is a hot ski destination and attracts visitors from all over the world. But what makes the French Alps so special?

The French Alps are particularly convenient for European snow enthusiasts. Many resorts are in close proximity to the Swiss and Italian border and specialise in catered chalets. It is only a short fly or drive away from all European countries. The country offers a variety of ski resorts with a good range of difficulty, the best off-piste action and traditional architecture.

Many resorts now boast a wide range of hotels and apartments, but nothing beats the authentic ski chalet experience. When imagining a ski holiday, the majority of people will visualise a picturesque mountain chalet with views of snow-capped mountains. The French Alps has them in abundance, so how do you choose which one to stay in? The surrounding area of the chalet and the nearby ski resorts play a huge part in your holiday, so read on for the best chalet destinations in France.


If you want to visit the birthplace of winter sports, then head to the Chamonix valley for some serious skiing. With one of the highest altitudes, Argentière offers unparalleled snow quality all season and is the gateway to the famous Grand Montets ski resort. There’s plenty more to do here apart from ski too. With traditional architecture and day trips available to nearby Italy and Switzerland. The small village has a number of charming chalets to rent, with spectacular views of the Argentière glacier and other snow-capped peaks.


Chamonix town is one of the most visited ski destinations in Europe and the world. If you’re going to visit the French Alps, then why not stay at the foot of the mountain range’s most magnificent peak, the Mont Blanc. Chamonix has a long history of mountaineering and winter sports. It boasts one of the most exciting off-piste runs on the Vallée Blanche. As an established Alpine town, Chamonix has a lot of accommodation options to cater to its thousands of visitors, including a wide range of deluxe chalets.

Courchevel 1850

Located in the Trois Vallées ski area, this is an upmarket village with reputation for decadence. One of the best features of Courchevel is its novice appeal. There are loads of beginner slopes for non-skiers and children to try out. The nearby resorts of Méribel and Val Thorens accommodate the intermediate and professional skiers. Renowned for attracting the rich and famous, you have the pick of luxury chalets in Courchevel. but be prepared to pay for it.