The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region attracts skiers and snowboarders to a collection of outstanding ski resorts. We’ve compiled the best ski resorts in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur below – they all invite you to fully appreciate both the pleasures of winter sports as well as the magnificent mountainous landscapes.

    Though this region in southeastern France is known for its diverse landscapes, winter sports enthusiasts look to the Southern Alps with its generous snow cover and sunshine. The resorts in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur have often been developed around charming little villages, allowing you to discover some of the local cultural heritage as well.

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    Ski Orcieres Merlette

    A diverse resort in the Ecrins National Park

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    Ski Orcieres Merlette is a popular ski resort situated at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park, which offers a whole host of activities under the generous sunshine of the Hautes-Alpes. The resort is home to no less than 51 alpine ski slopes that offer thrills for either seasoned skiers or beginners.

    Hosting 100 km of marked slopes, Ski Orcieres Merlette is the largest ski station in Champsaur. It mixes snow sports with originality, such as dogsledding, snake gliss and snow tubing, to name a few. Families will enjoy a personalised welcome as well as activities and prices adapted to different age ranges. The resort also provides all the shops and services you could need close by.

    Location: Rue des Écrins, 05170 Orcières, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 55 89 89

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    Isola 2000

    Ski against a beautiful view over Mont Blanc

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    The Isola 2000 ski resort in Haute-Savoie ticks all the boxes for avid skiers with its 64 runs and well-varied slopes. The slopes are paired with those of the Grand Massif Domaines Skiables in Haute-Savoie, guaranteeing you double the sensation with the best of both resorts. The Grand Massif area itself has 139 runs available to skiers of all levels.

    Isola 2000 enjoys a very long season. This is due in part to the prolonged natural snowfall and also because a good hundred snow cannons contribute to ensuring the skiability of the area throughout the season. Reaching 2,500 metres in altitude, it offers an unobstructed panorama over the Mont Blanc massif, the Avaris range, the Jura mountains, and Belledonne from Les Grandes Platieres.

    Location: Chef Lieu Isola 2000, 74300 Arâches-la-Frasse, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 50 90 80 01

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    Les Orres

    Exceptional views over Lake Serre-Ponçon

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    Les Orres in the Hautes-Alpes enjoys exceptional natural scenery with an unobstructed view over Lake Serre-Ponçon, the Ecrins National Park and the Parpaillon massif. At 2,720 metres, Les Orres enjoys top-quality snow and a very pleasant climate. All the necessary conditions come together allowing you to enjoy a whole host of activities, including snake gliss, snowmobiling, airboarding, dogsledding, ice skating and a sparkling snow park.

    The skiable area at Les Orres covers 100 km with slopes for all skill levels as well as 2 sledging areas and 2 snow gardens. Don’t miss out on the Myrtilles slope which crosses a forest of larch trees and the Faucons slope with its 360° panorama.

    Location: 3 place Emile Hodoul, 05200 Les Orres, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 44 01 61

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    Pra-Loup

    The ski resort that dares to be different

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    Pra-Loup is the go-to ski resort in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence area with a total of 180 km of slopes, the most dizzying of which reach up to 2,500 metres in altitude. This extremely diversified resort has ski schools, sports shops, a snow park, sledging slopes and several facilities for families.

    Pra-Loup is also the ideal place to relax after a day on the snow as the numerous after-skiing facilities include restaurants, bowling, a cinema, wellbeing centres and a theatre, among others. But, to make the moment last longer, you can also try nighttime skiing which promises new thrills. For something truly novel and romantic, try an evening under the stars while being transported by snowcat.

    Location: 1 Pra Loup, 04400 Uvernet-Fours, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 84 10 04

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    SuperDevoluy

    A family ski resort to share your moments together

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    The SuperDevoluy ski resort in the Massif des Ecrins, with its glacier 3,600 metres above sea level, guarantees generous natural snow coverage over its immense skiing area. It has a total of 398 hectares of marked slopes and with one of the highest skiable slopes in the Alps, SuperDevoluy promises dizzying descents from a maximum elevation of 2,300 metres.

    There are no less than 90 slopes here with ski lifts to help skiers reach all levels. Five of them are even completely free. Plus, there's nighttime skiing, fun in the airbag park, a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh, snowshoeing or even a ride in a snow groomer to leave you with lifelong memories.

    Location: Superdévoluy, 38860 Mont-de-Lans, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 76 79 22 00

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    Serre Chevalier

    A string of traditional towns and villages home to snow sports

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    Serre Chevalier is a major ski resort in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and one of the largest ski resorts in Europe. It’s where you can experience all the thrills of snow sports, be it the dizzying descents high in the mountains, peaceful slopes through larch forests, fun in the leisure areas or family relaxation in protected areas.

    Extending over 15 km, Serre Chevalier includes the artistic and historic town of Briançon, 3 villages (Chantemerle, Villeneuve and Monetier-les-Bains) and 13 traditional hamlets. The resort also has several other facilities, such as a skating rink, wellbeing centres, restaurants, and ski schools. Serre Chevalier guarantees a great skiing escape with the most beautiful panoramas of the Hautes-Alpes before your very eyes.

    Location: 1 route de Pré-Long, 05240 La Salle-les-Alpes, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 24 98 98

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    Chabanon Selonnet

    The longest night-time skiing slope in Europe

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    Chabanon Selonnet in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence has a lush forest as a backdrop and offers no less than 40 km of slopes catering to all types of skiing. Chabanon Selonnet also has 3 km of lit slopes so you can enjoy the sensation of skiing under the stars. Other activities are also available, such as Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sledging, dog sledging, skijoring and gliding by Yooner through immense larch trees. 

    Once you reach the summit of the Tete Grosse, you'll be captivated by the magnificent panorama unveiled before your eyes. Ideal for families, you'll be able to alternate between descents and discoveries at this ski resort, especially if you include a visit to the nearby reindeer farm.

    Location: Station de Chabanon, 04140 Selonnet, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 32 48 59

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    Pelvoux-Vallouise

    A family ski resort with a lot of possibilities

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    Pelvoux-Vallouise is one of the best ski resorts in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur that’s renowned for its quality of both snow coverage and sunshine. It’s an ideal place to devote yourself to the joys of family alpine skiing with tiers ranging from 1,250 metres to 2,300 metres in altitude. Its slopes are accessible to all and with its relaxed atmosphere, its beginner's area and several supporting facilities, Pelvoux-Vallouise guarantees wonderful holidays for the whole family. 

    Other activities at Pelvoux-Vallouise include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledging, ski touring and sledging. Looking for a heart-pumping, out-of-the-ordinary experience? Why not try paragliding, ice climbing or even a mobile sauna? Whatever you choose to do, you'll love the wonderful views over the valley.

    Location: Les Essarts, 05340 Pelvoux, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 31 48

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    Risoul

    For lovers of open spaces

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    The ski resort of Risoul is set deep within the Hautes-Alpes and houses one of the largest skiing areas in the Southern Alps. The ski station, born from the fusion of 2 neighbouring centres (Risoul and Vars), has a total of 105 marked slopes equalling 185 km, spread over a large range of landscapes. 

    Risoul is the place to be if you love skiing in a woodland setting. If, on the other hand, you prefer a clear view over slopes clear of trees, try Vars instead. Vars and speed go hand in hand. It's at this ski resort in the Alps that the famous Chabrieres piste is laid out and the best skiers on the planet break the 250 km/h mark at top speed. There are also sledging slopes, snowparks, snowboard cross and a slalom slope among numerous other features at the resort.

    Location: Chalet d’Accueil, 05600 Risoul, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 46 02 60

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    Val d’Allos

    One of the most beautiful areas in the Southern Alps

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    The slopes at the Val d'Allos ski station cover tens of kilometres in the spectacular and preserved setting of the Mercantour National Park in the heart of the Southern Alps. Val d'Allos is an area with 2 sister resorts set 7 km apart. L'Espace Lumiere and the resorts of Val d'Allos La Foux are at an altitude of 1,800 metres and Val d'Allos Le Seignus is set on terraces between 1,500 and 2,426 metres in altitude. 

    You can try alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, sit skiing, snowboarding, and many other snow sports at Val d'Allos. Families also particularly appreciate the other services available such as the ski school, snow garden, play area, creche, and a childcare centre. This very wild and wooded area is also ideal for a snowshoeing trek.

    Location: Les Pointus, Val D’Allos - Le Village, 04260 Allos, France

    Phone: +33 (0)4 92 83 02 81

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