The best ski resorts in the Vosges Mountains are noted for being especially welcoming and family-friendly. Most offer a wide range of activities in a breathtaking landscape, dotted with shimmering lakes and enchanting forests.

    While less famous than the Alps or the Pyrenees, The Vosges Mountains have excellent facilities and infrastructure. This makes the resorts here little hidden gems where you can enjoy quieter slopes without it being any harder to access them. Here are our favourite ski resorts in the Vosges Mountains, each offering an authentic and friendly stay, where you can enjoy winter sports and share good times.

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    La Bresse

    The biggest ski resort in the Vosges Mountains

    La Bresse – certified Famille Plus (Family Plus) – is a haven for novice skiers of all ages. With its 37 ski slopes laid out over 220 hectares, it forms the largest skiable area in the north-east of France and has no reason to envy its Alpine cousins.

    With green, blue, red and even a black slope, as well as a slalom stadium, runs fitted out for night-time skiing and a large Nordic area, La Bresse really does have something for everyone. Its 3 areas (La Bresse-Hohneck, La Bresse-Lispach and La Bresse-Brabant) offer a delightful setting made up of passes, mountain ridges and lakes to captivate young and old alike.

    Location: 2 A Rue des Proyes, 88250 La Bresse, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 29 25 41 29

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    Ventron

    A subtle blend of nature and culture

    The pretty Alsatian ski resort of Ventron (or Ermitage Frere Joseph) has more than one feature to charm both amateur and seasoned skiers. Try snowshoeing against a backdrop of green, roar with laughter on the toboggan and put your technique to the test on the Bussang and Futaie slopes (experience required).

    When you've finished in the snow, delve into the authentic atmosphere of the mountain village, which is well-suited for families. This haven of peace also lets you enjoy the pleasures of hiking and cultural visits to the chapel and the hermit's dwelling, to which the station owes its name.

    Location: 4 Place de la Mairie, 88310 Ventron, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 29 24 07 02

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    Le Grand Valtin

    Quality facilities at a low price

    Le Grand Valtin, contrary to what its name might suggest, it's actually the smallest ski station in Europe. Although it may be small, its activities are interesting and varied, with its green slope, 3 blue slopes and red slope as well as 15 km dedicated to cross-country skiing and a space reserved for sledging.

    This pleasant family ski station may draw you in with its tranquillity and prices that couldn't be any lower, but it's the quality of the welcome, the authenticity of the inns and the charm of the village and chalets that will make you stay and keep you coming back. Note that this ski station is only open on Wednesday afternoons, weekends and school holidays.

    Location: Le Grand Valtin, 88300 Ban-sur-Meurthe-Clefcy, France

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    Gérardmer

    A ski resort in the heart of a village

    Gérardmer's is nestled on the banks of an enchanting lake, with ski runs lined with fir trees and a charming town nearby, located at the crossroads between Alsace and Lorraine. The well-preserved and peaceful countryside that unfolds around you acts as an invitation to relax and to ski.

    The ski station has 2 sections. The first, Mauselaine, gives pride of place to alpine skiing with its 40 km of runs, some of which are dedicated to nighttime skiing, and a famous snowpark. The second, Bas Rupts, is intended for fans of Nordic skiing who'll be able to snake down 100 km of slopes.

    Location: 239 Chemin de la Rayée, 88400 Gérardmer, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 29 60 04 05

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    Lac Blanc

    Escape to the enchantment of nature

    Lac Blanc, by the town of Kaysersberg, is a little gem for everyone, from complete beginners to the most seasoned skier. Its black slope and technical run stand alongside 5 green, 1 blue and 6 red slopes. If you're a night owl, you can even practise slalom under the stars 4 nights a week.

    Cross-country skiing is very good at Lac Blanc, and fans of monoskiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding can also test their endurance on the ridges of the Ballons des Vosges Nature Park. As dynamic as it is friendly, this Vosges resort offers a complete experience with a taste of local produce in excellent restaurants as a bonus.

    Location: Col du Calvaire Lac Blanc 1200, 68 370 Orbey, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 89 78 22 78

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    Schnepfenried

    A fun and playful family destination

    Schnepfenried will almost certainly make a memorable skiing holiday, assuming you can remember how to say the name. This family ski station is one of the largest in the Vosges Mountains and is keen to please skiers of all ages and levels. A good layer of snow is guaranteed over its 16 slopes, of which 4 are green, 3 are blue, 4 are red and 5 are black. It even caters for night time skiers.

    Perfect your moves on the snow park and boardercross, or visit the free Nordic and sledging areas. The tarte flambee with a bread dough base covered with cheese and bacon pieces that you can taste at the bottom of the mountain really is the icing on the cake.

    Location: Lieu-dit Schnepfenried, 68 380 Sondernach, France

    Phone: +33 (0)6 88 41 67 96

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    Larcenaire

    Everything young skiers could need

    Larcenaire is a small but very pleasant resort that's great for young and new skiers. This safe, friendly ski station only has 8 slopes, but it'll win over enthusiasts with its ski jump and slalom area while beginners like the snowboarder-free green and blue slopes.

    Protected from the wind, it tends to be sunny and is great for family stays, thanks in part to its children's area with a ski tow that's sure to amuse the little ones. This idyllic setting is rounded off by the free sledging area and the restaurant terrace where you can tuck into chips after a long day on the slopes.

    Location: 80 Route de Saute, 88540 Bussang, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 29 61 54 57

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    Ballon d’Alsace

    Enjoy beautiful views of the Vosges Mountains

    Ballon d'Alsace is a bit of a hidden gem, meaning that it's possible to have the slopes and landscapes all for yourself. Try out the snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledging, well-kept paths, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and, of course, alpine skiing against a majestic backdrop.

    A cheerful mood and strong sense of family and friendship are on the agenda at this station that's ready to welcome snow lovers at all levels. Enthusiastic hikers will also find something for them in this area that boasts wonderful walks through the vast wilderness.

    Location: D466, 68 290 Sewen, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 84 56 75 28

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    Le Champ du Feu

    Skiing in harmony with nature

    Le Champ du Feu ski resort is great for pairing cultural visits to Strasbourg with the pleasures of the snow in the mountains. Here, you can truly feel in harmony with nature throughout your stay, from the accommodation to the activities offered, which include culinary discoveries of the region.

    Cross-country skiing reigns with 55 km of slopes for all levels. There are several open-air activities, such as a sledging slope, walking trails, biathlon and the only tubing track in the region, too. Why not use your stay to try yoga or shiatsu in enchanting surroundings?

    Location: Chalet du Champ du Feu, 150 Route de la Serva, 67 130 Belmont, France

    Phone: +33 (0)3 88 97 39 50

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    Rouge Gazon

    Cutting-edge facilities in a welcoming atmosphere

    Rouge Gazon is a very convenient ski station that offers a whole heap of activities in both summer and winter. Situated 1,080 metres up in the Hautes-Vosges, this family-centred resort is well-suited to any skill level and has a friendly atmosphere.

    It has a great range of activities all in one place, including fun routes, a children's garden, a protected sledging slope for the little ones and a snow park that changes throughout the season. Have fun on the magic carpet and enjoy the landscapes you'll see when you go out snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

    Location: Rouge Gazon, 88560 Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, France

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