France has always been a popular choice for schools looking to take their children on a skiing holiday. There are plenty of flights between the UK and the French cities that nestle in the shadow of the French Alps, and transfer times to the French ski resorts are relatively short. Coach travel, if you are not planning to fly, is not as daunting as to some other parts of the European Alps. With more travel options, the journey certainly makes France an attractive choice.
Most schools teach French as one of their core Modern Foreign Languages, so a school ski trip to France can include some cross curricular teaching, especially if you can take your French teacher along for the trip. Your students will have ample opportunity to speak French while in resort, and many ski operators can include some aspect of language learning within the trip.
Another good reason to take your school group to France is the range of great quality resorts. France has been welcoming skiers for many decades, and knows exactly how to cater for guests of all abilities. Every school group ski operator to France will have a range of resorts that are perfect for beginners or a mix of beginners and more experienced skiers. They will also favour French ski resorts that have enough après ski to keep your students entertained while not on the slopes.
Because so many schools choose France for their school ski trip, some of the larger companies have invested in, or have access to, specialist clubhotels (read more about accommodation types in our guide!) and places where you can enjoy ski-in ski-out accommodation.
The French Alps include the highest mountains and plenty of high altitude resorts. While altitude isn't the only thing that can make your school trip successful, you will find more snowsure resorts at high altitude. For more information about skiing in France, visit the French mountain tourism website.
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A bit of a hidden gem, Serre Chevalier offers superb skiing for school groups and the lack of crowds mean more room on the pistes and shorter queues for lifts.
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Tignes is located in the Savoie department, France, and within the huge Espace Killy ski area. Ski on trails well above 3,000m, which guarantees proper snow.
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La Plagne consists of six high-altitude resorts. Short transfers, quality accommodation, and wide pistes make a school ski trip to La Plagne a great choice.
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Surely one of the most famous resorts in the French Alps, Alpe d'Huez is a mecca for skiers of all abilities and a perfect destination for UK school ski groups.
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Les Deux Alpes is a high altitude glacier resort which means temperamental weather at times but great snow for your school group especially late in the season.
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Les Arcs is fantastic for door step skiing and is made up of 4 modern resorts. Easy and more advance routes meet up, so your school group can gain confidence.
© B.Longo OT Val Thorens
Val Thorens is the highest skiing village in Europe with an incredible ski bowl. Great snow all season ensures pristine pistes during your ski school trip.