Skiing in Savoie

It is, perhaps, apochryphal, that Savoie takes its name from the Latin Sapaudia or Sabaudia, translated land covered in fir trees. But many of these fir trees have given way to ski pistes in some of the top ski resorts in France.

Savoie relies on tourism for 50% of it's economy.  Although the bias over the years has been towards the summer, the development of skiing during the 20th century means Savoie has the largest number of ski slopes in France.  Although we talk about the ski resorts of the 3 Valleys seperately, those resorts are also in Savoie.

La Plagne

Les Arcs

Tignes

Val Cenis

Val d'Isere

The Three Valleys







Ski Resorts & Regions

  • La Plagne

    La Plagne

    La Plagne’s extensive ski area is an intermediate’s paradise, but also includes excellent opportunities for guided off-piste thrills and spills and good nursery slopes for beginners. Necessary improvements to the lift system and the link with Les Arcs have elevated La Plagne (now marketed together with Les Arcs as Paradiski) to the premier league of European ski areas, although après-ski and nightlife is poor in comparison to many other major resorts. 

  • Les Arcs

    Les Arcs

    The Les Arcs ski area stretches from Peisey-Vallandry at one end to Villaroger at the other, passing through the four Arcs: 1800, 1600, 1950 and 2000. There are miles and miles of runs on offer, but the system of long, ground-covering lifts makes it possible to ski from one end to the other in an hour and a half without breaking a sweat. 

  • Tignes

    Tignes

    Espace Killy – ‘le plus bel espace de ski du monde’ – claims to be one of the most beautiful ski areas in the world, and we do not disagree. The skiing on offer is massive and, taken together, the ski area of Tignes and Val d’Isere is absolutely world class. 

  • Val dIsere

    Val d'Isere

    Val d’Isere is among the greatest ski resorts anywhere in the world. It has extensive high snow-sure slopes, especially when you consider the link to Tignes to form the Espace Killy ski area, and has a wide and varied array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

  • Val Cenis

    Val Cenis

    Val Cenis is a quiet, pretty, family-friendly ski resort with 125km of groomed terrain, most of it designated for intermediates and beginners, as well as abundant opportunities for skiing and boarding off-piste.