Best ski resorts near Paris
THE BEST SKI RESORTS NEAR PARIS
Would you like to get away from it all on the ski slopes for a weekend? It is not always easy to find ski resorts close to Paris. Here is our selection with all the practical information you need to evaluate the travel time and transport available.
LES ROUSSES IN JURA
The Jura massif conceals a few nuggets that will delight white gold lovers who want to go away for a weekend not far from Paris. Les Rousses is the first French ski resort to be awarded the Green Flacon label. Its ski area covers 50 km of slopes served by 34 ski lifts. It culminates at 1678 m altitude and allows the practice of all snow sports. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, trail or snowshoeing, everyone can choose according to their aspirations and abilities. The ski resort is accessible by train. It takes 2h30 for a TGV train from Paris to Dôle or 3h15 for a TGV from Paris to Lausanne. From the Doubs prefecture, buses link the resort several times a day.
Among the ski resorts close to Paris located in the Jura, Metabief, commune of Haut-Doubs is ideal for a weekend getaway not far from the capital. Experienced skiers or beginners can enjoy this ski area with 37 km of ski slopes with departures ranging from 900 to 1,463 metres. Snow fans will be able to practice on the 35 slopes accessible to all levels and have fun on the five fun zones (Jurakid'Park, Bio Park, Easy Park, Air Bag and Snowpark). It is also possible to practice snowshoeing or Nordic skiing when you don't want to go down the slopes. And for those who prefer to hike, dog-sled excursions are available. The journey to Metabief takes 3h56 min by car and 5 hours by train. The nearest stations are Vallorbe (11 km) and Pontalier (22 km).
Located in the department of Isère, 59 km from the city of Grenoble, Alpe d'Huez is a vast paradise for fans of snow sports, downhill skiing and wide open spaces opening onto the Oisans valley. Alpe d'Huez peaks at 1680 metres and offers a ski area comprising no less than 183 km of slopes linking the village resorts of Vaujany, Huez-en-Oisans, Auris-en-Oisans and Villard-Reculard. The highest departure point at the Pic Blanc offers an exceptional view of the Écrins massif, Mont-Blanc and the Meije. Apart from snow sports, the resort offers many other activities such as tobogganing on rails. While experienced skiers will be competing on slopes of over 2000 m with an impressive difference in height, less experienced skiers will take advantage of the lower slopes to gain confidence. Alpe d'Huez is a ski resort accessible by train. It takes 3h10 to travel from Paris to Grenoble by TGV, then finish the trip by bus or taxi.
In the heart of the Aravis massif, the resort of Grand-Bornand in Haute-Savoie delights winter sports and outdoor enthusiasts in search of authenticity. The typical Savoyard village is built around its covered market (Grenette), its church and its shopping streets with century-old chalets. The ski area includes 90 km of downhill ski slopes and 43 km of Nordic runs. The resort has hosted the World Biathlon Championships and has equipped itself with facilities worthy of international competitions. Le Grand-Bornand is an easily accessible ski resort. To leave at the weekend by train, you need to take a Paris-Annecy ticket (3h45 by TGV) and finish the journey by taking a shuttle bus.
LA CHAPELLE D'ABONDANCE
How can you resist the joys of winter sports with such a name? La Chapelle d'Abbondance is an easily accessible ski resort. Located in Haute-Savoie, it nestles at the entrance to the immense Portes du Soleil ski area with 306 slopes, 600 km of runs and 195 lifts. La Chapelle d'Abondance is a mountain resort with an authentic character. The Essert ski area attached to the village offers numerous and varied activities: snowshoe hiking, Nordic and Alpine skiing, car driving on ice and ice skating on a natural ice rink. You will take 4 hours by TGV to go from Paris to Thonon-les-bains and finish the journey by shuttle (35 minutes).