The Best Time of Year for Skiing in France


Winter is HERE. We’re all about the beach life, but sometimes we like to mix it up and add a little ski in with our surf. And who can say no to a vibey Europe trip with all of the culture, cheese, and après-ski you could ever dream of… Maybe you missed out on an NYE mountain adventure and are feeling some FOMO. Good thing there’s still plenty of time to hit it hard this season, and we’ve got you covered in March *wink wink*. Let's break down the best times to shred the powder in the mountains of France, whether you’re a black diamond killer or are looking to get a little tan going while heading down the slopes. 


For the purists, the snow is typically at its best in January, so if you're all about the powder, this is the time to go. The kiddos are back to school, and the slopes are looking emptier than a few weeks prior. The temps are not the friendliest, though, so make sure to bundle up because it can get pretty chilly on the mountain.


The snow conditions continue to be at their prime here. Plus, February is the month of love, and what better way to show your love for skiing than by hitting the slopes in France? Who knows, you might meet your soulmate on the chairlift.


March is where it’s at if you're all about the après-ski scene. The weather is starting to warm up (or maybe it’s just the beer talking), the mountain restaurants and bars are in full swing, and there's nothing like a drink and some fondue after a long day on the slopes.


Spring skiing kicks off in April, which means you can hit the slopes in the morning and the beach in the afternoon. Okay, maybe not the beach, but def make sure to bring your sunscreen because the rays wayyy up there can be pretty intense at this time of year.


May is the perfect time to go skiing in France if you're all about the novelty factor. A handful of mountains are open throughout the first week of the month, and while the snow may not be at January levels, imagine skiing in a t-shirt and shorts while the rest of the world is still thawing out from winter. Plus, you'll probably have the mountain to yourself. It’s all for the experience. 

So, there you have it – there’s really no bad time to go skiing in France throughout the first part of the year. It all just depends on what you’re looking for. We’re big fans of a little bit of sunshine, a little bit of snow, and a lot a bit of beer and cheese, so we cannot wait for our first trip to Chamonix in March 2023. We’ll catch you on the slopes, drink in hand. Happy skiing!