Spring is the ideal time to visit the mountains with friends and family. With softer snow and milder temperatures, it’s a great time to ski – whatever your level. High season now being over, you can grab yourself some attractive deals and enjoy quieter runs, allowing you to take over the pistes!
For more information on how to enjoy spring in the Mountains of France, head to skiingintospring.com.
The French mountains’ events calendar is set to come alive with the return of Rock The Pistes (12-18 March), a one-of-a-kind high-altitude music festival featring Eagle-Eye-Cherry and Martin Solveig. Stay longer in Les Portes du Soleil to attend Snowboxx (18-25 March), which takes over Avoriaz for a week filled with fun-fuelled activities and music. Tomorrowland Festival (18-25 March) is back this year in Alpes d’Huez with headliners Ofenbach, Afrojack and Nina Kraviz.
Sports fanatics will enjoy Mountain Shaker (10-18 March), a week-long festival dedicated to board culture, with three major events: The French Freeride Series with the Freeride World Qualifier, The FISE Xperience Series event at Tignespace indoor skate park and The Slopestyle World Cup.
Classical music festival Classicaval – Opus 2 (6-9 March) will take place in Val d’Isère, offering four days of classical music every evening, before the exciting International Adventure and Discovery Film Festival in April (17-20 April).
Family activities: Igloos
Although the Famille Plus label allows you to find the perfect resorts for yourself and your little ones, most resorts have fantastic activities and offers for the whole family.
Why not spend the night in an igloo? You have until mid-March to try this experience of a lifetime, which is only possible in the mountains in France, generally above 2,000m and during the coldest months. Who says rare says popular, so remember to book!
Some igloos are traditionally built, while others do not require heavy snow cover because they are created using an inflatable bubble onto which snow is thrown (this is the case for most large igloo ‘village’ type structures). The bubble is then deflated – and you have a real igloo!
Sleep in the highest igloo in France in Val Thorens, stay in a double room in Avoriaz or, if your accommodation is already booked, try the set lunch in Arc 2000. Go snowshoeing under the stars in Combloux, followed by a fondue in a teepee to warm up and a night in an igloo. Build your own igloo in Pyrénées Ariégeoises, and if stargazing’s not really your thing, you can go home once you’re done.
Finally, you have until 2 April to discover a luxury igloo with loos, shower and breathtaking views of Mont Blanc in Arêches-Beaufort.
Summer Launch: Save the date!
France Montagnes is set to kick off its summer season on Tuesday 28 March 2023, with a special launch at urban farm and charity.
Summer is arguably becoming a popular season in French ski resorts thanks to new activities on offer, nature and wildlife at their peak and the development of ecotourism. Discover everything the Mountains of France has to offer this summer season, whithin a haven for nature, plants and animals. Register your interet
Come ground yourself for a convivial lunch featuring Mountain specialities, a herbal workshop and talk to our partners: Le Grand Bornand, La Clusaz, Peisey-Vallandry, La Plagne, Brides Les Bains, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Vaujany and Addet Alpes Du Sud.
Register your interest to join us!
For useful guides regarding travel from the UK to France, please consult the French Embassy’s website here.