- By lisa
- On Nov 20, 2018
- Travel Tips
Planning a trip to France in the winter? It's a great time to visit, so check out all you need to know about this less popular season from cheaper airfares to winter sports, fun festivals, and those famous Christmas fairs during the French holiday season. To book the Activities in France in Winter, tour in France on the site nowdays and begin your trip there.
Activities in France in Winter
Earthy Winter Cuisine
French food in winter takes on a heartening, earthy feel. And nothing is earthier than those famous black truffles. You can go on a truffle hunt yourself, or buy the black riches at places like Carpentras in the Var where the weekly Friday truffle market lasts from mid-November to early March. Mushrooms in all forms are sold in markets and appear on restaurant menus. November festivals in Brittany and Normandy bring the harvest of the sea to coastal towns. At Christmas, shelves in shops from large supermarkets to small local epiceries groan under the weight of festive foods like foie gras, smoked salmon, and divine chocolates.
France has some of the largest and greatest ski areas in the world like Les Trois Vallées, Paradiski Espace Killy, and more. Skiing in France offers both challenges to the world's top skiers and slopes suitable for beginners, luxury resorts like Courchevel, and family-orientated places such as Flaine near Mont Blanc. The Alps is the best known area, but there are other mountain ranges in France to consider as well.
Transport links are very good as the French airports of Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon Bron, and Lyon St. Exupéry are close to each other and the surrounding ski areas. If you're coming from the UK, there are plenty of cheap flights on low-cost airlines. Either fly direct, or spend the night in Paris, board the train early the next morning, and start skiing that day.
All the resorts have English-speaking instructors and those from the Ecole du Ski Français are trained to teach children from the age of three as well as people who are blind or have disabilities.
The apres-ski scene is pretty lively in most resorts and many of them hold spectacular festivals throughout the winter from snow sculpture competitions to classical music and jazz concerts.