Recent research from Montagne Leaders has shown that La Plagne is the leading ski resort in France, ranked by skier days.

It’s one of only two resorts posting over 2 million skier days, together with its Paradiski partner resorts, Les Arcs & Peisey Vallandry.

Belle Plagne - helping La Plagne to over 2 million skier days a year

Belle Plagne – helping La Plagne to over 2 million skier days a year

The Top 10 French Ski Resort (by total skier days)
  1. La Plagne – 2.4m
  2. Les Arcs/Peisey – 2.1m
  3. Val Thorens/Orelle – 1.9m
  4. Chamonix – 1.6m
  5. Courchevel/La Tania/Meribel – 1.5m
  6. Les Menuires – 1.4m
  7. Tignes – 1.4m
  8. Val d’Isere – 1.3m
  9. Alpe d’Huez – 1.3m
  10. Flaine/Samoens/Morillon – 1.3m

 

These figures obviously aggregate some resorts, depending on the ownership of their lift companies.  However, they do suggest that in terms of the big ski areas, it’s Les 3 Vallees (with 4.8m) and Paradiski (with 4.6m) that dominate.

Bubbling under

Just outside the top ten is Serre Chevalier at 1.2m and Avoriaz at 1.1m.

We have posted previously about the growth in the Pyrenees, but the scale is completely different with the largest Pyreneean resort being St Lary, at 22nd place overall with 638,000 skier days.

You can view the full list here.

 

Article by Iain Martin