Best places to ski at Christmas: celebrating on the slopes

From Megeve to Courchevel, follow us to discover the best ski resorts at Christmas. Uncover our selection of the best places to ski for a white Christmas.
Best places to ski at Christmas: celebrating on the slopes
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There are few better ways to holiday this winter season than by skiing at Christmas. In fact, there are few better ways to holiday at all! Wondering where to ski this Christmas?Simultaneously intrepid and electrifying, tranquil and mesmerising, discover our selection of the best places to ski at Christmas and cosy up in one of our luxury chalets

Chamonix, the perfect resort for your christmas ski holidays 

About Chamonix, location and weather:  

  • Where is Chamonix? Chamonix is in French Alps at the foot of towering Mont Blanc - the tallest of the alpine peaks in Western Europe.
  • Average temperatures in December: From 6°C to 1°C
  • Average days of snowfall in December: 7.7 days in December 

Why do we love Chamonix at Christmas? 

  • Skiing for all: Chamonix one of the best places to ski at Christmas, a lively resort with access to three ski areas that cater to all skill levels
  • Lots to do: this high mountain village is also a playground for mountaineers and explorers, with France's largest glacier and spectacular alpine forests
  • Breathtaking views: make the most of this fairytale landscape's panoramic views
  • Legendary après-ski: Chamonix promises in festive cheer, home to the famous La Folie Douce! 

Let us share with you our best addresses in our ultimate guide to Chamonix

Where should you stay in Chamonix?

  • Argentière: with all the charm of a quintessential alpine village and incredible access to the resort's pistes, this village at the foot of the Argentière glacier is one of the best Christmas ski resorts 
  • Centre of Chamonix: to be at the heart of the action and only a stone's throw away from the best restaurants in Chamonix, head to the centre 
  • Les Houches: a family-friendly haven, Les Houches is a quieter village with a bounty of activities to keep everyone's spirits high 

Whether you're looking for somewhere for the whole family to spend Christmas or a chalet in the hustle and bustle of Chamonix, you are guaranteed to find your perfect refuge among our luxury chalets in Chamonix.


Megève, an enchanting christmas ski resort


About Megève, location and weather:

  • Where is Megève? A treasure of the French Alps, Megève is situated in the Mont Blanc massif, near to the Italian and Swiss borders
  • Average temperatures in December: From 4°C to -4°C
  • Average days of snowfall in December: 5 days

Why do we love Megève at Christmas? 

  • Authentic Alpine beauty: Megève is one of the best Christmas ski resorts during the festive period, when the traffic-free streets sparkle with a constellation of illuminations, and the Swarovski Christmas tree illuminates the town centre
  • Luxury immersion: Megève is a haven for those seeking luxury skiing at Christmas. Beyond the considerable skiing area, there are a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, where artistic inventiveness reigns
  • Skiing for the whole family, with many gently sloping green and blue runs as well as thrilling red and black runs, Megève caters to all! Discover how to welcome in the new year with our guide to festive family skiing

Read our ode to this magical skiing resort and get inspiration for your winter escape in our ultimate guide to Megève



Where should you stay in Megève?

  • Centre of Megève: transport yourself into a fairytale in Megève village's cobbled streets and wooden facades. One of the best December ski resorts, Megève shines with the twinkling Christmas lights and glowing windows 
  • Mont d'Arbois, close to the heart of the action yet cocooned by nature, between mountain pastures and forests, Mont d'Arbois quarter is the perfect blend of nature and festivity
  • La Princesse Quartier, this tranquil and cosmopolitan quartier is the perfect spot for your family to snuggle up in, located at the entrance to Megève
  • Combloux, one of the most authentic villages in the French Alps, Combloux is tucked out of the way at the foot of Mont Blanc 

Find your dream luxury chalet in Megève to spend your Christmas Day, in your pyjamas snuggled around the crackling fireplace, unwrapping presents. Why step inside Chalet des Sœurs and see for yourself! 



Courchevel, for iconic slopes to ski down this christmas 

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About Courchevel, location and weather:

  • Where is Courchevel? In the heart of the vast Trois Vallées resort, Courchevel is an emblematic gem of the French Alps and one of the best ski resorts for Christmas
  • Average temperatures in December: From -1°C to -9°C
  • Average days of snowfall in December: 6 days 

Why do we love Courchevel at Christmas? 

  • Phenomenal skiing, with 150 km of its own undulating runs, Courchevel is an integral part of the largest ski area in the world, Les Trois Vallées. There's nothing better than skiing down the fresh powder slopes at one of the best ski resorts this Christmas, with winter’s chill gliding over your rippling ski suit
  • Famed gastronomic delights: Flaunting thirteen Michelin-starred restaurants, Courchevel is a foodie skiers paradise and the dream place to spend a Christmas of indulgence and gourmet exploration
  • Glamorous après-ski, for merriment of a different kind, dance in the open air, as the clouds lightly dust your shoulders with flakes of snow

Discover for yourself why we are so enamoured with this winter wonderland by reading our exclusive guide to Courchevel



Where should you stay in Courchevel?

  • Le Praz, a charming mountain village on the first level of the Courchevel valley. Its gentle way of life is the perfect haven for a relaxing Christmas with your loved ones
  • Courchevel Le Village, also known as Courchevel 1550, is the best of both worlds, with spectacular scenery and plenty of things to do in this family-friendly area. Discover the charm for yourself by stepping through the doors of Chalet Sisimiut
  • Courchevel Moriond, also known as Courchevel 1650, is perfect for families seeking a calmer festive season with traditional chalets and charming local restaurants nearby
  • Courchevel 1850, perfect for a festive adventure, Courchevel 1850 with a charming centre that comes to life at night with its world-famous après-ski

Spend this festive season in one of our luxury chalets in Courchevel, where you can gather your loved ones, sipping on steaming mugs of hot chocolate as you gaze out towards the frosted pines and snow-kissed peaks.

Val D’Isère, find christmas magic skiing this december

About Val d'Isère, location and weather:

  • Where is Val d'Isère? In France's Savoie region, Val d'Isère is a glittering gem just 5km from the Italian border. Together with Tignes it forms the Espace Killy and is one of our favourite places for skiing at Christmas
  • Average temperatures in December: From -1°C to -9°C
  • Average days of snowfall in December: 10 days

Why do we love Val d'Isère at Christmas?

  • Christmas magic: Christmas lights, mulled wine, and live performances will warm you from the inside out as you wander down Val d'Isère's magical Christmas fair
  • Immaculate slopes: with pristine skiing and daring slopes, this resort can be the playground for both beginners and experts with challenging off-piste skiing for more adventurous skiers
  • Lively environment: against the majestic mountains, immerse yourself in the heart of the action, with gourmet restaurants and infamous après-ski such as our favourite, La Folie Douce

Let us guide you off the beaten path and to our secret gems with our ultimate guide to Val d'Isère



Where you should stay in Val d'Isère? 

  • The centre of Val d'Isère, with the slopes, restaurants and shops at your doorstep, choose a chalet in the beating heart of one of the best December ski resorts for an unforgettable festive escape
  • Le Fornet, step back in time in this quiet hamlet that will transport you to the pages of a fairytale
  • Le Crêt, in this family-friendly area step out of your luxury chalet and find yourself just a few steps away from lively restaurants and immaculate pistes

Wander back to your luxury chalet rental in Val d'Isère and bundle up warm on the terrace, as the faint cadence of carols and hymns still travels through the still night air. 


Verbier, luxury skiing this christmas 


About Verbier, location and weather:

  • Where is Verbier? In the Swiss Alps, Verbier is an iconic village in south-western Switzerland with some of the best off-piste skiing in the world
  • Average temperatures in December: From -2°C to -9°C
  • Average days of snowfall in December: 15.3 days 

Why do we love Verbier at Christmas?

  • Legendary skiing, Verbier has two main lifts: the more thrilling Medran and the family-friendly Savoleyres. Spend the day skiing the zebra-striped mountains, as the bright ridges cast deep shadows in the ravines
  • Plethora of activities: If your legs need a break from the slopes, Verbier has a host of other activities such as paragliding and tobogganing
  • Alpine charm: The snow-topped chalets create an enchanting Christmas aura that will regenerate the Christmas giddiness of youth
  • Savoyard cuisine: Verbier has a plethora of delectable restaurants where you can gorge on Swiss cheese and fresh bread and replenish sapped energy after a day of carving through velvety snow 

Uncover this Swiss treasure at its most authentic with our ultimate guide to Verbier.


Where you should stay in Verbier? 

  • Verbier Central, immerse yourself in the vibrant epicentre of Verbier, just steps away from gourmet restaurants, artisanal boutiques and the Medran ski station
  • Savoleyres side, higher up in Verbier, this tranquil side of the mountain is the perfect retreat
  • Le Hameau, ideally located between Verbier's two slopes, against the picturesque backdrop of slow-dusted pines, find yourself just a stone's throw away from the undulating slopes

Choose one of our luxury chalets in Verbier for an enchanting backdrop to your festive escape

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Whether you are a seasoned skier or a beginner, there is no better way to spend Christmas and New Year's than in one of our luxury ski chalets. Choose your idyllic refuge to return to rosy-cheeked after a day of exploration in one of the best ski resorts for Christmas

Leave the rest to our luxury concierge team to experience the true pleasures of the festive season! Have a snug Christmas dinner by the burning fire of one of our luxury ski chalets for your blissful festive escape. 

Where is best to go skiing at Christmas?

If you're hoping that Santa Claus brings a white Christmas this year, why not head to Verbier or Val d'Isère to increase your chances on a Christmas miracle in one of the best ski resorts for Christmas?

Equally, wrap yourself up in Christmas magic in Courchevel or Chamonix, where adventure awaits! From legendary après-ski to family-friendly adventure parks, there is something for everyone. 

Alternatively, escape to Megève, a winter wonderland that is an emblem of Alpine luxury. In this village that seamlessly combines alpine tradition and sheer elegance, nestle by the roaring fire gazing out at the silhouettes of the majestic mountains

No matter which destination you choose, make magic this Christmas and New Year's in one of Le Collectionist's luxury chalets!



Where has the best snow at Christmas?

Nothing feels more festive than the canopy of snow-dusted pine forests and hearing the crunch of the fresh white powder under your feet on your way to the slopes in the morning! 

For some of the best skiing conditions, escape to Verbier where December sees an average of 15 days of snowfall and frosty temperatures promise great conditions for skiing at xmas

Alternatively, Val d'Isère has some of France's best snow and is one of the best places to ski at Christmas, with an average of ten days of snowfall in December and subzero temperatures!

Is Christmas a good time to ski?

What could feel more magical than dashing through the snow at Christmas, then retreating to your fairytale village and snow-dusted chalet for steaming glass of mulled wine? 

Skiing at Christmas at high-altitude is the perfect getaway for make the most of both great snowing conditions and Christmas festivities

Choose from one of Le Collectionist's luxury chalets in the French Alps or Swiss Alps to create memories that your family will treasure for a lifetime this festive season. 


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