Every skier knows about Chamonix, but these aren’t the only mountains France has to offer. From Le Mont-Dore to Murat le Quaire, these hidden slopes are heaven-sent, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can reach them from Paris.
The closest ski resort to Paris and by far the cheapest is Le Mont-Dore, a sleeping volcano located just 367 km away from the French capital. You take the train to Clermont-Ferrand, followed by a train to Le Mont-Dore, or a bus depending on arrival time.
What’s great is that there is a free shuttle service between the village and the slopes (four km), which means no hidden costs. Given the cheaper travel expenses, reduced ski pass and apartment prices, it’s estimated that a trip to Le Mont-Dore is about 40% cheaper than a trip to Chamonix.
The only downside is that the hills are not as suited for more advanced skiers as the slopes are fairly tame. Nonetheless, they still promise a great series of thrills.