France has the best skiing in the world - the scale of the dozen top French ski resorts is truly amazing - and this may explain why more British snow-users holiday here than in any other country. Myriad ski resorts - 319 to be exact - have been developed in France over the past 30 years.
Unlike their Alpine neighbours, most French resorts are purpose-built stations de ski that provide ski-in ski-out convenience often at a high cost to the ambience. The majority of accommodation provided is in apartments not hotels.
However, the inescapable reason why more British now ski and snowboard in France than anywhere else in the world is because, taking every factor into consideration, there is simply nowhere better for quality snow and lift systems.
Chamonix is truly different from any other ski resort in the world.
They say God made Courchevel for skiing!The magnificent Courchevel Valley is one part of the "Three Valleys" in France.
In 1916, Baroness Noémie de Rothschild decided to find a resort in her home country to rival St Moritz.
So many British people holiday or work in Méribel - in the heart of the Trois Vallées - during the winter months that any attempt to order a drink in French can be met with a look of blank incomprehension.
Morzine is a market town with all the appeal of an old-style chalet resort set in charming, wooded surroundings.
Tignes and the neighbouring linked resort of Val d'Isère are jointly marketed as L'Espace Killy, after Jean-Claude Killy, who swept the board of gold medals at the 1968 Winter Olympics.
The quality of the skiing in Val d'Isère and the linked resort of Tignes is varied and demanding.
At 2,300 metres, at the far end of the Trois Vallées, this is the highest ski resort in Europe.