The Best Of The French Alps

For over 30 years, our ski travel experts have personally explored, experienced and tested the vast snow playgrounds and exquisite resorts of the stunning French Alps.

Co-Founder and General Manager of Top Snow Travel, Gilles Riou, has himself skied over 60 ski resorts world-wide, including Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and 30+ resorts in France alone.

Born in Paris, Gilles was very lucky his family owned a holiday apartment in the French Alps at a ski resort called Valfréjus. Here he spent every winter school holiday skiing (December, February and April) from the young age of 2 years old until he turned 15 and moved to Australia with his family.

From there, his passion for skiing never stopped. Gilles continued to explore new ski resorts around the world.

In 2006, he began working in the travel and tourism industry selling world-wide ski holidays to the Australian market. In August 2013, Gilles decided that the French Alps as a ski destination was second to none and so Top Snow Travel, the France ski holiday specialists, was created. It has been said that Gilles’ experience of crafting ski holidays, thanks to his local knowledge of the French Alps gathered over the years, is unmatched in the travel industry.

Thanks to this French background with countless trips back to the French ski resorts and many years of working directly and closely with our partners in France, Top Snow Travel has continued to excel in providing the highest quality of lodging and service to our clients for their France ski holidays.

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Gilles Riou Top Snow Travel

Co-Founder
Gilles Riou

“Our key aim at Top Sow Travel is to inspire skiers and snowboarders to discover the exquisiteness of the French Alps by providing seamless tailor-made itineraries founded on expert advice.

 

Thanks to our local knowledge and expertise, we can guide you in choosing the perfect France ski holiday.

 

At Top Snow Travel, we only offer The Best of The French Alps

We believe that where you stay, what kind of ski resort and the quality of your lodging are the pillars in creating an unforgettable ski holiday. Building on this, we add the finishing touches to weave our magic and exceed all your expectations.

That’s why we can say with 100% confidence, that the experts at Top Snow Travel know what it takes to create an amazing, once in a lifetime France ski holiday experience for you and your family.

Our Services Include:

Flights

Ask us about the best airfares available for the most direct flights for your particular itinerary (premium airlines only). Flights from Australia only.

Transfers

From the airport or train station to your ski resort

Accommodation

Carefully selected high standard accommodation in the best locations within the ski resort of your choice.

Lift passes

Unrestricted lift pass for the duration of your stay

Ski hire

The highest quality of rental ski equipment

Lessons & guides

Local highly qualified English speaking guides and instructors.

Travel Insurance

In addition to trip cancellation and interruption, our travel insurance plans include coverage for trip delay, missed connection, lost or delayed baggage, medical expenses and emergency evacuation with repatriation. 24 hour assistance services are included to help the traveller with things such as emergency medical assistance, lost baggage tracking, emergency cash transfer, emergency or last minute travel arrangements, assistance with replacing lost travel documents, and much more.

We take care of everything so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

With handpicked chalets, hotels and apartments servicing the top ski resorts in the French Alps, Top Snow Travel offers a selection of the finest accommodation in some of the worlds’ best ski destinations.

Ski Resort Partners

"This was the best family holiday of our lives "

Verified Google Reviews

10/10 customer service from Gilles.Holiday went by without a hitch!
James Marijanovic
James M.
03:39 10 Mar 20
We had a fabulous 2 week holiday in the French Alps, the transport from airport to accommodation went smoothly and the accommodations were perfectly located. This was our 2nd holiday organised by Gilles at Top Snow and we highly recommend them .
Libby Dobson
Libby D.
03:10 03 Mar 20
Just got home from a fantastic holiday in Meribel. Gilles organised the transfers, lift tickets, ski hire and accommodation at The Hotel La Chaudanne. Everything was first class and worked like clockwork.
Alastair Taylor
Alastair T.
23:02 02 Mar 20
Hi Gilles, I can't thank you enough for organising our trip to Meribel in January, we had the most fabulous family ski trip and can't wait to plan the next one! The accomodation was absolutely outstanding and it was so easy having the ski hire under the building. I was particularly grateful for your expertise in organising everything from ski hire, lift tickets, trains and transfers, as it all ran seamlessly. Your local knowledge made all the difference to our trip, as little tips like upgrading to first class on the trains meant we had ticketed seats and a very comfortable journey. We will definitely be calling you for the next trip and I will recommend you to all of our friends if they want fantastic travel advice and friendly efficient service. Thanks Gilles!
Louise
Louise
07:21 02 Mar 20
Seamless booking and travel experience. The local knowledge of the team was very helpful.
Ash Murphy
Ash M.
01:32 21 Feb 20
Top Snow Travel organised our trip really well and the apartment at Les Arcs we stayed in was fantastic. This resort was excellent for poor skiers and black run snowboarders and skiers alike
Vinny Mamo
Vinny M.
22:58 15 Feb 20
Gilles organised a fabulous trip for our family to Avoriaz in January 2020, including transfers, accommodation, lessons and ski passes. He saved us a huge amount of time in recommending everything, taking into account what we needed (e.g. a good place for beginner skiers, lessons in French for our kids). We also did a cost comparison and it seemed to be cheaper than if we had booked everything ourselves. We will be back for another trip next year!
Wendy Mackay
Wendy M.
06:51 15 Feb 20
Communication with Gilles at Top Snow Travel was excellent. His knowledge of the French Alps helped us to decide where and when to ski and then our particular needs were accommodated for. Thank you for coordinating a stress free and memorable ski holiday
Nina Curtis
Nina C.
05:14 15 Feb 20
Top Snow are great a providing advice to first time skiers and I was so glad I took their recommendation and booked a resort located higher in the Alps to be sure we got proper snow. The accommodation and resort recommended was also great and we had a great one week stay over Christmas 2019. I will certainly use Top Snows services again now my teenage boys love skiing!!
Helen Smart
Helen S.
04:17 12 Feb 20
We have just returned for our trip to Avoriaz with 7 days snowboarding, everything was absolutely perfect.We can’t thank Gilles enough for all his knowledge and advice, he had so many ideas that really made the experience magical.We had no dramas at all all transfers too and from Avoriaz, flights and paperwork where all so great.If you’re looking for a French snow holiday DONT go anywhere else but top snow travel!!!!Thank you so much and we will definitely book with you again.
Jayson Cambourne
Jayson C.
22:58 16 Jan 20
It had been a number of years since we skied in France and felt comfortable organising our recent trip to Val Thorens through Top Snow. Gilles was helpful and friendly in our communications and gave excellent advice. All the arrangements went seamlessly from our private transfer from the train station right through to collecting our lift passes, ski hire and registering the children for ski school. Our accommodation at Residence Oxalys was perfect for us; ski in/out, well appointed rooms, modern bathrooms and a kitchenette. The daily bakery delivery for breakfast was fabulous. A shout out also to the staff at Oxalys, everyone was polite and so helpful; Sandrine in particular. Thank you Gilles and Top Snow, such a fabulous holiday.
Amanda Thurbin
Amanda T.
10:42 16 Jan 20
Don't look anywhere else to book your snow travel! I was in charge of organising three families (including my own) for a ski holiday in France. Having some family in the UK, I was recommended a number of UK companies. I became overwhelmed with the information and the hard push to sell me the holiday asap through these companies. By accident I came across Top Snow Travel and contacted Gilles and his team. I was asked a few questions about who is in the party, exactly what we intend to do and what we wanted from a resort. We were recommended Avoriaz which all the other companies told was out of my price range. It was smooth sailing from there. We could pay in two instalments which included everything from ski pass' and equipment to transfers and accommodation. Gilles and his team were in constant communication including wishing me safe travels just before our travels and check up when we returned. The top selling points for me was I could pay in AUD and contact them in local time. I highly recommend Top Snow Travel who are now my snow travel agents for all future ski holidays for my family and I. Thank you Gilles and Team! x
Alisa B
Alisa B
11:11 15 Jan 20
Great service, excellent product knowledge, and reasonable prices. Highly recommend.
Tara Wheeler
Tara W.
08:35 15 Jan 20
Very impressed with level of knowledge at top snow - they booked an amazing holiday for us in Val Thorens
Katie Divall
Katie D.
01:44 14 Jan 20
We deeply appreciate all the help offered to us by Gilles from Top Snow Travel. From the outset, we were provided with exceptional service, excellent suggestions about travel and accommodation options and welcome advice about how best to fully embrace the experience of staying in a French ski resort . This level of support ensured that our much-anticipated holiday unfolded smoothly and even when we encountered travel hiccups due to the transport strikes in France, without hesitation or delay, we received timely assistance. Val d’Isere as a ski resort was amazing, and we were most fortunate with the amount of snow which only added to the experience ! The village is enchanting – a magical winter wonderland. Equally, the dining options on and off the mountain were superb and bounteous. Suffice to say, we ate extremely well! We will cherish our 2019 ski holiday in the French Alps and attribute its success to the guidance of Gilles and the team at Top Snow Travel. Thank you so much.
Alyson Gundry
Alyson G.
06:23 06 Jan 20

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