List of Essential Phrases For Your Winter Sports Holiday in France

The British love skiing and snowboarding in France – it’s the number one destination for British winter sports holidays, mainly due to the variety of slopes, choice of resorts and proximity to the UK.

But, getting a grip on the language can prove tricky, so Helen Watts from Alpine French School, based in the ski resort of Morzine, has come up with their essential (and some perhaps not so essential) list of phrases that will help any non-French speaker navigate the challenging terrain faced when enjoying the French mountains in winter time.

Good luck / Bonne Chance this winter and enjoy trying out some handy French phrases:

Where can I buy a lift-pass? = Où est-ce-que je peux acheter un forfait de ski?

Where is the nearest ski-lift? = Où se trouvent les remontées mécaniques les plus proches?

Where is the best bar? = Où se trouve le meilleur bar de la ville?

Where can I eat a fondue? = Où est-ce-que je peux manger une fondue?

I’ll have a steak and chips, well done please. = Je vais prendre un steak bien cuit avec des frites.

How is the snow today? = Comment est la neige aujourd’hui?

Do you have a piste-map? = Auriez-vous un plan des pistes?

Excuse me! = Pardon.

Sorry! = Désolé.

I’d like a ski pass for one week please. = Je voudrais un forfait pour une semaine.

Please don’t step on my skis! = Ne marchez pas sur mes skis s’il-vous-plait!

What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow? = Quel temps est-ce-qu’il va faire demain?

Where is the ski school? = Où se trouve l’école de ski?

I’m knackered, where’s the spa? = Je suis mort, où se trouve le spa?

Where is the Tourist office? = Où se trouve l’office de tourisme?

What is the best mountain restaurant? = Quel est le meilleur restaurant d’altitude?

Do you like my new ski jacket? = Vous aimez ma nouvelle veste de ski?

Will you go skiing with me today? = Tu veux skier avec moi aujourd’hui?

I love your ski outfit. = J’adore ta tenue de ski.

Wow that view is stunning. = Wouah cette vue est magnifique!

Look, there’s a Marmotte on the ski slope. = Regarde, il y a une marmotte sur la piste!

Will you marry me? = Tu veux m’épouser?

I’m lost, please can you guide me back to the nearest ski lift. = Je suis perdu, pourriez-vous m’indiquer le chemin pour rejoindre les remontées mécaniques?

I’d like to hire skis, boots and poles for a week please. = Je voudrais louer des skis, des chaussures de ski et des bâtons pour une semaine, s’il-vous-plait?

I’d like to hire a snowboard and boots for a week please. = Je voudrais louer des chaussures de snowboard pour une semaine, s’il-vous-plait.

That luminous ski suit should be illegal. = Une combinaison flashy comme celle-là, ça ne devrait pas être autorisé!

A large white coffee please. = Un grand crème s’il-vous-plait.

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Robert Stewart

Ski Editor at Snow.Guide

Robert has extensive knowledge and experience of winter sports and has been qualified to instruct and teach Alpine Skiing for over 20 years. He is also an experienced off-piste and backcountry skier and has competed in freestyle and freeride events around the world. Now a full-time ski writer and Director of Ski Press, Robert is Snow.Guide’s Ski Editor and contributes to many other snowsports, national and lifestyle publications.

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