By Vicky Anscombe on 19 October 2015

If you're after the perfect skiing break, you don't need to travel for hours; the world's best skiing destination has been named as France.

Figures recently released from the Domaines Skiables de France show that the country has more skier days than any other, at 53.9 million. The USA, which came in at second place, only has 53.6 million days.

The most popular French resort is La Plagne, a French ski area in the alpine valley of the Tarentaise, which racks up an impressive 2 million skiing days in total.

A study released in September, conducted by the Ski Club of Great Britain, has shed some light on why France is the number one choice for skiers.

  • According to the report, over 40% of skiers from the UK fly to airports serving the French Alps, including Geneva, Grenoble and Chambery, with the sheer choice of resorts within reach of these areas being a main driver
  • Size and guaranteed snow were the top two reasons why people chose their skiing destination
  • France scores highest within Europe alongside Switzerland in terms of the quality of the skiing. This keeps skiers loyal and coming back year after year

Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott is a huge fan of skiing in France. "Having started to ski in France, gone to a mountain school in Flaine and had a small family apartment there, skiing in France has always been and will always be like home to me," she says.

Julian Walker, from, is convinced that France remains the best bet for skiers and snowboarders. "Good snow records, large ski areas, easy access and a choice of traditional villages and modern purpose built resorts that offer convenience," he says.

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