The French Alps are known for their ski slopes, chalets and the warm welcome guests receive. Courchevel, Annecy, Grenoble… these names are known not only to avid skiers or snowboarders, but also to people far removed from winter sports. In this article we will tell you about the best resorts in France, where it’s pleasant not only to relax, but also to ride the slopes.
Chamonix, overlooking the Mont Blanc
The town of Chamonix is situated in a wonderful place overlooking the highest peak in Western Europe, Mont Blanc Mountain. The altitude is 1035 meters above sea level. Chamonix is a famed destination for climbers in summer and for skiers in winter.
In addition, there’s a nature preserve neearby: Ice Sea (Mer de Glace), one of the most visited in the world.
Near Chamonix you’ll find a lot of entertainment besides skiing. You can go to the town of Annecy, ascend Mont Blanc by train, take walks in the caves and a lot more.
The resort’s official website: www.chamonix.com
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Three Valleys (Les Trois Vallées): the largest ski resort
The Three Valleys is a huge resort complex that combines several locations in the Vanoise mountain range. It includes:
- Courchevel (see hotels here),
- Méribel (best hotels),
- Les Ménuires (look for hotels),
- Val Thorens (see hotels here),
- La Tania (find hotels here),
- Brides-les-Bains (good hotels)
- and Orelle (hotel offers).
The Three Valleys is the largest alpine resort, and you’ll find that no matter what you like to do, it’s difficult to get bored. There are stations for every taste, from the Savoy charm of Meribel to chic Courchevel. Especially pleasing is the fact that you can ski here tirelessly and almost never get to the same track!
Le Trois Vallée offers 600 km of slopes, fully connected by ski elevators.
The resort’s official website: www.les3vallees.com
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Avoriaz: alpine serenity
Situated at an altitude of 1800 m above sea level, Avoriaz is a modern resort in the heart of Port du Soleil. Between the forest and the mountains and closed off to cars, the village blends in perfectly with the surrounding alpine nature. After skiing on the slopes of Port du Soleil (total length – 650 km), you can visit Aquariaz, the hot spring center, with a temperature of 29 ° C.
Although you won’t see a single car in Avoriaz, there are other modes of transportation. The proximity of the resort to nature is its main advantage.
The resort’s official website: www.avoriaz.com
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Les 2 Alpes: the largest snowpark
In the Oisans Mountains, on the border between the Southern and Northern Alps, is a dynamic resort: Les 2 Alpes. It is the largest ski slope chain in Europe. The resort is located at the level of 3600 m above sea level. Part of it is covered with snow almost all year round, so skiers can be found here both in winter and in summer.
The station is also continuing to develop its snowpark: a large playground, a snow pipe, a wall, a slide area for beginners with large cushions have been installed at the bottom of the slopes.
The resort’s official website: www.les2alpes.com
Chamrousse: a real Olympic village
On the southern edge of the Belledonne mountain range you can find the Chamrousse resort, which was built in a lovely forest. It offers an exceptional view of the valley of Grenoble. The station was used during the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. Many future Olympic champions have performed or trained here.
The resort’s official website: www.chamrousse.com
Saint-Dalmas le Selvage: ski racing
Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage is the highest village in the Alpes-Maritimes (1347 m – 2916 m). This is an ideal resort for cross-country skiing enthusiasts. In the heart of nature with untouched landscapes such as the pass of Braïssa (2599 m), Mont-Aunos (2514 m), la croix de Carlé (2529 m), the pass of Moutière (2454 m), and the ice waterfall of Gialorgues, you’ll certainly find your happiness.
While it’s known for cross-country skiing, it’s a great place for snowboarding as well.
The resort’s official website: saintdalmasleselvage.com
Le Sauze – family resort
Le Sauze is famous as a family resort. This ski resort, located in the Ubaye Valley, has a lot to offer. In addition to the joy of skiing, do not miss a tour of the village Igloo Inuksuk, a real village with six Igloos in Inuit traditions!
The resort’s official website: www.sauze.com
Megève: the most exclusive resort in the world
Megève has preserved its charm as an authentic mountain village. Surrounded by three mountain ridges with gentle slopes and green forests, this fourteenth century medieval village has luxurious stores, cobbled streets, unique atmosphere and, of course, wonderful ski routes.
It is a fashionable resort, where chalets, hotels and restaurants tirelessly fight for their prestige.
The resort’s official website: www.megeve.com
Serre-Chevalier: the sunniest resort in the world
It is one of the largest ski resorts in the Alps, with 250 km of slopes. It is located at altitudes from 1200 to 2800 m above sea level. At the foot of the highest peaks you can visit Ecrins, a sunny national park.
Serre Chevalier is one of the sunniest places in the Alps: the sun shines here 300 days a year!
The resort’s official website: www.serre-chevalier.com
Enjoy your stay in the French Alps!