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Experience the magic of the mountains on a winter vacation within the French Alps, the place you can find top-class snowboarding, breathtaking surroundings and the warmest of welcomes…

France is a paradise in ready for anybody who loves winter sports activities. Whether it is cross-country snowboarding, whizzing down the slopes, tobogganing or bobsleighing, you can find someplace to fit your pursuits. Catering for everybody, from teams of mates to households with children to {couples} on the lookout for a romantic getaway, and whether or not you desire a snow-clad hideaway or a bustling après-ski scene, the Alps have you ever coated.


Just one hour from Grenoble, Alpe d’Huez is called ‘the Island within the Sunshine’, having fun with a median of 300 sunny days a 12 months. But that does not cease the fantastic snowboarding at this well-known resort which dates again to 1936. Here you can find the Sarenne, the longest run on the planet at a size of 16km.
At an altitude of 1,450m, overlooking the dramatic Sarenne gorge, Huez is a postcard- excellent mountain village providing retailers, bars, eating places, cozy gites and many to do.


Over the previous century, the legendary Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley has witnessed the emergence of some nice champions and is a spot that each one the world’s winter sports activities followers dream of. From the magical environment of the snow-capped villages, head to the north-facing Les Grands Montets ski space, the final word vacation spot for freeride fans and lovers of steep slopes. Or attempt Le Brévent and La Flégère, excellent for leisure snowboarding on the ‘roof of Europe on the foot of the Aiguilles Rouges. From Planpraz, take off in a two-seater paraglider or evaluate your occasions within the slalom space on the Balme-Vallorcine ski space. Or attempt some snow shoe trekking or cross-country snowboarding.


Enjoy all the thrill of a bustling resort simply an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, two hours from Lyon and 4 hours from Paris by TGV. At the summit of the Grandes Platières, at an altitude of two,500m, you can be blown away by 360° views over the Mont Blanc, Aravis, Belledonne and Jura mountain ranges. Nestling at altitudes of 1,600m to 2,500m, Flaine enjoys a novel geographical location on the coronary heart of a pure cirque, and better of all, it boasts unbelievable snow cowl proper up till the tip of the season.

The thrill of the slopes at Flaine © OT FLAINE/M.DALMASSO


In the Tarentaise valley, dealing with Mont Blanc, La Plagne is a resort made up of typical Savoyard villages and the perfect spot for a vacation to recollect. It is thought for its big ski space, with lots of of kilometers of runs by forests, sinkholes and glaciers. In Paradiski, you will discover 425km of runs, 70% of them above 2,000m. Armed along with your ski move and the unbelievable Yuge app, search out the 18 enjoyable zones, problem your pals on a downhill run and take an ‘within the air’ selfie on the chairlifts. Follow howls of laughter on a toboggan with an unbelievable descent on the bobsleigh monitor, a night in an igloo, leisure within the spa or a get-together over a fondue.

on prime of the world in La Plagne, © VALENTINVION.FR


In winter, the Les Arcs/Peisey-Vallandry mountain space is the right spot to expertise some actual adrenaline rushes. Discover snow-riding sports activities, swoop down the slopes (keeping track of your velocity!) or be taught all in regards to the native atmosphere. And that is not all: Domaine de Montagne integrates a component of environmental consciousness into every of its new areas so you possibly can get pleasure from your vacation whereas serving to to have a optimistic impression on the world.


For 60 years now, Les Menuires ski resort, which sits at an elevation of 1,850m, has been thought of the protected wager of the three Vallées. Every winter, these on the lookout for recent snow come and keep on the unbelievable ski-in, ski-out lodging for an unforgettable vacation and top-class snowboarding. Les Menuires is on the middle of the most important ski space on the planet and is the perfect vacation spot for a vacation within the mountains as a household or with mates. With 600km of slopes and breathtaking surroundings at each flip, you possibly can count on optimum snow cowl and a unbelievable snowboarding expertise right here.

Les Menuires is an unforgettable vacation spot, © SYLVAIN AYMOZ


Nestled on the foot of the Mont-Blanc massif, elegant Megève is stuffed with treasures. Experienced cross-country skiers, followers of the basic type and skaters too will adore the distinctive setting of the Nordic space, beneath the Aiguilles Croches and the Côte 2000, which presents 45km of trails. From novices’ routes to very technical loops, from sporty climbs to enjoyable descents, these Nordic tracks crisscross between sunny plateaus, immaculate fields and snowy forests, providing breathtaking panoramas. Whether you want contemplative cross-country snowboarding or sporty, difficult cross-country snowboarding, you’re certain to seek out the monitor of your goals in Megève. Plus the village is famend for its connoisseur eating!


Unspoilt landscapes, leisure to go well with all ages and tastes and high quality lodging all mix to make Méribel a beautiful Alpine escape.
Alongside six different resorts (Courchevel, Brides-les-Bains, Saint-Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle), Méribel kinds a part of the three Vallées – the biggest ski space on the planet and a Mecca for winter sports activities followers . Méribel is completely situated to succeed in the summits inside minutes and uncover the neighboring resorts, with 600km of slopes on its doorstep.

The village itself is the legacy of architect Charlotte Perriand, who constructed it in concord with the Savoyard type, utilizing wooden, native stone and mountain slate. For one thing slightly bit totally different, get pleasure from the great thing about the encircling panorama whereas horse using, snowshoeing, ski touring, cross nation snowboarding, biathlon or climbing.


Méribel presents magnificent vistas, © SYLVAIN AYMOZ


Located within the French Alps, on the coronary heart of the Vanoise National Park, Tignes’ ski space is linked with Val d’Isère and is unfold over 300km of pistes from its highest level (the Grande Motte glacier at 3,456m) to its lowest ( Tignes les Brévières at 1,550m). Adrenaline followers will wish to head for the ice-diving website, the Bun J Ride platform or the Expedition Cobra sledging course; whereas lovers of wide-open areas will get pleasure from discovering Tignes from the sky with a paragliding or microlight session, whereas the kids can be charmed by a canine sledding trip or a bungee-trampolining session.



This village nestled in the course of the peaks, on the sting of the Vanoise National Park, boasts huge landscapes, dramatic slopes and an genuine Alpine environment. Connected to Tignes by 300km of unbelievable skiable terrain, you possibly can sit up for snow proper by till April/May. Follow the path left by the legends of world snowboarding on the legendary face of Bellevarde. There are loads of actions, pleasant après-ski choices and a alternative of luxurious resorts and rustic chalets to remain in.

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Winter Wonderland: Ski Resorts in the French Alps