All the newspapers talk about it: snow is falling everywhere in France . Rather than staying stuck at home, it’s time to go to the ski resorts. Discover this top 10 of the best ski resorts in France .
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1 – Alpe-d’Huez
Located on a south-facing plateau, at an altitude of 1860m, beginners or top- level skiers rub shoulders on the 250km of slopes of the domain. The Alpe d’Huez / Grand Domaine ski area is home to Alpe d’Huez and the five village resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, La Garde, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard-Reculas.
2 – The 3 valleys
It would be one of the largest ski areas in the world. The 3 valleys have 600 km of tracks located on six sites or communes, in the Vanoise massif. This is where the highest resort in Europe is: Val Thorens, but also Courchevel, Méribel and Les Menuires (the station that holds the largest capacity of France for children). The domain would have no less than 2,000 snow cannons.
3 – Chamonix
For this third place, we go to Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc . Divided into 4 areas: Grands Montets, Brévent / Flégère, Domaine de Balme and Les Houches, it offers a multitude of slopes for all levels in a variety of sites. Note that the Green Houches is a black run Les Houches regularly selected for downhill world cups.
4 – The Contamines
The Contamines have become over the years the world capital of mountaineering . As a result, cross-country ski trails are up to 36 kilometers long depending on the snow, at an altitude of about 1,200 meters.
5 – Val d’Isère
Considered one of the world’s ski capitals, Val d’Isère does its utmost to keep its rank of the most beautiful resort in the world alongside Vail (United States), Kitzbühel (Austria) or St. Moritz (Switzerland). She has been selected for the organization of the 2009 Alpine World Ski Championships.
6 – Megeve
It was in the 1910s that the Rothschild family made it one of its resorts. Today, with 325 km of slopes, the estate is ideal for a family clientele . You can also make a detour to the village with its old neighborhoods and narrow streets.
7 – La Grave – The Meije
It’s a small area, 100% off piste, in a fantastic setting. You can also go there if the world of glaciers fascinates you as much as it scares you . These frozen rivers are a mixture of nature’s power and fragility, especially in the face of climate change.
8 – Orcières
Located in the Champsaur valley, near the Mercantour, Orcières has evolved alongside its family customers . Between snowscoot and airboard, you can test the Roller Cable, the largest zip line in Europe: a cable stretched over 1870m at 2600m altitude.
9 – Montgenèvre
Located between the Clarée Valley and the Susa Valley, Montgenèvre mixes the charm of a family and pedestrian village to that of an international resort that goes upmarket . We advise you to do the Monty Express, the longest toboggan run in France fixed on a monorail, with 1400 m descent.
10 – Massif of Sancy
Located in the Puy-de-Dôme, this territory includes 16 municipalities. A destination for the general public with downhill skiing, a snowpark, Nordic skiing and leisure centers for the youngest .
This top 10 is now finished. Where are you going when you ski?