Cheese, wine, the Eiffel Tower, and the Mona Lisa are all cliches or France. Of course it has these things, but when the snow is falling, everyone is throwing their croissants on the table and heading for the hills. Some of the best places to enjoy your favorite winter sports are just a hop away. Here are some of the top spots to visit when wanting to get in the snow while in France.
Attention confident skiers- Chamonix is the hot spot! Extreme skiing and daring cable cars are what this spot is all about. This is for the hardcore skiers so if you’re looking for a little kid slope, go somewhere else. Besides having wicked vertical descents and a choice of five mountains to tear up, save some energy for the fun nightlife.
Despite the relatively sunny area, Alpes d’Huez is another wonderful spot to show your snow skills on your skiing holidays. Varied skill levels are welcomed at this destination, and it’s also a popular spot for families ready to jump in the snow. The infamous Saranne is a 16 kilometer piste, but surely not the only one in the area.
Another family hot spot, but certainly not well-known yet, is the Serre Chevalier. Free-riders are welcomes here as the amazing tree runs and off-piste make it a haven.
This spot boarders Italy, so if you want to get a taste of both countries skiing, just upgrade your pass to the Milky Way and enjoy a few gos on Italy’s slopes. This spot is also family friendly and is said to have some of the most snow in the Alps.
Retaining it’s very French and authentic vibes, the resort of La Clusaz is a fabulous destination for any avid snow lover. The terrain is massive and is super close to Geneva. If you are a confident skier or boarder, take yourself to the Massif de Balme, the highest point in the area.
Popular with the Brits for it’s epic snow is Morzine. It’s a good jumping point to explorePort du Soleil, and is known for some of the best skiing in Europe. Besides getting to tear up the slopes on some of the best snow on the continent, you should surely check out the town too. There is a vibrant nightlife tucked away in the sweet town but busy town. The skill levels in the spot range due to the extensive ski area available here.
Located in the corners of Switzerland and France, “the jewel in the crown of the Portes du Soleil” this beautiful spot is great for ay skier or boarder out there. Family friendly, yet offering some ridiculously steep mogul run, it has something for everyone. Don’t forget to take yourself to the “Wall” for the epic steep runs, but only if you’re experienced enough.
A variety of levels are welcomes at this resort. There is excellent skiing to be had for everyone, as well as an exciting nightlife. This popular spot is renowned in the Alps and you will have to get here to see why. After some snowfall, heading to Mont Vallon is a breathtaking choice.
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