Storming down the slopes or taking your first ski-steps, France’s ski resorts have everything set up for skiers of all levels of experience. So, whether you’re a pro snowboarder or you’re still not sure how a ski-lift operates have no worries, because you will absolutely find somewhere right for you.
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Alpe D’Huez is situated in the Central French Alps, and is one of the most well-known and highly regarded ski resorts in France. If you’re interested in the slopes, then Alpe D’Huez has got you covered, with some of the best ski slopes in the country, and perhaps the world, for skiers, snowboarders and more, such as the Sarenees ski run, which at 16km is the longest in Europe. The region is split into quarters, each with their own flavour, allowing for many activities such as horse-riding and hiking when you tire of the snow. For all these sports, Alpe D’Huez is actually best known for being a major ascent as part of the Tour de France.
Chamrousse’s name is something of a debate, with some believing it comes from pre-Celtic terms for ‘high, bare and stony plateau’, and others coming from the red of the sunsets on the snow in the region.
Wherever the name came from, Chamrousse is a resort for beginners and pros alike, with two separate sides of the resort dedicated to each. Parallel slaloms allow skiers to test themselves in safety, while the more experienced can challenge themselves by skiing through the trees or the courses tied to the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. All the courses are colour-coded, so make sure you know which ones suit your level of ability.
Puy-Saint-Vincent is in southern France, about 135km south-east of Grenoble. The resort is very much all about the slopes, allowing visitors to buy packages suited whether they see themselves as a lone wolf among skiers, visiting as a couple, or travelling as a larger group. It sits on the edge of the Les Ecrins National Park, and is especially well known for the quality of its snow, where at 1600m it has something of its own micro-climate which ensures ideal snowfall for the slopes.
is spread over several ‘boroughs’, extending as it does over 250km of valleys and pistes. The name comes from two words meaning ‘hills’ and ‘flock’ in an ancient dialect of southern France known simply as, ‘Oc’. With such a vast stretch open to it, Serre-Chevalier has everything from the ski-slopes to dog-sledding, driving-on-ice lessons (not for the faint-hearted, snowmobiles and even a hot air balloon, from which you can survey the beauty of the mountains below.
Tignes is a resort which offers everything, from the bread-and-butter of the slopes, to the hosting of large music concerts at night. The sports facilities here are regularly used by professional teams of all sports for altitude training, so whatever your poison you can be sure that Tignes does it just about as well as it can be done. There’s even an ice rink, so alongside the swimming pool and the cinema, you’ll find something suited to you at Tignes