Visitors to France has always been enticed by romance, cuisine,art and fashion that France provides, but ardent skiers flock to France for a glorious skiing experience. The Mighty French Alps are home to the highest peaks of the Alpine mountainsandthe most expansive ski terrain in the world, making it the hottest (or rather the coolest) ski destination in Europe.
Alpine glaciers guarantee optimum snow conditions all seasons of the year. Slopes range from gentle hills to mighty peaks, so every skier finds his niche. Throw in the local color- charming alpine scenery, gourmet fareand lively après ski; French skiing is exceptional by any standards.
The French have redefined the traditional ski holiday.Air-boarding, biathlon, glacier skiing, snow scooting, mountain biking,ski-joring (skiing while being pulled by a horse), are but a few extra-curricular activities rarely found anywhere else
The French Alps encompass a massive network of terrain and resorts in a hyper connected loop. Major ski stations of the Alps including Paradiski, Les Portes du Soleil and Les TroisVallées offer shared access- one super ski pass connecting allthe resorts . In effect, the skier is rewarded with over 300 trails of a ranges, 40 parks, 33 gondolas and three cable cars-almost 26,000 acres of ski domain!
A few world renowned French ski resorts are:
Méribel is a traditional village resort in the Les TroisVallées( 3 valleys) area . Méribel Valley is an ideal choice for family holidays as it offers a good mix of easy runs and tough courses.This resort facilitates disabled skiing, heli skiing, and ski touring.
Chamonix, the vibrant town nestled in the foot of Mont Blanc , promises an exhilarating time for advanced skiers with challenging skiing and off-piste terrain, enormous slopes, skiing through forests,and free rides.
Val d Isère is a premium sporting resort in the Northern Alps. This resort hosted the 92 winter Olympics and frequently hosts Alpine sporting events. The demanding terrain attracts international athletes to the resort. The ski season goes on till May.
Portes du Soleil( door to the sun) is one of the massive resort complexes that straddles across France and Switzerland. It connects more than a dozen ski stations into a giant ski resort with around 200 lifts and over 400 miles of trails.
The French offer a great range in accommodation- self-catering apartments, hostels , traditional chalets and elite resorts- that suit all budgets and tastes. The major hotels and chalets are family friendly providing excellent childcare services. There are offbeat and adventurous lodging available too! Igloo nights are an extraordinary concept where five star comfort meets the wilderness, where the tourist gets an extraordinary adventure under the stars.
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- France has two major international airports in Paris, and number of smaller airports that fly to and fro European destinations. Visa is required for non-European travelers
- Train and ferry services are available for travelers from U.K and Ireland. Eurostar Ski Train operate directly from London to the Alps
- A local tourist charge of approx. EUR1-1.5 per person per day is payable locally.
- Public transport is efficient .Flexipass issues a limited number of stops within the entire six-month operating season
- Skiing insurance is recommended for travelers