Ski France


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Ski France

 

You will find a wealth of slopes in France. During the winter, the Alps and the somewhat cheaper Pyrenees and Vosges offer more than a hundred excellent skiing facilities -- both for 'ski alpin' (downhill) and 'ski de fond' (cross-country). There are over 102 different resorts. The island of Corsica also features both types of skiing from December to April.

 

In the French Alps, the most famous ski venue is Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, though skiing is by no means the only attraction. Chamonix is the oldest and largest of French winter-sports resorts and site of the first Winter Olympics, held in 1924. The world's tallest cable car soars 12,000 feet up the Aiguille du Midi, for wonderful views of 15,700-foot Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak.

 

Throughout the year, visitors can partake in the music and folk festivals, conferences, an alpine museum, fishing and hunting, an 18-hole golf course, 3 movie theaters, 5 discotheques, a casino, games of boules, bowling and bridge, and a library.

 

The adventurous can also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, ice skating, luge, river rafting, rock climbing, squash, swimming, tennis, and tobogganing.

 

Chic, expensive Megève, Courchevel, and fashionable Méribel are also world-class resorts. Val d'Isère is one of Europe's most exclusive. Nearby Tignes and novice-friendly Morzine are also good bets. Serre-Chevalier is linked by cable car to Briançon.

 

FRENCH SKI RESORTS

 

 

Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Chamonix is a year-round sightseeing destination thanks to its fantastic environment and major attractions such as the Aiguille du Midi cable car (3842) or the red cog-wheel train of Montenvers which climbs to the famous « Mer de Glace ».A resort where there is something for everyone, Chamonix is a sure seller, whether during the winter season or summer.

 

Of the valley's 15 000 permanent inhabitants, more than 10 000 reside in the town of Chamonix Mont-Blanc. With numerous hotels, restaurants and shops, this mountain community remains active throughout the year. Lying at the foot of one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Alps, Chamonix is also the cradle of mountaineering history; a town rich in tradition and local colour as well as outstanding attractions.

 

The ski season begins around mid-December but depending on snow conditions, the lifts may open much sooner. Natural spring snow allows for great skiing up until the 8th of May when the season officially ends.

 

Meribel

The five resorts that make up the 3 Vallées offer skiing and snowboarding to suit every levels. Meribel is the perfect skiing base for them all; Courcheval, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, La Tania and of course Meribel. Ski enthusiasts will appreciate wide-open spaces with over 200 lifts, 320 miles of prepared runs – all accessible with a single ski pass The 3 Valleys is one of the world’s largest ski areas. You can cover 600 kilometers of ski runs without ever taking your skis off.

 

Meribel is widely considered to be one of the most outstanding of the French resorts, it never ceases to seek ways to improve service for its exclusive guests. Meribel is introducing a number of special services, such as the new “Prêt skier” ski pass, a “hands-free” lift ticket that substantially facilitates access to the vast 3 Valleys ski area; a GPRS system that allows skiers to check on the condition of ski runs via their cell phones, in real-time; lift-tickets that may be renewed directly over the Internet; and a CD that permits clients to familiarize themselves with the entire 3 Valleys ski area by way of spectacular 3D imagery.

 

Since its beginning, Meribel has been very mindful of the valley environment that lies at the heart of its charm. The resort does everything within its power to preserve this special setting. Whether in terms of energy issues, slope development or refuse management, the resort does not shy away from embracing a strong environmental policy. Apart from these innovations designed to improve access to the resort and its services.

 

Chatel

Just a stone's throw from Switzerland, Châtel ensures it stands out among the French resorts thanks to its unique traditions which include woodcarving, its thriving farming economy and the generosity that you'll find everywhere, a sign of the open-mindedness of the people here. In Châtel you'll find everything the perfect village resort has to offer.

 

A lively village centre, perfectly preserved mountain architecture, skiing in the vast unspoiled spaces of the Portes du Soleil, with little side routes here and there that you can follow on foot, on snowshoes or on skis. The surrounding countryside is truly magnificent.