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France: A Secret Ski Destination

The attractions of France are well known, from the Eiffel Tower, to the fine cuisine, to the fashion houses and the historical sites. For some reason, people often overlook France as a ski destination, which is very strange, as there are  lots of opportunities for skiing there, from the slopes and chartered ski chalets in France, to the burgeoning ski culture, skiers young and old, new and experienced are sure to find the resort for them in this beautiful European country. Here are some of the best ski resorts in France:

 

Flaine
One of the largest ski resorts in the country, Flaine, which lies high up in the French Alps, close to Geneva airport, is one of the most modern resorts in the country. Famous for being car free, Flaine is also home to 141 separate runs and is believed by some to be blessed by some of the best snowfall in the region.

 

Les Arcs
Home to 106 runs and located in Savoie, Les Arcs’ altitude ranges from 810 to 3225 meters, with skiing possible from around 1200 meters. A mixture of open and wooden runs, Les Arcs boasts a reputation as a “mega resort”, thanks to the large and very different range of runs on offer.


Val Thorens

Also found in Savoie, the multi award-winning resort Val Thorens also holds the title of Europe’s highest ski resort at 2300 meters. It’s very popular with international skiers and has been part of the magnificent 3 valleés ski domain since 1972.

 

Val d’ Isère

Opened in the late 1930s, Val d’Isère is the best resort for confident skiers as beginners may find the slopes quite difficult. With an excellent reputation for snowfall, the resort is home to a number of championships, including Critérium de la Première Neige, which has been running since 1955 and is well known for its beautiful resort town, which is car free and exceptionally lively at night.

France is the perfect ski destination as it offers so many different resorts and terrains. You can check out the different ski resorts and ski chalets in France and enjoy a more Gallic winter sport experience.

Images by Su-May and ‘wok, used under Creative Commons license.

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

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