France is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world for skiing, thanks to its renowned mountain ranges and easy accessibility. Its diverse terrain makes it a perfect place for all types of skiers, regardless of their skill and experience.
Below are some of the best ski resorts in France.
Located in the central part of France, Besse Super Besse is ideal for families with young kids. There is a separate snow play area for kids below four years of age and a child minding area for kids who are three months or older. For kids between five and eight, there is a slower tubing area. Another advantage is that this resort is slightly away from the busy alpine slopes.
Courchevel is popular for novices and intermediaries who are learning to ski. Though this resort is better known for its glitz and large areas, it has many areas suited for novices such as those with mild gradients, nursery slopes and easy lifts. The downside to this place is that it is forbiddingly expensive, thereby making it unaffordable to budget travelers. Ironically, it also tends to be heavily crowded. So, save up money and visit Courchevel if you want to catch glimpses of celebrities during your skiing trip.
8: Le Corbier
Le Corbier is another French Alps skiing facility located in Les Seybelles mountains. A distinct aspect of this ski resort is that it is located at an altitude of 1500m, so it is possible to ski or snowboard back to the top. Also, the terrain is fairly easy, making it ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers. The higher altitudes are a good choice for expert skiers who are looking for new challenges.
Aussois is one of the relatively unknown ski resorts in the Maurienne Valley. Since it is located relatively towards the end of French Alps, it is perfect for anyone looking to combine a skiing trip with a tour of rural France. Also, there are many non-skiing activities such as wildlife safaris, paragliding and ice climbing that is sure to keep visitors enthralled all through the year. To add to this charm, the pricing is more affordable than many other big names in the French Alps region.
If you want to visit one of the oldest ski resorts in France, then pack your bags to Megeve. It’s pretty village, cobbled streets and old-style wooden buildings offer a glimpse into the past. Its not just the atmosphere, but also the slopes that bring in millions of visitors every year to Megeve. In fact, it has varied runs for both novices and intermediate skiers that winds through the wooden buildings, thereby giving skiers a unique experience altogether.
Meribel is the perfect skiing spot for throwing a party in style. This is one of the few ski resorts that have a DJ and a snow dancing floor with gentle slopes. It also has some of the best ski chalets in France, and this adds to its charm. On the flip side, the prices tend to be hugely expensive.
Avoriaz is a village by itself and is one of the best places for a family skiing trip. It is safe and car-free, so older kids and teens can move around on their own. It has perfect terrain for young kids as well as older ones, so that adults can catch up on some adult skiing. The “Village des Enfants” located in the central part of this resort is a leisure center where kids can relax and enjoy. There are also skiing classes for skiers of all ages.
3: Val d’lsere
This resort is located in a high and yet remote valley, so it offers plenty of privacy for skiers. Due to its height and terrain, only the most experienced skiers prefer to come here, so it is relatively less crowded when compared to many other skiing resorts. However, the lower stretches are good for intermediates too.
2: Les Arcs
Les Arcs has one of the world’s biggest verticals that is sure to excite any expert skier. At the same time, there are also a range of different terrain to ensure that skiers of all levels can enjoy skiing on the slopes of French Alps. It is perfect for cross-country skiers as well.
Chamonix Ski Resort in the Mont Blanc region of French Alps is one of the best resorts in the world. It has some of the most challenging and difficult terrains in the world, and this makes it attractive for experienced skiers who are looking for that extra kick in every skiing trip.
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