Ski holidays in France: Snow up your life!
Regions in France
The large ski areas of La Plagne, Val Thorens, Tignes and Valmeinier are located in a semi-circle around the Vanoise Massif in the southern Savoie Alps. Although there are still some gaps between the ski areas, they will one day be joined to become the largest winter sports territory in the world.
A winter sports region can hardly be more varying. This one reaches from the marginal mountain ranges of the French Pre-Alps to the Écrins Massif, the majestic high mountain scenery of the Dauphiné.
The département Haute Savoie in the eastern part of France boarders on the Swiss cantons Valais and Geneva, as well as on the Italian Aosta Valley. Haut Savoie is a region of superlatives as it is the possessor of a wonderful natural heritage. Europe's highest point, the Mont Blanc (4,810 m) lies here, as well as part of Lake Geneva, Lake Annecy, the river Rhône and Chamonix Valley. Winter sports fans can choose from an extensive selection of ski areas, including Chamonix, but also the areas Portes du Soleil and La Clusaz, which are world-famous.
The name is programme here: France's highest mountains (apart from the Mont Blanc) are situated in the département Hautes Alpes. The Barre des Ecrins (4,102 m) rises up high as the most southern 4,000 m-peak, surrounded by a number of similarly high mountains - including the Le Meije (3,983 m) and the Mont Pelvoux (3,946 m). Ideal conditions for diverse winter sports options. And therefore the ski areas of the Hautes Alpes attract guests with both quality and quantity. The Massif de Dévoluy offers 100 km of pistes, the Fôret Blanche has 185 km to offer and in Serre Chevalier it is even 250 km. Lots of space to run riot - for beginners and pros alike!
In southern France lays the département Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The region is especially well-known for it's wonderful landscape diversity. The impressive mix of deep canyons, massive mountain sides and mystic, rocky ridges makes the area the perfect destination for activity seekers. In winter holidaymakers will find charming ski villages with lots of hours of sunshine and pistes which stretch above 3,000 m altitude. Once of the largest ski areas of the southern Alps is the "Espace Lumière" with over 200 km of piste and two very family-friendly ski stations.
The Maritime Alps mean sea and high mountains in one breath. It is the distinctive contrast between deep blue sky and snowy winter landscape that creates the special attractiveness of the most southern winter sports area in the French Alps.
The mountain chain of the Pyrénées stretches over a total length of 430 km. It forms the natural boarder between the Iberian peninsula in the south and the rest of Europe in the north. The still fairly unknown areas provide a perfect counterbalance to the fuller ski areas in the Alps. Some of the areas are dotted over the French side of the mountain range - from small, family-friendly areas, via a thermal spa resort, right up to freeride hotspots.