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Alpe d'Huez ChamonixCourchevel
FlaineLa Plagne La Tania
Les ArcsLes Deux AlpesMorzine-Avoriaz
MéribelSerre Chevalier The Three Valleys
Tignes Val d’ IsèreVal Thorens

French Ski Resorts

Alpe d'Huez

 

Alpe d'Huez is located in the Grandes Rousses Mountains in the French Alps. The resort isn’t the most popular in France, but with an elevation of over 3,320 meters and over 123 runs it’s a great hill for all levels of skiers or snowboarders with its 84 lifts taking you to all areas of the hill. For you more advanced skiers out there the Sarenne run at over 16km is the longest black run in Europe. When you purchase a lift pass this will also enable you to ski at Les Deux Alpes and Serre Chevalier. There are also free buses available, which will get you around the resort. The The bucket lift can get you across the resort, but keep in mind it finishes at 5pm.

If you have come to Alpe d'Huez looking for nightlife then you have come to the wrong place. There are a few places to drink around the resort and in the town, but it’s generally on the quieter side compared to some of the other French resorts. For more information on Alpe d'Huez go to www.alpedhuez.com

 

 

 

 

Chamonix


The Mont Blanc region has three very popular hills Chamonix, Les Houches, and Les Carroz. Chamonix is one of the most famous winter sports destinations in Europe. There are over 140km of ski-runs and around 30,000 acres of off piste skiing. Chamonix is also a Mecca for snowboarders, as it gets some of the best snow in the world. Chamonix also caters to all types of skiers and snowboarders, so if you come you are guaranteed to find a run which suits you.

Chamonix is also famous for its party atmosphere as it is for its natural beauty and every night during the ski season the town is pumping with action well into the early morning. For more information on Chamonix go to www.chamonix.com

 

 

 

Courchevel


Courchevel is located in the gigantic Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys), which is the Savoie Alps of southeastern France, close to the Swiss and Italian borders. It’s considered one of the best resorts in France, if not Europe and Courchevel has excellent skiing and snowboarding that will suit anyone. It’s a part of the world’s largest fully lift inter-linked ski area, which spans over 600km of pistes.

There are hundreds of runs suiting all levels, but if you are a beginner or intermediate then you should check out Courchevel. If you are a beginner then you don’t need to pay for a lift ticket on your first day, as there are loads of lifts that are free of charge for all first timers. After your first day once you get a bit better you will need a lift pass, but the runs are ideal as there are loads of great green and blue runs.

Like most of the other resorts in the area, Courchevel offers a free shuttle bus service around the resort and to the surrounding villages. Also, there are a few gondola lifts that will also take you between villages.

Courchevel has the highest concentration of luxury accommodation in the world, so if you are on a budget it’s recommended that you look at accommodation in one of the four villages below the main resort.

The nightlife in Courchevel is one of the best in the region, as there are loads of pubs, bars and clubs that stay open till late. We recommend that you ask the locals when you arrive where the best places are, as there are always bars opening. For more information on Courchevel go to www.courchevel.com

 

 

 

Flaine


Flaine is located between Geneva and Chamonix in the Haute Savoie, which is in the northern part of the French Alps. It sits on the Grand Massif, which is one of the world’s largest ski areas. With an elevation of over 2,480m and 52 runs, it’s not the biggest resort in France, but it’s known as the artsy resort of France. It was designed by an architect named Marcel Breuer and it has several public art areas around the resort, which a work from Picasso

The resort of Flaine is for all levels, but its best suited for intermediate and advanced skiers with over 12 black trails, which the longest of these is the Samoëns. The longest run at Flaine is the Cascades, which is over 13km long and has some amazing views coming down. The biggest plus of this hill is that there is lack of crowds, which gives you loads of space when you are skiing or boarding. Flaine is surrounded by several major ski regions, which includes Les Portes du Soleil, Aravis, and the Mt Blanc region.

The nightlife in Flaine is considered to be one of the best in the area, as it has loads of great pubs, bars and clubs that stay open till late and are usually quite busy. For more information on Flaine go to www.flaine.com

 

 

 

La Plagne

 

La Plagne is located in the French region of Savoie, which is in the western Alps, near the Italian and Swiss borders. La Plagne is considered to be one of the most diverse ski resorts in Europe, as the Bellecote Glacier has elevation of over 3,200m, 134 runs and 105 lifts. La Plagne has linked itself with Les Arcs from across the valley, which now with the Paradiski area is now ranked in the world’s top five in terms of size.

Although La Plagne caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, it has some of the best intermediate and advanced runs in the country. The toughest black run called the Emile Allais is over 3.5km long, which is one of the most challenging hills you will ever encounter.

If you are looking for some other activities besides skiing and snowboarding, La Plagne has loads of other activities to do. There are ice rinks, an indoor climbing, paintballing and you can also try your luck on the Olympic Bobsleigh Run, which is an adventure for anyone.

The nightlife in La Plagne is considered excellent with loads of bars, pubs and clubs. A lot of the bars are in the Plagne Centre and around the hill. For more information on La Plagne go to www.la-plagne.com

 

 

 

La Tania

 

La Tania is located in the Courchevel Valley, between Méribel and Courchevel, in the Trois Vallées region near the Swiss and Italian borders. It’s one of the world’s newest resorts, as it was purposely built and first used for journalists during the 1992 Winter Olympics. Being so new it’s also state of the art, as all the local power is generated from hydro-electric energy. Also, because all the hotels have been recently built, most of the hotel rooms have easy access to the ski hill, which makes it stress free.

La Tania has an elevation of over 2,700m and it has over 118 runs it’s a great hill for any level of skier or snowboarder. If you are a beginner and intermediate skier or snowboarder. La Tania is an excellent hill to learn on due to all its green and blue runs.

The nightlife in La Tania isn’t too bad, as there is a good selection of bars, pubs and clubs to choice from. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you to Courchevel and Méribel, so if you are looking for a bit crazier nightlife then they would be the place to go to. For more information on La Tania go to www.latania.com

 

 

 

Les Arcs

 

Les Arcs is located in the Tarentaise region near Bourg St Maurice and Aiguilles de Chamonix mountain area and the peak of Mt Blanc tops out with an elevation of over 4,800 m above sea level. Les Arcs has linked itself with La Plagne from across the valley, which now with the Paradiski area is now ranked in the world’s top five in terms of size.

Les Arcs caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, but there are some excellent beginner and intermediate runs, which are very popular. If you are an advanced or expert skier or snowboarder then the black runs from the Aiguille Rouge are definitely worth checking out, as they are some of the best in the region. If you are into freestyle boarding the Apolcalypse Terrain Park is considered one of the best half pipes in the country.

The nightlife in Les Arcs is considered excellent, as it has a good variety of pubs, bars and clubs. The majority of the venues are located in the town. For more information on Les Arcs go to www.lesarcs.com

 

 

 

 

Les Deux Alpes

 

Les Deux Alpes is located in the Dauphiné area of the French Alps and it’s considered one of the liveliest resorts in the country and it’s also one of the original resorts as well. With an elevation of over 3,600m Les Deux Alpes is considered to be one of the world’s highest elevation resorts in the world. With over 104 runs and 51 lifts, it has something for every level of skier or snowboarder.

The nightlife in Les Deaux Alpes is excellent with loads of pubs, bars and clubs to choice from. Arguably the best club in Les Deaux Alpes is L’ Avalanche, which stays open till the early hours and it gets extremely busy. There are free shuttle buses in the resort that can take you from point A to point B. For more information on Les Deaux Alpes go to www.les2alpes.com

 

 

 

 

Morzine-Avoriaz

 

Avoriaz and Morzine are located by the Swiss border in the French Alpine region of Haute Savoie, which is one of the largest ski regions in Europe. Morzine is one of the oldest ski resorts in the country and skiers come for its traditional resort chalets, which many tourists look for.  Avoriaz is over 800 meters higher than Avoriaz and it’s a purpose built resort, which was France’s first car-free resort. The ski area between both resorts that joins it is called the Super Morzine, which is a massive area. Because of its location and miles and miles of terrain both these resorts cater to all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

The nightlife in both Morzine and Avoriaz are very lively, with loads of bars, pubs and clubs staying open till the early hours of the morning. For more information on Morzine and Avoriaz go to www.morzine.com or www.avoriaz.com


 

 

 

Méribel

 

Méribel is arguably the most popular and best resort in France and it’s located in the Savoie region of the French Alps and it’s in the same area as the Trois Vallées. It has the breathtaking Mt du Vallon, which stands almost 3,000 meters above sea level and it dominates the backdrop of Méribel.

The majority of the tourists who visit Méribel are manly a families, as it’s considered to be one of the top family winter destination resorts in Europe. Méribel and Trois Vallées combine for over 400 runs and 250 lifts, which makes it one of the most inviting resorts for every level of skier or snowboarder. There are many runs where you will find it’s just you skiing certain times of the year. For those more advanced skiers you try out Mauduit, which is a red run and was once an Olympic downhill course. Also, try your luck on the black run of La Face, which was once an Olympic downhill run as well. There is a free shuttle bus that runs every half hour and it links the town centre with the resorts.

If you are looking for nightlife in Méribel then you won’t be disappointed, as there are loads of excellent bars, pubs and clubs within the valley area. Some of the clubs get international DJs and stay open till the early hours of the morning. For more information on Méribel go to www.meribel.net

 

 

 

 

Serre Chevalier

 

Serre Chevalier is a series of villages that are located close to the Italian border in the glaciated upper Durance Valley in the French Alps. With an elevation of over 2,735 meters above sea level, 68 lifts and over 114 runs, it’s a resort that caters to everybody. This isn’t one of your more popular resorts in France, but with its good-value and excellent green and blue runs, its popular with most beginners.

If you are looking for nightlife in Serre Chevalier then Serre Chevalier isn’t the place for you, as its quiet compared to most of the other French resorts in the country. For more information on Serre Chevalier go to www.serre-chevalier.com

 

 

 

The Three Valleys


St Martin is a ski in-ski out village in the Alps and has excellent access into the Three Valleys network.  Recent investment has seen two very slow old chairs be replaces by a gondola and a fast quad chair, meaning a swift 1000m assent to the top of Tougnète, a peak it shares with Méribel.  Other improvements include the Granges high-speed six-seater chair which has replaced the two drag lifts heading up to Roc des 3 Marches (2700m), further improving links with Les Menuires.

The village of St Martin remains small and it’s not as modern as some of its neighbors, but it’s an excellent ski hill.  If you are looking for a quick getaway Geneva and Lyon are its closest airports. Other ski hills in The Three Valleys network are La Tania, Les Menuires, and of course Méribel, which has already been mentioned. The Three Valleys area is a very popular area and along with its price is highly recommended. For more information on The Three Valleys go to www.st-martin-belleville.com, www.skifrance.com and www.meribel.net

 

 

 

Tignes

 

Tignes is a purpose built resort that’s located in the French region of Savoie, close to the Swiss and Italian borders. It offers skiing and snowboarding year round thanks to Grande Motte Glacier, which is over 3,400m above sea level.

Tignes is split into five villages, which include Val Claret, Tignes-Le-Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boissesa and Tignes Les Brevières. Together with Val d'Isère, Tignes forms part of the 10,000-hectare Espace Killy ski area, which is a massive ski and snowboard area.

There are loads of runs to choice from, which will suit any level or snowboarder or skier, but for all of you advanced skiers and snowboarders out there try your luck on the Sache, which is a black run that most people find very challenging. Also, there are some excellent off-piste runs, which skiers and snowboarders enjoy. If you are a freestyler then there you will enjoy the half pipe and board cross course, which draws boarders from all over the area.

The nightlife in Tignes isn’t too bad for pubs, bars and clubs, but if you are wanting clubs or something a bit more livelier go to Val d'Isère, which is close by and has an excellent section of places to choice from. For more information on Tignes go to www.tignes.net

 

 

 

 

Val d’ Isère


Val d’ Isère and the neighboring ski resort of Tignes make up the Espace Killy ski area, which is in the Savoie area of the French Alps. Val d'Isère or better known as ‘Val’ from the locals is a traditional French alpine resort. During the 1992 Winter Olympics Val d'Isère, played host to several of the downhill events.

Together with Tignes, Val d'Isère forms part of the 10,000-hectare Espace Killy ski area, which is a massive ski and snowboard area.  Val d'Isère itself has over 300 km of piste and 137 different runs to choice from. Also, it has 97 lifts and 2 half pipes for all those freestyle snowboarders and skiers. Because of this Val d'Isère and Tignes are popular among families and all level of snowboarders and skiers. The Solaise has the most variety of runs and is the busiest on the hill. There is a free bus that takes you to all the villages around the resorts, so its easy to get around.

Val d’ Isère is highly recommended as it’s on the World Cup circuit and a favorite among the professionals. With some of the best nightlife in the French Alps, most of the club, bars and pubs stay open till the early hours of the morning.  Val d’Isère and Tignes are highly recommended and for more information go to www.tignes.net and www.valdisere.com
 

 

 

 

Val Thorens

 

Val Thorens is one of Europe’s highest resorts and its located in the French Savoie region and its apart of the massive Trois Vallées ski area. Val Thorens is one of the most picturesque resorts in France, as it has the Aiguille de Peclet, which stands over 3,500m and dominates the horizon.

The Trois Vallées ski area is one of the world’s best winter sports areas around. Due to its abundance of runs and off course activities, it’s defiantly in the top five places to go if you are looking for an excellent winter vacation. Considered one of the most difficult runs is the Combe de Caron, which is a long and challenging black run.

The nightlife in Val Thorens is considered to be some of the best in the region. With loads of bars, pubs and clubs that are busy most nights of the week in winter you won’t be disappointed. Two of the best clubs are Underground and Malaysia, which draw a packed house in peak tourist times and stays open till the early hours. For more information on Val Thorens got to www.valthorens.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



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