SKIING IN France

FRANCE INTERESTING FACT NO. 5
FRANCE INTERESTING FACT NO. 5

There are over 300 kinds of cheese in France

FRANCE INTERESTING FACT NO.9
FRANCE INTERESTING FACT NO.9

At 2300m Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe.

FRANCE INTERESTING FACT NO. 1
FRANCE INTERESTING FACT NO. 1

France is the most visited country in the world.

Whether you’re after a quaint village with a small ski hill or modern facilities with never-ending pistes, or anything in between, France has it all.

There are more than 300 resorts in France, most of which are expansive, high-altitude resorts in the Alps (in the southeast of the country) bordering Switzerland and Italy. If you’re skiing in Chamonix you even have the option of day trips to resorts in both those countries. A small number of resorts are in the Pyrenees, bordering Spain.

Since most resorts stretch up the spine of the French Alps, the views on a fine day are nothing short of spectacular. The rugged peaks go on for miles, and many resorts have views all the way to Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc (4810m/15781ft). Picturesque valleys with small villages complement the mountain views.

Of course you’ll be spoilt for fantastic (albeit often expensive) food, wonderful (and usually great value) wine and, depending on the resort, generally a vibrant après party scene.

Skiing in the Alps underwent a gigantic growth spurt in the 60s and 70s with purpose-built resort towns popping up high in the valleys and mountains. This means many resorts lack European charm but instead have (unpleasant looking) high-rise hotels clustered around the ski-run bases – though many of these are now undergoing an upgrade. If charm and tradition are more your taste, there are still plenty of options that, conveniently, have world-class resorts attached.

Currently Scout covers the three main resorts in the 3 Vallées (Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens), Chamonix and Val d’Isere with more to come after the 2016 season ends.

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