Hundreds of miles of pristine ski slopes have made the French Alps one of Europe’s best spots for winter sports enthusiasts. It’s no wonder the area has been such a popular skiing getaway for generations of British holidaymakers. Year-round snow, world class slopes and picture-perfect blue skies attract thousands of skiers every year. Visit the famous Three Valleys area of the French Alps, where the popular resorts of Meribel, Les Menuires and Courchevel are found. Skiers of all abilities will find a suitable slope here. If you want a real downhill challenge, then there are top-notch facilities to be found for both skiers and snowboarders in Chamonix.
One of the biggest selling points of a French Alps holiday is the après-ski scene. There are plenty of opportunities for a spot of evening’s entertainment or just to rest your weary legs after a tough day on the slopes. You’ll come across swimming pools, cinemas, bowling alleys and ice rinks in the resorts here, along with tons of great bars and restaurants. Refuel for the next day’s skiing by tucking into the excellent local French grub.
It’s not all about winter sports on a French Alps holiday. Climbers and hikers head to the French Alps during the warmer summer months, when some of the snow has melted away. Base yourself in a town such as Grenoble or Annecy before spending a week or two walking through the national parks of the French Alps. If you’re keen to head uphill, then the Mont Blanc area is the perfect spot to test your climbing skills.
There’s around 100 miles of pistes in the four areas that make up the Chamonix valley. While there are beginner slopes available, Chamonix is a top-notch spot to test yourself on blue and red runs. If you’re keen to take in the scenery as much as the slopes, then ski tours run here too. Those looking for a break from the slopes can enjoy tons of fun activities in Chamonix, including paragliding and sleigh rides. As the evening closes in, enjoy a boogie in Chamonix’s lively nightlife scene.Les Menuires
Perfect for skiers of all abilities, the slopes of Les Menuires are ideal for a family holiday. There’s plenty of beginner pistes here for those first nervy descents. If you’re more advanced, then head to the challenging off-piste routes of the Peclet and Chaviere glaciers. There’s tons of other fun to be had in Les Menuires, including trampolining, rubber-ring toboggan rides and snowshoeing.Grenoble
Picture soaring mountains, dramatic gorges, winding rivers and hidden valleys. The beautiful town of Grenoble is blessed with some stunning scenery. Grenoble is a lively and youthful city, with a large student population. There are some great hiking routes running into the mountains from Grenoble, while the ski slopes can be reached within a few minutes.
Exploring the French AlpsHiking and snowshoeing
It’s tough to take in the scenery of the French Alps when you’re plummeting down the mountain. Why not take your time to admire the surroundings by heading off on one of the well-marked hiking trails. These are accessible at any time of the year. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, rent a pair of snowshoes and head off on a cross-country expedition through the alpine forests of the Vanoise National Park. You might even spot a golden eagle or a mountain ibex.Bobsleighing
The Olympic bobsleigh track of La Plagne was built for the 1992 Winter Games and it’s now a popular spot for thrill-seeking tourists. Jump into a four-man bob with some of your mates and descend the mile-long track at a frightening speed. You won’t be alone. Thousands of daredevils plummet down the track every year.Ice climbing
Holidaymakers who feel like bulking up their biceps should try their hand at ice climbing. It can be a tough and scary experience to climb a sheet of ice on the mountains of the French Alps. But there’s an artificial ice tower in Paradiski where you can work on your climbing skills. Equipment is provided and you can tackle increasingly difficult routes.Skiing
The ski resorts of the French Alps are a massive network of interconnecting slopes. Hop aboard one of the lifts and you can reach virtually any slope you want. Snow quality is excellent here, with most of the skiing done at a high altitude. That makes for a long season of winter sport fun.
One of the best things about a tough day on the slopes of the French Alps is that you won’t feel guilty about tucking into the local grub. The food here is rich, hearty and absolutely delicious. Expect lots of cheeses, rich stews and some meaty delights. The old favourite of fondue is one of the classic dishes of the area, along with gratin-style pasta casseroles such as tartiflette. Those with a sweet tooth should try gateau de savoie - an almond-flavoured sponge cake.Restaurants in the French Alps
All the resorts in the French Alps have a great array of restaurants. These range from eateries specialising in the best of the local cuisine, to food from further afield. You’ll find Mexican, Italian, Spanish and Chinese restaurants here.
If you’re looking to hit the slopes at any time of the year, then the French Alps is a great holiday destination. There are pistes here for all abilities. The lively après-ski scene will help you to recover from your efforts on the slopes.
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