When we think of France we think of croissants, baguettes, snails and wine, wine, wine. But France, a magical country also has amazing ski terrain. With 8000km of piste spread over 300 resorts and some of the biggest names in world skiing, France has justifiable claims to be the leader of the European ski scene. Around thirty percent of the key ski resorts on the globe are in France and it has the largest linked ski areas in the world meaning that you ski numerous resorts with one pass. Due to the high altitude of the resorts, the season generally lasts from December to May, and some are even open in the summer. What a bonus!
Do you want to know more? Here are 6 reasons to ski France.
1. The Fresh Pow
We all want fresh powder during the night with blue bird days. This means prime skiing conditions. The French Alps often delivers this, sweet deal! Fresh tracks anyone? Standing at the top, you’re at the uppermost peak of the mountain. The air is a tad chilled and it is the perfect time to bolt down the mountain after getting the first lift up. You couldn’t ask for better. Skiing through fresh pow is like floating on cloud nine. Pure bliss!
This is a term for entertainment, night life and events that happen explicitly at ski resorts. Nothing is better than finishing off your day of boarding or skiing than going for cheeky beers, shots, jaeger bombs and so on followed with epic music and table dancing. Après-ski is legendary, a party on the mountain. Those hectic hours between around 3pm and 7pm are the perfect times to celebrate an epic day on the mountain with your mates whilst still in your ski gear. This is a massive highlight of any ski trip.
3. The Photo Opportunities
For all you Instagrammers who love whacking up plenty of travel photos, then look no further than the French Alps. Whilst at the top of the mountain range you get the most impressive views of the snowy mountains, neighbouring resorts and the wilderness. It’s a killer place to get those on-point panoramic pics.
4. The Slopes
A lot of French ski resorts were purpose built from scratch in the 50’s and 60’s. As an outcome, many of the resorts are among the highest in Europe, which means epic snow conditions are guaranteed and there is plenty of terrain options. The slopes in France offer plenty of runs for all ski levels be it beginner to advanced making everyone’s time on the mountain most enjoyable.
5. Run Variety
Well-known for tremendous off-piste skiing, wide powder fields, snow parks, fantastic vertical drops and tree run options, the French Alps is also a great spot if you’re looking for a softer side of ski, offering wide gentle slopes, leisure parks and recreational areas for beginners.
6. Resort Facilities
The French Alps offer a high standard of resort facilities. Lunch on the mountain, plenty of bars, a good selection of restaurants for dinner, various shops, health spas, swimming pools and so on are what you will expect. Other than skiing or boarding, there is always plenty of activities to keep you entertained.
Keen on a ski trip to France with incredible skiing and boarding, with a fun group of like-minded people? Then get on board. Travel Talk offers 7 day packages which include accommodation, all meals, ski and snowboard tuition, lift pass and ski and snowboard equipment starting at £494 per person.