Quality French Ski Resorts 2013
2012 promises to be a top year for skiing in France, and three exceptional ski resorts top the list, providing ski adventures to skiers of all ages and all levels of expertise. So for your next winter ski trip check out one of these amazing resorts and you will have incredible skiing.
Chamonix Ski Resort
Situated below Mont Blanc, the highest peak of the European Alps, the resort town of Chamonix offers skiers numerous slopes for all levels of skiers, including beginner slopes, skiing through the trees, off-piste and freeride. Four runs are located just two minutes from the heart of the town. Site of the 1924 Olympics, Chamonix Valley offers access to wide-open skiing and snowboarding adjacent to the spectacular Argentière Glacier.
The area’s elevation ensures a long skiing season, right up until early May. Scenic Mont Blanc makers the area just as popular a vacation spot in the off-season, too, especially for extreme sports such as ice climbing, rock climbing, paragliding and rafting. Chamonix is famed for its remarkable cable car, one of the highest in the world. It is possible to traverse the entire Mont Blanc massif by cable car.
Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort
The two alps in the name of this beautiful resort refer to the two villages that sit on either side, rather than to the two mountain peaks that the resort encompasses.
The southern village, Vénosc, is reached only by gondola. The resort is home to Europe’s largest skiable glacier. Les Deux Alpes Ski Resort offers 100 marked runs, and is said to have just as many unmarked runs as well.
La Grave Ski Resort
With no ski patrol or avalanche control, La Grave is dangerous place for beginner skiers, but a haven for off-piste and extreme skiers, who travel from all over the world to ski La Grave’s incredible vertical drops of up to 2,300 meters. Access to the slopes is limited by two gondola lifts.
An additional button lift, the world’s only surface lift that is fully suspended, takes hardy skiers to the top of Girose Glacier. For slopes free from tourist crowds but filled with thrills, it’s hard to beat the La Grave Ski Resort.
For the variety of ski experiences that these three ski resorts offer, with their excellent snow conditions, scenic vistas and thrilling runs for all-level skiing, Chamonix, Les Deux Alpes and La Grave are sure to live up to their promise of becoming 2012’s best French ski resorts.