Ski France for its great food and wine, but also for the extensive skiing with dramatic scenery, high altitude, and wide runs. The French locals in the mountainous areas are incredibly friendly, which adds to the experience. Some of the best extreme terrain can be found in Chamonix with Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. This French ski resort is on steroids and it attracts hard-core skiers in particular. Val d’Isere is another one of the best ski resorts in Europe. It caters to the well heeled market and has plenty of wide runs for beginners and intermediates. Courchevel is another amazing ski resort, which is often known as the ‘chic’ resort of Les Trois Vallées.
Chamonix, site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, is the main resort in a valley dominated by Mont Blanc, western Europe’s highest mountain (15,770ft). It is an old town where heritage has been preserved, combined with modern conveniences. Boasting some of the best skiing and scenery in the Alps and a host of winter sports activities. One of the world’s greatest runs is here – the 22km journey down the Vallee Blanche glacier and the Sea of Ice, a drop of 9,200ft, highest lift-served vertical descent in the world.
The resort of Val d’Isere is a firm favourite here at Powder White and many of us have been fortunate enough to enjoy our seasons’ indulging in everything from the thrills and spills to the steep and deep that is the endless playground of the ‘Espace Killy’. From ‘Le Face’ to the ‘OK Orange’ the famous slopes of this world class resort never fail to deliver the goods.
Courchevel is often known as the ‘chic’ resort of Les Trois Vallées.The resort is made up of four individual villages, 1850, 1650, 1550 and Le Praz1300. Courchevel 1850 is the highest and most sophisticated of the villages and has many ski-in/ski-out properties. It is the most extensive and varied resort of the Three Valleys, with everything from long gentle green runs to steep couloirs. Experience the many restaurants, shops and bars Courchevel has to offer. Other resorts in Les Trois Vallées are easily accessible by lifts.
Meribel les Allues is more commonly referred to as Meribel. One of the most tastefully designed of French purpose built resorts, all the buildings are wood-clad and chalet style, offering a picturesque setting for all ski holiday makers. Meribel Les Allues is the original village with its ancient church and village oven. Here there are 3 restaurants, 1 English bar, supermarket, ski/board shop, and newsagents. This is the nearest you will get in Meribel to a small traditional style village. It has its own direct gondola link to the main town of Meribel-Mottaret, which takes approximately 15 minutes.