France ski resorts are wonderful attractions to add to any winter holiday to France. Sure the streets of Paris are wonderful to walk when the weather is nice. Come winter, the City of Love is still a joy to explore, but you might consider cutting a few days out of your Paris itinerary to head to one of the France ski resorts. When it comes to ski holidays France delivers. You would be hard-pressed to find better skiing anywhere else in Europe, as in France the Alps rise the highest. Near the Italian border, Mount Blanc tops out at around 15,775 feet, making it the highest mountain in all of western Europe. Winter sports are a big part of life in eastern France, and locals from the French highlands undoubtedly are proud of the fact that the first Olympic Winter Games were held in their neck of the woods. The town of Chamonix, in fact, played the all-important host of those games in 1924, and it remains a top draw for French Alps ski holidays. Ski holidays in Chamonix have all the allure you could want in a mountain getaway, and the numerous other France ski resorts are more than equipped to meet the skiing needs of both the beginner and the expert.
The most popular and sought after France ski resorts lie in the eastern part of France, where the ground rises swiftly towards the borders of Switzerland and Italy. Those on French Alps ski holidays will find themselves in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azure and Rhône-Alps regions, most generallyly. Getting to this region is a couple of hours drive from Paris, but the scenery is surely rewarding. If you aren't up for renting a car in France, there are numerous transportation options for getting to the France ski chalets of notable repute, and if you are planning your ski holidays in Chamonix, for example, then you can book a ski and snowboard package with airport or train station pick-up. Chamonix is an ideal retreat for ski holidays France vacations, as it lies in a valley, affording it a wealth of "pistes", or runs, that offer all levels of skiing. Stand in the center of town and everywhere you look the mountains soar. There are four main ski areas that you can explore on ski holidays in Chamonix, and if you are just starting out, you can hone your skills at one of the four learning areas. For the expert skier, Chamonix has it all. The back country opportunities are epic and there are a bunch of great spots to dip in for a tree run or two. Mid-level skiers might take the first day to get adjusted at the Flegere ski area, where there are a nice collection of blue and red runs. There are plenty of nice restaurants at the Chamonix resorts, so refueling is never a worry, and the modern lifts get you back to the top with efficiency. If you are searching for lodging, there are plenty of hotels in the area that meet a range budgets, and you can rent ski houses or apartments that offer the best in space and flexibility. The nightlife is almost as worthy as the skiing when it comes to attracting visitors on ski holidays in Chamonix.
Many of the vacation rentals that are available for French Alps ski holidays are of the "ski in, ski out" variety, which is a welcome comfort. It doesn't get any better than being able to drop in on your lodgings from the mountain on a whim. Maybe you want to enjoy a quick sandwich, or a hot bowl of soup. Perhaps you and a couple friends have some cold ones in the fridge and a quick break is in order. When you can get right back on the slopes from your accommodations, you could stop for any reason, really, like to apply more sunblock. Forget your sunblock, and you're destined to be one of the red-faced tourists out on the town later that night. Right on the Italian border, the France ski chalets at Val D'Isere and Tignes attract a healthy number of skiers every year, and the village of Val D'Isere is charming place to hangout. There is a British attitude which permeates town here, which makes is a welcome destination for those coming from the UK. There are plenty of places to eat, and at night, the nightlife scene is alive and well. The two villages here can be easily accessed by the ski lift systems, and there is skiing for all levels.
French Alps ski holidays can get pretty pricy, but all in all, the prices aren't out of line with the top ski resorts in other parts of Europe, such as Austria, Italy and Switzerland. If you are looking for the 5-star experience, you might plan to visit the French ski chalets at Courcheval, which is rich in dining and boasts a nice nightlife scene. The upscale hotels and high-end boutique shops in Courcheval will meet the needs of the most discerning travelers, and there are other notable France ski resorts nearby, such as Val Thorens, which holds the distinction as the highest skiable village in all the Alps. Alpe d'Huez is another of the highest France ski resorts, and it has grown significantly in the last 20 years. Also one of the biggest ski resorts in France, it is one of a select number of European resorts that boasts a lift-served vertical of over 6,500 feet. That's impressive, to say the least. You'd likely be surprised at some of the off-mountain activities that can be enjoyed at the France ski resorts like Alpe d'Huez. If you are planning your French Alps ski holidays and are wondering about the trouble of bringing your skis, you can lessen the burden by just leaving them at home. At the France ski resorts, you will find the most up to the date equipment for rent, and the additional price is worth not having to lug your stuff from home.
The hardest decision you'll have to make when planning French Alps ski holidays is which of the France ski chalets and villages you want to visit. From Chamonix to Villard de lans, the French ski experience is second to none. At Avoriaz and Merizine, when you add the nearby Swiss skiing and villages, you have one of the best ski regions on the planet. The list of great France ski resorts is replete with places where you can enjoy the ski vacation of a lifetime. Bon Voyage!