French Alps

The size and variety of the ski resorts in France make it a must visit. Even the little resorts dwarf most resorts in Canada or the US. If you can be nimble, there will always be good skiing somewhere. Every resort town seems to host their own flair and the apres is just as good as the day out on the slopes.

backcountry skiing Chamonix
Skinning up with the impressive Alps in the background. Photo by Nika Marohnic

Obviously, skiing in Chamonix sits pretty high on the list as the birthplace of ski mountaineering. Taking the cable car up the nearly 4000-meter Aiguille du midi offers an incredible view of the Alps and gives you an up close and personal view of Mont Blanc. As the highest mountain in the Alps, if you have the fitness and skill it’s also a must do!! La Vallée Blanche is more of an intro descent that will wow the most experienced skier.

There are so many other amazing places to visit: Les Trois Vallées (Three Valleys), Val D’Isere, Alpe D’huez, Courchevel… the list goes on. There always seems to be some great tours that you can do off the resorts. France has a very strong ski and tourist scene that can be a little too much, but there are always places off the beaten path. La Grave has a special place in my heart; it has huge mountains without the extensive tourism found in the other places.

There are so many wonderful places that I cannot say where you should start, but I can say that you will not be disappointed regardless of where you end up. While traveling around France, don’t forget to eat raclette, tartiflette, and of course fondue!

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