MOUNTAIN CELEBRATIONS LEGENDARY MOUNT BLANC AIGUILLE DU MIDI The Alps, the Mountain Kingdom EXPERIENCE THE FULL FREEDOM OF WINTER Read more © Atout-France/Robert Palomba Visit the French Alps A renowned winter sports destination, the French Alps are also a great place to visit in summer, offering opportunities for hiking through its natural parks, lake swimming, mountain biking, via ferrata and mountaineering. Read more © OT Chamonix/Patrik Lindqvist Chamonix-Mont Blanc, Europe's Natural Skyscraper Nestled in a fairytale setting at the foot of the 4,810-meter tall Mont Blanc, the mountain town of Chamonix perfectly brings together modern comfort and the authenticity of an Alpine valley. Read more © Megève Tourisme / Daniel Durand French Alps: Visit the Chic Mountain of Megève Megève is a unique resort combining tradition and modernity. Read more © David André Visit Courchevel - Skiing for All In addition to its reputation as an excellent ski resort, Courchevel also delights visitors with its fine food, lively atmosphere and wide choice of activities. Read more © Laurent SALINO / Alpe d'Huez Tourisme Bask in the Sunlight of Alpe d'Huez Discover L’Alpe d'Huez, a resort with exceptional sunshine, and plenty of resort activities to enjoy. Read more © Agence Merci - petewebb.com Visit les Arcs in the Heart of the Paradaski Ski Region Discover Les Arcs, a lively resort with facilities for all ages and abilities, and part of the Paradiski ski area Read more © andyparant.com Visit the Val d'Isère, a Family-Friendly Ski Station in the French Alps The kingdom of French Grand Ski. Whether you're a skiier, snowboarder, Telemark skiier; whether you're at the beginner, intermediate, or expert level, you can't help but fall in love with the authentic mountain skiing of the Park National de la Vanoise. Read more © Atout France/Phovoir Visit Tignes, the High-Altitude Ski Station With a traditional Alpine ambiance and slopes between 1,550 and 2,100 meters above sea level, Tignes is a ski station with something for everyone. Why the Alps? Read more © Robbie Shade Alps: 8 Reasons Why You Should Strongly Consider Making France Your Next Ski Vacation France as a whole features a preeminence of food, wine, and beautiful surroundings, so it’s no surprise that these crucial cultural elements also hold a pivotal place in the French Alps. Add to the towering peaks with a vertical drop that can only be described as dizzying, seemingly endless terrain, surprisingly affordable lift tickets, and horizons offering Dr. Seuss-like craggy summits in the background with ancient churches and castles (yes, castles) in the foreground. and you’ve got a ski vacation straight out of a fairy tale. Read more © Patrick Nouhailler Skiing in the French Alps: How to Actually Make it Happen You’ve been convinced to head to the French Alps for your ski vacation. It didn’t take much arm-twisting, did it? But obviously you’ve got some planning to do—there is the crossing of a large ocean involved, after all. From choosing a resort to making travel arrangements, here are some helpful details to help get you on the slopes. Read more © Jean-Raphaël Guillaumin The Differences Between Skiing in France and the USA (and Why France Might Be a Better Choice) The first thing you notice skiing in France is that you’re less likely to understand the conversations around you. Not a real surprise, there. But as it turns out, there are numerous ways in which the ski experience in France is significantly different than that in the U.S. Here are a few to know before you go. Read more © Faustino Garcia How to Spend 10 Days in the Region of Alpes (and Why it Should Be Your Next Big Winter Trip) With towering peaks and seemingly endless runs, the Rhône-Alpes region of France is known for some of the best skiing in the world. Just looking at the numbers can be overwhelming: Skiers can choose from 160 different resorts, including the largest linked skiing terrain in the world. The region hosted the Winter Olympics three times—in 1924 (Chamonix), 1968 (Grenoble), and 1992 (Albertville)—and the mountains offer everything from the ultimate luxury accommodations to small traditional villages. Read more © Charlie Hasselhoff French Alps: A Guide to the Best Après-Ski Spots As the name itself reveals, après ski is a concept born and bred in France, before spreading to alpine hubs across the globe. It’s no surprise that drinking, eating, partying—celebrating in some form—sits at the top of the priority list for skiers everywhere. Compared to the U.S., the après scene in the French Alps literally goes from dusk ’til dawn. It features a higher fur to Gore-Tex ratio, more wine and elaborate cocktails, better food, more electronic dance music than acoustic guitar, more dancing in general, and a significantly larger crowd. Expect to shed some layers amid the collective body heat. Here are just suggestions for where to start your post-slopes partying. Read more © Jonathan Tellier 6 Iconic Ski Runs in the French Alps to Experience in Your Lifetime Let’s all agree that there is no adrenaline rush like charging down a memorable ski slope. We all remember those special runs, and France is home to some of the most iconic in the world. They are the types of slopes that validate you as a skier, and you will likely refer to them as the ultimate benchmark of your entire lifetime experience on skis or a snowboard. Here are six of France’s not-to-miss ski runs—some off-piste and designed expressly for experts, but others manageable for beginners and intermediates—that all standouts in their own unique way. Sports & Leisure Read more © AuerWeber - Centre Aquatique Courchevel Aquamotion, the largest aquatic center in Europe Swim, surf, dive, climb, and relax in the heart of the Alps within a space of over 3 acres, in a next-gen aquatic centre. Read more © RA Tourisme/S. Maviel Paragliding on Lake Annecy Lake Annecy and its beautiful surroundings are not only the birthplace of paragliding, but remain one of the main centers of hang-gliding in the world, with more than 1,000 takeoffs daily. It's also an ideal place to spend a few days exploring in and around the city of Annecy. Read more © Club Med Village Snow Sensations Club Med in Val Thorens The Village Sensations in Val Thorens (in Savoie) is chic and casual. Its concept - with high levels of sports and energy - combines amazing sensations and a festive and warm ambiance. Read more © Compagnie du Mont Blanc "Step into the void" in Chamonix It’s an invitation that’s not for the fainthearted: 'Step into the Void' is the name of a transparent glass cube that simulates the sensation of stepping off the mountain cliff in the French Alps. Read more © githalek Snowparks Snowparks are the perfect place to witness snowboarders and skiers perform high flying acrobatics. And now the fun is for everyone. WELL-BEING AND GASTRONOMY Read more © Hôtel Pashmina Le Refuge PASHMINA Le Refuge (Five-Star Hotel) A warm welcome awaits you at PASHMINA Le Refuge just moments from the ski slopes, directly accessible from the hotel. Read more © Ludovic Di Orio Au Coeur du Village Five-Star Hotel & Spa Perfect attention to detail at a stylish ski chalet in an axceptional french resort Read more © Les Airelles Les Airelles, World's Best Mountain Hotel The Les Airelles Palace in Courchevel, Savoie, lives up to its "mythical palace" status by earning the title of World’s Best Mountain Hotel. Read more © Atout France/Jean François Tripelon-Jarry 4 Gourmet Experiences in the French Alps Winter ski stations certainly aren't lacking for gourmet cuisine. Taste your way through this path of Michelin-starred meals in yurts 2,000 meters above sea level - this season, don't miss these mountain-summit gourmet experiences. Read more © Arro Architetti Le Spa by l'Occitane at Val Thorens Le Spa by l’Occitane, nestled in the Hotel Pashmina le Refuge (5 star) at Val Thorens is one of the highest spas in Europe.