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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If you are what you eat, then it could be said that chefs are what they cook. This week, Eric Guérin, chef at La Mare aux Oiseaux and Le Jardin des Plumes, picked pigeon.