Alps resort guide

La Plagne

La Plagne is a collection of small, purpose-built ski resorts and traditional villages located on the edge of the Vanoise National Park. Each resort/village is separate from one another (although they are linked by ski lift and shuttle buses) and each has their own character and ambience. La Plagne has a total of 128 pistes with 9 green pistes, 67 blue pistes, 33 red pistes and 19 black pistes, plus there’s around 80km of cross-country skiing, a half pipe and a toboggan run.

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Avoriaz

Avoriaz is ideally located in the middle of the Portes du Soleil ski area, with access to high-altitude skiing for everyone among the most breath taking panoramas in the Alps. The altitude guarantees snow cover from December to April, with an average of 8 meters of snow every winter.

Avoriaz is a resort entirely for pedestrians, a grand adventure playground for all the family, a haven of peace for children. The terrain on offer in Avoriaz is excellent with something to suit every level and style of rider: trees, big cliff drops, powder bowls and easy, wide flats – it’s all here.


Alpe d’Huez

The main town of Alpe d’Huez sits at 1869 metres above sea level at the centre of the Oisans region in the French Alps. It links the traditional mountain villages of Auris-en-Oisans, Villard Reculas, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and La Garde. Alpe d’Huez is well known for having the most days of sunshine on the ski slopes in a year has given rise to its nickname “L’Isle du Soleil”, the Island of the Sun. (more…)


Courchevel

Courchevel offers 150 kilometres of alpine ski runs served by 58 lifts enabling you to make the most of your days on the slopes. If you are a beginner, fun ‘ZEN’ areas have been especially created for you to ski in complete safety while the 19 green and 35 blue runs will help you get to grips with the slope. For more experienced skiers, 34 red and 8 black runs enable you to put your technique and skills to the test. Whatever your level of expertise, choose your itinerary and set off to enjoy some unforgettable days of skiing. There is plenty to do in the resort, Courchevel hosts a number of great events during the year.


Annecy

Nestled by the northwestern shore of its namesake lake, Annecy is the jewel of the Haute-Savoie. From its crowning ChĂąteau d’Annecy down to its gurgling canals, Annecy’s Vieille Ville (Old Town) is infused with antique charm. Made great by the medieval Counts of Geneva and augmented by the Dukes of Savoy, Annecy still has numerous 16th- and 17th-century buildings, now painted in shades of peach and rose and housing restaurants, bakeries and boutiques. Canals trickle through town, earning Annecy its reputation as an ‘Alpine Venice’.


La Tania

La Tania is a small but friendly ski resort: quiet, relaxing and provides easy access to Les 3 Vallées: the biggest linked ski area in the world. Skiing here has something for everyone, facilities are excellent. La Tania itself is quieter and cheaper than its neighbours such as Meribel.
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Chamonix

With a resort height of 1,035m and a top lift at 3,842m, the range at Chamonix is exceptional and versatile – long runs below the tree line offer good sport in bad weather, and big glacier runs at high altitude are often at their best in April. This is a landscape built on a heroic scale that makes other resorts seem tame by comparison.

Chamonix resort itself is a busy town of 9,000 permanent residents at the foot of Mont Blanc, just below the French entrance to the Mont Blanc road tunnel. While it can’t be described as a tranquil Alpine retreat – a steady stream of heavy trucks schlepping up through the hairpins does nothing for the mountain ambience or the air quality – Chamonix’s setting beneath the cliffs and tumbling glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif is tremendous.