Summer is almost gone and winter is coming way too fast, you say? Well, what else than making the most of the cold season to enjoy a lovely ride session! And what best place to do this than the French Alps? But watch out, you are not the only one to think this way and you have to book your holidays as soon as possible if you want to make sure to get a good accomodation in one of the best ski resorts. Here are the best ones we could find for you.
The most famous one : Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
As you can see on annecy-town website, the best ski resorts in the French Alps are in Haute-Savoie, which are north of the mountain chain, a bit under Geneva (Switzerland). The most famous one is probably in Chamonix, as it is the one near the « Mont Blanc », the highest mountain in Europe. It is a huge resort with more than 70 trails! Watch out not to get lost…
The most popular with celebrities : Avoriaz
If you are more interested in spotting celebrities than actually riding, go to the Avoriaz ski resort. Hell knows why, it is definitely the most popular with celebrities. Be ready for the challenge though, as it is already difficult to recognise the members of your own family when dressed up for skiing, with mask ang gloves and everything, so to spot a celebrity you are not even familiar with, it is a mission near the impossible!
The most diversified one : Châtel
If your thing is free ride or new riding sports, Châtel will probably be the ski resort you need. It is the one the most popular with young sportsmen and where new riding practices are always flourishing. you’ll be able to try fatbike, snowskate, airboard, snowkite, snowbike and snowscoot… You have no clue what we’re talking about? Yours to go to Châtel to discover all these new practices!
Small resorts for begginers
If instead you are a begginer at skiing or snowboarding, then you propbably would rather ride on a smaller resort. Nothing worst than trying to learn something when sourrounded by people who are very good at it. In this case, prefer the ski resorts of Combloux, Megève or Morzine for example. Same goes if you only have a couple of days to enjoy a ride. No point to go in a huge resort if you have the time to enjoy only a tenth of it.
One thing you need to know
If there is one thing you need to know about ski resorts in the French Alps, is that some of them are linked together, like « Les Portes du Soleil » (« The Sun Gates »), which connects 12 ski resorts between France and Switzerland. One would say « Great ! The more the merrier! ». But if you have a pass for only one of these resorts and you end up riding a slope ending on another one, you might get stuck. Don’t be surprised when the taxi driver will ask you for a hundred bucks or more for a ride to your staying resort, there can be more than 50miles inbetween each!