17 August 2022.

France, Skiing & Snowboarding

France is a country blessed with two magnificent mountain ranges, the Alps in the south east and the Pyrenees in the south west. Both of these domains offer a wealth of snowsport although the Alps covering a much wider area offer a substantially greater choice of resorts.

The alpine resorts tend to be larger than their Pyrenean counterparts and some were built in the 1960’s solely to meet the rising demand for skiing. Some of these have now banded together with other resorts to form super resorts. Les Trois Vallees or The 3 Valleys for instance, is reputed to be the largest linked ski area in the world and links nine major resorts and several smaller hamlets spread over no less than what is now actually four alpine valleys. This makes for some epic days out as skiers and snowboarders can travel vast distances in a day, sometimes reaching the far corners of the area in their search for the best runs and snow conditions.

The length of the ski season varies in France from resort to resort although generally things kick off in mid-December and finish in mid-April following the Easter holidays. Some of the higher resorts, especially those with glaciers have slightly longer seasons and Tignes for example, remains open for almost the whole year.

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