The French Alps are known worldwide as the place where skiing plays a leading role in visitors’ activities. With a huge variety of resorts, the French Alps can offer the ultimate winter travel experience and not just for all travellers. And it makes perfect sense to think of all these vast mountain ranges that are available to everyone to enjoy the snow and some of the most enchanting landscapes in Europe. So let’s discover all those places that can leave you breathless with their incomparable beauty and beautiful facilities.
Morzine-Avoriaz in Portes du Soleil
Morzine-Avoriaz is the most popular of Portes du Soleil’s 12 interconnected ski resorts. The Morzine section offers 64 slopes accessible from 49 ski lifts. The Avoriaz sector has 49 slopes and 36 cable cars. Both Morzine and Avoriaz have a good representation of intermediate and beginner slopes, but Avoriaz is the best-known paradise, with five different ground parks and a superpipe for the more experienced skier and snowboarders. Avoriaz has two children’s pistes, Lil Stash and Burton Kids Park.
For authentic mountain beauty, stay in one of the cozy chalets or rustic guesthouses in the traditional alpine village of Morzine. In contrast, the modern resort of Avoriaz features specially designed ski accommodation created in the 1960s, including the luxurious Residence L’Amara, with its own swimming pool and ski rental houses to stay in for the night.
Gourette Ski Area is located in the Pyrenees Mountains, just eight miles from the elegant spa town of Les Eaux Bonnes with its hot springs and lovely English gardens. This historic ski resort was the first ski resort to be developed in the Pyrenees. At an altitude of 1,400 meters, the majestic Gourette Mountains face south, so skiers can enjoy maximum sunshine. With 1,000-meter slopes, Gourette Ski Resort offers challenging and fast-paced routes in its spacious area. An area of seven hectares for beginners allows trainees to improve their skiing skills. Well-designed to welcome holidaymakers, the ski resort has a welcoming little village atmosphere with restaurants, shops, accommodation, and a cinema. Gourette area has a plethora of other leisure activities including hiking year-round. Don’t forget to bring your Camelbak for both skiing and other outdoor activities.
Another ski resort in the Pyrenees mountains of southwestern France, the high mountain village of Cauterets, is a popular winter resort destination near two ski areas. Cirque du Lys offers 36 km of slopes for all levels but mainly intermediate level and a ski resort for beginners. Skiers and snowboarders will love the Oakley Freestyle Park in the Cirque du Lys, with its ramps, overturns, and other terrain features. The Pont d’Espagne section also has 36 km of slopes as well as a snowshoe area.
Font Romeu is another ski resort in the Pyrenees mountains, although closer to Catalonia in the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes. This natural regional park is located near Andorra and on the border with Spain. An excellent winter holiday destination, Font Romeu is invaluable for its sunny weather and unspoiled forests. With a wide range of terrain, the ski area serves skiers with different abilities, but the resort is especially suitable for beginners because it has many green (easy) slopes.
The award-winning and well-known top of 3 Vallees can offer you an ideal ski and leisure experience. Visiting the area, you can choose from 3 different ski areas: Val Thorens / Orelle, Val de Belleville, and finally 3 Vallees. The always fresh snow, the state-of-the-art ski lifts, but also the total facilities of the area really exceed all expectations. Rich apres-ski activities in restaurants, bars, and sports centres guarantee a whole experience that you will hardly forget. Choose your hotel or chalet accommodation with a complete range of ski holidays in the Val Thorens area by Erna Low and secure all the amenities and even more. And all this at fantastic prices and offers, so that you can make those ski holidays that you have always dreamed of coming true. Now is the time.
*Post contributed by peer travel writer, Katy Nikolaou.*