Serene stillness. Frosty air and powdery white ridges and soaring French mountainsides. Trees that silently but resolutely cut into the sky. And, of course, the heart-pumping thrills of carving your way down a sleek ski slope – leaving you breathless and perhaps thirsty at the end of the magnificent ski run. But not to worry – your muscles and sinew and body and brain might be tired, but you will soon be back at a warm lodge where you can bathe yourself in bubbling warm water; eat steaming hot, pleasant puddings; and drop at last on a cozy arrangement of blankets and linen and cushiony pillows.
This, perhaps, will give to you some idea of the grand ski resorts and winter trips available in France. Indeed, France has long been heralded as a favored destination for adventure-seeking skiers eager for a winter deep in pearly pure powder. And, within this land of buckwheat crêpes, refreshing cocktails, and Roquefort cheeses, there are 3 resorts in particular that stand out as perfect destinations for winter ski trips. They are Courchevel, Megeve, and St. Maurice. And they are all world-class capitals for all that is desired in a charming winter ski trip.
Courchevel Ski Resort
The towering French Alps afford an excellent locale like none other for a luxurious ski resort. These imposing mountains are home to the Courchevel Ski Resort, which is situated in the linked ski region known as Les Trois Vallées (which literally means The Three Valleys). Small French towns dot this ski resort, enhancing the flavor and appeal of the rich ski experience here.
It’s 1946, and the bloodiest war in history had just come to a close. The municipality of Saint-Bon and the Council of Savoie made the decision to enhance the Courchevel region and to transform it into an attractive locale for winter sports. Work by the architect Laurent Chappis followed, and actual construction efforts took place during the spring of this same year.
Over the course of the next decades, the Courchevel ski resort would be developed further and meticulously refined. Cable cars, gondola lifts, ski lifts, shops, and buildings would all gradually crop up in the region, providing a truly one-of-a-kind ski experience. Today, of course, it is one of the most popular resorts for passionate skiers the world over.
Skiing at Courchevel
A total of 58 lifts operate at Courchevel, and with 150 kilometers of glorious ski runs, there is a wide variety of ski areas at the resort that will appeal to both beginners and ski mavens. And a thousand jewel-like Alpine peaks jut into the starry clear horizon, providing the perfect backdrop for a wondrous skiing experience. Here, at Courchevel, there is complete and unbridled freedom to roam the three main valleys through interconnected slopes. At the heart of the world’s largest ski area, it is little wonder that Courchevel has garnered a reputation as a favored spot for outstanding winter ski trips.
“Find your cozy nest,” says Courchevel, and for a good reason: from holiday centers to nightclubs and bars – and from hotels to studios to individual chalets – Courchevel has such a breadth of accommodations that you are sure to find the accommodations that are most desirable to you.
Transport throughout Courchevel is easy, too: road access to Courchevel’s accommodations means that the region can be effortlessly traversed through car. Helicopters and trains, too, are also excellent transportation options that may be considered.
Finally, this section would be incomplete if Courchevel’s opulent spas weren’t mentioned. The hotels in Courchevel all feature first-rate spas by the world’s leading brands, so you can be sure that your comfort and well-being will be at the fore here. At Courchevel, you can relax in luxury after a day of intense skiing.
Megeve Ski Resort
It’s in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, and it’s a traditional Haute-Savoie village that might leave one full of nostalgic memories. Stellar chefs gather here to offer a gastronomic flavor that delightfully complements the pristine ski slopes ready to witness a flurry of powdery clouds caused by your adroit skiing talents.
The Megeve story begins with a farming market town set against the backdrop of the Alps. The beauty and sweet mountain air of this little village has long been known, attracting tourists as early as the 1800s. This tourism meant the gradual development of winter sports, and in 1914 the first ski competition took place. From this year forward, Megeve became an instant hit in the ski world and continues to hold its prestigious name.
Skiing at Megeve
With 445 kilometers of ski slopes, 115 lifts, and a cable car, Megeve is the perfect skiing destination. Cross-country skiing trails will appeal to experienced skiers with an eye for something exciting and novel; skiing schools at Megeve ensures that even beginners will have an incomparably fun experience here. Additionally, a variety of ski shops will guarantee that you have all the skiing equipment you could possibly want.
There are numerous cheery, warm hotels in the Megeve area. Chalets, individual rentals, and bed and breakfasts are also in plenitude at Megeve. Spas are present too, of course, but this isn’t nearly the beginning of the exhilarating accommodations around this Alpine village. Bars and clubs, casinos, and cinemas aren’t the end of it: from sleigh rides to paragliding and hot air ballooning, Megeve is a true winter paradise for all that is pleasurable.
Saint Maurice Ski Resort
Deep inside the Paradiski ski area, the Saint Maurice ski resort soars 850 meters into a sky bursting with sunshine. This resort and mountain village is linked to the world’s 2nd largest linked skiing region, drawing hundreds of zealous skiers every year.
Skiing at Saint Maurice is particularly advantageous because it is part of a total of 425 kilometers pistes that span over 14,000 hectares. Close to one thousand snow machines ensure that there will always be plenty of snow to ski in, and modern cable cars provide maximum safety and comfort for all skiers in the region.
Easily reached by rail, Saint Maurice offers a panoply of activities beyond the always-popular skiing. When you’re not weaving down a glistening slope, consider shopping, dining, catching a movie, or dropping by the museum. Or you could always go on a horse ride, learn how to snow shoe, paraglide, snowmobile, or participate in several of the other remarkable activities here.
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