• Stunning Alps
When it comes to alpine skiing, in the head as soon as there is the image of the French Alps. Perfect snow, Europe's largest number of lifts, limitless possibilities of off-piste skiing, a variety apreski, add to this French wine and cheese - you are still in doubt?
I visited in the largest ski areas in France - on Mont Blanc, in the Three Valleys and Avoriaz. We will understand what is what and what is eaten.
As an ardent fan of off-piste skiing, I start, of course, with the Mont Blanc - the highest point of Europe (4810 m above sea level) and the steepest slopes; top of this giant, I saw more of a suburb of Geneva. Only one type of the array goose bumps, and could not help think of the greatness of nature.
The village of Chamonix is bordered by Italy-Jansky Courmayeur: it turns out that France has shades here of Italy and vice versa. Fame Chamonix brought the first Olympic Games held here, and now it is a mecca for freeriders. That there is only the white valley - the route length of 22 kilometers, completely in the fresh snow: amazing feeling of flight is guaranteed!
Find yourself here can any skier from late December to early May. The resort about 80 runs, corresponding to different levels of difficulty, the approximate length of 150 km.
In addition to winter sports, tourists can get to Italy through a unique tunnel under Mont Blanc length of 12 kilometers, and from there close to the shopping, the Ligurian Riviera, Courmayeur and other nearby Italy-yang charms. Passage through this tunnel in winter will cost around 50 euros round trip. At first glance, Chamonix - a small village, but it is not: you will enjoy endless shopping ski equipment and clothing, and the evening you can pass in one of the cozy mountain restaurants with a cup of mulled wine or go to a sports center with swimming pool, tennis courts and ice skating rink.
It is impossible to ignore the beautiful Avoriaz - unique place, located on a high plateau, where the only transport horses and trails start right on the doorstep. After Avoriaz is very difficult to get used to the Russian air - it's a very big difference, and to the good, as they say, you get used! It creates an atmosphere unique 10-storey wooden apartment, further emphasizing sustainability in comparison with the new ski resorts.
Avoriaz began its history only since 1966. From here you can get to Switzerland without removing skis - enough to overcome the well-known route of increased complexity "The Wall": it's worth it, because on the other side a completely different atmosphere, different prices and others - recommend!
Avoriaz - this is the main part of the ski area Port du salts. Generally speaking, this area includes 650 kilometers of trails, but the most important feature - (!) Is 9 snow parks, in connection with which the resort has become a favorite place for all kinds of youth festivals Snow bordistov. Russian avosnoufest is a whole plane Russian snowboarders and skiers aiming to take from life all week - it turns very, very bright cocktail!
To get to this wonderful place you can from Geneva airport (80 km), Lyon (200 km) and Annecy (96 km).
The season lasts from November to early April, so do not hesitate, come!
Three Valleys for the Russian people in the first place associated with fashionable Courchevel, but look a highlight amongst the two streets with boutiques and passers-by with a battened down their noses up, in my opinion, wrong.
In the first place, three valleys - a French Savoie region, which is the center of all-season tourism. Historical Alpine region summer sinks in vineyards located around the perimeter of the transparent lakes generously gives tour white wine and a variety of cheeses, filled mountain air and cool winter pleases snowy weather.
Three Valleys - an 8 resorts: Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Courchevel, La Tania, Brides-Les-Bains and the Eagle, 200 lifts and 600 kilometers of pistes located above 1,800 meters above sea level and the height - warranty quality snow.
If you are going to ride it, then you will have to Meribel ski paradise on Earth - here you than anywhere else is better able to feel the spirit of the French ski. Excellent and well-maintained school "green" slopes in Meribel will remain in the hearts of beginners as the first step to the ski peaks. You can come here without their equipment rental and service station at every step - pass will not work!
Courchevel - is apre-ski center of three valleys: Only here you will find endless fun in clubs, cafes and restaurants, a class "lux", and an abundance of shops to satisfy the needs of the most discerning fashionistas; it refers to the village of Courchevel 1850. There are still Courchevel 1650 and 1500, the last - is a kind of an administrative center. At an altitude of 1650 meters surrounded by cozy chalet complex with family apartments are designed in a traditional Alpine style.
On the slopes of France is never a lack of snow, which is from late autumn to mid-spring, but it is only the snow! Whenever you come, the French Alps will always meet peculiar charm, excellent cuisine and, of course, welcome. Be sure - France will give you a memorable and happy holiday at any time of the year!
Traveler Paul MARKIN