Skiing hotspots in France


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Winter seems to officially be here now that we are feeling the cold snap of weather across Britain, and daydreams of gliding down glistening slopes are entering our minds. Rosie Khdirlooks at some of the best skiing destinations in France.

Flaine

This French resort is located in the Haute-Savoie region, close to Geneva and the Mont-Blanc. The Grand Massif ski area is one of the largest in the French Alps and boasts 141 carefully maintained runs; that’s a total of 265km of crisp, sleek snow!

The concrete historically listed buildings on the resort were designed by famous architect Marcel Breuer and are the perfect example of urban architecture. But if you are looking for a more classic log cabin or chalet there are some very pretty outlying villages such as Les Carroz or Samoëns, that you can stay in.

Val d’Isère

Filled with cosy chalets and a variety of hotel accommodation, Val d’Isère near Chambéry, is an inspired choice of destination for your winter holidays.

This French resort boasts some of the best skiing in the world with 300km of slopes and is even where famous skiing champion Jean-Claude Killy learnt to ski. For the more adventurous of you, the Val has a fantastic off-piste area too!

Val d’Isère is open from November 27th 2010 to May 1st 2011.

La Clusaz

This French resort is a bit of secret gem in the fact that not many Brits know about it. La Clusaz is also set in pretty countryside nestled in the Aravis Mountains which are softer and smaller than the Mont Blanc massif. This is an ideal resort for intermediate skiers.

Chamonix

Chamonix is a favourite for many fanatical skiers thanks to its location near the Dru, the Frendo Spur and the massive slopes on the south side of Mont Blanc. It is the oldest ski resort in France and has six separate ski areas for all levels of skiers, from beginners to alpine pros.

This resort should be opened, weather permitting, by the end of November, but check the official website for details.

P&O Ferries offers skiers a convenient and stress free way of getting to France. For just £30 for a car and up to nine people and as much luggage, skis and snowboards you can fit, P&O Ferries is a sure winner this winter season.

Image credit: Leo-setä

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