In the French Alps, the most famous ski venue is Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, though skiing is by no means the only attraction. Chamonix is the oldest and biggest French winter-sports resort and site of the first Winter Olympics, held in 1924. The world’s highest cable car soars 12,000 feet up the Aiguille du Midi, for stupendous views of 15,700-foot Mont Blanc, Europe’s loftiest peak.
Throughout the year, visitors can partake in the music and folk festivals, conferences, a science fair, an alpine museum, wood sculptures, fishing and hunting (in season), an 18-hole golf course, 3 movie theaters, 5 discotheques, a casino, games of boules, bowling and bridge, and a library..
Les Portes de Soleil, Alps – This “Gateway to the Sun” on the Swiss border is a ski area, encompassing eight French and six Swiss resorts, most notably Morzine and Avoriaz, and several other ski towns on both French and Swiss (Champéry, Les Crozets) sides of the Alps.
The vast winter playground is a series of sun and snow bowls, where downhill skiers can swoosh from one top-class set of slopes to another, cross-country skiers can trek to their heart’s content, staying the night in different towns, and mountain climbers and hikers will think they’re in heaven.
All the ski resorts are carefully selected & of the highest quality at very reasonable rates.
The main resorts on the slopes of the Puy de Sancy, the highest peak in the region. A popular ski area with beginners and families, Sancy offers superb views from its summit (accessible by cable car), encompassing the Monts du Cantal, the Puy de Dôme and, on a very clear day, the Alps.