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The best resorts in Northern Alps

You are looking for a high-altitude ski resort offering reliable snow cover to go skiing? Whether you are a simply curious amateur, or you are living just to climb the mountains to reach their summit, this article will teach you more about our French mountains. These summits are just waiting for you!

1. Val Thorens, the highest ski resort

The highest village in Europe with its 2300 m of altitude, Val Thorens is an ideal destination for all snow and ski lovers. A paradise for snow sports, its large number of slopes is perfectly adapted to all levels and all ages. The resort offers a wide variety of snow sports: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Telemark, etc... Don't forget their famous Tyrolean traverse, which is the highest in the world. Its elevation of 2280 will allow you to go down on slopes of all levels, from the top of the Péclet glacier to the link with the Ménuire ski resort. Enough to delight fans of speed and snow!

2. Tignes, ski resort for sportsmen!

Known for having one of the best snows, Tignes will make you dream with its altitude of 1,550 m up to 3,747 m. Composed of several area, including Espace Killy - link with the Val d'Isère ski resort - Tignes is perfectly suited for sportsmen and experienced skiers.

The Espace Killy is known throughout the world, notably for having hosted the Olympic Games and the X-games Europe. The resort has a wide variety of slopes with 46 red and 25 black slopes. Its enormous difference in height will allow you to explore many different sites and landscapes from the glacier of the Grande Motte to the glacier of Pisaillas and its 5 villages.

station de ski Tignes (haute montagne)

3. La Plagne, spoiled for choice

A family winter sports resort at an altitude of 1,250 up to 3,250 m, La Plagne is the resort for thrill seekers. With more than 128 slopes and a group of 10 villages in total. With 33 red slopes and 18 black slopes, thrill seekers will be delighted.

La Plagne offers charming villages, plenty of snow and a 3,000 meters high summit!

Toplayer LaPlagne

4. L’Alpe d’Huez, the closer to the sun!

The resort of Alpe d'Huez, facing south, enjoys total sunshine. Called "the island in the sun", its altitude still allows constant snow cover and abundant snow. Located at 1,860 meters above sea level, the station has a significant drop of 1,440 meters. Indeed, the highest point of the resort is at 3,300 meters, at the top of the Pic Blanc.

To meet the expectations of as many people as possible, the resort of Alpe d'huez is made up of 7 villages, each with different aspects (family, sports, natural, etc.). Everyone can find what they are looking for thanks to an impressive range of activities.

The domain, entitled Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski, is made up of 4 distinct sectors with a total of 133 slopes. Notice to amateurs, this area has 4 night ski slopes and a night toboggan run.

Enough to make your stay in the mountains profitable.

5. Courchevel, 6 resorts in one

Located in the heart of the Alps, Courchevel and its 6 villages offer you enchanted forests and marvelous landscapes. Its 6 villages are connected and accessible by ski lifts or shuttles (free). But it is possible to walk and access the villages directly on skis. It is ideal for beginners with its 21 green slopes. Courchevel will also please the most experienced with its 41 blue runs and 36 red runs. This resort offers a particularly warm atmosphere and breathtaking panoramas.

Sk resort Courchevel

6. Val d’Isère, elegance, quality and authenticity

Located at an altitude of 1850 m, Val d'Isère is known throughout the world for its quality of services and elegance. Its 80 slopes are made for everyone, beginners or experienced skiers. The Olympic Games and the World Cup were held on these mythical slopes. Val d'Isère resort will offer you slopes, plenty of snow, elevation and high quality sensations!

Paysage ski (Val d'Isère)

7. Avoriaz, when nature rises up

Ecological and entirely accessible on skis thanks to its entirely pedestrian and snow-covered village. The resort is car-free, transforming the streets into ski slopes.

Situated at an altitude of 1,150 m, nature is all around you.

The facilities respect your environment and introduce you to the traditions of the mountain.

8. Les 2 Alpes, the largest skiable glacier

The 2 Alps resort is world-famous for being located on the biggest skiable glacier of Europe. With 90 ski slopes, its domain is also accessible to beginners. The glacier, visible from the resort, will leave you speechless. Not forgetting the guarantee of skiing on natural snow, every year, in winter as well as in summer.

Station de ski les 2 alpes (haute montagne)

9. La Rosière 1850, Italy on skis

La Rosière 1850 is located, as its name suggests, at an altitude of 1850 meters on the communal site of Montvalezan. The great strength of this resort, in addition to its exposure, is the proximity with Italy and the resort of La Thuile. Indeed, the San Bernardo ski area allows skiers to ski in France and Italy. What could be better than a good pizza on the slopes?

The San Bernardo area is 170 km of very varied runs (81 runs) with 2 snowparks, 1 snowcross or 1 boardercross. Something to delight the whole family.

La Rosière resort is very friendly with a strong family atmosphere. It offers many activities. It is, for example, one of the only resorts to offer heliskiing (helicopter drop-off and ski descent) due to its proximity to Italy.

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