The best places for off-piste skiing in France

Chamonix, photo by eGuide Travel

The French Alps present countless opportunities for winter sports, and some of the best ski resorts in Europe are located in these impressive mountains. Plus, the typical French inclination for the chic manifests itself in ski resorts as well. What more could anyone wish for besides great ski slopes and charming French resorts in the mountains? If you prefer your ski experiences to be as adventurous and pulse-raising as possible, you can try off piste skiing in France, over rugged, all-natural slopes. Get ready for the ultimate skiing experience on some of the best places for off-piste skiing on France.

 Chamonix

Ever since hosting the 1924 Winter Olympics, Chamonix has been known as one of the premier winter sports destinations of Europe, and if anything, the resort only got better. There are many interesting slopes in Chamonix, but off-piste skiers will definitely want to tackle the Vallee Blanche route, 22 kilometers’ worth of slopes that start just above the picturesque Aiguille du Midi.

Les Arcs

photo by Kikuko Nakayama

Les Arcs in teh Tarentaise Valley is part of the huge Pradiski ski are in Savoie, one of the largest uninterrupted ski areas in Europe. Les Arcs has a variety of slopes for all skill levels, and lots of exciting runs for off-piste skiers too. One of the best routes is the 7 kilometer black run from the top of the Aiguille Rouge, but there are plenty of other options.

Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is a scenic ski resort with snow that lasts late in the season, and lifts that can take you up to altitudes of 3600 meters. This the second oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix, and well loved by ski enthusiasts. La Grave is the best off piste spot in Les Deux Arcs, but it is a challenging slope and requires some experience with off piste skiing.

La Plagne

Val d'Isere, photo by girolame on Flickr

La Plagne is knows as a resort that is mostly family and beginner oriented, with gentle slopes where you can learn to ski or improve basic skills, However, few people know that outside tha marked routes La Plagne can be a paradise for off-piste skiers. The Friolin Bowl, Cul de Nante and Rochu are excellent off piste terrains that you can reach via the lift.

Val d’Isere

Val d’Isere is another very famous French resort that draws considerable crowds to its marked terrain, but there is still plenty of slope for those who want to do a bit of off piste. Le Tour du Charvet, le Grand Vallon and and le Col Pers are only a few of the runs that are just perfect for off piste skiing.

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