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Area (sq km): 547,030
Population: 64,102,140
Nationality: French
Local Name: France
Language: French
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Paris
Dialling Code: +33
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .fr
Religion: Roman Catholic
Climate: Mediterranean,
Marine West Coast
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-17.00
Major Airports: Biarritz(BIQ),
Bordeaux(BOD),
Dijon(DIJ),
Marseille(MRS),
Nice(NCE),
Paris(CDG),
Toulouse(XYT)

Villas in France - skiing in France

Skiing the jagged Alps from chalets and villas in France is absolutely spectacular! France’s best ski resorts include top spots such as Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Courchevel and Portes du Soleil.

French Alps
French Alps

The name Chamonix is now synonymous with Europe’s best ski resorts. Chamonix straddles the French and Italian border in the Savoie (Savoy) ski region of France and is easily accessible from villas in France.

Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc, helps make Chamonix Ski Resort the iconic skiing experience that it is today. From Mount Blanc the views over Chamonix are breathtaking. You will truly feel invigorated racing down the slopes with fine white powder spraying out around you.

Chamonix

Home to the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix retains its fantastic mix of chutes, reliable powder, cliffs, long gentle runs and highly challenging bowls. Its ski areas include the extreme Grand Montets and the very steep Dru Needles and Aiguille Verte. Les Houches and Le Tour are a bit more subdued and better suited for beginners. Ideal intermediate close-ins include Le Brivent and La Flighre. .

Val d’Isere

Off-piste and free riders will love the Val d’Isere ski area. Val d’Isere is the off-the-beaten-track ski mecca. The resort area includes 90 ski lifts and just over 300km of runs. This mega resort is shared with Tignes also. The Val d’Isere ski area caters to all levels of skier from novice to expert and welcomes downhill skiers, cross country skiers and snowboarders. The Espace Killy is the hub and offers the best snow you could imagine. Find ideal chalets and French villas now and head for the slopes.

Courchevel & Three Valleys

Les Trois Vallees Skiing area, Three Valleys, is made up of different resorts including Courchevel, Meribel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens, Brides les Bains, and Orelle Ski Resorts.

Courchevel Ski Resort has something for everyone. Courchevel 1850 is totally sheik, Courchevel 1650 is designed for the younger skiers and boarders and Courchevel 1550 caters to families.

Meribel Ski Resort is nothing short of breathtaking and is often called the ‘heart of the Three Valleys.’ Meribel has plenty of lifts and its pistes are designed to ensure that every level of skier will have fun. Find your perfect ski chalet rental. Book villas in France now for a fantastic winter break

Portes de Soleil

Skiing in Portes du Soleil will have you straddling the French and Swiss border. This remarkable ski chain is home to some of the finest French ski resorts. Les Gets, specifically, is ideal for beginners and intermediates looking to build confidence.

Morzine Ski Resort and Avoriaz Ski Resort combine into one of Europe’s top ski areas. The snow is perfect, the runs are better than you can imagine and the surrounding area is absolutely stunning. Find villas in France with VillasPeople.com now, for all of your villa holiday search needs.

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