The most popular French ski resorts in the Haute Savoie region are Chamonix, Val d’Isère, Morzine, Courchevel, the Trois Vallées, Tignes, Meribel, Megeve, the Arcs and Val Thorens. And they are not so far from Lyon…
Situated in the Mont Blanc area, Chamonix valley (la vallée de Chamonix) offers many winter activities such as skiing (le ski), snowboarding (le surf), cross-country-skiing (le ski de fond), mountaineering (ski de randonnée), ice climbing (cascade de glace) , paragliding (le parapente) or snowshoeing (les raquettes). For those who prefer to have indoor activities, they can go to the health and fitness center in Chamonix city and enjoy the sauna, the Jacuzzi… Of course, you should pay a visit to the 3842 m Aiguille du Midi by cable car, and have a wonderful view.
You may also be impressed by the modern and traditional wooden chalets of the Val d’Isère ski resort (station de ski) where you can have winter, leisure, relaxing and cultural activities.
If you decide to go to Morzine resort, you will certainly appreciate the historical town center and the Portes du Soleil, the largest ski area of Europe with 650 km of runs (pistes) in France and in Switzerland.
In Meribel, Courchevel and Val Thorens in the heart of the Trois Vallées, you will discover the 3 valleys connected by runs and lifts with easy access on skis, but also runs for every level.
Most ski resorts offer a wide selection of chalets, apartments for rent or hotel rooms and guarantee all comfort and a modern transportation network of public and private transport.