Hit the slopes of the French Alps this winter

Hit the slopes of the French Alps this winter at resorts like Courchevel

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With the commotion of Christmas out of the way, we are now faced with the prospect of having to endure months of winter weather.

However, instead of loathing the cold and snow, why not embrace it? Take advantage of the season by planning to go on a skiing holiday in France in the next month or so.

There are many options in the Alps, though, so it can be hard to decide which spot is right for you and your traveling companions.

In this post, we will break down three popular resorts, and what they have to offer potential customers like yourself.

1) La Plagne

Craving the buzz that can only be found at a well-loved ski resort? If so, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better mountain than La Plagne, which routinely sees 2.5 million visitors per winter, the most of any ski/boarding area in the world.

Despite its enduring popularity, La Plagne is not the best place for absolute novices, as there are only 10 green runs on the entire hill.

For those that know how to pizza and link together basic turns, though, it is a great spot, as there are 72 intermediate runs out of the 134 runs found here, with the remaining 45 providing enough terrain to keep experts happy.

If your idea of apres ski involves heading out to the hill after dark for more turns, you’ll want to base yourself around Belle Plagne, as there is night skiing available in this part of the resort until midnight.

2) Courchevel

Want the biggest selection of lifts and runs in the Alps at your beck and call? Craving a ski resort that caters to your desires for the finer things in life?

You’ll find plenty to satisfy both of these requirements at Courchevel, as this hill is part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest system of linked lifts and runs in the world, and the amenities in Courchevel’s villages run the gamut from wine bars to shops hawking the latest fashions by Armani.

Be on the lookout for celebrities during your time here, as the so-called St. Tropez of the Alps has played host to the likes of Will & Kate, Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, George Clooney, and many other A-listers in the past.

3) Meribel

If you love the apres-ski aspect of a snow holiday as much as actually skiing or snowboarding, book your snow holiday in Meribel.

Like Courchevel, this resort is part of Les Trois Vallées, allowing snowsport enthusiasts to earn their post skiing/boarding drinks on a variety of challenging runs across a series of mountain faces.

When the time comes to let your hair down, start at La Folie Douce, as it will already be rocking and rolling by 4 pm. Attracting a younger crowd with the hottest pop music of the moment, this is where college-aged/20-something travelers will want to start their evening.

After 5 pm, the scene shifts to Rond Point, which is where many in their 30’s begin their night out, although the younger crowd also wanders over here after La Folie begins to get stale.

Those looking to spend the rest of the night in a pub usually head over to the appropriately-named Le Pub, while club kids rave the night away on DJ nights at O’Sullivans.

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