Majestic, grandiose, the Alps serve as a natural border between France and its Swiss and Italian neighbours. Present in nine departments, the French Alps, which culminate at 4,809 m with Mont-Blanc, offer a multitude of tourist activities, and it is certainly not to be believed that they are reserved for winter holidays alone. From Haute-Savoie to Alpes-Maritimes, passing through Isère, Savoie and Hautes-Alpes in particular, the landscapes they present vary from one department to another, even from one massif or valley to another. Winter sports are of course in the spotlight with hundreds of ski resorts. Among the most famous, we can mention in particular the Three Valleys domain (8 resorts and 600 kilometres of slopes, including Courchevel and Val-Thorens), Val-d'Isèreor Tignes. But let's not forget either the summer activities offered by resorts among which hiking, trail, mountain biking, paragliding, wellness stays.... If the Alps are one of France's leading tourist regions, it is because of the skilful blend of unspoilt nature - the Vanoise, Mercantour, Écrins or Vercors parks, sumptuous lakes and small rivers - and the settlement of mankind that they owe it

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When to go to dans les Alpes?

You can go to the Alps in summer and winter, depending on the activities you are looking for. Winter will be good for skiing, and more generally for sliding sports. To get there at this time, remember to book several months in advance: accommodation available at the last minute is scarce. However, in this season, prices are very expensive (especially during school holidays). If possible, try to leave outside these areas (January, early February or early December)

The alpine summer, with the development of summer activities (hiking, mountain biking, wellness stays...), will also be an expensive period when the mountains are "invaded", and the prices high. Finally, be aware that the period varies greatly depending on the Alpine region where you go: the activities, weather and prices will not be the same at all depending on whether you go to Annecy, Courchevel or Barcelona for example

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Le Varsinc Simon Billy remporte la Coupe du monde de ski en vitesse !

At 29 years old, Simon Billy won the World Cup in speed skiing in Sweden and became the fastest man in the world in his discipline! With times of 171.47km/h, 173.22km/h and 178.69km/h, he won all the speed skiing events. This success is well deserved for this Varsinc who trains regularly on the KL track and the slopes of Vars. The sportsman says that the World Cup in Idre Fjäll was a real challenge: the slopes were very different from those ...

Val d'Isère, activités nature, village de charme et grands restaurants

Val-d'Isère, with notably Tignes-le-Lac and Tignes Val-Claret, is one of the largest ski areas in the French Alps. But unfortunately, the 2021 season will not allow you to put on your skis to enjoy it, while the ski lifts will remain closed because of Covid-19. So goodbye, then, to the two glaciers, the 300 km or so of slopes and the mythical Olympic face of Bellevarde, which hosted the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games. It is not this winter ...

La 17ème édition de la Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc a commencé !

The Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc, Europe's biggest sled dog race, has started and is taking place this year behind closed doors due to the coronavirus crisis. This exceptional sporting event brings together 68 mushers and more than 600 dogs, who will compete in several stages between about twenty resorts in Savoie and Haute-Savoie. Of course, the absence of spectators will have the effect of creating a special atmosphere, but let the ...

Poser ses valises au Grand-Bornand Village pour un séjour au ski inoubliable

The arrival of winter has made many people want to go to the most beautiful French mountain resorts for a stay combining sports, snowy walks and relaxation in a beautiful natural setting. In Haute-Savoie, in the heart of the Aravis massif, Le Grand-Bornand Village combines the charms of a typical Savoyard village with the pleasure of being in the heart of some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Alps. A ski rental at Le Grand-Bornand ...

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