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The Most Popular Ski Resorts in the Northern Alps

A renowned destination for ski lovers, the Northern Alps are home to many ski resorts suited to all tastes and levels. Villanovo is here to help you to find the right place for your next holiday.

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Chamonix - a mythical alpine destination

A mythical destination for skiing pleasure and extreme sports, the quality of the facilities and the surrounding landscapes make this site a must when it comes to winter sports. And Chamonix is not limited to downhill skiing! It offers a great playground for outdoor and recreational activities such as paragliding, dog sledding and other outdoor pursuits. To reward you after a busy day, the resort has no less than 35 restaurants with a wide range of offerings. Moreover, the Bar du Moulin or the Caves du Pèle await, where you can meet up with friends and spice up your après-ski evenings!

Practical information:  Open from November to May, its altitude varies from 1,042 to 3,275 metres. The majority of its pistes are red, black and blue, while 47 lifts are available. Depending on your expectations, you can expect to pay between 40 and 50 euros for a ski pass.

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La Plagne - an eclectic, year-round resort

Young people love this trendy ski resort, which is suitable for both winter and summer sports. With a snowpark consisting of two freestyle zones, La Plagne is a favourite with freeriders. Famous for its huge ski area in the heart of Paradiski, La Plagne is suitable for both beginners and experienced skiers who can make the most of the second largest ski area in the world. La Plagne is also the place to be for après-ski: superb spas, Michelin-starred restaurants and other delights to treat yourself to during your sporting holiday.

Practical information: Open from December to April for the winter season, the resort and its slopes are at an altitude of between 1,250 and 3,250 metres. The slopes are predominantly blue and red and the area has around 95 lift systems. Ski passes range from 34 to 52 euros.

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Courchevel 1850 - French elegance in an alpine paradise

Courchevel is a top luxury resort that exemplifies the very best of French elegance. In addition to its extraordinary panoramas, Courchevel 1850 is home to internationally renowned luxury establishments. Why choose Courchevel 1850? By renting a chalet in Courchevel, you are able to ski on the eponymous ski area as well as on the Three Valleys ski area, all the while being treated to breathtaking views of Switzerland and Italy.  There are a variety of areas to suit all tastes, including a Zen area for families, who can also call on the services of professionals to introduce and accompany their children. An area is also dedicated to the prevention of off-piste risks, placing Courchevel at the forefront in terms of safety and sophistication.

Practical information: Open from December to April, this resort and its slopes are located between 1,100 and 2,738 metres. The runs are predominantly blue, red and green and there are 52 lifts. Prices for ski passes range from around €35 to €55. 

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Val d’Isère - a delightful blend of skiing and wellness 

Elegance and quality are the order of the day in this excellent resort situated next to Tignes. Regularly hosting prestigious events such as the Olympic Games or the World Ski Championships, Val d'Isère's reputation is well established. With an area reserved for families and children, the resort promises safety and comfort for all, for a ski holiday synonymous with relaxation. The resort is pedestrianised, with many shops. Don't miss the wellness, tonic and lounge areas where you can have fun with your friends and family after you’ve taken off your skis!

Practical information: There are 146 kilometres of mainly blue and red runs and 42 lifts at your disposal. The altitude varies between 1 850 and 3 456 metres.

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Megève - the place to find luxury boutiques and trendy restaurants

With its 445 kilometres of slopes, the Megève area offers quality snow and gentle, easy slopes two hours from Lyon. At the heart of the Evasion Mont Blanc domain, the resort, in the form of an amphitheatre, offers a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc massif from its summit. Aficionados of freestyle skiing will be able to take advantage of an area that is entirely dedicated to them. In addition to skiing, there are wellness, fitness and water areas to relax in after sport. The resort also has a range of boutiques, galleries and antique shops for high-end shopping. Finally, when night falls, the resort comes alive with Michelin-starred restaurants, bars, clubs and casinos.

Practical information: Open from December to April, Megève's altitude remains relatively low: between 1,050 and 2,350 metres. Its slopes are mostly red and blue and the site has 86 lifts. Ski passes range from around 35 to 48 euros.

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Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc - the best place to indulge in some light pampering

At the foot of the famous Mont Blanc, this Savoyard resort is not only renowned for its mountaineering, but also its thermal spas. The destination is therefore perfect for those who love to ski, but also for all those in search of a little pampering! With four main access points (Le Bettex, Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas de Véroce and le Fayet), the resort actually hosts two separate ski areas. There is a wide range of ski passes on offer and all manner of possibilities: you can discover the historic centre of Saint-Gervais, explore the village of Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce or even try your hand at off-piste skiing on the slopes of Montjoly. The area has been awarded the Famille Plus Montagne label, a guarantee of unrivalled quality.

Practical information: Open from December to April, its altitude varies between 1,150 and 2,525 metres. With slopes of all colours, there is no need to take any risks! There are also 56 ski lifts with passes starting at 35 euros.

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Tignes - one of the longest ski seasons in France

A particularly youthful resort, Tignes is modern, efficient and offers everything from skiing to nightlife. Internationally renowned, its excellent snow is appreciated by the best skiers in the world. The most courageous among you can enjoy the half pipe, where the best riders gather every year during the Winter X Games, as well as the Snow Park on the glacier at an altitude of more than 3,400 metres and the Gliss'Park for freestyle enthusiasts. In the evening, you can select from one of the many restaurants on offer. The more enthusiastic can also have a drink in one of the 35 bars/pubs in the resort, and even end the evening in one of its four night clubs.

Practical information: Open from September to May, Tignes has one of the longest opening periods, at an altitude of between 1,550 and 3,450 metres. Its slopes are mainly blue and red. The resort has 39 lifts and offers ski passes from 35 to 60 euros.

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Courchevel 1650 - an ideal family resort

Courchevel 1650 is the ideal resort for a family holiday. It is particularly attractive because of its location, which provides plenty of sun for those who are looking for a tan. Here you can enjoy easy slopes to teach your children to ski, but also experience the joys of off-piste skiing, go on snowshoeing trips and take in the fireworks at night. You can reach Courchevel 1850, less than 10 minutes away, free of charge, to take advantage of the resort's luxury facilities.

Practical information: The characteristics are the same as for Courchevel 1850, with an altitude of up to 2,738 metres, slopes of all colours (but only 10% black), 52 lifts and ski passes of up to 55 euros.

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Méribel - the place to see some of the best panoramas in the Alps

This resort with its unique architecture is particularly renowned for its uninterrupted views, free of unsightly buildings that can spoil the landscape. Located in the heart of the 3 Valleys, the site is made up of a group of chalets with traditional stone and wood facades that blend harmoniously into the four districts of the area: Les Allues, Méribel Centre, Méribel Village and Méribel Mottaret. Thanks to its perfect location at the entrance to the slopes, Méribel connects six areas: a single ski pass will suffice to change resorts and discover Courchevel, La Tania, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires and Val Thorens. In addition to skiing, aviation enthusiasts will be delighted to discover the Altiport, which offers some introductory courses for pilots and non-pilots. Finally, it is worth mentioning that its ski lift system is one of the most efficient.

Practical Information: Open from December to April, the resort rises to an altitude of 2,952 metres. The slopes are predominantly blue and red, and the area has 45 modern lifts. Ski passes range from €35 to €53.

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Saint Martin de Belleville - a quieter resort with access to a vast ski area

A dream family destination, Saint Martin combines authenticity and extreme skiing, with a varied offer of sensational activities. There are no nightclubs in Saint Martin, which attracts people looking for peace and quiet who choose to spend their skiing holidays focused on well-being and relaxation. The resort also benefits from an exceptional location, in the largest ski area in the world (the 3 Valleys), with various playgrounds and snowparks for all levels. Finally, boasting a 3-star Michelin restaurant, its local cuisine will delight your taste buds and give you the energy you need for a great sporting holiday in the mountains).

Practical information: Open from December to April, it stands at an altitude of 2,850 metres. Its slopes are 50% blue and there are 33 lifts. Ski passes range from 35 to 51 euros.

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