With the world’s biggest skiing area, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region is also the top destination in the world for winter sports, with 173 ski resorts and 90,000 jobs for welcoming visitors.
The region generates nearly 40 million skier days, 75% of the national share, and more than 280 million euros are invested each year in the skiing areas to offer the best to skiers and mountain enthusiasts.
With diverse tourist offerings, the regional destinations use their charms and offer all kinds of ski resorts: village resorts, high-altitude resorts and destinations for families, young adults and serious skiers.
The Northern Alps
With incredible tourist destinations, the Northern Alps are a leader in the field of winter sports and have held the Olympic Games three times: in Chamonix (1924), Grenoble (1968) and Albertville (1992).
The 3 Valleés is the largest skiing area in the world with 600 km of pistes accessible to all levels of skiers. There's also the Portes du Soleil, Paradiski, and the Espace Killy. Ski resorts like Chamonix, Megève, Le Grand-Bornand or La Clusaz charm skiers looking for authenticity and unspoilt natural areas. As for trendy, sport-centred resorts, there's Courchevel, Val Thorens, Tignes, La Plagne, Val d'Isere, Les Arcs, Alpe d'Huez or Les Deux Alpes, combining adrenaline, fiesta and the great outdoors. The village resorts in the Aravis, Vercors, Bauges, Beaufortain, Chartreuse and Vanoise mountains or in the Maurienne or Oisans valleys are little slices of heaven for families and lovers of authentic, lively villages.
Today, visitors can discover the snowy flanks of the Alps as they please. The days of simply skiing are over. There are new winter sports to discover each year: airboard sledding, snowscooting, snowshoeing, dog sledding, Nordic activities, leisure spas, gastronomy, well-being, shopping and more. All of these activities come together for a pleasant winter holiday.
Skiing on the Volcanoes
Auvergne is a perfect destination for holidays as a family with its five mountain ranges, three ski resorts (Le Lioran, Le Mont-Dore and Super-Besse) and a large cross-country skiing area. Peaking at 1886 m, the Puy de Sancy boasts around 100 km of downhill ski runs. Its unspoilt landscapes make Auvergne an absolute paradise for cross-country skiers and snowshoe hikers, with more than 950 km of secure trails along the Aubrac plateau, the slopes of the Sancy Mountains and the Forez Mountains.
The Jura Mountains
A perfect nature break in both summer and winter, the Jura Mountains boast diverse landscapes, with lakes, waterfalls, rivers, forests, hills and prairies. It's the ideal spot for recharging your batteries in the heart of unspoilt nature. Cross-country skiing, skate skiing, snowshoeing: the Jura Mountains have great itineraries with exceptional panoramas of the surrounding peaks.
The Nordic skiing tracks take you to the heart of snowy landscapes as you conquer the Great North. Want to give biathlon a try? Participate in a cross-country skiing race. Climb to new heights at the Mont Jura family ski resort! Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, play areas and snowball fights are all on the schedule!
A most magical christmas
Christmas in the snow is simply magical! Snowflakes, lights, mulled wine, a torchlight descent and a crackling fireplace in a chalet all come together for a charming experience that you'll never forget! Families will be thrilled with the mountain destinations, each one more inventive than the next, with out-of-the-ordinary events and activities that will delight the whole family.
The spring of skiing
Skiing, of course - but so much more! From 20 March 2019 to the beginning of May, it's the spring of skiing. Whether an expert or a novice, spring is a season for 100% delights on the ski slopes. Pleasant temperatures, generous sun and snow: all systems are go for an exceptional stay! In the morning, enjoy skiing in all its forms (Alpine, Nordic, freeride, freestyle or touring), and discover activities in the afternoon (dog sledding, zip lines, biathlon, tobogganing, spas and more).
The spring of skiing is also a time for festivals and music on the slopes: the end-of-season La Folie Douce, Tomorrowland in Alpe d'Huez, Rock the Pistes in Les Portes du Soleil, Musilac Chamonix, Live in Tignes by Francopholies, Jazz in Val Thorens, International Jazz Festival in Megève, Radiomeuh Circus Festival in La Clusaz, Snowboxx Festival in Avoriaz, E-Waxx Festival in Valmorel and more.
Skiing for young adults and families
The mountain is not only a magnificent playground, but also a place of happiness, winter sports, meet-ups and exchanges.
The resorts roll out the red carpet for youth visitors with special amenities just for them: easy access to the resorts (carpools, shuttles), new activities (toboggan runs, timed slalom, thematic days), festive events, new accommodation types, diverse sports and activities and reasonable prices.
Families have always been important to the mountain destinations, with kids’ clubs, day care centres, areas for beginners and off-snow activities. The Famille Plus Montagne label guarantees a quality stay for families at more than 40 accredited ski resorts.
Finally, Génération Montagne, an initiative of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Tourisme, is a dynamic, collective project for developing a new customer base, in particular bringing young adults to the mountains.
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