Alps

This spectacular mountainous region with its snow-capped peaks and blue pristine lakes and rivers offers an impressive scenery that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Here the nature is unique and intact, the perfect place to enjoy the outdoor activities that Decouvertes proposes you. Choose between a walking tour in the forest or flower-filled fields or a skiing experience in some of the rich ski resorts in the region, discovering the charming villages and sample mountain life!

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Courchevel


Courchevel has many facets. Firstly because it is spread over 5 altitudes, then because its different levels are as many aspects, views and ways of approaching the mountains. Its rich offer in terms of non-skiing activities is another plus point for the resort, which makes constant efforts to satisfy and surprise its clientele. Here the expression “service à la carte” takes on its full meaning, and the insistence on quality is common to all levels of the resort.
 

 

 

Meribel


Situated at the heart of the 3 Vallées, Meribel is famed for its picturesque wooden chalets and friendly family atmosphere. Americans certainly prefer Meribel; the village attracts a third of all U.S. winter visitors to France. The village has 57 ski lifts in its immediate area to serve 74 groomed ski runs that total 150 kilometers. One of the most popular and famous run in Meribel is the Combe Vallon which can be found on the 2952 meter high Mont Vallon. The off-piste in Meribel is second to none with vast amounts easily accessible from the lifts. The interconnected resorts share 600 km of terrain and 198 lifts which makes the 3 Vallées the largest ski area in the World.

 

 

Val d'Isère


Val d'Isere, in the Savoie area of France, is a colourful winter sports haven that began as a farm community in the years BC. It is the better-known part of Espace Killy.  The area is named for Olympic hero Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up in Val d'Isere. Espace Killy has 300 kilometres of maintained slopes cut through vast snowfields that stretch to the horizon. Ninety-nine lifts can move more than 135,000 skiers an hour, uphill. Much of the terrain is ideal for cruisers, but there are many opportunities for snowboarders and powder skiers to show their stuff.

 

 

Chamonix


Chamonix, site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, is the main resort in a valley dominated by Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain (15,770 feet). Chamonix valley can boast of some of the best skiing and scenery in the Alps and a hard-to-beat list of winter sports activities. Chamonix has six separate ski areas in the valley. They have a total of more than 90 miles of prepared slopes and trails and 48 lifts. Particularly popular with powder skiers and snowboarders is Les Grands Montets, which rises above the village of Argentiere which is near Chamonix. No one gets bored.

 

 

Les Houches


Les Houches is the home of the world famous Khandahar Verte des Houches Downhill ski run, hosting the Chamonix Valley leg of the World Cup circuit in early January of each year. Although a rather small resort, the 47 km of runs offer a good variety of alpine skiing sweeping down through woodland on the north-western slopes of Mont Blanc, the white dome of which tower's above the ski area. Whilst not an area large enough to consider for an exclusive trip, unless specifically for training, it is well worth paying a visit if skiing in the Chamonix valley. For Intermediates and above, with the exception of race days, you can ski the Khandahar from the 1860m summit, back to the town centre at the resorts base, uninterrupted.

 

 

Megeve

Megeve is situated about 10 km off the main road from Geneva to Chamonix and is one of the most chic villages that one could hope to come across. Megeve is part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area. As well as the full range of facilities associated with a village that is bustling with visitors all year, there are many other facilities e.g. a large sports complex, outdoor pool, horse drawn taxis, many quality restaurants and some excellent designer shops in an atmospheric pedestrian area. With the resort being relatively low, much of the skiing at Megeve is on beautiful tree-lined slopes with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains. Not to be missed is the view of Mont Blanc from the excellent value restaurant at the top of the Bachais chairlift, in Le Jaillet area.

 

 

 

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