The valley Saint Bon hosts the most expensive and exclusive ski resort of the French Alps– Courchevel. It is the place where numerous international stars, politicians and key business players spend their holidays. Courchevel owns its reputation of one of most popular ski resorts in Europe not only due to the perfect entertainment industry, high-class hotels and sparkling social life, but to a great variety of ideally-groomed wide slopes, off-piste facilities, the best snow, wonderful weather and the possibility to ski-in/ ski out. The resort consists of four parts – each at a different altitude: Courchevel-1850, Courchevel-1650, Courchevel-1550 and Courchevel Le Praz (1300 m) united by a network of modern ski lifts. Courchevel-1850 is the most exclusive and stylish part of the village with its luxurious hotels and apartments, boutiques and even an airport. Other part of the resort offer more modest accommodation and ski services to lower prices. Courchevel 1650 features wide slopes best suited for beginners and well as small hotels and not very expensive apartments. Numerous cable ways pass through Courchevel 1550. Le Praz is characterized by typical alpine country style and by adventurous steep pistes. Apart from great conditions for skiing, Courchevel features a snow park, half-pipe, effective system of snow guns and a 2 km toboggan run. The resort guests will discover a sports centre, bowling and fitness facilities, skating rink, cinema and concert hall, cosy bars and much more.
Meribel lies in the very heart of the united area „Les Trois Vallees“ in the Les Allues Valley at the altitude of 1400 m. The guests of Meribel - beginners, advanced or professional skiers enjoy a comfortable access to all pistes of Les Trois Vallees. Meribel was the place where Winter Olympic Games took place in 1992 and is the largest ski resort of the united area. It was initially built by Englishmen at the beginning of 20th century and has preserved its elegant, exquisite and charming architecture until nowadays. Here the alpine chalets of lightwood offer most modern comfort and a warm and cosy atmosphere. Meribel consists of the central part (1450 m), Meribel Village (1400m) and Meribel Mottaret (1750 m) interconnected by a system of modern ski lifts. A great variety of well-groomed slopes climb up the mountains on both sides of the picturesque valley and offer wonderful views over the picturesque landscape and adventurous turns and twists to beginners as well as to experienced skiers. This is not only a good starting point to access other ski areas of Les Trois Vallees, but also a place with great free-ride and ski-safari possibilities and two special snowboard parks with obstacles, half-pipes and baby pipes. Snow shoe walks, airplane or balloon rides above the Alps, paragliding, figure skating and other exciting leisure possibilities belong to the daily life of the resort. Meribel features a sports centre, a bowling centre, cinemas and restaurants.Lovers of night life will appreciate Meribel Mottaret with its numerous discotheques, clubs and bars.
The great united area Espace Killy hosts one of the most popular ski resort – Tignes, located at the altitude of 2100 m. The charm of this area lies in wide spacious slopes, great free-ride and carving possibilities, wonderful snow conditions and an early start of the season. It`s no surprise that an entire army of winter sports lovers chooses year after year to spend their active holidays in Tignes. Tignes differs from Val d`Isere, which has preserved its image of traditional Savoyard village, in that it surprises the guests with modern architecture. Most of the hotels and skiing facilities of the resort were built in 1960s and 1970s, including the lift on the Grande Motte glacier. The tourist infrastructure is very compact and comfortable and offers accommodation at affordable prices. Tignes features several skiing areas – Tigne le Lac, Lavachet and Val Claret located near a picturesque lake and interconnected by a modern system of ski lifts. The ski season seems to never end on the Grande Motte glacier, where the slopes reach the altitude of 3650 m above the sea level. The resort includes 76 slopes, thereof 7 green, 34 blue, 19 red and 16 black. There are 6 slalom and one mogul facility, a snow park with a half-pipe and one of the largest ski schools in France. Cross-country skiers will discover 20 km of picturesque runs, partially on the magnificent glacier. Tignes is not only about skiing, in the evening it greets you with cosy cafés and exciting discotheques. Young guests will appreciate the fun of tobogganing, skating and discovering glittering ice huts.
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