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France

Arguably the birthplace of modern skiing, France is home to an eclectic range of resorts such as Val Thorens (the highest resort in Europe), Avoriaz (self-proclaimed boarder capital) and La Plagne (ideal for families), with a great deal of its peaks connected by a huge network of lifts and pistes spanning a large proportion of the Alps the 3 Vallees area alone is linked by over 600km of piste. Indeed, in Portes du Soleil it is perfectly possible to begin your day in France and find yourself in Switzerland in time for lunch! The benefits of a winter holiday in France also extend beyond the mere sporting aspect.

On your holiday, youll likely encounter at least one virtually brand new ski lift, and if youre graced with a fresh load of snow during your stay you might even catch a glimpse of the state-of-the-art piste-bashers; part of a fleet of snow tanks that groom the slopes for its many guests. Playing host to an established pedigree of both traditional and purpose-built ski resorts, its easy to understand why so many people flock to the French slopes each winter.

The huge amount of visitors that the French Alps cater to each year also means that a lot of money is re-invested in its various resorts.

Many resorts feature outstanding culinary options both at the top and bottom of the piste in case youre peckish for a steaming dish of tartiflette or perhaps a glass of vin chaud, and the apres-ski holds something in store for all ages and tastes as thousands of lively snow lovers descend on the bustling high streets to party the night away in a selection of pubs, clubs and restaurants, from Val Thorens La Folie Douce to the legendary Dicks Tea Bar, who have been cutting the proverbial rug in Val DIsere since 1979.