The Indian summer is fast disappearing, so it seems only right to start thinking about the winter season, and a week or two in the snow. But with so much choice in European ski resorts, the hardest question is where to go?
A good place to start is France, which boasts more options for skiers than any other country in the world. Here you will find huge interlinked ski areas combing more than 200 resorts, mostly scattered down the Rhone and Provence Alps on the borders shared with Italy and Switzerland.
And the largest of these interlinked areas is the Three Valleys, or Les Trois Valleys as it is locally known, where ski lovers can enjoy a staggering 600 kilometres of pistes and 338 slopes. This expanse of pistes and slopes puts The Three Valleys high on the list of favoured ski resorts in the world.
And if that is not already music to the ears of ski enthusiasts, the resort can also be reached in just 20 minutes from an international airport when using the winter service provided by our Annecy helicopter company. Those arriving at Annecy International Airport, for example, can be on the slopes in less than half an hour from their plane touching the tarmac when they reserve a seat on our executive helicopters.
The Three Valleys is made up of eight separate resorts, a brief guide to the largest of which is found below.
- Meribel: Lying at the heart of the Three Valleys, Meribel offers clients of our Annecy helicopter company the chance to ski some fantastic mogul slopes and speed runs before heading back to the town, which has a delightful ‘village’ feel to it.
- Courchevel: Perhaps the most well-known of all the resorts that make up the Three Valleys, Courchevel is also one of the most exclusive resorts in France. The skiing opportunities are vast, as are the après-ski options. If you can’t afford a week off to indulge your passion for skiing, catch a ride to and from Courchevel by helicopter to save time.
- La Tania: A great family resort, offering great pistes for beginners and children.
- Les Menuires: The perfect resort for intermediates. Les Menuires boasts a variety of excellent red and blue runs.
- Val Thorens: The highest ski resort in Europe Val Thorens offers vast off-piste potential. A central snow park and excellent nightlife including Europe’s highest pub complete this well rounded resort easily accessible by Courchevel helicopter transfer.