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05 January 2015

A Road Trip into the French Alps

A drive through the French Alps is always something to savour. This eight-hour, 300-mile journey shows why. The route twists south through the mountains, taking in some of the country’s top winter-sport resorts. What’s more, with the Swiss border barely a well-timed ski jump away, it’s a simple French road trip, setting off from Geneva Airport.

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  • Avoriaz

    One of the 12 villages that make up the world-renowned Portes du Soleil (Gates of the Sun) ski area, little Avoriaz has a reputation that outweighs its size. It’s well connected to the area’s main lift circuit, so holds real appeal if you’re looking for time on the piste. The resort itself is perched on a wide plateau above a cliff-face and was built as recently as the 1960s. A pedestrian-only centre helps give it a relaxed, family-friendly feel. The road then snakes on towards Chamonix.

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    From 05/01/2015

  • Chamonix

    When it comes to mountain heritage, few places can rival Chamonix. The resort hosted the very first Winter Olympics in 1924 and still stands as one of the most famous spots in the Alps. Having Mont Blanc nearby means it draws everyone from Hollywood film crews to mountaineers, and the range of skiing and snowboarding on offer is vast. Visitors looking to fully appreciate the scenery should try the resort’s recently opened glass-floor viewing cube. Positioned over a drop at a height of 3,842 metres, the attraction goes by the name “Step Into The Void”.  Back behind the wheel, La Plagne sits a two-hour drive to the south.

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    From 06/01/2015

    Green Chamonix
  • La Plagne

    One of three resorts in the Paradiski ski area, La Plagne offers plenty to warrant a stop. Downhill enthusiasts can make use of the Vanoise Express, a double-decker cable car linking La Plagne to Les Arcs. Those in search of even headier thrills can arrange a ride on the resort’s 500m Olympic bobsleigh track. The route continues down through the Rhône-Alpes region, navigating across the Italian border for a few miles before arriving at Serre Chevalier.

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    From 05/01/2015

    Snow white La Plagne
  • Serre Chevalier

    With a charming atmosphere that’s seen the resort described as “Provence in the snow”, the various villages that comprise Serre Chevalier offer more character than might be supposed from the road. There are some great little restaurants and bars, and the skiing’s of a high quality too. You’ll find more than 150 miles of piste to be explored, much of it on wooded slopes. A ten-mile drive away sits Briançon, a 17th-century settlement recognised as Europe’s highest town. From here, the road follows the La Durance river valley down to Risoul.

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    From 05/01/2015

    Serre Chevalier
  • Risoul

    For somewhere that offers activities as diverse as zip-lining, paragliding and skidoo-riding, Risoul is a surprisingly laid-back resort. It’s by no means as famous as other parts of the region, but its imposing scenery, snowboard-friendly slopes and compact streets make it an enjoyable place to round off a trip. And as a purpose-built resort that’s barely 40 years old, it gives a taste of a quieter, less developed area of the French Alps.

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    From 05/01/2015

    The village Risoul
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