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Southern Alps
Southern Alps

France’s southern Alps region is home to some big and well-known resorts including Alpe d’Heuz, famous for it’s long runs and sunny weather; Les Deux Alpes which offers high altitude and big town amenities; and Serre Chavalier which is the collective name for a large number of traditional villages which makes for an expansive ski area. It’s also home to the purely off-piste area of La Grave, but if you’re considering heading there then you’ll know what you’re doing (at least you should).

If you’ve got a car then getting between the big resorts in the Southern Alps is easily done and opens up a huge number of options. There are plans to open a lift between the mountains of Les Deux Alpes and Alpe-d'Huez. It’s a long way off yet, still in the planning stage but it would make for a huge linked area. Currently the day-trip by bus or car are the best ways to go, although we have been told you can do it by helicopter for a reasonable price - if anyone has done that drop us a line and let us know what you thought of it!


Towns and Resorts in Southern Alps

Alpe d'Huez

Possibly best known amongst skiing enthusiasts for being the home of the Sarennes black glacier ski run, which, at a whacking 16km, is the longest run in Europe. It is also lauded by cycling enthusiasts as the most well-known stage of the Tour de France.

Les Deux Alpes

Les Deux Alpes is a mix of traditional and the modern with some fantastic high-altitude pistes.

Serre Chevalier

Serre Chevalier is really a mountain range and a cluster of small villages along a valley. It has a surprisingly large ski area of 250km that’s served by around 60 lifts. One of the highlights of this region is Briancon, a 17th century town and Europe’s highest.

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