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Skiing in France..where to go

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My brother just moved to Paris and offered to fly me out there for spring break, which sounds pretty cool. I don't know anything about resorts out there, but I would be going mid march probably. Don't know what kind of budget constraints I will have, but something with cool nightlife and awesome skiing is a must. Anyone been to chamonix or courchevel or any of the french resorts? I am a huge fan of off piste skiing and should be able to have fun anywhere, but could you guys give me a few pros and cons for a few french resorts that'd be cool. Thanks everyone.
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Searching is fun.

post #3 of 12
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Yeah I know it is, and I've done a good bit. I guess I was just asking for good/bad experiences and why...
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lol. did you find the link in my post? It leads to a thread with a lot of that info. Not trying to be a jackass, just having some fun. Look for it.
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Check welove2ski.
Can't go wrong with Les 3 vallées, l'espace Killy, l'Alpe d'Huez... the usual mega resorts. Endless possibilities. And mid march is just a perfect period. Usualy snowy, sunny and no school breaks.

If night life's important : Austria.... Or Val d'Isère.

Now, if you're really serious about off piste and can hold your own : Chamonix, or La Grave. I would say Chamonix, because you have to ski there in a skier's life. Be warned that it's not conveniently layed out and that you'll face competition, that's all.
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lol. did you find the link in my post? It leads to a thread with a lot of that info. Not trying to be a jackass, just having some fun. Look for it.
Oh, haha, no I didn't. Just thought a smiley face was a smiley face, nott that well versed in internet tricks.
post #7 of 12
I'd recommend going to http://www.snowheads.com to get better answers on where to ski in France. Its a friendly site and they speak a language similar to ours.
post #8 of 12
if you have budget constraints - avoid Courchevel.
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I live in Spain and travel every xmas and easter to Tignes in L'Espace Killy, which is Tignes and Val D'Isere together. The off piste in L'Espace Killy is just awesome, provided you get a guide to take you. Off piste in France is non insured, not like in the US where you are as long as you remain within the ski area. Which makes it even more fun. Skiing is mostly tree less, and you have two glaciers to chose from, going up to 3500 meters (lots of feet). Snow is almost always there so it is a sure bet for March. It is regarded by the French as the resort for the experts, but has all kind of slopes. For night life, Val D'Isere is great, don't try Tignes though. It is mostly a ghost town at night, which is great for us and our three kids.
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Val d'isere has got to be at the top of the list.
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We went to Les 3 Vallées a couple of years ago, and had a great time. We stayed at Meribel Mottaret, which is a few hundred meters higher than the main village. From there we could easily go up and over one side to Courcheval or the other side to Val Thorens, each of which wound up being a day-long adventure, with a simply astonishing quantity and variety of terrain. It is mostly, if not completely above the treeline and there is a definite "you see it, you ski it approach". However, there is much less in terms of marking hazards and you could find yourself in a major pucker zone if you are not careful.

Also, be sure to purchase Carré Neige, a type of ski rescue/medical insurance coverage. If you need the ski patrol, they will not even look at you unless you have that or can pay on the spot.
We had a friend who, unfortunately, popped her ACL, but fortunately, had Carré Neige. Patrol took her down the hill, and (I think) all of her medical treatment was covered, even back here in the states.

Larry
post #12 of 12
you have gotten some good advice so far (including Val d'Isere)

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I'd recommend going to http://www.snowheads.com to get better answers on where to ski in France. Its a friendly site and they speak a language similar to ours.
+1 although you could also check the Eurozone here...
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