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post #1 of 9
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My parents want me to do my senior year abroad and they have decided France would be great since they both grew up there.

Since I was planning on only taking one class next year to graduate, I would be able to take it this summer and then just take more French while I'm there and ski! 

So the question is, where do I go?? I would be living with a family so that might limit my choices but where should I try to find myself for the best skiing?
post #2 of 9
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Posted into general where it might actually be seen

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/85684/merci-beaucoup#post_1121433
post #3 of 9
Cham has a Lycee du sport (mountain sport that is)...http://cochamon.edres74.ac-grenoble.fr/lp/index.htm
Bigger towns where to go have already been listed
Grenoble
Lyon
post #4 of 9
Mais...est-ce que tu connais un peu de Francais? Il vaut mieux que tu te prépare...
Au moins in Chamonix il-y-a beaucoup du monde qui parle anglais, avec tous les skibums Suedois et nordic en genre, Britanniques (comunement indique comme "Anglais") etcetera...
post #5 of 9
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Oui, Je parle un peu a l'ecole.

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Mais...est-ce que tu connais un peu de Francais? Il vaut mieux que tu te prépare...
Au moins in Chamonix il-y-a beaucoup du monde qui parle anglais, avec tous les skibums Suedois et nordic en genre, Britanniques (comunement indique comme "Anglais") etcetera...
post #6 of 9
If the French is no Problem, I'd go for Chamonix, Grenoble, Bourg Saint Maurice or Moûtiers / Albertville

mais c'est seulement si votre francais est déjà bien hein ;)


I guess you'll need to check schools in person too, if it's even possible as foreigner to go there.
post #7 of 9
If you don't mind not living in a ski town then grenoble is a great option. You're so close to lots of major resorts in the Alps but also to smaller and less famous resorts in the Alps, the Vercors and the Chartreuse.

My daughter has lived there for 3 years and there is a great bus service which goes daily to numerous of these resorts. The service must be subsidised and I think is aimed mainly at students. Last year it cost 3 Euros less to get the bus to Les Deux Alpes which includes your day's lift ticket than to buy your lift ticket in the village.

Make sure you book your time for the return trip though as it can be a bit of a scramble for the last bus with lots of people arriving without reservations. This mainly only happens at weekends and holidays.

Grenoble is a really nice and very French city.
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If you don't mind not living in a ski town then grenoble is a great option. You're so close to lots of major resorts in the Alps but also to smaller and less famous resorts in the Alps, the Vercors and the Chartreuse.

My daughter has lived there for 3 years and there is a great bus service which goes daily to numerous of these resorts. The service must be subsidised and I think is aimed mainly at students. Last year it cost 3 Euros less to get the bus to Les Deux Alpes which includes your day's lift ticket than to buy your lift ticket in the village.

Make sure you book your time for the return trip though as it can be a bit of a scramble for the last bus with lots of people arriving without reservations. This mainly only happens at weekends and holidays.

Grenoble is a really nice and very French city.

x2.  Grenoble is where my wife spent her year abroad when she was a student and she chose it specifically for the skiing.  She had a great time.
post #9 of 9
Being that you are talking about senior year of HS, that opens up many more potential locations, but there are also a few things that you should think about.  The French school system in not exactly the same as here in the US.  From what my French wife expained to me, they have sort of filtering process that starts between 7th & 10th grade.  Some are steered towards trade schools while others to the baccalaureat degree program. 

From what she says, they have to allow you to attend school if you live in the area (I am assuming that you and/or your parents have French Citizenship, but this may or may not matter), but it is  not clear to me what program you would be able to go into.  Might be worth making a short list and calling the local schools to see what might work best.  School year in France tends to be kinda long (2 month summer break when my daughter attended ecole maternelle in '07-08), but many places have no school or half days Wednesdays and there are frequent breaks.  Some schools may also have some programs that let you get in more skiing, but it might be difficult to step into this your senior year.  

Val d'Isere offers great skiing with the (small) town being right at the base of the resort, but it is more of a resort town than a real French town with not much going on out of season.  Expect a very small school with a high percentage of transplants, lots of international tourists and english spoken pretty regularly- these may or may not be what you are looking for.  In resort at 3 Vallees is likely the same although Moutiers might be more of a year round town.  Personally, I think I would pick Chamonix or Bourg St. Maurice (heart of Alps between Espace Killy & 3 Vallees).  There is definitely english spoken in Bourg, but you would be forced to use your french there more than in Cham.  Cham would be better for moutaineering. 

Don't know a lot about it, but Briancon seems like a real mnt town with access to La Grave (and closer access than some of the others to the beaches in the South). 

I haven't visited it much but Grenoble would likely be a good option if you prefer a city close to the mnts as opposed to living in a town in the mnts.   

Bon Chance!
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