France: world’s favourite place to ski and home to its biggest ski area

Posted on 04 October 2013

Did you know that the French Alps is home to the world’s largest ski area, namely the Les 3 Vallées in the Savoie department, and that recent figures show that France is the most popular place to ski in the world?

It’s these kind of facts that make ski property ownership in the French Alps so appealing, not least from an investment and rental appeal perspective.

Les 3 Vallées boasts 600 kilometres of interconnected slopes, equating to 18.5 square kilometres of groomed runs – more than any other interconnected ski area on the planet. In addition, it boasts 120 kilometres of cross-country skiing and 180 lifts, and is home to some of the most desirable ski resorts in Europe, including Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires – Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle.

Meanwhile, according to statistics released in September by the DFS (Domaines Skiables de France) an organisation representing the French ski industry, France maintained its position as the world’s most popular skiing destination, beating the US to the number one spot for the second year running.

Last winter French ski resorts clocked up 57.9 million ‘skier days’  – a rise of 4.9 per cent on the previous year, while across the pond, resorts in the US recorded 56.9 million ‘skier days’. The US has always been the traditional holder of the top spot until being dethroned by France last year. Taking third place on the podium was Austria, which recorded 54.2 million skier days in the 2012/2013 season. offers property for sale in both Courchevel and Méribel.

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