France takes special and important place among world’s alpine skiing resorts. It is here where the First Winter Olympic Games were held. Mont Blanc, the greatest mountain peak in the Western Europe, is also located here. Local climate promotes the success of winter sports. In the Northern Alps snow cover lasts from the beginning of December to the beginning of May, the glaciers are opened for skiing all the year round. The Maritime Alps with their winter resorts located at the distance of 50 – 200 km from the Mediterranean Sea and warmed by bright sun are attractive in their own way.
In Alpine skiing, as well as in other things, France holds to the traditions and strives for technological innovations. After Chamonix -1924 it had two more Olympic capitals - Grenoble -1968 and Albertville-1992. Alpine skiing gained popularity here not so long ago, in 1960-s. At that time remote mountain villages attracting guests by their ancient beauty entered into large ski regions and flourished again.
The peculiarity of French ski resorts is the ski-pass that is usually valid not only in one resort but in their network, including boundary ski areas of Switzerland and Italy.