Perhaps the country's best known ski and boarding destination, Val d'Isere is situated in France's Rhone-Alps region, a(n impressive) stone's throw away from the Franco-Italian border. Its mountains, including Solaise and Face de Bellevarde (which hosted the men's downhill during the 1992 Winter Olympics), are renowned country-wide for their challenging runs and scenic splendor.
Enjoy incredible views of neighboring Vanoise National Park as you navigate down 300 km (186 miles) of available slopes, ranging in level from beginner to competitive expert. From late November through April, it's a snow loving adrenaline junkie's dream come true.
Location:210 km (130 miles) east of Lyon, France
Note:Lest we paint the picture a little too lopsidedly for you, the Val d'Isere is just as adventurously impressive come summer, when the massifs become a playground for hikers and mountain bikers. Check out our individual links for more info on the season that's most appealing to you.