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The French Alps is home to soaring snow-covered peaks and incredible pistes that attract skiers and snowboarders from around the world. In the summer, walkers and climbers discover lush green valleys, sparkling rivers and beautiful sunshine. The French Alps lie within the regions of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes. Ski resorts usually lie between 6,562ft and 9,843ft (2,000m and 3,000m) and have plenty of snowfall in the ski seasons.
In the summer months, climbers and hikers will replace the skiers and snowboarders for the rocky trails and alpine hikes. The best time to visit the French Alps in the summer is between July and September when the weather is more predictable and the snow above 6,562ft (2,000m) has melted. Climbers tend to head to the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area which has the highest point in the Alps. Mountain life consists of a vibrant nightlife, wooden chalets with heart-shaped lattices or a blanket of snow in winter or flowered window boxes in the summer. Each French village will have a selection of activities for days off skiing such as cinema, bars, restaurants and shops. The French Alps are famed for their energetic apres ski scene with ski in and ski out bars, which can be accessed directly from the slopes or you can get a bus up the mountainside. You can't quite beat a beer at the top of the mountain gazing across the snow-capped valley.
November to April
In winter you can take part in activities such as; skiing, cross-country skiing, off-piste skiing, snowboarding, off-piste snowboarding, snow-shoeing, husky walking, sledging, snowmobiling, mono-skiing, heli-skiing, glacier walking, ice diving and ice skating.
May to September
July and August are best for weather, but late May and June have wonderful wildflowers that shouldn’t be missed. If you want to hike on a glacier, you will need still need to be prepared with snowshoes and warm clothes, even in Summer.