Whether you head to Chamonix or Briançon, the French Alps are chock-full of incredible backcountry skiing opportunities. Boasting some of the most gorgeous scenery in all of Europe, plenty of high-quality powder and loads of places to explore, there’s no better place to head off-piste this winter!
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Heading out on an expedition to the French Alps should be on every backcountry skiing enthusast’s bucket list.
Away from the numerous and equally incredible aforementioned destinations, there are plenty of others as well.
Grenoble is among other the many popular spots in the Alps for backcountry skiing tours. From the lovely little city, it is easy enough to head out into the Chartreuse Mountains, where plenty of excellent routes for intermediate and advanced skiers await.
Grenoble is also an excellent starting point for backcountry skiers heading to La Meije and the Oisans.
Farther south, Briançon offers plenty more incredible backcountry options. The most popular routes are heading to the Queyras Valley as well as up onto the slopes of Monte Visto in neighboring Italy.
During the winter, the French Alps are quite humid with average daily temperatures hovering around freezing. Temperatures decrease significantly as you gain altitude. The humid conditions mean there is always plenty of snow in the region as well during the winter.
The best way to get to the French Alps is to fly into the Geneva International Airport (GVA). From here, many destinations are easily accessed by car or bus. Flying into Alpes–Isère Airport (GNB), near Grenoble, is another good starting point.
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