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French Alps

French Alps
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Aerial photograph of the Mont Blanc massif, the tallest mountain in the French Alps, seen from the west
Highest point
Peak Mont Blanc
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Geography
Ranges of the French Alps.
French regions Rhône-Alpes
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Borders on Swiss Alps, Italian Alps
Geology
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Period Tertiary
Type of rock Bündner schist, flysch and molasse
File:Alps of France NASA A2002274 1240 250m.jpg
NASA photo of the French Alps (26 Oct 2002).

The French Alps are the portions of the Alps mountain range that stand within France, located in the Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions. While some of the ranges of the French Alps are entirely in France, others are shared with Switzerland and Italy.

At Script error: No such module "convert"., Mont Blanc (Italian: Monte Bianco), on the French-Italian border, is the highest mountain in the Alps, and the highest Western European mountain.[1]

Notable towns in the French Alps include Grenoble, Chamonix, Annecy, Chambéry, Évian-les-Bains and Albertville.

Ranges and summits

Chain Range Highest summit Elevation (m/ft)
Graian Alps Mont Blanc Massif Mont Blanc Script error: No such module "convert".
Graian Alps Beaufortain Massif Roignais Script error: No such module "convert".
Graian Alps Lauzière Massif Grand Pic de la Lauzière Script error: No such module "convert".
Graian Alps Vanoise Massif Grande Casse Script error: No such module "convert".
Graian Alps Graian Alps central group Pointe de Charbonnel Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Alps Belledonne Grand Pic de Belledonne Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Alps Grandes Rousses Pic Bayle Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Alps Arves Massif Aiguilles d'Arves Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Alps Taillefer Massif Le Taillefer Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Alps Écrins Massif Barre des Écrins Script error: No such module "convert".
Cottian Alps Massif du Mont-Cenis Pointe de Ronce Script error: No such module "convert".
Cottian Alps Cerces Massif Grand Galibier Script error: No such module "convert".
Cottian Alps Queyras Massif Rochebrune Peak Script error: No such module "convert".
Cottian Alps Ubaye Massif (Orrenaye) Aiguille de Chambeyron Script error: No such module "convert".
Maritime Alps Mercantour Massif Cime du Gélas Script error: No such module "convert".
Maritime Alps Pelat Massif Mont Pelat Script error: No such module "convert".
Maritime Alps Massif des Trois-Évêchés Tête de l'Estrop Script error: No such module "convert".
Ligurian Alps Ligurian Alps Punta Marguareis Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Chablais Alps Hauts-Forts Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Haut-Giffre Massif Haute Cime Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Aiguilles Rouges Aiguille du Belvédère Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Bornes Pointe Blanche Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Aravis Range Pointe Percée Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Bauges Arcalod Script error: No such module "convert".
Savoy Prealps Chartreuse Mountains Chamechaude Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Prealps Vercors Massif Grand Veymont Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Prealps Diois Mountains Mont Jocou Script error: No such module "convert".
Dauphiné Prealps Dévoluy Mountains Grande Tête de l'Obiou Script error: No such module "convert".
Provence Prealps Bochaine Mont Céüse Script error: No such module "convert".
Provence Prealps Digne Prealps Les Monges Script error: No such module "convert".
Provence Prealps Baronnies Mont Mare Script error: No such module "convert".
Provence Prealps Vaucluse Mountains Signal de Saint-Pierre Script error: No such module "convert".
Provence Prealps Luberon Mountains Mourre Nègre Script error: No such module "convert".
Maritime Prealps Castellan Prealps Puy de Rent Script error: No such module "convert".
Maritime Prealps Nice Prealps Pointe des Trois Communes Script error: No such module "convert".
File:Chamonix Valley Panorama.jpg
Panorama of Chamonix valley

Ski areas

The largest connected ski areas are:

  1. Les Trois Vallées (Courchevel, Méribel, La Tania, Brides-les-Bains, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle): 338 slopes, 600 km of pistes.
  2. Portes du Soleil (Avoriaz, Châtel, Morzine, Les Gets, Saint-Jean d'Aulps, La Chapelle d'Abondance, Abondance, Montriond, Swiss resorts): 288 slopes, 650 km of slopes not entirely connected.
  3. Paradiski (La Plagne, Peisey-Vallandry, Les Arcs), Champagny-en-Vanoise: 239 slopes, 420 km of slopes.
  4. Via Lattea (Montgenèvre, Italian resorts): 214 slopes, 400 km of slopes.
  5. Évasion Mont-Blanc (Combloux, Megève, Saint-Gervais, Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, Les Contamines Monjoie): 183 slopes, 420 km of slopes not entirely connected.
  6. Espace Killy (Tignes, Val-d'Isère): 137 slopes, 300 km of slopes.
  7. Grand Massif (Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns, Sixt): 134 slopes, 265 km of slopes.
  8. Les Aravis (La Clusaz, Manigod, La Croix Fry, Merdassier, Le Grand-Bornand): 133 slopes, 220 km of slopes not entirely connected.
  9. Les Grandes Rousses (L'Alpe d'Huez, Vaujany, Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas): 117 slopes, 236 km of slopes.
  10. Serre Chevalier: 111 slopes, 250 km of slopes.
  11. La Forêt Blanche (Risoul, Vars): 104 slopes, 180 km of slopes.
  12. Les Sybelles (Le Corbier, La Toussuire, Les Bottières, Saint-Jean-d'Arves, Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves, Saint-Colomban-des-Villards): 96 slopes, 310 km of slopes.
  13. Valloire and Valmeinier: 83 slopes, 150 km of slopes.
  14. Grand Domaine (Valmorel, Saint-François-Longchamp): 82 slopes, 150 km of slopes
  15. Espace San Bernardo (La Rosière, La Thuile - Italy): 73 slopes, 150 km of slopes.
  16. Les Deux Alpes and La Grave: 69 slopes, 220 km of slopes.

The other large ski areas are:

Activities

There are a whole range of winter and summer activities available in the French Alps. In the winter, these include the obvious skiing and snowboarding as well as alternatives such as snowshoeing, sledging, glacier walking and ice diving.[2] Summer activities include bungee jumping, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.[3]

Gallery

See also

References

External links

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