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  • A renowned winter sports destination, the French Alps are also a great place to visit in summer, offering opportunities for hiking through its natural parks, lake swimming, mountain biking, via ferrata and mountaineering.

  • As the name itself reveals, après ski is a concept born and bred in France, before spreading to alpine hubs across the globe. It’s no surprise that drinking, eating, partying—celebrating in some form—sits at the top of the priority list for skiers everywhere. Compared to the U.S., the après scene in the French Alps literally goes from dusk ’til dawn. It features a higher fur to Gore-Tex ratio, more wine and elaborate cocktails, better food, more electronic dance music than acoustic guitar, more dancing in general, and a significantly larger crowd. Expect to shed some layers amid the collective body heat. Here are just suggestions for where to start your post-slopes partying.

  • In the South of France, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea,
    sits a region of light and vibrant colour. Just three hours by TGV from
    Paris: the sky is azure and the sun shines. You are in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur: here, the sea is at your feet and the Alpine peaks a mere few hours away by car.

  • Chamonix Mont, a city and livened up station which offers the best of the mountain pleasures.

  • Across the water, discover the canals of Burgundy, from their history to the works of art dispersed amongst their banks: houses, locks, reservoirs, channels, ports, and gorgeous countrysides.