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French Alps

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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, such as the Mont Blanc massif, are shared with Switzerland and/or Italy

At 4,808 metres 15,774 ft, Mont Blanc Italian: Monte Bianco, on the French-Italian border, is the highest mountain in the Alps, and the highest Western European mountain1

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


  • 1 Ranges and summits
  • 2 Ski areas
  • 3 Activities
  • 4 Gallery
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References

Ranges and summitsedit

Chain Range Highest summit Elevation m/ft
Graian Alps Mont Blanc Massif Mont Blanc 4,81045 metres 15,782 ft
Graian Alps Beaufortain Massif Roignais 2,995 metres 9,826 ft
Graian Alps Lauzière Massif Grand Pic de la Lauzière 2,829 metres 9,281 ft
Graian Alps Vanoise Massif Grande Casse 3,855 metres 12,648 ft
Graian Alps Graian Alps central group Pointe de Charbonnel 3,752 metres 12,310 ft
Dauphiné Alps Belledonne Grand Pic de Belledonne 2,977 metres 9,767 ft
Dauphiné Alps Grandes Rousses Pic Bayle 3,465 metres 11,368 ft
Dauphiné Alps Arves Massif Aiguilles d'Arves 3,514 metres 11,529 ft
Dauphiné Alps Taillefer Massif Le Taillefer 2,857 metres 9,373 ft
Dauphiné Alps Écrins Massif Barre des Écrins 4,102 metres 13,458 ft
Cottian Alps Massif du Mont-Cenis Pointe de Ronce 3,612 metres 11,850 ft
Cottian Alps Cerces Massif Grand Galibier 3,229 metres 10,594 ft
Cottian Alps Queyras Massif Rochebrune Peak 3,320 metres 10,892 ft
Cottian Alps Ubaye Massif Orrenaye Aiguille de Chambeyron 3,411 metres 11,191 ft
Maritime Alps Mercantour Massif Cime du Gélas 3,143 metres 10,312 ft
Maritime Alps Pelat Massif Mont Pelat 3,050 metres 10,007 ft
Maritime Alps Massif des Trois-Évêchés Tête de l'Estrop 2,961 metres 9,715 ft
Ligurian Alps Ligurian Alps Punta Marguareis 2,651 metres 8,698 ft
Savoy Prealps Chablais Alps Hauts-Forts 2,464 metres 8,084 ft
Savoy Prealps Haut-Giffre Massif Haute Cime 3,257 metres 10,686 ft
Savoy Prealps Aiguilles Rouges Aiguille du Belvédère 2,965 metres 9,728 ft
Savoy Prealps Bornes Pointe Blanche 2,438 metres 7,999 ft
Savoy Prealps Aravis Range Pointe Percée 2,750 metres 9,022 ft
Savoy Prealps Bauges Arcalod 2,217 metres 7,274 ft
Savoy Prealps Chartreuse Mountains Chamechaude 2,082 metres 6,831 ft
Dauphiné Prealps Vercors Massif Grand Veymont 2,341 metres 7,680 ft
Dauphiné Prealps Diois Mountains Mont Jocou 2,051 metres 6,729 ft
Dauphiné Prealps Dévoluy Mountains Grande Tête de l'Obiou 2,789 metres 9,150 ft
Provence Prealps Bochaine Mont Céüse 2,016 metres 6,614 ft
Provence Prealps Digne Prealps Les Monges 2,115 metres 6,939 ft
Provence Prealps Baronnies Mont Mare 1,603 metres 5,259 ft
Provence Prealps Vaucluse Mountains Signal de Saint-Pierre 1,256 metres 4,121 ft
Provence Prealps Luberon Mountains Mourre Nègre 1,125 metres 3,691 ft
Maritime Prealps Castellan Prealps Puy de Rent 1,996 metres 6,549 ft
Maritime Prealps Nice Prealps Pointe des Trois Communes 2,080 metres 6,824 ft
Panorama of Chamonix valley

Ski areasedit

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:

  • Le Val d'Arly Praz-sur-Arly, Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Flumet: 150 km of slopes
  • L'Espace Cristal Les Saisies, Crest-Voland: 80 km of slopes
  • L'Espace Diamant is a combination of Espace Val d'Arly and Espace Cristal with 185 km of slopes
  • Villard-de-Lans et Corrençon-en-Vercors: 125 km of slopes
  • Valberg - Beuil les Launes: 90 km of slopes
  • Espace Lumière Pra-Loup, Val d'Allos: 170 km of slopes
  • Superdévoluy - La Joue du Loup: 100 km of slopes


A range of winter and summer activities are available in the French Alps In the winter, these include skiing and snowboarding as well as alternatives such as snowshoeing, sledging There is a range of other activities that happen such as gliding which most happens during the summer months2 Summer activities include hiking, mountaineering, biking and rock climbing3


See alsoedit

  • La Grande Odyssée
  • 1924 Winter Olympics
  • 1968 Winter Olympics
  • 1992 Winter Olympics
  • List of highest paved roads in Europe
  • List of mountain passes
  • List of national parks in the Alps
  • List of ski areas and resorts in Europe


  1. ^ Mont Blanc shrinks by 45cm in two years
  2. ^ "frenchalpscouk - Your website dedicated to information on the French Alps" frenchalpscouk Retrieved 2016-01-27 
  3. ^ "French Alps Mountain Activities | frenchalpscouk" frenchalpscouk Retrieved 2016-01-27 
  • Raoul Blanchard 1938–1956, Les Alpes Occidentales Paris: Édition Arthaud French
  • Roger Frison-Roche 1964, Les montagnes de la terre Paris: Flammarion French
  • Sergio Marazzi 2005, Atlante Orografico delle Alpi SOIUSA Pavone Canavese TO: Priuli & Verlucca editori ISBN 978-88-8068-273-8 Italian
  • Sergio Marazzi, La "Suddivisione orografica internazionale unificata del Sistema Alpino" SOIUSA - article with maps and illustrations, PDF Italian

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