Top 5 ski resorts to snowkite in France

Oct 02, 2013 BY Paul McWilliams

If you’ve caught the snowkiting bug – and the chances are that if you’ve ever tried it, you’re deeply infected by now – then you’re probably looking around for new places to kite. If this sounds familiar and you’re based in Europe then you’ll be pleased to know we reckon some of the ski resorts to snowkite in France are some of the best in the world.

Top 5 ski resorts to snowkite in France Wikimedia image by Andreas Schwarzkopf

For the most part, you’ll be heading to ski resorts to snowkite in France. This is usually because even though you probably won’t be kiting in the resort itself, the accommodation and facilities are all there for accessing the best snowkiting spots nearby. Here is our list of the top five resorts where you can also snowkite in France.

Serre-Chevalier

Home to the Snowkite Masters events, it’s little surprise that Serre-Chevalier makes it onto the list. There’s a snowkiting school on top of the Lautaret Pass, which also happens to be one of the world’s best snowkiting spots. With some wide spaces and big winds, this is definitely the place to come.

Portes de Soleil

The skiing in the Portes de Soleil area which includes resorts such as Avoriaz, Morzine and Les Gets is widely regarded as some of the best in Europe. However, it’s the snowkiting at a little spot called Les Crosets – which is just across the border in Switzerland – that’s really causing a stir. With good wind and a great snowkiting school you can learn to snowkite in the Swiss part of Portes de Soleil but stay in the cheaper and more lively French side and ski over for the day.

Top 5 ski resorts to snowkite in France flickr image by Big Dubya

La Rosiere

Found on the border between France and Italy, La Rosiere is a unique area that’s perfectly suited to snowkiting. The wind and snow conditions are ideal for beginners and with some top kiting schools to choose from, this is an ideal place to learn the basics. Winds enter the valley through Tarentaise et d’Aoste and whip down to the snowkiting area making it one of the best ski resorts to snowkite in France.

Les Deux Alpes

One of the biggest ski resorts in France, Les Deux Alpes is also home to some world-class snowkiting. Again, a lot of the kiting is done up on the Col du Lautaret pass that links this resort with Serre-Chevalier. It’s about a 45-minute drive to the kiting area but at over 2,000 metres, the snow is deep and reliable and the wind conditions are usually perfect. There are also plenty of hire shops and schools to chose from locally. Just over the border with Italy there is also La Thuile, one of the few places in the Alps with a dedicated snowkiting area, and well worth a day trip.

Top 5 ski resorts to snowkite in France Wikimedia imgae by Plyd

Petit St Bernard

This classic high alpine terrain is becoming very popular with kiters. The pass is accessible from a number of nearby resorts, including La Rosiere, Val d’Isere and Alpes du Nord. The winds can get pretty big, meaning you can get up some speed and the vast open area means you’ll have plenty of room to yourself. Easily one of the best spots to snowkite in France

 
 
     

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