The magic of the first seasonal snowfall transforms the Alps

It was not expected so soon, and yet, winter already seems ready to have settled in the Alps. From Courchevel to Val d'Isère, from Méribel to Chamonix and Avoriaz, the first snowfall of the season has transformed the landscape to our great delight. With these snowy pictures, enjoy a little taste of what awaits you in the French ski resorts this winter.

Getting cosy in Val d'Isère

In Val d'Isère, the roofs and steeples of the village have suddenly changed colour, letting the unique aura of the mountain villages take hold. A wintry ambiance floats in the air igniting a craving for fireplaces, hot chocolate and cosy nests. That's good for us, here we have nine chic and snug cocoons, right in the heart of the Alps.
Val d'Isère Station (External link)

Soft transformation in Avoriaz

Even though the snow has returned, autumn colours persevere in Avoriaz. Green, red and gold dwell side by side with the first glittery white flakes, it makes for a beautifully soft seasonal transition.
Avoriaz resort (External link)

Mysterious atmosphere in Méribel

Is it autumn or winter? In Méribel, though the morning fog has given way to a snowclad landscape, autumnal foliage lingers on the edge of the lake. A mysterious and dreamlike ambiance reigns for a few days of metamorphosis...
Méribel resort (External link)

Promising snow in Chamonix

At the Col des Montets, which overlooks the Chamonix valley at an altitude of 1460 meters, the snow has returned, putting on a frosty white coat. We await the opening of the slopes with a snowman in our sights.
Chamonix resort (External link)

Winter makes an appearance at Serre Chevalier

Temperatures drop, larch trees little by little take on wintry hues and the earth slowly cools: Serre Chevalier is preparing for a great ski season! But a soupcon of patience is needed, the ski area will open on December 7.
Station de Serre Chevalier Briançon (External link)

Snowclad resort in L'Alpe d'Huez

The change of scenery at Alpe d'Huez tells us that winter seems to have arrived already. The whole resort has put on its thick snowy coat and is preparing for the season... We’re looking forward to the opening of the slopes - scheduled for December 1.
Alpe d'Huez resort (External link)

The French Alps