What a year for the French Mountains!

With a record-breaking snowfall in the last 12 months, much faster lifts, new chic chalets, hipster hostels and ground-breaking mountain-top hotels on the menu and a whole new ski season approaching, the sense of optimism is palpable. From sushi-style cuisine to an entire new mountain of skiing, new experiences and innovation come in every shape and form.

Stay cool,

The Atout France press team

Have a sneak peak at the new Savoie Mont-Blanc video:

1 - MGM300MGM, what else?

At the foot of the slopes or in the centre of the resort, staying in MGM residences, hotels and high-end chalets means choosing the best locations in the most beautiful resorts in the French Alps. MGM symbolises the combination of luxury, a ‘home away from home’ feeling and the cultural values specific to the mountains, perfected by excellent service and tasteful decoration. We are very pleased to be working with MGM, especially as they have several exciting new openings this season: Les Chalets Eléna in Les Houches, a four-star residence Anitéa in Valmorel and last but not least, a five-star residence with 32 cosy apartments as well as a four-star hotel in Samoëns. Watch this space for more press opportunities.
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2 - TMRWLND300Tommorowland, a dance party in Alpe d’Huez

Tomorrowland is coming to Alpe d’Huez. The giant, DJ-led festival – which draws 400,000 revellers to Belgium each summer – will be holding its first winter edition in the resort from March 13-15. Expect big-name acts, an exuberant and fantastical stage, and an events programme that spreads right across the ski area. It’s thought 30,000 dance fans will attend.
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3 - ROSIERE300La Rosiere, a new mountain to ski

In La Rosière, two high-speed 6-seater chairlifts (and €15million of investment) are bringing lift-serviced skiing to Mont Valaisan for the first time this winter. Five new red pistes are  planned, and the lifts will open up large areas of off-piste terrain too – significantly boosting La Rosière’s appeal to more confident skiers. It’s all part of a dramatic transformation of this once-sleepy resort, which is busy adding new hotels and apartments to its two base areas. Last season, the Hyatt Centric hotel was the  most high-profile opening. This winter, it’s the Alparena & Spa.
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4 - SOLAISE300The highest hotel in France is in Val d’Isere
The round-

topped peak of La Solaise towers over Val d’Isère, and this winter a new hotel opens at the top – at the dizzy altitude of 2551m. La Refuge du Solaise occupies the site of a former cable car station and mountain restaurant, and everyone is invited. Alongside upmarket bedrooms and three luxury apartments, there’s a traditional refuge dormitory with 14 beds, a 300-seater restaurant, and a 23-metre pool that’s open to the public.  Find out more

5 - SUSHI300La Clusaz, where sushi goes for a ski

Mountain food is changing – and there’s no clearer sign than Sushi Fumi in La Clusaz. Here, alongside California rolls and tuna sashimi, you’ll find combinations of Beaufort cheese, nuts and blueberries, and foie gras with fig gingerbread. These light, innovative bites are available as a takeaway, too. Could this be the perfect skier’s picnic?
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But this is only the tip of the iceberg!

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