skiing and winter sports
The annual ski vacation is almost obligatory, especially for families, whether it's taken in November, over Christmas, or in February. While downhill skiing (ski alpin) and snowboarding are popular throughout the Alps and farther away in the Pyrenees, the Jura is well known for its cross country (ski du fond) trails. To arrange a holiday, visit one of the regional tourism centers located on avenue de l'Opera, or ask at your local travel agency. If you work for a large company, its comite d'entreprise may organise weekends or weeklong outings.
Paris on ice: For your skating pleasure, there are three ice rinks in Paris open to the public each winter! Last year, from December to 23 February, in addition to the traditional 1 200 m² ice rink on the square in front of the Hôtel de Ville, there were two other ice rinks : place Raoul-Dautry, near Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement and at the Bassin de la Villette, place de Stalingrad, in the 19th arrondissement. Plus, of course, the patinoire at Bercy. Skate rental is possible.
Great site, with English, French and Italian available. It gives results around the world for downhill, cross country, snowboard and jumping competitions, but also provides useful links to resorts, all of which have an English language version. Among the selection, there are two resorts shown for France, Val d'Isere and Avoriaz; 4 for Switzerland, including St. Moritz; and 8 in Italy.
http://www.snowtime.com (choose an icon).
Everything you wanted to know about skiing in France, and in English! Videos, readers' questions and reviews, ski station and hotel reservations and info.
This is a private company that provides everything you need for a ski vacation, including the possibility of reservations for lodging and training.
This is an excellent site if you're heading for La Plagne. Everything you need for a weekend or longer of skiing:
Ski France site, in English
This site provides lots of helpful information on its 100 member sites.
"The French Winter and Summer Ski Resorts Mayor's Association groups together almost one hundred mountain resorts divided between the five French massifs (the Alps, Auvergne, Jura, Vosges and Pyrenees). Created in 1946, the Association continues its work today focusing on two main objectives :
To defend the "mountain characteristics" of the resorts to the authorities and to represent their interests to Parliament and Central Government.
To promote the resorts in France and abroad so that they maintain their position as one of the main tourist destinations."
de la montagne et de l'escalade
This site, the French federation of mountaineering and climbing, provides information on all sports that have to do with mountains, whether skiing, snowshoeing or trekking. It lists the ski clubs, licenses, training, a calendar of competition events, plus weather and avalanche information.
This site is dedicated to professional competition, with information on how to get involved. French only.
http://www.ffs.fr, tel: 04.50.51.40.34
de snowboard, good info, good links.
"Video magazine", but that's not all. Lots of international links, including federations and all in English.
Board the world
For a really clear understanding of the state of snowboarding in France, go to http://www.boardtheworld.com and click on the French flag at the bottom of the page (look for the link to a Russian site)
des sports de glace
Looking for hockey, bobsledding, ice skating? This site gives lots of info, in French, but its links page provides international sites.
http://www.ffsg.org, tel: 01.53.92.81.81