Resorts in the French Alps have some of the most breath-taking backdrops and provide an enormous variety of terrain waiting to be explored. When it comes to photos whether amateur or professional, one thing is for sure, the results are EPIC.
The French Piste Project is a website that has a live stream of any photo that tells the story of the French mountains and the people in them. Any photo uploaded to Instagram that is geo-tagged with the name of a French mountain resort is posted to the site so that you can browse through all the skiers, snowboarders, après skiers and simple mountain dwellers.
Here are our top 5 most instagrammed spots in the French Alps…
With the biggest lift linked area in the French Alps it is hardly surprising to hear they have the largest number of posts and hashtags. The Three Valleys is made up of three major resorts: Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens but also include the likes of Les Menuires, La Tania and Saint Martin de Belleville. It is a very popular area for skiing, especially for the younger, energetic skier with 2 of the 5 famous Folie Douce Apres bars in Val Thorens and Meribel, all adding to the many thousand instagram posts.
With over 16 000 followers on Instagram, and more than 80 000 resort hashtags, Val d’Isere makes it to number two on our most instagrammed. Linked to the neighbouring resort of Tignes, Val d’Isere is part of the vast and exciting Espace Killy ski area. An extremely well linked area, that boasts some of the best seasonal snow coverage.
Tignes lies in the Tarentaise area of France, in the Northern French Alps. A purpose-built ski resort with one of the best linked ski areas in the world, the Espace Killy. Huge investment, progression and development over the past 50 years has seen Tignes grow into one of Europe’s most comprehensive ski destinations. The frozen lake, stunning landscapes and big events have made Tignes one of the top ski destinations over the past few years!
Tignes also remains a popular alpine destination throughout the summer, thanks to the Grand Motte glacier that provides summer skiing and its high altitude water park (Acroland) in Tignes Le Lac.
Also located in the Tarentaise Valley is La Plagne. Part of the protected Vanoise National Park, it's six neighbouring resorts are linked with a free gondola and shuttle bus services, so it’s very easy to get around. La Plagne also offers plenty of activities for non skiers, including: bob-sleigh, ice tower, air board and snakegliss. For all those reasons, Its a French Alps destination with more than 16 000 followers on Instagram and nearly 60 000 hashtags…
A world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, it's one of the closest ski resorts to the channel and is only an hour away from Geneva. Morzine is in the Portes du Soliel, neighbouring the resort of Avoriaz . It also offers a wide range of restaurants and bars for a much livelier and varied après ski than most other resorts. Morzine's seasonaires know it has a lot to offer and have created their own hashtag #momentsmorzine along with a website dedicated to all the geo tagged photos of the resort: http://www.momentsmorzine.com/.