Among the giants
The pristine ski slopes of France attract millions of people every year but there is even more to life in the mountains, as Brigitte Nicolas finds out
The ski slopes of France attract millions in winter, but life in the mountains is magical all year round
Watch the seasons change in the most stunningly drastic way as snow-capped peaks turn to humming wildlife habitats in the summer – the mountain ranges within France offer some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world and can be a uniquely beautiful place to live. The Tour de France has some of its toughest stages climbing up the steep inclines, while some gentler hills are great for relaxed family outings. This month, holidaymakers will begin to flood to the slopes as December marks the beginning of ski season across France. The forests and trails across the natural giants are also a strong draw for climbers and hikers. Even Mont Blanc – France’s highest peak at 4,810m – attracts hundreds of climbers every week. In fact, there are plans to enforce a cap of 214 climbers per day on the route in 2019. Secluded cabins, high up away from it all, could offer solitude to those seeking a peaceful rural life. Winter sports towns expand and contract with the seasons, while large towns have a life of their own at the foot of some epic peaks. We take a look at four towns in mountain regions around France.