La Plagne rest stop

France has officially been named the world’s best ski destination following the analysis of ski pass sales during the 2014/15 ski season.

Totting up the total number of ski days sold, France came out on top at 53.9 million days. The USA came second with 53.6 million, and Austria third with 51.8 million. Within France, the resorts in the Northern Alps proved to be most popular, such as La Plagne, Courchevel and Tignes.

France has a huge amount to offer skiers, whether first time or advanced. For over 50s solo travellers who are trying skiing for the first time, many resorts in France offer the complete package. Resorts such as La Plagne have a reputation for having regular snow and slopes that cater for a range of skill levels. Après-ski is not forgotten, with resorts such as Meribel offering a great balance of nightlife with a relaxed and intimate feel.

Weather forecasters are expecting great snowfall for this upcoming ski season, with El Nino due to bring heavy snowfall to Europe. This year may be the best year to try out skiing and snowboarding, and choosing France as your destination could well be the ultimate first-time ski trip.

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