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Guide to Savoie
Savoie is an alpine paradise renowned for its wild beauty, clear mountain air and some of the best alpine skiing in the whole of France.
Ski Holidays in Savoie
Les Trois Vallées in Savoie is one of the largest connected skiing areas in the world, suitable for both skiers and snowboarders, with breathtaking scenery and wide open spaces. The world-famous Val’d’Isere ski region is also here. The villages of Val-d'Isère and Tignes form a linked ski area called L'Espace Killy, named after an Olympic skier, and known as the ‘Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World’. The superb facilities include 300km of ski slopes, cross country ski trails, and excellent snowparks for snowboarders. Also nearby is the equally well equipped but more affordable ski resort of Sainte Foy.
Savoie is also a great year-round destination for walking, cycling and boating. Its two main lakes are the very clean Lac d'Aiguebelette and Lac du Bourget, which is the largest and deepest lake in France.
Savoie Cuisine and Culture
The cuisine of the Savoie is dominated by dairy products from lush pastures, fish from the lakes and mountain streams, game from the forests and mushrooms from the woods. Orchards are planted with cherry, apple, pear and walnut trees, and strawberries and raspberries are plentiful in the glades. The rivers provide resources for a number of Savoyard dishes including fricassee of frogs legs with garlic, onions and vinegar, perch with red wine and quenelles.
The wines of the Savoy are all unmistakably mountain wines and have a long history. Until recently they were rarely found outside the region, but their quality and reputation have recently been experiencing a quiet transformation.
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Walking in the Haute Savoie: South (Between Annecy and Chamonix): Book 2 (south) (Cicerone Mountain Walking)
Walking in the Haute Savoie: North (South of Lake Geneva): Book 1 (north) (Cicerone Mountain Walking)
Ain/Haute-Savoie (Michelin Local Maps)