When your legs are aching after six days of skiing in the Alps, do you ever wonder how far you’ve actually skied in the past week? Or have you considered how big your favourite ski area actually is? Or how long your favourite run is?

Well, now you can compare the size of French ski areas to your home city, with a new app called French Ski Area Over My Town. France Montagnes and Atout France have launched the world’s first interactive ski map, which allows you to see how big the main French ski areas are by measuring them against the size of your own town.

All you have to do is choose a ski area and enter your postcode to see the comparison. From there you can use the app’s controls to compare the size of a run to the distance between local landmarks.


Here’s Paradiski over Edinburgh – it stretches from the iconic castle in the centre of the city right out to the town of East Calder. The gap in the middle is the Vanoise Express, the double-decker cable car linking the Les Arcs area with the La Plagne side.

Paradiski over Edinburgh

Portes du Soleil

Meanwhile the fantastic Portes du Soleil ski area sprawls across London, from Hyde Park to Waltham Abbey.

The Portes du Soleil is a vast ski area encompassing ten distinct resorts in France and Switzerland, with seven of them interconnected by lifts. The three marooned ski areas you can see on the map are Chapelle D’Abondance, Abondance and St Jean D’Aulps, all lesser known local resorts but still covered on the Portes du Soleil lift pass.

Portes du Soleil over London

Three Valleys

Last but not least, here’s the largest interconnected ski area in the world, the Three Valleys, placed over the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

With over 600km of pistes the Three Valleys is vast and offers incredible terrain for every level of skier or boarder. As well as including the world-renowned Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens, the Three Valleys lift pass also covers the less well known Les Menuires, La Tania and Saint Martin de Bellevile.

The Three Valleys over Cardiff

Try it out for yourself!

Please note that while this app is a great tool, it is not an official piste map. Certain off piste and yellow routes have been included but this does not mean they’re safe to ski at any given time. Stay safe and remember not to leave the piste or resort boundaries unless in the company of a professional guide.

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Posted on Friday 12 Feb 2016

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