The mountain is a wonderful playground during the winter, whether on the ski slopes or even while hiking. For photography lovers, the mountain is a vast place and it is difficult to know the best photo spots without being from the area. That's why we've selected for you 10 must-see winter photo spots to live an unforgettable experience and enjoy the wonders the mountain offers.
1 / COURCHEVEL - THE WORKS OF ORLINSKI
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of art at the summit, works of the artist Richard Orlinski are exposed everywhere on the slopes of Courchevel, you can see a deer, a panda or even a giant gorilla dressed as Captain America. A real open-air museum, ideal for a trendy selfie for the social networks!
2 / TIGNES - THE AIGUILLE PERCÉE
This rather spectacular geological formation is a place not to be missed. Indeed the rock forms an arch accessible by ski from the slopes of Tignes. Located at 2770m of altitude, this place will give you a great view and will not surprise you with its easy access during the winter. A famous spot in the Alps, but so unique.
3 / Val Cenis - Canopée des Cimes
If you are looking for a total immersion in the middle of the alpine summits, the Canopée des Cimes is the ideal place. Located at the top of the Val Cenis slopes, this platform offers an incredible 360° panoramic view, 1000 meters above the Montcenis lake.
4 / GAVARNIE - LE CIRQUE DE GAVARNIE
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cirque de Gavarnie is the place to be in the Pyrenees. With vertical cliffs reaching nearly 1500 meters and one of the highest waterfalls in Europe (422 meters high), this site is accessible by snowshoe or cross-country ski from the village. This place is a Mecca of Pyreneanism and therefore the ideal spot to take pictures in the Pyrenees.
5 / GRAND TOURMALET - THE PIC DU MIDI
Dominating the Pyrenees, the Pic du Midi reveals before your eyes all the beauty of this majestic massif. At the top of this peak, you can find the astronomical observatory, a footbridge suspended above the void and, if you are lucky, a sea of clouds. The Pic du Midi even gives you the possibility to spend a night there to observe the stars with zero light pollution!
6 / RHÔNE GLACIER - ICE CAVE
With its 100 meter long tunnel, the ice cave is accessible on foot from the Furka pass road. The bluish light of this tunnel will transport you into a fairy world. Although touristy, this timeless place is really a wonderful spot for pictures.
7 / THE LAUTERBRUNNEN VALLEY
This is one of the most incredible alpine valleys with its rocky walls and high peaks. There are no less than 72 majestic waterfalls! This valley is one of the most important nature reserves in Switzerland. The village of Lauterbrunnen (795m) is the obligatory meeting point before setting off on the mythical cog railroad that connects Lauterbrunnen to the sunny terrace of Wengen on the eastern flank of the Lauterbrunnen valley and the small Scheidegg. An essential stopover if you are visiting the Swiss Alps.
8 / ZERMATT: HEAD TO HEAD WITH THE CERVIN
This charming ski resort is world famous for its magnificent ski slopes, but especially for its incredible view of the Matterhorn. Zermatt is strategically located at the foot of several mythical peaks that attract climbers, tourists, mountain lovers and photographers from around the world. The Matterhorn is beautiful during the day, but if you are lucky enough to stay overnight on a clear day, you can admire the Milky Way on the Matterhorn. At that time, if you are in the village of Zermatt, you can follow the river westward to have as little light pollution as possible for a timeless moment.
Zermatt becomes an unforgettable experience thanks to the Matterhorn and other 4000 meter peaks, its breathtaking ski slopes and its 5 star hotels, one of which is located at over 3000 meters. It is a place that will stay in your mind forever and make you want to come back again and again. They say you should see the Matterhorn at least once in your life, so you know what you have to do.
9 / DOUBS - THE FORT OF SAINT ANTOINE
Nicknamed the Cathedral of Comté cheese, this Fort dating from 1880 is located at an altitude of 1100 meters not far from the ski resort of Métabief. Since 1966, the fort has been converted into a maturing cellar for Comté cheese, which gives the place a truly mystical atmosphere. An unusual and impressive photo spot not to be missed. The fort is open to the public and allows you to walk through its huge galleries and of course to taste Comté cheese!
10 / JURA - THE HEDGEHOG WATERFALLS :
Another unmissable spot in the Jura, the Hedgehog is an energetic torrent that takes its source at Saut Girard, from the lakes of Bonlieu and Ilay.
Whatever the season, the Hérisson waterfalls offer a magical and bewitching spectacle with no less than 31 successive jumps, which constitute these famous waterfalls. A magnificent hike in the middle of nature which, moreover, will allow you to admire some historical vestiges. This walk will allow you to contemplate the impressive waterfalls of Saut de l'Éventail (65 m) and Grand Saut (60 m). A magical atmosphere emanates from this classified site, especially during the winter with the snow.
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