Top French ski resorts on Facebook (on 1 June ’14)

Mountain resorts like the one I live in are quite literally buzzing in May with building work and general preparations for summer. But tourism-wise, it is a low point and that showed on social media: the average fan growth of the top 50 French ski resorts on Facebook dropped to 0.9%, almost the same as this time last year.

Among those that generated above-average activity, the common theme was getting ready for summer which, in the case of Le Grand Bornand (+6.3%), meant driving the cows up to the alpage…

…for La Clusaz (+3.5%) meant opening its Via Ferrata…

La Clusaz via ferrata

…and for Les 2 Alpes (+3.3%) meant getting its glacier ready for summer skiing:

Meanwhile Les Carroz merged two pages and jumped 56% to 51st place in the rankings:

Here is the ranking in full, as recorded on 1 June 2014:

Top 5 French ski domains on Facebook

  1. Portes du Soleil – 115,118 fans
  2. Nouvelles Pyrénées – 47,585
  3. Haute Maurienne Vanoise – 40,093
  4. Les 3 Vallées – 23,598
  5. Grand Massif – 12,379

Top 50 French ski resorts on Facebook

  1. Val Thorens – 161,550 fans
  2. Megève – 114,948
  3. Chamonix – 57,035
  4. Tignes – 53,731
  5. Courchevel – 49,243
  6. Les Menuires – 48,385
  7. Val d’Isère – 46,096
  8. Les Arcs – 44,769
  9. La Clusaz – 41,078
  10. Alpe d’Huez – 40,169
  11. Les 2 Alpes – 33,446
  12. Cauterets – 32,443
  13. La Plagne – 31,950
  14. Serre Chevalier – 30,219
  15. Saint Lary – 27,522
  16. Avoriaz – 27,273
  17. Vars – 24,605
  18. Le Grand Bornand – 24,487
  19. Méribel – 20,187
  20. La Norma – 17,340
  21. Ax 3 Domaines – 16,501
  22. Les Gets – 15,970
  23. Le Dévoluy – 14,084
  24. Les Sept Laux – 12,860
  25. Peyragudes – 12,393
  26. Les Contamines – 12,313
  27. Châtel – 12,312
  28. Lac Blanc – 12,074
  29. Les Orres – 11,910
  30. Morzine – 11,418
  31. Orcières1850 – 11,153
  32. Montgenèvre – 10,533
  33. Aussois – 9,606
  34. Grand Tourmalet – 9,585
  35. Valloire – 9,545
  36. Sainte Foy – 9,192
  37. Piau-Engaly – 8,812
  38. Les Saisies – 8,098
  39. Les Angles – 7,949
  40. Le Lioran – 7,756
  41. Gourette – 7,062
  42. Praloup – 6,228
  43. La Pierre St Martin – 6,142
  44. Le Corbier – 5,410
  45. Samoëns – 5,028
  46. Arêches Beaufort – 4,978
  47. Valmorel – 4,803
  48. Metabief – 4,799
  49. Villard de Lans – 4,763
  50. Luz Ardiden – 4,742

Please note: these are official pages only and only those resorts are included that have at least some alpine ski uplift capacity, ie a ski lift. Sorry if I’ve missed anyone and please let me know so this list can be improved for next month. Linked resorts/domains like the 3 Valleys are ranked separately and the count was done on 1 June.

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