Although you may associate Provence with warm and weather water sports, this region is well known for snow sports too and there are numerous ski resorts to enjoy in the region. The Hautes Alpes alone has 31 ski areas to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders, many being open from December to late April. The region has about 300 days of sunshine a year, and the slopes tend to be quiet with the resorts being renowned for their friendliness. Most importantly, the snow quality is considered fantastic. If you haven't skied here before, you could put the resorts of Serre Chevalier and Montgenevre on your shortlist.