Skiing in Savoie
Savoie allegedly takes its name from the Latin Sapaudia or Sabaudia, translated as ‘land covered in fir trees’. But many of these fir trees have given way to ski pistes in some of the top ski resorts in France.
Savoie relies on tourism for 50% of it’s economy. Although the bias over the years has been towards the summer, the development of skiing during the 20th century means Savoie has the largest number of ski slopes in France, and the largest linked ski areas in the world.