Within 90 minutes of Nice’s Promenade des Anglais are 15 ski resorts, making it easy to start the day at the beach then head to the hills for an afternoon in the snow. Isola 2000 and Valberg offer miles of slopes for fans of downhill skiing (what the French call la glisse), while the lower altitudes are ideal for cross-country skiers. Not exotic enough? How about ski parasailing, dogsledding, and snowshoeing, all of which are also offered. The southern Alps are truly where ski season meets the blue sea.