Alps : Mountain range in southern Europe, extending about 800 km/500 mi from southeastern France to Austria. The highest peak is Mont Blanc. The french Alps make up the largest mountain system in Europe. They extend from the Gulf of Genoa to the Danube River near Vienna. The craggy peaks of the French Alps, pictured here, provide some of the world’s best skiing.
In the southeast corner of France, the majestic peaks of the Alps begin just south of the Jura Mountains and form the country’s border with Italy. Above 2,400 meters (7,874 feet), a thick blanket of snow always covers the mountains, and at lower elevations there are dense woods and swift streams. Shown here is Savoie Tignes, part of the Haute-Savoie alpine region. The area is home to some of the world’s best skiing and to Mont Blanc, the highest peak in France and in the Alps range, at 4,810 m (15,782 ft).