The Loire department, named after the Loire River, is located in the southeast of France at the source of the 100 km long river. The landscape is formed by the river, nature and the numerous interesting building in the region. The largest cities of the Loire are Saint-Étienne, Montbrison and Roanne. In the Loire winter sports can be done in the ski resort Chalmazel. Here skiers and snowboarders await 12 km of varied slopes at an altitude of 1.634 m above sea level. 8 lifts take the winter sports enthusiasts quickly and comfortably up the mountain. For the freestylers a snowpark with a 20x10 large airbag is available. Those who want to take it easy can explore the beautiful winter landscape on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Been on a snowscoot before? Here you have the opportunity. It is great fun. The region also has a lot to offer for the palate. Taste the delicious wines and cheese specialities of the region that are also offered at the traditional weekly markets.