Domaine de la Foret Blanche Ski Guide (The field of the White Forest)
Combining two popular resorts Risoul and Vars, the Domaine de la Foret Blanche provides outstanding views with some of the most expansive skiing in France. A whole range of pistes to suit every level of experience, pistes range from 1850m to 2750m above sea level. It is located in the Hautes-Alpes (05) department in the region of Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur.
Vars comprises of four villages, only one of which was built as a ski resort (Les Claux), as a result accommodation is often in the form of apartments. Frequented mainly by the French, international visitors are thinner on the ground than in other ski resorts which helps to relax the pace of life in this picturesque resort. For more information visit the website here http://www.vars-ski.com
Risoul is an up and coming resort, providing remarkable value for money and superb skiing for the novice and intermediate skier. Opened in 1977, Risoul was linked to Vars to create Domaine de la Foret Blanche, 174Km of piste. For more information visit the website here http://www.risoul.com/
Other Activities Include
- Hiking and snowshoe expeditions
- Snow scooters
- Ice skating rinks
- Surfland ski park (featuring an Olympic standard half pipe)
- Ski demonstrations
- Helicopter rides
- Dog sledding
- Horse riding
- 9 mountain restaurants
There are a number of restaurants to choose from with reasonably priced menu's ranging from 15 euros for a 3 course meal. Once fed why not relax in one of the Bars of Les Claux, or join the party atmosphere in the lively Discotheque.
If the ski injuries are taking their toll, perhaps take in a film in the Vars cinema, or browse your favourite websites in one of the internet cafes.
- Snow range: 1650 - 2750m
- Village heights: 1,850m
- Highest lift: 2,750m
- Longest run: Unknown
- Slopes face: Unknown
- Snow cannons: Unknown
Piste and lift information:
- 104 Pistes across 174Km
- Green runs: 17
- Blue runs: 40
- Red runs: 37
- Black runs: 10
- 53 Ski lifts
- 15 chair lifts
- 36 teleskis
- 1 half Olympic pipe
- 1 super Olympic pipe (140 m length)
- 2 Boardercross Courses
- 3 slalom courses approved by MADE
- 4 Toboggan tracks
- 9 High altitude restaurants for skiers and hikers
- 2 Ice rinks
Ski Hire and Lift Passes
Lift passes are redeemable in Vars and Risoul and cost from ?27.50 for a single day through to ?157.00 for a full 7 day pass.
By the N 85 (Route Napoleon) to Gap, then direction Briancon by the main road, RN 94, to Guillestre.
By the N 91 (Col du Lautaret) to Briancon then direction Guillestre by the main road, RN 94.
By the A 51 motorway to La Saulce, then direction Tallard and Briancon by the main road, RN 94, to Guillestre.
The SNCF train station of Mont-Dauphin, has direct trains from Marseille or Paris. Liaison with the TGV from Paris, Valence, Grenoble or Aix.
For more information regarding coaches in this area visit: http://www.sbb.ch/en
Rental accommodation in this area is usually comprises of apartments, with the exception of Les Claux where you will probably stay in a purpose built chalet. Accommodation in apartments is usually cheaper with the downfall of having to trek slightly further to get to the lifts.
Please visit our rental section for accommodation in this area, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.
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