Espace San Bernardo Ski Guide
Situated between the borders on France and Italy in the Savoie (73) in the Rhone-Alpes is Espace San Bernardo a popular resort for family holidays and extreme sports. High quality accommodation is available both sides of the border in the form of chalets and ski resorts. Day tripping between the two countries is made simple via the cable cars onto and over the fantastic mountain range. Exhilarating views of the countryside make the journey a must for all who stay in the area.
Offering over 70 ski runs, 1 ski jump and 1 snow park, the Espace San Bernardo area will satisfy all your winter sports requirements.
Steeped in sporting tradition, the Rhone Alpes encompasses a wide range of sporting activities for you to take part in. Alongside tradional mountain sports of hiking, climbing and caving there is plenty of other activities to keep you and your family occupied.
Other Activities Include:
- Tour Du Mont-Blanc
- Over 50 golf courses
- Glacier hiking
- Horse riding
- Rafting and other water sports
- Mountain biking
- Cycling, following some of the most impressive routes of the Tour de France
Espace San Bernardo caters mainly for families with plenty of on and off snow activities to keep everyone happy. Creches are available on each side of the border usually accepting children aged 16 months or more.
With over 15 bars and 20 restaurants you will be able to wind down in the evenings and prepare yourself for the next ski down the mountain. There is one nightclub in La Rosiere for those wanting to party late into the night, you will not find the hectic nightlife of resorts like Chamonix however.
Whichever resort you choose you will find superb scenery and authentic alpine charm in both valleys. It's certainly a welcome departure from the modern resorts which have become popular in recent years.
- Snow range: 1,175m-2,600m
- Village heights: 1441m-1850m (La Thuile - La Rosiere)
- Highest lift: 2,600m
- Longest run: 11Km
- Slopes face: N S E
- Snow cannons: 275
- Largest vertical drop: 2000m
Piste and lift information:
- 73 pistes across 150km
- Green runs: 12
- Blue runs: 20
- Red runs: 29
- Black runs: 11
There are 37 lifts in total, split in the following way.
- 16 Chairlifts
- 1 Gondolas
- 20 Draglifts
- 1 snowpark based in La Rosiere
Ski Hire and Lift Passes
Lift passes cost from ?40 per day which rises to ?220 for a full seven days access to the lifts. For further information please contact the vendors directly.
Espace San Bernardo's biggest failing is its transport links, which is perhaps why these resorts are generally 'off the radar' for holiday makers in the UK. The closest airports (Lyons and Geneva) are around 3 hours travel by car, and the nearest train station is Bourg-Saint-Maurice. There are many long distance taxi firms who have setup to fill this transport gap and we would suggest booking in advance to avoid long waits at the airport or train station.
- Lyons, 230kms, 2h50 by car
- Geneva, 180kms, 3hrs by car
Nearest Train Station: Bourg-Saint-Maurice
For more information regarding coaches in this area visit: http://www.sbb.ch/en
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