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Related Regions: La Forêt Blanche, Southern Alps, France, Hautes-Alpes, Europe, Guillestrois

Overview

At 1850 metres altitude in the heart of the Hautes Alpes, the Vars ski resort has become one of the most desirable resorts in the Southern Alps. The resort is right on the edge of some of the biggest mountain chains in the French Alps and is nestled amidst splendid larch forests which are tremendously well preserved. The surrounding mountains (Massif des Ecrins, the Queyras and Ubaye) are stunning and the ski runs top out at close to 3000 m in altitude. Made up of 4 small hamlets which span the length of the Route des Grandes Alpes, Vars has successfully combined authenticity and charm of a traditional village mountain village with the comfort of a large winter sports resort. Its natural history and good climate make Vars a very desirable place to spend your holiday. Vars - La Forêt Blanche (The White Forest) is the union between the Vars and the Risoul ski areas. The ski area is vast offering 185 km of marked ski runs. There is a huge diversity to the skiing; the ski area is a huge recreation area enabling skiers and snowboarders to learn what great skiing really is. With its network of artificial snow covering all the main ski slopes, La Forêt Blanche (The White Forest), ensures quality snow from mid-December to late April. There are also 2 very famous snow parks in Vars: - The freestyle area, at 2400 metres in altitude, spans 8 acres right at the heart of the ski area. - The Jib Zone welcomes all amateur lovers of the new urban style skiing, right at the bottom of the slopes. Finally, it's worth a note that Vars was the destination for many of the world's most famous speed skiing records (the legendary Chabrières slope is the home of numerous speed records and other KL World Cups). For freeriders, the Eyssina and Chabrières mountain chains overlook the ski area and have a veritable choice of skiable couloirs. There are nearly a hundred available, 20 of them directly accessible from the lifts. The "Y", the "Entonnoir (Funnel)", the “Virgule (comma)", "Petit Col", or "Le Caché” and “La Banane" boast descents between 30 and 50% accessible in less than an hour walk from the lifts. Here you will find dreamy powder and some amazing skiing. For those looking for a little bit of culture, you won't be disappointed. The local history in Vars is very interesting; discover the local cultural and sporting traditions. Vars offers a range of activities that will satisfy the most demanding of non-skiers: snowshoeing, winter walks, health centre (Nordic bath, Zen workshop, massages, spa, steam room, sauna, shiatsu, gym, etc.), Ice climbing, helicopter rides, ice skating and a cinema...

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Elevation

  • 9022ft
    Summit
  • 3609ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 5413ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 1
  • 0
  • 1
  • 3
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • 15
  • 26
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    6%

  • Intermediate Runs

    42%

  • Advanced Runs

    41%

  • Expert Runs

    11%

  • Runs

    72

  • mi Pistes

    62.1 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    7

  • Skiable Terrain

    1334 ac

  • Snow Making

    445 ac

  • mi Snow Making

    34.2 mi

More Info

7 mountain restaurants and 26 more located nearby; cuisine features French, Gastronomique and Italian. Also located nearby are 40 shops, a bank, 2 post offices, a petrol station, and a laundrette. Child care services are available for ages 1 1/2 years and up. The ski school offers lessons for ages 3 years to adults. Nearest town is Briancon, 40km away.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing12/15/201804/22/2019
  • Years Open
    48
  • Average Snowfall
    350"

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Best Vars Hotels

Résidence Pra Sainte Marie
Odalys Vacances Résidence Pra Sainte Marie Lieu-dit Sainte Marie Vars, 5560
Specialty Lodging
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
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Hôtel Les Escondus
Hôtel - Bar - Restaurant Les Escondus Vars les Claux, 5560
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
4
vars,
Specialty Lodging
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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Vars Reviews

Jean Casanova
8th November 20165
If you decide to head to Vars you will be surprised. The prices are the most honest of the French alps, the...Full review
Sally webb
25th February 20134
We found this resort quiet with very little queuing despite being half term. There were lots of easy blue and red runs...Full review
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