When Winter brings the first snow, it’s a feeding frenzy for eager skiers and boarders to get to the most fun Southern Alps ski resorts. Young freestyle lovers or thrill-seekers, the snow awaits you at these winter sports resorts. Here are the Top 5 spots to let loose!
Vars: A High-Speed Resort
Famous for its Ultra-Fast Slope
Vars is one of the Southern Alps ski resorts with the biggest cult following. Thrill-seekers meet here to test their limits. The Chabrière slope is the fastest ski slope in the world with a record of 254.958 km/h held by Ivan Origone. We prefer to wait for you at the bottom of the slope at the timing cabin, which is open from Thursday to Sunday for speed tests. This season, there are many upcoming events like the Quiksilver Challenge on March 7th. Vars has a solid reputation, particularly due to its Snow Park that delights both young and old. Come and try the Girly Park, Kid Park and the Park des Écrins. For bike fans, there’s no need to rent skis. Have a go at a FatBike, a snow bike with oversized tyres!
Les Orres: Naturally Stylish
Brilliant Sunshine and Quality Skiing Always
Peaking at a height of 2,720 metres, Les Orres resort is known for the quality of its snow and its dazzling sun in all seasons. The recipe for great skiing, with awesome powder from December and on. For the 2020 season, the Snow Park Les Orres has had a facelift and the Prévieux slope has become a fun area dedicated to rails and boxes! The resort commissioned the best, like Quentin Ladame and Xavier Marcou, to build these new facilities, ensuring a more fun and better-positioned freestyle terrain. Les Orres delights experienced skiers with its long descents, but it is also great for beginners too. With a preserved natural setting, slopes in the heart of larch forests, and an exceptional panorama, this is one of the prettiest Southern Alps ski resorts, too.
Serre Chevalier: No Limits Mode
Sunbathing and Competitions at One of the Biggest Ski Areas
Classified among the biggest ski areas of Europe, Serre-Chevalier offers 410 km of slopes. Its unique configuration between three mountain villages and the town of Briançon charms many skiers. On the programme, jumps and woops for maximum thrills and adrenaline at the “Funnycross” fun zone. As for sledding, the Deval’Bob is THE most amusing descent at the resort. 4 km of slopes, a 573 m descent, and 26 turns ensure guaranteed laughs. For the fearless, the Brut de Neige [Raw Snow] areas will challenge you on ungroomed slopes. After all that effort, find comfort in the snowpark’s CoolZone: sunbathing, music, and BBQ await you for a well-earned rest!
Pra Loup: One Step Ahead
Cosy and Welcoming While Looking Towards the Future
Head to the Vallée de l’Ubaye and its breath taking panoramic views. Shared with the Val d’Allos resort, Pra Loup and its 180 km of slopes,await you at the Espace Lumière. Like all Southern Alps ski resorts, Pra Loup marvellously cultivates its Southern French culture and its taste for hospitality. Always at the cutting-edge of modernity, riders will not be disappointed with the journey. Try out your finest tricks to the rhythm of a live DJ on the slopes! Have you just completed your best perf? Too cool! Your backflip and back somersault were filmed by the videozone. For tireless fans, the resort offers night skiing. Care to join us for a Pra Loup by Night outing?
Isola 2000: See the Sea
Mecca of Snowboarding. Paradise for New Experiences
Between the Côte d’Azur and the Parc National du Mercantour, Isola 2000 enjoys a prime location. Facing the sea, the resort is also a mecca of fun with a slew of snow activities: driving on ice, snowmobile rides, and many more! Awaken your inner rider at the snow park on the Moufflon slope,.Tony’s Snowland Snowpark welcomes all levels with its Slopestyle, Big Air and Beginners areas. In addition, the Biopark soothes skiers who love nature with its freestyle structures hidden in the forest. To finish with a flourish, check out the Back to Back, the most award-winning snowboard club in France. Directed by champions like Tony Ramoin, it’s a paradise for snowboardcross. When you come to Isola 2000, you’ll ride in the wake of the greats!