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Domaine de la Foret Blanche (The field of the White Forest):

Overview:

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.

Vars comprises of four villages, only one of which was built as a ski resort (Les Claux), as a result accommodation is often apartments. Fequented 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
  • Cycling
  • Toboggan
  • 9 mountain restaurants

Apres Ski:

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.

Resort Facts:

  • 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

Winter activities:

  • 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:

Are available from the official sites of each town in the domaine de la foret blanche http://www.vars-ski.com/sources/forfacc.asp and http://www.risoul.com/sources/forfacc.asp

Lift passes are redeemable in Vars and Risoul and cost from 27.50 euros for a single day through to 157.00 euros for a full 7 day pass.

Travel:

Road:

From Grenoble
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.
From Marseille:
By the A 51 motorway to La Saulce, then direction Tallard and Briancon by the main road, RN 94, to Guillestre.

Rail:

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 busses in this area visit: http://www.sbb.ch/en

Accomodation:

Rental accommodation in this area is usually apartments, with the exception of Les Claux where you will probably stay in a purpose built chalet. Accomodation 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. Alternatively, hotels are available through our hotel partners please click here for further information.

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