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Ski Resort La Fôret Blanche (Vars - Risoul) in Hautes-Alpes: Position on map

La Fôret Blanche (Vars - Risoul) Ski Resort

Les Claux, Sainte Marie, Risoul 1850

Trail Map La Fôret Blanche (Vars - Risoul)

The Ski Resort

La Forêt Blanche expects you with 185 kilometres of slopes.
La Forêt Blanche expects you with 185 kilometres of slopes. © OT Vars/Rémi Morel

La Forêt Blanche ski resort features 185 kilometres (115 miles) of slopes around the towns of Risoul 1850, Vars Sainte Marie, and Vars Les Claux. About 35 lifts get winter sports enthusiasts up the mountain. With almost 70 easy or very easy runs, the resort is particularly well suited to beginners and families. Children can try out their first moves on skis at the beginners' area free of charge.

However, intermediate and athletic skiers will also get their money's worth here. The speed track of almost one mile gives downhill experts an opportunity to show off their ability. With a whopping 254.958 km/h, the world record in speed skiing was set here in 2016. 

Freestyle fans also find a great deal of variety, as there are seven terrain parks featuring a total of 50 obstacles. Novices should check out Kid Park and Girly Park, which owes its name to its pink obstacles. If you have some experience under your belt, you can find numerous jibs, rails, and jumps as well as a big airbag at L'Eyssina. Experts will enjoy Totem Park by Sibières chair lift. Elements made of wood and stone turn your freestyle ride into a Wild West experience. Additionally, there are two boardercross trails.

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Interesting facts

Snow Safety & Snowmaking

The ski resort's location makes for excellent snow safety. More than 80 percent of the slopes are situated higher than 2000 metres (6562 ft) above sea level. Furthermore, artificial snowmaking covers more than half of the slopes.

Snowmaking Share
55%
Snowphone+33/4/92460260
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Nightskiing

Nightskiing possible
Lighted runs: 0.50 km

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Activities

On Tuesday nights, toboggan fans are found all over the slopes.
On Tuesday nights, toboggan fans are found all over the slopes. © OT Vars/Rémi Morel

The two natural toboggan runs as well as Luge Déval rail toboggan are fun for the entire family. Outside of French school holiday period, toboggan night takes place every Tuesday. Use this opportunity to sled down the 2 km (1.2 miles) slope. During the holidays, toboggan night takes place on Mondays and Fridays.

Cross-country skiers will find 17 kilometres (10.6 miles) of tracks. The various activities available in Vars and Risoul also include dog-sled rides, ice skating, paragliding, and winter hiking.

Number toboggan runs: 3
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Infrastructure & Rental

Skischools

Number of Skischools: 4
Number of Snowboard Schools: 4
Cross Country Lessons
Carving Lessons
Freestyle Lessons

Number of Ski Rental

Sports Store
Ski Rental
Snowboard Rental
Cross Country Ski Rental
Backcountry Ski Rental
Telemark Rental

Getting here

Around 50 lifts take you comfortably up the mountain.
Around 50 lifts take you comfortably up the mountain. © OT Vars/Rémi Morel

La Fôret Blanche is located approximately 160 km (99 miles) south-east of Grenoble. From there, take D1091 to Briançon. Then you follow N94 southbound until you get to Mont-Dauphin. Turn left to Risoul, and follow the serpentines of D186 up to Risoul 1850. If you want to access the resort through Vars, turn onto D902 from Mont-Dauphin, which will take you straight to Vars Sainte-Marie and Vars Les Claux.

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Current Offer

  • Accommodation as booked
  • Bed linen
  • Use of spa area (as per description)
  • Use of fitness room
  • Parking spaces (public , only limited spaces)
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last update on Dec 15, 2023
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Contact

Office de Tourisme - Vars
Cours Fontanarosa
05560
Vars
E-Mail
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Phone+33 04-92-46-51-31

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Mountain Stats

Elevation5413 ft - 9022 ft
Opening DayDec 15, 2023
Closing DayApr 7, 2024
Capacity 47320 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lifts

37
15
18
2
2
Total 37

Skiable Terrain

115 miles
Beginner
Easy
Moderate
Advanced
Overall Slope Length 115 miles
Number of Slopes 116

Weather (9022 ft)

Rates

€50
1 day adult €50
1 day youth €43
1 day child €43
All rates & fees