Saint-François Longchamp, nestling in the heart of the French Alps, is the ideal playground for families in search of winter adventure. With remarkable accessibility, a host of activities for young and old, and a warm welcome, this resort stands out as a destination of choice for unforgettable mountain holidays. Let’s delve into the enchanting world of Saint-François Longchamp and discover together what makes this place so special.
It sparkles like an Alpine jewel, just a stone’s throw from the legendary Col de la Madeleine. The valley’s leading resort in terms of accessibility, it rolls out its white carpet at altitudes of up to 2,500 metres on the vast Le Grand Domaine ski area, which it has shared with Valmorel for 40 years! The resort’s privileged location means visitors can immerse themselves in a world where snow and sun reign supreme.
Nestling at the gateway to the Maurienne, Saint François Longchamp is just an hour’s drive from Chambéry.
With 165km of pistes winding their way through Le Grand Domaine and a vertical drop of 1300m, snow sports enthusiasts will find a playground to match their ambitions. Easy access is an undeniable advantage, with the TGV linking Paris to Saint-Avre-la-Chambre in 4 hours and the city of Lyon just 2 hours away.
The mischief of Goupy the Fox
In the charming Alpine setting of Saint-François Longchamp, a friendly figure stands out and delights the little ones: Goupy the Fox, the resort’s beloved mascot. With his red coat and cheerful smile, Goupy is more than a mascot: he’s a playmate and friend to children, guiding them as they discover the world of snow.
Goupy makes every moment spent at Saint-François Longchamp more fun and memorable. Whether it’s during events organised especially for families, or impromptu meetings on the slopes, Goupy’s warm presence adds a touch of gaiety that delights the hearts of young and old alike.
Goupy is also the protagonist of the six fun zones in the resort. The 2 waoulands will let children experience the thrill of boardercross and skicross, with a course packed with tight turns, jumps and whoops for an intense and competitive racing experience.
Boris’s Lair will allow them to enjoy fun runs and games, creating an ideal environment for families and children who want to have fun while skiing.
The “Le Jardin de Boris” fun zone is specifically for younger children, offering a gentle and fun introduction to the world of snowparks, with modules adapted to children’s learning and entertainment needs.
The Opoualand piste offers a series of pitfalls and challenges, adding a fun and interactive dimension to the skiing experience, perfect for those looking for a little more adventure on the slopes.
Finally, the Rail park is a snowpark dedicated primarily to rails, allowing skiers and snowboarders of all levels to test and hone their freestyle skills on a variety of metal structures.
Through Goupy’s mischief, children discover the magic of winter while learning the importance of respecting nature and animals, values that are dear to the resort.
La Comète rail sledging: embark on a breathtaking adventure
Enjoy a fun-filled family outing on the La Comète toboggan run. Enjoy an exhilarating 900-metre descent through snow-covered countryside. The winding track, dotted with hairpin bends, offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains draped in their white mantle, combining the magic of winter with the excitement of speed.
The highlight of the show? A final spin at 540 degrees that will send your sled spinning, adding a touch of vertigo to the winter enchantment. There’s something for everyone, young and old, in this thrill-packed experience, all to the highest safety standards. Seatbelts, headrests and automatic braking on arrival ensure a smooth adventure.
To immortalise this winter escape, don’t forget to pose in the middle of the rails for an unforgettable photo. With the snow-capped peaks as a backdrop and the adrenalin still palpable, it’s a souvenir that’s sure to find a special place in your holiday album.
And who knows, maybe you’ll bump into Goupy along the way, happily gliding along on the comet!
Snow sports for all: from discovery to passion
At Saint François Longchamp, skiing is a family affair. The French Ski School (ESF), renowned for its expertise and quality teaching, plays a key role. With its 70 dedicated instructors, the ESF will accompany your little ones as they explore the Grand Domaine, promising them unforgettable moments on the snowy slopes.
Meanwhile, you can enjoy moments of relaxation, knowing your children are in safe hands.
The Maison des Enfants is the perfect place to introduce your little ones to the joys of the slopes. The Piou-Piou club, for children aged 3 to 4, offers a fun and safe area where their first descents are synonymous with fun and confidence. There are also specially adapted packages for apprentice skiers right up to adulthood, depending on their level and aspirations. Whether you opt for group or individual lessons, the objective remains the same: progress at your own pace while having fun.
Even non-skiers will find something to do at the Maison des Enfants. Open in summer and winter alike, it offers a multitude of activities so that the whole family can enjoy their holidays, even without skis.
The passion for snow sports doesn’t stop at downhill skiing. The ESF broadens the horizons of snowy pleasures by also offering ski touring, snowshoeing, chair skiing, biathlon and Snakegliss. It’s an invitation to discover the mountains from a new angle, to feel the adrenalin of the descents and the tranquillity of the walks in the heart of nature, all while benefiting from the friendly supervision of the ESF professionals.
A sensory escape, a haven of relaxation
After an intense day on the slopes or simply for a moment of relaxation, the Saint-François Longchamp Balneotherapy Centre is the place to be. With over 2,500 m2 dedicated to well-being and treatments, it’s a veritable bubble of serenity. Open during the winter season and from June to September, the centre is an invitation to soothe and revitalise.
The warm waters of the whirlpools envelop you in a cocoon of softness, while the sauna and hammam promise a purifying escape. The outdoor jacuzzi, with views of snow-capped peaks or lush green mountain pastures depending on the season, is an experience in itself.
For those looking for a dynamic workout, aquagym and aquabike classes are available, combining the benefits of water and exercise. The well-equipped fitness room awaits sports enthusiasts for an invigorating workout in inspiring surroundings.
The treatments provided by a team of dedicated practitioners are a hymn to well-being. From relaxing massages to rejuvenating facials and a range of beauty treatments, there’s plenty of choice to pamper yourself and forget the stresses of everyday life.
This balneotherapy centre is a beautiful escape in the heart of the Alps, a break where body and mind can rediscover harmony and vitality.
And parents of young children take note: the baby swimming session at the centre is very popular with parents! This is a specially arranged two-hour session, organised twice a week. During this time, all the jets are deactivated and the spa section is closed. This ensures a safe and peaceful environment, allowing parents and their babies to enjoy the pools fully and calmly.
Comfort and conviviality: a cosy nest in the mountains
Whether you prefer a cosy chalet or a comfortable hotel, Saint-François Longchamp offers a wide range of warm and welcoming accommodation.
Gourmets will love Les Braséros, a high-altitude restaurant serving grilled meats and melted cheeses in a breathtaking natural setting with views of the Aiguilles d’Arve and the Belledonne massif.
When it comes to accommodation, the Résidence Le Hameau De Saint-François offers the chance to sleep at the foot of the slopes, so you can wake up as close to the white gold as possible.
The central booking office offers accommodation ranging from 2-person studios to 16-person chalets throughout the resort. A team is on hand all year round to provide information and help you find the right accommodation for you, so you can have a wonderful time at Saint François Longchamp. The MySFL Conciergerie hires out household linen, childcare equipment, small electrical appliances and wifi boxes so you can stay connected even during your holidays and share your memories.
Family offers: exclusive privileges
Saint-François Longchamp has a range of special offers for families. The free children’s ski pass from mid-March is a great way to prolong the pleasure of skiing without worrying about the budget.
From mid-March onwards, the best deal is the free child ski pass, a friendly initiative that allows families to extend their skiing pleasure without budget constraints. For every adult ski pass purchased, a child’s ski pass is offered, making Saint-François Longchamp a low-cost ski destination for families at the end of the season.
As for the Festival “des p’tites Canailles en moufles”, it’s an unmissable festive event for young and old alike. In 2024, it will take place on 30, 31 March and 01 April, i.e. during the Easter weekend. This winter festival offers a host of fun and creative activities, shows, workshops and open-air events that will delight children while allowing parents to enjoy some family time together. It’s a great opportunity for families to get together and share moments of joy in the magical atmosphere of the snow-capped mountains.
Saint François Longchamp is not resting on its laurels and proudly displays the Famille Plus label, testifying to its commitment to offering family-friendly services and activities. This national label, recognised by the tourist authorities, is awarded to destinations that make it a point of honour to offer a tailor-made welcome and services for children and their parents. In particular, it guarantees the presence of dedicated infrastructures and activities, family-friendly prices, and special attention paid to the safety and comfort of families.
From the presence of Goupy le Renard, the resort’s mascot, to the play areas and a range of family activities and workshops, the Family Plus label guarantees a successful holiday, full of discoveries and sharing for young and old alike.
The Saint-François Longchamp resort opens its doors to you from 23 December 2023 to 12 April 2024, for winter holidays that are all about family, conviviality and shared laughter.