Ski resort sheet
Gréolières les Neiges is a ski resort in Alpes Maritimes, located about forty kilometers from Cannes. This resort is placed in the commune of de Gréolières.
History of the Gréolières les Neiges ski resort
It is a family ski resort created in 1962, initially with 6 lifts: Le Collet, Le Grand Pré, Le 1664, Le Jerusalem, of which currently only Le Cheiron and Les Crêtes and the fixed chairlift remain. The resort was built thanks to Belgian citizens. The resort administration was private, although it later became public. It belongs 95% to the departmental council of the Maritime Alps, 4% to the Gréolières town and 1% to the Communauté d’Agglomeération du Pays de Grasse. The current director of the Gréolières-Les-Neiges resort is Jean-Paul Rouquier.
Ideal for families, the Gréolière-Les-Neiges ski resort is nestled at 1400 m on the northern slopes of the Cheiron massif in the Grassois region of the Maritime Alps. Gréolière-Les-Neiges is considered the closest ski resort to the Côte d’Azur, only 22 km away.
Slopes layout in Gréolières
The 1000 hectares of forest and alpine pastures that cover the 20 trails (30 km) of the alpine domain, will delight skiers of all levels. Those who visit don’t make it just for the pleasure of skiing in a resort with enviable weather and hours of sunshine, yet the astonishing views of the Alps play an important role. From the resort you can also admire the Côte d’Azur, the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea, the peaks of the Mercantour massif and Corsica, if the day is clear.
Its human size invites nature lovers to relax, with a peace and harmony that evades from the crowds of larger ski areas. Its facilities (1 hotel, 3 restaurants, 2 snacks / cafeteria, 1 grocery store, and 3 rental stores) may seem scarce, but they greatly satisfy tourists who come to get some fresh air in the mountains with the sea only 40 km away (Cannes).
Gréolières offers much more than alpine and nordic skiing
Gréolières-Les-Neiges allows you to enjoy the mountain under different approaches: baptism in a dog sled (mushing), sledding tracks, as well as the Monts d’Azur bison nature reserve. You can also have fun with your family on the roller skating rink.
The resort exposed on the northern slopes of the Cheiron massif, offers 20 trails for all levels (2 black, 11 red, 4 blue and 3 green) that meander through a beautiful pine forest, valleys, cliffs and ridges from where you can see the Mediterranean sea and the French Riviera.
The 30 km of trails stretching among 1400 and 1800 meters, served by 11 lifts (1 chairlift, 8 lifts, 1 telecord and 1 magic carpet in the ESF snow garden reserved for children). Seventy-six artificial snow cannons cover 4 km of slopes, enough to reinforce the snow cover when it is scarce during the winter season.
You can learn and progress in the resort
The ESF welcomes skiers and snowboarders who want to progress and improve. It also organizes workshops to discover snow and the first sliding contact for kids in the snow garden; Safe and equipped environment with a conveyor belt.
Both beginners and experts can fully enjoy winter sports thanks to the diverse slopes of the Gréolières-Les-Neiges ski resort.
– For beginners, the resort has 3 green trails: Le Bambi (perfect for beginners), Les 2 Etoiles (more fun aimed) and finally Les Ecureuils to progress.
– Intermediate skiers will enjoy the 4 blue slopes, including La Promenade (the most committed) that allows them to take the step towards the 11 red slopes (Le Cairn, a wide trail to turn, similar to a boulevard in the snow).
– Sports skiers have sharp turns to practice their favorite sport, as the unevenness of the resort and the obstacles (wall, valley, mountain pastures, forest) are propper to the practice. The red Le Chamois trail and the black Le Vallon stand out from the rest for their progressive design: a real delight.
Heritage offer and cultural activities
We find the Notre-Dame-de-Verdelaye Church (currently in ruins) that dates from 1047. It was on this period that the Saint-Victor Abbey in Marseille, gave it to three brothers who are responsible for managing it, Étienne, Guillaume and Inguilran. The church is below the town. However, the church has been in ruins since the 16th century, as Bishop Antoine Godeau noted in his visit reports in 1664.
It is a three-volume building of which two remain today. The apse and part of the vault collapsed. It was an important pilgrimage site. The Virgin and Child from this church are preserved in the Saint-Pierre church.
The Gréolières city offers an ideal departure point for nature walks. Walking or cycling routes in summer allow you to discover the flora and fauna of the Southern Alps.
Families, tourists, hikers and the very residents of the region take advantage of the routes for breathing fresh air and coming in contact with nature. The routes at the Gréolières les Neiges resort extend throughout the resort and through the Cheiron massif.
Walking routes for the best walkers, including a walk that takes you above the town of Gréolières and allows you to reach Gréolières les Neiges by crossing the Cheiron peaks. From here you can see in the background the coast, from Toulon to the Italian border and, on certain days, Corsica on clearer days.