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Imagen: Burenunoie — Travail personnel Station de ski de Vars
France | Region: Southern Alps

Settled at 1850 metres above sea level, in the middle of the Haute-Alpes, Vars ski resort has become one of the most desirable resorts in the south Alps. It goes through the montain in a well preserved environment, surrounded by larch forests and has slopes at around 3000 mts high. It has 185 kms of slopes, 1100 of vertical drop, 116 slopes and 51 skilifts. The Forêt Blanche, the sum of the Vars and Risoul ski areas is one of the most beautiful areas in the southern Alps.

Vars ski resort

Made up of 4 mountain hamlets stretching along the route des Grandes Alpes, Vars ski reosrt has managed to combine the authenticity and charm of its traditional villages with the comfort of a large winter sports resort. Its natural heritage and its mountain character make Vars a privileged place to stay.

It is a taste of freedom in the heart of nature that this area opens to all. A white and friendly atmosphere, activities and events within everyone’s reach throughout the season, a huge sports leisure area for board sports enthusiasts awaits you in Vars. A resort with a Mediterranean temperament where it is good to live, Vars is resolutely turned towards modernity in a mountain setting of its 3 historic villages: a harmonious cohabitation between tradition and modern services with a warm welcome.

Established in a grandiose setting at an altitude of 1650-2750 m, with a network of artificial snow on all the main axes, the White Forest, provides you with quality snow from December to the end of April. And always offering different events! The resort is also known by the various speed records that it owns.

Image: Vars ski resort in the Southern Alps (France)

Skiing for all ages

With a wide variety of slopes for all levels spread over the entire ski area and multi-level slopes allowing children from the first star to explore the White Forest using very comfortable equipment directly.

Committed skiing is offered to the more athletic with splendid black slopes, a hundred corridors less than an hour from the ski lifts in the peaks of Eyssina and Chabrières. The ski lift park in Vars is modern (the most recent in the Southern Alps) with recent equipment which has made it possible to make winter sports enthusiasts more fluid and therefore to reduce the waiting time at the start of the ski lifts.

Young and old, with friends or family, you can admire the grandiose panoramas offered by the White Forest, slide down the slopes of freshly fallen snow or simply take a simple break in one of the mountain restaurants.

Image: Burenunoie – Personal work Vars ski resort

Sustainable development of the Vars ski resort

Some time ago, the Vars ski resort set up free buses that travelled between the villages. This initiative was born with the aim of limiting or even eliminating the overcrowding of cars that used to circulate between the villages of the resort. Bus drivers are also forbidden to leave their engines running when they are parked or stopped.

In terms of facilities, the high mountain lodges have been equipped with photovoltaic panels. The resort also includes


This also makes it possible to know where the waste goes and to ensure that it does not remain in the resort to pollute it. At the town hall, a policy of reducing paper consumption has been put in place. In addition, every year in July, a day is dedicated to collecting waste in the resort.

Unforgettable experiences in Vars

Unique on the Vars “Forêt Blanche” domain, discover the magic of the ice cave. Take an unusual break with your family, for young and old.

Be amazed by the work of the sculptors. These dream heroes, adept at using irons, curling irons, wood saws and other instruments diverted from their original purpose, give birth to sculptures from their imagination and transform them into ice dreams.

Carved out of the ice and snow, you will discover countless treasures for a wonderful journey to the land of the caribou.

Ice cave in Vars © Station Vars – Pascal Tournaire

It rolls, it slides, it skids, it accelerates, it pulls, it goes fast… Let yourself grow wings and enjoy activities that guarantee you exceptional sensations.

Like the great explorers, travel through the snowy expanses and experience moments of pure enchantment pulled by sled dogs or horses.

Get on a fatbike and enjoy the glide, the braking and the turns… but beware of falls, they are likely to be numerous!

And for a complete change of scenery, take a snowmobile out into the great outdoors when the slopes close. Indulge in a sunset with a breathtaking view of the Varsican mountains.

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Tobogganing in Vars © Youtube

Vars mountain resort in summer

Vars ski resort invites you to relax and escape. But also to well-being: between massages, spa or sauna…
Relax, recharge your batteries, fight against stress and ensure your well-being by taking care of yourself.

Unwind, take your time and treat yourself in a refined and relaxing atmosphere, many establishments offer you a real invitation to well-being. Privileged places to take care of yourself through skin treatments (masks, scrubs, wraps, etc.), beauty treatments (hair removal) and relaxation (massage, modelling, whirlpool baths, hammam, sauna, etc.)

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Wellness and relaxation in Vars © Vars Station

Don’t let your summer slip by without trying this perfect combination of nature, adventure and relaxation.
Discover a playground that is fun and relaxing, and recharge your batteries by taking a deep breath of fresh air, all for a total of 76€.

1 archery initiation
1 ski lift ticket
1 visit to a dog sledding kennel
1 half-day accompanied mountain hike
1 accrobranche course
1 horse or pony ride for children
1 Caribou rail sledge ticket
1 swimming pool ticket
2 tennis tickets

Hotels in Vars

Le 16 I 150 & Spa Nuxe ****

Nestled at an altitude of 1650 metres – in the heart of the village of Sainte Marie and at the foot of the Olympic slope at the Vars ski resort – the 16 I 150 opens the doors to another mountain experience.

In a decor freely inspired by the late 1960s, its 29 rooms & suites, its 10-bed “Refuge” flat, its bistronomic “SKITCHEN” restaurant, its large sunny terraces facing L’Eyssina, its festive après-ski, its lounge bar, its fireplaces and braziers, its NUXE Spa and its wellness area of almost 300 m² (treatment rooms, large spa, sauna, hammam, fitness), make the 16 I 150 the ultimate destination for pleasure and relaxation.

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Hotel 16 I 150 Vars © Booking

Les Escondus ***

A privileged location at the foot of the slopes, it is on skis that you will arrive on the terrace of Les Escondus.

Beautiful renovated hotel located in the centre of the Vars ski resort. Chic mountain atmosphere

Modern family suites, lift. Cosy mountain restaurant, fine cuisine. Trendy bar, festive atmosphere, the meeting place for after-skiing in Vars.

Tree House: room in the trees. Sauna, hammam, massage, yoga and squash room. Activities open to outside customers.

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Les Escondus Vars © Tripadvisor

Les Lores **

300 m from the Peynier chairlift and at the entrance to the resort of Les Claux, with its young and dynamic team, this cosy chalet-hotel offers a wide range of activities, either à la carte or in a package, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

All rooms have a south-facing terrace, bathroom and lavatory.

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Hôtel les Lores Vars © Booking

Skiing in Vars : the resort’s main strengths

✅ Eco-responsible station: many initiatives are carried out to protect the environment.

✅ Multitude of services adapted to families.

✅ Large catering offer.

✅ Accommodation located near the ski slopes.

✅ Initiation tracks accessible from the lower part of the station.

✅ Ski and snowboard schools with experienced professionals.

✅ bus lines that run within the station to avoid using his personal vehicle.

✅ Station suitable for summer activities.