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Vars, France

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Ski Holidays in Vars, France

Vars in a very well kept secret. At 1850 metres it has a good snow record and boasts 300 days of sun per year making it an excellent ski holiday destination. Vars is also part of one of the largest ski areas in the Southern French Alpes, Foret Blanche Ski circuit, which offers 180km of varied pistes.

The ski area of Vars is linked with Risoul sharing a common lift pass to allow you access to the whole of the Foret Blanche Ski circuit.

Vars is a good, cheap destination. A smallish resort but with a good range of pistes and enough to keep the one... read full


I and my wife, we visited Vars in January 2011, with Crystal sky. Stayed in one of the many apartments, do not... read full

Sam Smith
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For beginners the skiing could not be better, the whole area is accessible via green and blue runs and you can ski between Risoul and Vars entirely on blue pistes. Intermediates will enjoy a huge choice of runs above and below the tree line. Advanced skiers have a choice of 11 black pistes and plenty of off-piste, best explored with a local guide. Alternatively, try the famous speed ski run!

Risoul and Vars are fully behind snowboarding. Under the De Cezier chair is ‘Surfland’ which has a boardercross run, rail, quarters and an array of different sized kickers. Furthermore there are also two natural half-pipes and an Olympic size half-pipe.

It is a very French resort with few English visitors, and partly for that reason it is more affordable than some of the larger more glamourous French resorts.

Upper Slopes: 0cm
Lower Slopes: 0cm
Total Runs: 104
  • 1850m
  • Resort Altitude

  • 180km
  • Of Piste

  • N, W, E
  • Direction of Slopes

  • 8km
  • Longest Run

  • 39
  • Draglifts
  • 54
  • Ski Lifts

  • 2
  • Snowboard Park

  • 2750m
  • Highest Lift

  • 14
  • Chairlifts

  • 1
  • Cable-cars
  • Ice Rink
  • Nightclub
  • Skidoo
  • Walking Trails
  • Gym
  • Parapenting
  • Snowshoeing
  • High altitude skiing
  • Picturesque
Lyon (4h 00min)
Turin (3h 00min)
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"Just home from Christmas in Val d'Isere... this was the best ski holiday I have ever been on. Val is stunning, the hotel fabulous, staff sensational and skiing out of this world. We booked through Iglu. They were fantastic. Peter had great ski knowledge, offered advice and went the extra mile. " - Pamela (Dec 2015)