NOTRE DAME, FRANCE
Ski Holidays in Notre Dame, France
Notre Dame de Bellecombe is at the heart of the Espace Diamant offering 192km of pistes, situated between the Mont Blanc, Beaufortain and Aravis mountains, it is linked with Flumet and Praz sur Arly as well as Les Saises and Crest-Voland. The resort is hospitable, family orientated and traditional as a Savoyard farming village producing cheese such as Tomme de Savoie, Reblochon and Beaufort. With a glowing reputation as the treasure of Val d’Arly, offering an authentic alpine village that has a lot of charm, with a preserved architecture. You will not find any high rising building or big shopping malls here.
Skiing in Notre Dame
While Notre Dame typically appeals to skiers of all ages, it is ideal for families. The low-key resort has all the facilities needed for a relaxing winter break. It is the perfect resort for beginners and intermediates, as more than half of the slopes in the Espace Diamant area are either green or blue and it also has off-piste terrain for more experienced skiers.
There are some excellent runs ranging from tree-lined runs to open bowls between altitudes of 1,150m and 2,069m.
The majority of the resort’s nursery slopes are situated at the bottom of the area at 1150m. The Espace Diamant is a fairly large ski area as well as around 50 red runs to ski which will keep all levels of intermediate skiers satisfied. The ski area isn’t the best for advanced skiers with only 10 black runs but there are a large number of reds as well as off-piste terrain which we would recommend hiring a guide for this.
As the resort is particularly small, it will not be overwhelming for newcomers and its simple layout makes it easily navigable for all visitors.
Snow conditions in Notre Dame
Resorts in Les Saisies have a snowy microclimate which provides snow sure slopes.
Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Notre Dame
Non skiing activities in the area include dog sledding, tobogganing, fat biking, ice skating, paragliding and aeroplane tours. Try classic sledding at Snake Gliss or visit the Au Bonheur des Fromages farm where you can buy Savoyard cheeses. Or for those who love the outdoors, the France Raquette is a night time tour. Go on a snowshoeing trail up to a chalet for tartiflette under the night sky and learn about the sky’s constellations.
The resort also has a range of amenities such as shops, a cinema, a nightclub, doctors, pharmacy and a hairdresser. Apres ski is not the focus of the resort as it is tailored for families but Le Dava is the ski school meeting point and also the hub of apres ski in Les Saisies.
Transfer times to Notre Dame
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr
Geneva (GVA) - 1 hr 10 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1 hr 20 mins
Lyon (LYS) - 2 hrs
Ski Hire in Notre Dame
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Notre Dame. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Notre Dame:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£55|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£109||£71|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£129|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£139|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Notre Dame here