Ski Holidays in St François Longchamp, France
Situated close the Vanoise park, Saint-François Longchamp is the first ski resort you come to in the Maurienne Valley after leaving the motorway, 15 km from the A43. The resort itself is made up of several villages- Le Planet (1200m), Epalud, the principal village (1450m), The Longes, the resort centre (1650m), the Mollaret, Pre Villot and the Perelles (1700m).
Saint-François Longchamp with Valmorel en Tarentaise forms the Grand Domaine ski area with 160 km of pistes. It is possible there to pass from one mountain to another and ski down 1,300 metres from one side of Savoie to the other.
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Skiing in St Francois Longchamp
With its reassuring terrain, the whole area is a great choice for beginners and intermediates with more easy slopes on the Saint-Francois.
Beginners’ will enjoy Saint-Francois Longchamp due to its high number of gentle slopes, so the resort is a logical choice for both first time skiers and families. The resort is also an established HandiSki centre for skiers with disabilities.
For intermediates, there are plenty of cruisy blues and reds that cover some distance, especially on the St Francois Longchamp side as well as over in Valmorel which is predominantly blue graded.
Although its black runs are limited, there are enough challenging slopes but it may not be demanding enough for experienced skiers. There are a number of off-piste trails and for experienced boarders can try the boardercross course and half-pipe in the snowpark.
At the Grand Coin Nordic area, there are 40km of cross country trails through scenic settings, through pine forests and meadows blanketed with snow.
Snow conditions in St Francois Longchamp
Although its altitudes range from 1300 to 2550m, its geographical location and the nearby presence of peaks surrounding the resort of Meribel and Saint-Martin de Belleville in The 3 Valleys, means the resort receives dependable snowfall. Its snow cover is also aided by its 315 snow cannons on its key runs.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in St Francois Longchamp
Away from skis, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied such as dog sled rides, paragliding, snowshoeing, speedriding, or watch a film at the cinema, visit the local museum, have a game of tenpin bowling or try out the fitness centre ‘The Forum des Eaux’.
The resort’s restaurants offer a selection of local cuisine but the town doesn’t offer a lively après ski scene.
Transfer times to St Francois Longchamp
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 30 mins
Lyon (LYS) - 1 hr 45 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 1 hr 50 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hrs