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Holiday rentals in Vars, skiing under the southern sun

This winter, book a skiing holiday in France in the charming resort of Vars in the Southern Alps. Renowned for its Forêt Blanche ski area, Vars has managed to combine the authenticity of its 4 traditional hamlets with the facilities of the larger ski resorts to create the perfect balance. Its immense larch forests and snowy peaks make Vars the ideal place for a memorable holiday in stunning surroundings. The Forêt Blanche combines the Vars and Risoul ski areas, offering 185km of snowy slopes ideal for all levels. With modern equipment and lifts, a free ride zone and snowpark, Vars has become one of the most sought-after resorts in the Hautes Alpes not forgetting great snow and an exceptional sunshine record. Enjoy skiing in a sumptuous setting surrounded by the Ecrins, Ubaye and Queyras massifs. In the resort, discover many activities and entertainment to help make your stay unforgettable. From your holiday rental in Vars (Odalys Residence Pra Sainte Marie) you can easily explore the resort's prestigious natural heritage and visit its distinctive villages. More information
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Ski holidays in Vars, La Foret Blanche

At an altitude of 1850m in the Hautes Alpes, Vars La Forêt Blanche welcomes you to its vast and varied ski area. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, beginner or expert, the 116 well-kept slopes are covered in pristine snow and offer an optimal skiing experience. Considered one of the most beautiful ski areas in the Southern Alps, Vars will delight both families and experienced enthusiasts with its varied skiing from all-purpose slopes and challenging black runs. Get up some speed in the speed skiing stadium, go off-piste with an instructor in the pristine areas of the Eyssina and Chabrières ranges, or try cross-country skiing, all in a beautiful setting of larch forests, large expanses of powder and high white peaks.

Sport and leisure activities in Vars

If you're passionate about snow sports, take off your skis and get ready for some new snow sensations ! Try speed riding, snowmobile trips, sledging, dog sledding, helicopter tours or hang gliding to discover the valley's magnificent landscapes in a different way. If you’re a keen skier looking to improve your skills, the French Ski School (ESF) will help you move onto new challenges too, also offering torchlight descents and night skiing ! Nature lovers can explore the surroundings on the 34km of marked trails easily accessible from their ski holiday rental in Vars. On foot or with snowshoes, you can discover the Fontbonne and Peyniers resorts, and explore the villages with their old wash houses and snowy lanes. You will be captivated by the beauty and silence of the Vars valley and its wide-open spaces. In the resort, you'll find an ice rink, swimming pool, fitness centre and children’s playground to make your family ski holiday even more memorable.

Historical and cultural heritage of Vars

Holidays in Vars also mean discovering its villages and their history. The mountain atmosphere of the traditional villages will appeal to the inquisitive visitor. In the oldest village, Saint Marcellin, you will find the remains of an 11th-century castle, the village church and a protestant chapel. The typical mountain character of Sainte Catherine can be appreciated in the architecture of its wooden houses and farms with traditional larch balconies. Farther on, in Sainte Marie, let yourself be caught up in the tourist bustle of the village that opens onto the Vars ski resort. Finally, breathe in the fresh air of the village of Les Claux, surrounded by white forests at the foot of the Crêtes de l'Eyssina. Have a great holiday skiing in Vars !