Vars is an attractive ski resort in the Foret Blanche ski area, in the Hautes Alpes in the Southern French Alps. The resort is made up of four hamlets, Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie, Sainte Catherine and Les Claux, located just at the entrance of both the Ubaye and the Queyras mountain ranges. It is a particularly sunny ski resort thanks to its southern location, set in the midst of a forest of larch trees, offering one of the largest and most dynamic ski areas in the region. The ski area of Vars is now linked to the Risoul ski area, offering nearly 185km of magnificent ski slopes suitable for all levels. Thanks to the up-to-date equipment and modern ski lifts, snow parks and free ride zones, Vars has become one of the most popular ski resorts in the Southern French Alps with good snow conditions and plenty of sunshine. With family or friends, you can enjoy a ski holiday in a beautiful setting surrounded by the Massifs des Ecrins, Ubaye and Queyras mountain ranges. You will find many activities and entertainment in Vars available for an unforgettable ski holiday in France.
Ski area : Foret Blanche - Vars / Risoul
Minimum altitude : 1650 m - Maximum altitude: 2750 m
- 118 slopes, 185 km : 21 green, 45 blue, 42 red, 10 black
- 51 ski lifts
- Freestyle areas : 1 snowpark and 3 boardercross
With its 185 km of slopes, the « Foret Blanche » ski area, linking together the ski areas of Vars and of Risoul, is highly appreciated for the quality of its slopes and for its high-tech, modern network of snow canons guaranteeing snow all through the winter season.
The 118 slopes served by 51 ski lifts, promise hours of wonderful skiing whether you are a first-time skier or an expert skier. In Vars you have the possibility of trying night skiing on the floodlit slopes. There are also a variety of cross-country skiing circuits and paths for hiking and snow-shoeing.
Vars is also an extremely popular ski resort with free riders, by virtue of its narrow, snowy gullies, like the «Y», the «Funnel», the «Comma», the «Little Neck,» or the «Banana». The resort has 4 snowparks to satisfy all levels of snowboarders. The Varspark extends over more than 21 hectares with a boardercross and slalom courses. The Eyssina park is designed for fans of « slope style », whereas the Escondus park is a true delight for beginners and for “Jib” lovers (skiing without snow). For more advanced skiers, a “woodpark”, in the middle of the forest, enables you to snowboard on surfaces made entirely from local wood and stone.
Finally, those looking for an adrenalin rush will enjoy the challenge on the « Chabrieres » slope, with an altitude drop of 435 m and an inclination of up to 98%. This extremely steep descent is very often the scene of speed skiing records. You have the possibility of timing your descent and have this recorded for time immemorial, as you will receive a certificate at the bottom of the slope as proof ! Ready ?
Ideally located in the French ski resort of Vars, the Odalys Résidence Pra Sainte Marie, offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation. Facing the Olympic piste and chairlift, your ski holiday rental in Vars gives you direct access to the Foret Blanche ski area. Just a 10-minute walk from your ski accommodation you will find the first shops, ideal for doing some shopping during your skiing holidays. You can also easily get to the village of Claux, located 6km from Vars via a free shuttle bus.
The Foret Blanche ski area links the ski resorts of Vars and Risoul located in the Southern French Alps. With its 185km of slopes, you will have plenty to do whether you prefer to ski or snowboard. By booking a ski holiday rental with Odalys in Vars, you will enjoy a quality ski holiday with lots of sunshine and exceptional snow conditions. Modern facilities, quality services, large free-ride areas for the more adventurous and snow parks for avid snowboarders.
Aquatic facilities :
- Swimming pool (80m²) with whirlpool bath
- 2 Hammam cabins
- Fitness room, showers and changing rooms
Wifi access in apartments (extra charge)
Laundry services (extra charge)
Underground car park (extra charge)
Free public car park opposite the residence
The fully furnished ski accommodation is equipped with a functional kitchenette (vitroceramic hob, microwave oven / grill, dishwasher [except for studios]), a bathroom or shower room. The apartments are equipped with TV (extra charge) and Wifi access (extra charge).
One 1-bedroom apartment for 4 people and two studios for 2 people are equipped for people with disabilities.
During your ski holiday in Vars, in the Hautes Alpes, enjoy the many different activities offered in and around the ski resort :
- Snow-shoeing (half-day, full day or night-time)
- Well-being treatments
- Ice climbing
- Helicopter rides
- Speed riding
- Dog sleighing
- Snowscooter tours
- Sledging, snake gliss
- Night-time skiing
- Games room
- Library, multimedia area at Vars Ste Marie
• Ski passes, preferential rates « Special Odalys »
Winter 18/19 info coming soon.
• Ski equipment, pre-book skis and snowboards with Odalys
Odalys special deals with our local partner offering discounts up to 40% for full equipment packages (skis, ski poles, boots).
• Ski school, learn to ski for less
Discounts up to 10% off the public price for group ski lessons (downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding) for the 2018/19 ski season and 20% during the Easter holidays. Offer valid on pre-bookings only made at the latest 15 days before arrival date. Tel: +33 (0)4 92 50 09 92 - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Ski school : Odalys future champions, ski school pick-up point at your residence
Book ski lessons for your children and the ski instructors will pick up your budding skiers at the reception of your residence! Sign up your children for group ski lessons from 5 or 6 years old up to 12 years old in the morning or afternoon.
(Minimum age, age groups, days and hours vary according to the resort’s ski school).
During your ski holidays in Vars in the Hautes Alpes, enjoy the many different activities offered by this ski resort in the Southern French Alps :
- The Queyras Regional Nature Park
- The Vars mountain pass
- Serre Ponçon
- The Montdauphin fortifications
Lieu-dit Sainte Marie
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday: 8am-10am and 4pm-7pm
+33 825 273 273
Monday to friday : 9am/7pm
Saturday : 9am/6pm