The location of Les Saisies, on a mountain pass, guarantees visitors some of the most breathtaking 360° panoramic views. A friendly village resort, Les Saisies has kept its original spirit and its authentic alpine hamlets.
The 'Beaufortain' with its wonderful scenery is sometimes called' The French Tyrol'. The village itself is charming with wood clad chalets and a bustling high street complete with some 40 shops and a big selection of bars, pubs, pizzerias, crêperies, grills and restaurants offering Savoyard dishes.
Activities available in Les Saisies are numerous from leisurely walks and mountain bike itineraries to most mountain pursuits. The Via Ferrata and its vertiginous views or the ‘Escaladventure’ climbing discovery centre are particularly recommended.
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Top summer activities to experience in Les Saisies
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable. For more information about pricing and availability, please contact the Les Saisies Tourist Office on 00 33 4 79 38 90 30 of visit www.lessaisies.com
Mountain bike trails (approved by the French Cycling Federation) for all levels and all age groups:
- 13 XC itineraries - about 160km for all skill levels
- 13 downhill trails from green to black, reachable via 2 lifts
- 3 freeride tracks to practice on natural, technical or funny areas
- 1 ludo park zone
- Free cleaning zones
The bike patrols ensure the maintenance and safety of the mountain bike facilities. Ride the natural trails in a preserved environment.
Les Saisies's pass is located between Beaufortain and Espace Diamant bike parks. So it is possible to change the riding zone every day if you want.
Beaufortain region is famous for his freeride trails such as "la Dév'Albertville". This 19 km single track starts from Bisanne summit (2000 m high) in Les Saisies to arrive in Albertville (300 m high). There are mountain bike shuttles from the city to Les Saisies and all-around Beaufortain.
Also, the Déval'bertille is a 19km mountain bike enduro course (starting from Bisanne 2000m to Albertville 300m) for the more sporty rider. A bus service runs between Beaufort, Areches, Les Saisies and Albertville.
Mountain bikes can be rented in the resort along with all the equipment you could need.
Les Saisies Walking
Walks starting from Les Saisies, Hauteluce or Bisanne 1500. Les Saisies is located on a 1650m high path; there are a lot of easy walks for every level in the pastures and forests around. Or there are 17 marked out tracks on more than 100km, ranging in difficulty for exciting experiences. You can rent a 'carry baby' and all-terrain strollers (3 wheels) in the resort shops. Trail maps can be bought at the Tourist Office.
There are shuttles between Les Saisies, Hauteluce or Bisanne 1500. Or if you just want to enjoy the view while going down from Légette or Chard du Beurre summits, you can take one of the chairlifts open during the summer season.
The book 'Tour of Mont Blanc' from Guide publisher Cicerone, is a helpful aid for these walks: www.cicerone.co.uk.
Leisure centre - Le Signal
Centre Aquasportif des Saisies
149, route du col
The 5000 m² Les Saisies Aquasportif centre is composed of a water park, a wellness area and a sports area, all with a splendid view of the surrounding mountains.
Aqualudic area: 1 recreational pool of about 200m² (average depth 1.30m) including 1 hydromassage course (currents, nozzles and goosenecks) and 2 corridors of 20m with countercurrent to swim, 1 paddling pool of about 35m², a beach with deckchairs ... On-site you can also enjoy water aerobics and aquabike courses.
Wellbeing area (reserved for over 18s): 2 sitting hot tub, 1 standing hot tub, 1 sauna, 1 hammam, 1 relaxation room and several treatment rooms
Sports area: 1 multi-sports room of 800m² for the practice of team sports (indoor football, handball, badminton, basketball, volleyball) and 1 climbing wall, 2 squash courts, 1 gym - bodybuilding, 1 hypoxic room
Les Saisies Watersports
Rafting, canoe-raft, airboat or hydrospeed... many different sports to have a go at in the famous Isère river and Doron rivers. Suitable for children over 9 years old.
Adventure Assault course
Unique to the region, located in the "Nant rouge" canyon in the middle of the woods, this treetop adventure park gives both children and adults the opportunity to try: monkey bridges, Tyrolienne slides (150 meters long), mini via-ferrata. Night outings are possible. Fun trails for thrill seekers!
Les Saisies Horse riding
Centre équestre Le Ranch
51 Avenue des Jeux Olympiques
Horse ride with the Ranch. Pony rides for children. Horse lessons on request.
Les Saisies Mountainboard
Ecole de Mountainboard
Avenue des Jeux Olympiques
With this sort of all-terrain skateboard, you will ride down the hill like a snowboarder. From 6 years.
Les Saisies Mountain Twister
A unique experience where you ride a sled on rails, for 8 meters over the ground along a 750 meters long track. Every sled has powerful breaks so children as young as 4 years can ride (Children under 1.40 m must be with an adult).
Bowling in Les Saisies
6 bowling lanes (with removable bumpers) accessible from 6 years, pub, games, many animations, themed evenings, concerts and broadcasts of sporting events.
'Golf' played with a frisbee and nets. From 8 years old. Equipment provided.
To play, book your court before at the Tourist Office. Ball & rackets lending according to availability at the Tourist Office.
Bouncy castle, balls pit, trampoline... Parents area to look after their child (tables, drinks, ice-cream...).
Les Challiers lake
Next to Les Saisies path, this lake is located down after the church. With its grass, table, chair, barbecues, child games it is a perfect place for a family picnic with a wonderful view of Beaufortain mountains.
Adventure sensation canyoning
Discover the most beautiful canyon in the region (Beaufortain, Aravis, Bauges, Tarentaise ...) with Denis Bondier Graduate Guide.
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Restaurants & bars in Les Saisies
Les Saisies has 18 restaurants and 3 bars to choose from.
Amenities in Les Saisies
Shops, cinema, sports shops, cash point, post office, laundrette, pharmacy, bakery, butchers
Mini market store in Les Saisies
55 route de la Traie
Food, cheese, & charcuterie. Meat, local products, bread & press. Located in the resort next to Les Chalets d'Emeraude residence.
Accessing Les Saisies
By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Driving distance from Calais to Les Saisies 563 miles (approx 8hrs)
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Sallanches. Follow signs to Megeve. 25km from the motorway exit to Les Saisies.
By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Direct train from Paris (TGV 3h40).
Shuttle between Albertville and Les Saisies (about 1h30).
There is no shuttle between Sallanches railway station and Les Saisies. The only possibility to get to the resort from there is to ask for a taxi or to rent a car.
By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Chambery Airport is 92km from Les Saisies (1 hour)
Geneva Airport is 92km from Les Saisies (1 ½ hours)
Grenoble is 159km from Les Saisies (1 ½ hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 169km from Les Saisies (2 hours)
Getting around Les Saisies
Beaufortain nature line: Free buses between Hauteluce, Les Saisies & Bisanne 1500. Payable buses between Albertville, Queige, Villard sur Doron, Beaufort, Arêches-Beaufort. All buses are equipped to transport mountain bikers and their equipment (trailers or bunkers).
Les Saisies Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and availability.
2020 Tour de France
On 16th July 2020, stage 18 of the 107th Tour de France will pass through Les Saisies, following a start in Méribel on its way to a finish in La Roche sur Foron. Stay in Les Saisies that week and catch all the action.