Why Bessans Ski Resort?
- Access to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
- Alpine skiing in nearby Val Cenis
- Peaceful atmosphere and traditional village life
Bessans Resort Information
Bessans 1750m is a truly exceptional destination with an international biathlon centre… discover hamlets and their legendary devils carved in wood.
It’s ideal for visitors seeking a peaceful atmosphere, and traditional village life.
In the shadow of the Charbonnel glacier, in a remarkable mountain setting, the resort’s vast northern plateau has many hamlets with traditional architecture. Bessans is one of the most famous Alpine Nordic areas. Whether you ski there or snowshoe, this vast high plateau - technical, yes, but also beautifully landscaped - will delight you with its scenery and natural majesty.
Peak Retreats features self-catered apartments in Bessans. The great value residence 'Le Clos Vanoise' enjoys an elevated position with excellent views and is particularly suited to cross country skiers.
Bessans has two ski areas: a very small Alpine skiing area and one of the biggest and best cross-country destinations in France.
Cross Country Skiing in Bessans
With 133km of trails groomed for skating or classic cross-country, Bessans is one of the capitals of the sport, and accessible to all. Its signposted, well-maintained trails help you discover wonderfully sweeping landscapes and wander through larch forests.
It opens from the first snows of November onwards.
The trails are divided like this:
Alpine Skiing in Bessans
The skiing area has two drag lifts and 3kms of trails (two blue and one green). South-facing, the trails are ideal for children and beginners.
Skiing in Val Cenis
With more than 80kms of marked piste and a vertical drop of 1400m, Val Cenis has a varied ski area. It’s ideal for beginners and intermediates with green and blue runs down through the trees as well as opportunities to access even the highest runs at 2800m.
Other ski resorts in the valley are Bramans, Sollières-Sardières, Bonneval, although you’d need to buy additional lift passes (for Val Cenis as well) if you wanted to ski these areas. These are all within a 10-20minute drive from Val Cenis.
Bessans Ski Hire
Pre-book your Bessans ski hire with Peak Retreats. Please enquire for prices.
Bessans Ski Passes
Pre-book your Bessans ski passes with Peak Retreats. Please enquire for prices.
Lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Bessans ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 15/16:
½ day - €5.8 children, €7.5 adults
Day - €7.5 children, €9.5 adults
Bessans Ski School
Bessans Individual Tuitions (18/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
Around €46 - 51 per hour for 1-2 people.
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change.
Ski school contact number for Bessans private lessons:
ESF Bessans +33 (0)4 79 05 80 05 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bessans Child Care
Childcare is not pre-bookable by Peak Retreats. Please book direct.
3months to 6 years.
Les Diablotins - Le Hameau de la neige, bât. Le Charbonnel
Tél: 0033 4 79 59 20 98 / 0033 4 79 05 80 01
0033 6 84 94 63 80
Bessans Resort Activities
2 toboggan runs, one at the foot of the ski lifts, another next to le carreley chalet.
Opening hours: daily
Bessans Fun Slides
tel. +33 (0)4 56 96 32 86
mob. +33 (0)6 45 49 45 66
Trying out a new way of riding, flat out on the snow on a snow body- board.
15 km of groomed discovery trails (4 circuits). Map at “le carreley” nordic chaletor tourist office.
Bessans Learn to ice dive
In natural surroundings.
Bessans Mountain guides
Go out with a guide in the winter for a different view of the mountain. ice climbing, off-piste skiing, ski touring.
Bessans Natural skating rink
tel: +33 (0)4 79 05 96 65
Natural rink in village centre, open end of afternoon and evening over Christmas and winter holidays.
ACTIVITIES IN NEARBY VAL CENIS
Val Cenis Bowling
6 bowling lanes, bar, sports TV, restaurant, terraces, pool tables, WiFi. Open 7 days a week.
Val Cenis Cinema
Val Cenis Parapente
Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Mob. +33 (0)6 07 12 25 34
Tél. +33 (0)4 79 05 27 26
From 6 years old.
Val Cenis Ice Rinks
Natural ice rink in Val Cenis Lanslebourg
Situated by chairlift «La Ramasse»
Artificial ice rink in Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Snow Zone - Big Airbag, snowtubing and Air Tubby
New in Val Cenis Les Champs!
Big airbag! The Big Air Bag is an inflatable structure to perform jumps and receive safely. For all age groups, this large mattress can be used by both skiers and snowboarders, beginners or experienced in freestyle. This variant of professional cushion fall can also be practiced in Snow-Tubing.
Snowtubing Air Board. All aboard buoys "snow tubing" or "Airboard" and zip down a slide track specifically designed for these types of skiing.
Air Tubby. Fasten your seat belt. Land gently on the Big Air Bag.
Val Cenis Horse-drawn carriage
Pulled by one or two donkeys. Maximum 5 people. € 20 per carriage. Afternoon only.
Val Cenis Lanslebourg
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Bessans Tourist Office
Rue de la Maison Morte
+33 4 79 05 96 52
Open every day from 09h to 12h and from 14h to 18h30.
Bessans Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
LA GRANGE DU TRAVÉROLE (A5 ROUTE DE BONNEVAL - BESSANS)
In a superb setting -booking required. Parking nearby. Come and enjoy the chalet or sunny terrace and ample our Savoyard speciality dishes.
0033 6 82 11 03 10
LA BÂTISSE (A6 LE VILLARON - BESSANS)
Situated opposite the Charbonnel, for a sweet or savoury treat throughout the day. Home-made daily specialities, grilled cheese toasties, a selection of omelettes and salads, home-made desserts, milkshakes made with unpasteurised milk fresh from the local dairy, sweet pancakes and much more. 0033 4 79 83 14 51
LA BOCONA (B2-C2 RUE SAINT ETIENNE - BESSANS)
Warm and friendly traditional Savoyard restaurant, serving regional specialities, sweet and savoury pancakes, ice cream sundaes. South facing terrace.
LE CHALET DE SÉRAPHIN (B2 RUE DES CONCHETTES - BESSANS)
Traditional Bessans cusine … Many speciality dishes including Savoyard cheese fondue, raclette, tartiflette, or wine fondue…Indulgent desserts: blueberry tart, blueberry and violet mousse and many more…
Open every evening
LA FRINGALE DU PONTET (B2 RUE DES CONCHETTES)
Fresh bread and pastries, sandwiches prepared on the premises with home producerd cold meats; home produced flans and sweet treats. Eat in or takeway.
0033 4 79 05 96 99
LE GRAND FOND (E1 / E2 RUE DU PRÉ DE L’HUILE - BESSANS)
Home-made specialities. View over the slopes. Fast food and snacks
0033 4 79 05 83 05
LE PARADIS (D3 RUE DE SAINT SÉBASTIEN - BESSANS)
In a unique setting, try out Savoyard and Bessanais specialities, as well as pizzas and pancakes and a wide choice of coffees and teas, whis- kies, beers and a large selection of wines from the region.
LE PETIT BONHEUR (C2 RUE DES CONCHETTES - BESSANS)
South facing terrace.
0033 4 79 05 06 71
LE PONTET (G3 PLACE DU PONTET - BESSANS)
Artisan butcher and caterer since 1985. Home-made cured meats, ready meals, tarts, meat and a wide range of sweet or savoury treats available to eat in our friendly restaurant
0033 4 79 05 96 99
LA TORDO (F3 RUE DE LA PLAN FENETTE - BESSANS)
0033 4 79 05 87 79
LA VANOISE (G3-G4 RUE DE L’ILETTE - BESSANS)
Peaceful setting at the foot of the slopes at the heart of the Vanoise National Park. Family hotel with delicious home cooking. Group rates. South-facing terrace. Free WIFI access.
0033 4 79 05 96 79
Bessans is served by a range of amenities including: laundrette, bakery, boulangerie, regional produce (cheese and meats), sports shops, post office, Sherpa mini market, cash machine, newsagent
La Fringale du Pontet
Rue des Conchettes
+33 (0)4 79 05 96 99
07:00 to 19:00
General food, regional products.
Bread. Home delivery. Loan of raclette and fondue. Cash Point.
Rue Saint Etienne
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place de la Mairie
+33 (0)4 79 05 94 57
Mon-Fri: 09:30 to 12:00
Getting to Bessans, France
Driving distance from Calais 595 miles (8 hrs 45 mins)
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit Modane. Follow signs to Bessans via the N6 (30 km from the motorway exit). Attention winter Iseran Pass and the Col du Mont Cenis are closed to traffic.
Modane station (24km)
There is a regular coach service to Bessans from the forecourt of Modane station.
Information, timetables and bookings
From outside France: 00 33 479 68 32 96
Chambery is135km from Val Cenis (1 ½ hours)
Turin Airport is 145km from Val Cenis (2 hours)
Grenoble is 202km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 212km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)
Geneva is 213km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from airport
Lyon Airport - Bessans via Modane (www.lys-altibus.com).
Chambery Airport - Bessans via Modane (www.lys-altibus.com). .
Bessans Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
Getting to other resorts in Maurienne
Open to skiers and non skiers. Service not intended for groups. Limited to the capacity of the vehicle seat. It connects all villages and resorts of the valley. Admission is free.
LINE 1: Bramans - Bonneval sur Arc (including Bessans)
LINE 2: Termignon - Sollières-Sardières - Aussois
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Bessans Opening Dates
The Bessans ski area is open: Saturday 22/12/2018 - Friday 19/04/19.
Partial opening: Monday 22/10/18.