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1 of 3 Bessans Ski Village © (Pierre Huart)
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Bessans

Thinking of skiing in Bessans? This quiet and traditional village resort has one of the most famous Nordic areas in the French Alps and home to an international biathlon centre.

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 SKIING

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:

20km green
40km blue
15km red
5km black

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 info@esf-bessans.com 


Bessans Child Care

Childcare is not pre-bookable by Peak Retreats. Please book direct.

LES DIABLOTINS
BESSANS
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

Bessans Luge 

2 toboggan runs, one at the foot of the ski lifts, another next to le carreley chalet. 
Opening hours: daily

Bessans Fun Slides

snow bodyboarding

tel. +33 (0)4 56 96 32 86
mob. +33 (0)6 45 49 45 66
plongeevanoise@hotmail.fr

Trying out a new way of riding, flat  out on the snow on a snow body- board.

Bessans Snowshoeing

15 km of groomed discovery trails (4 circuits). Map at  “le carreley” nordic chaletor tourist  office.

Bessans Learn to ice dive

In natural surroundings.

tel: +33 (0)4 56 96 32 86
+33 (0)6 45 49 45 66
www.plongee-vanoise.fr
plongeevanoise@hotmail.fr

Bessans Mountain guides

mob. +33 (0)6 70 63 94 65
www.guidesmontagnebessans.com
mulinet.sports@wanadoo.fr

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
ski@bessans.com

Natural rink in village centre, open end of afternoon and evening over Christmas and winter holidays.

ACTIVITIES IN NEARBY VAL CENIS

Val Cenis Bowling

BOWLING LE 1480 Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Tél: +33 (0)4 79 05 21 87
www.bowling-le-1480.fr
bowlingle1480@orange.fr

6 bowling lanes, bar, sports TV, restaurant, terraces, pool tables, WiFi. Open 7 days a week.

Val Cenis Cinema

CINÉMA CHANTELOUVE Val Cenis Lanslevillard
www.cinemavalcenis.com
2D and 3D films
CINÉMA LA RAMASSE Val Cenis Lanslebourg
www.cinemavalcenis.com
cinemalaramasse@gmail.com
2D and 3D films

Val Cenis Parapente

PARAPENTE ANTIPODES
Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Mob. +33 (0)6 07 12 25 34
Tél. +33 (0)4 79 05 27 26
antipodeszeb.com
antipodes@orange.fr
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
Bessans, France
+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.

www.lagrangedutraverole.com
contact@lagrangedutraverole.com

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 

www.gitedelabatisse.com
lol.villaron@free.fr

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.

0033 4 79 05 07 88
www.restaurant-la-bocona.com
labocona@hotmail.f  

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…

0033 4 79 05 37 08
www.lechaletdeseraphin.fr
resto@lechaletdeseraphin.fr

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
www.pontet-chaudannes.com
Open 07.30-19.00

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.

0033 4 79 05 96 11
www.leparadis-bessans.com
leparadis-bessans@wanadoo.fr

LE PETIT BONHEUR (C2 RUE DES CONCHETTES - BESSANS)

South facing terrace.
0033 4 79 05 06 71 
http://petitbonheur.bessans.free.fr

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 Amenities

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

Sherpa

Laundrette

La Fringale du Pontet

Rue des Conchettes
73480 Bessans
+33 (0)4 79 05 96 99
07:00 to 19:00

Sherpa Alimentation

General food, regional products. 
Bread. Home delivery. Loan of raclette and fondue. Cash Point.

Rue Saint Etienne
73480 Bessans

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Post office
La Poste

Place de la Mairie
73480 Bessans
+33 (0)4 79 05 94 57
Mon-Fri: 09:30 to 12:00

Getting to Bessans, France

By Road:

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.

By Rail:

Modane station (24km)

There is a regular coach service to Bessans from the forecourt of Modane station.

Information, timetables and bookings
www.altibus.com
From outside France: 00 33 479 68 32 96

Airports:

Chambery is135km from Val Cenis (1 ½ hours)
www.chambery.aeroport.fr

Turin Airport is 145km from Val Cenis (2 hours)
www.aeroportoditorino.it

Grenoble is 202km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)
www.grenoble.aeroport.fr

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 212km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)
www.lyon.aeroport.fr

Geneva is 213km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)  
www.gva.ch/en

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

Ecomobility Skibus

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 
(time to withdraw as tourist offices sheets)


Bessans Opening Dates

The Bessans ski area is open: Saturday 22/12/2018 - Friday 19/04/19.

Partial opening: Monday 22/10/18.

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