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Les Saisies

Thinking of skiing in Les Saisies? Proximity to Mont Blanc ensures good snow cover and stunning views. Easy access from the motorway. Les Saisies is a vibrant village with a great aprés-ski.

Why Les Saisies Ski Resort?

  • It’s easily accessed by motorway from Albertville to the South and Megève to the North
  • The close proximity of Mont Blanc not only provides superb views but also above average snow coverage
  • It’s a large vibrant village with a decent amount of après-ski
  • It’s France’s top Olympic cross-country ski area

Read Briony Key's review on Family Ski News, 'Living the high life in Les Saisies'! 

Les Saisies (Mont Blanc) Information

Half-way between the 'Beaufortain' and the 'Val d'Arly' valleys, two magnificent Savoy areas,  offers a spectacular setting with glorious views across to Mont Blanc. The 'Beaufortain' region, with its wonderful scenery, is sometimes called 'The French Tyrol'.

Les Saisies itself sprang to international prominence during the 1992 Winter Olympic Games at Albertville in the French Alps. It’s a charming French ski resort with timber-clad chalets and a bustling high street complete with some 40 shops and a big selection of bars, crêperies, grills and restaurants offering delicious Savoyard dishes.

With its 360-degree panorama ranging from Alpine meadows to the snow-capped summit of Mont Blanc in Beaufortain, Aravis, and close to the Chartreuse Mountains, Les Saisies offers stunning scenery and the chance of wonderful discoveries. The ski resort of Les Saisies is a set of typical Beaufortain villages, where visitors can enjoy both the architecture and their traditional way of life.

Peak Retreats offers a range of Les Saisies accommodation options. All of Les Saisies' ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Les Saisies ski holiday.

Interested in buying an apartment in Les Saisies or Cohennoz/Crest Voland? See our Buying in the Alps section.

LES SAISIES SKI AREA

Best recognised as a major centre for cross-country skiing since it hosted the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympic events, Les Saisies also has extensive alpine skiing shared with its neighbours to form the 'Espace Diamant'. This links six pretty Alpine villages: Crest Voland Cohennoz, Flumet, Hauteluce, Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Praz sur Arly and Les Saisies.

Set among forests and alpine meadows, with stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Beaufortain and Aravis ranges, the ski area extends between the Beaufortain and Val d’Arly, offering really varied terrain.

Les Saisies benefits from above-average snow conditions – the French weather centre confirms that since 1982 the average accumulated snowfall is superior to all surrounding mountain ranges!

Even if your children are too small to take the chairlift, this need not stop them having a go at skiing! Three rope-tows are available for them: at Les Trolles, located in the cross-country ski park (also accessible to adults), Les Lutins, near the snow garden and at Les Gobelins at Bisanne 1500m. They are safe and easy to use - and FREE!

Within the Espace Diamant ski domain, you have access to ski the other areas including Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe which is fully lift linked to Les Saisies.

Les Saisies is the top Nordic ski resort in France. The Olympic area has 120km of tracks for every skill level (from beginner to expert). It extends over a large sunny plateau between 1570m and 1760m, which guarantees a long season of snow cover. See more details under 'The skiing'.

Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page

Les Saisies only - 70km of pistes, 30 lifts (14 chairlifts, 16 draglifts), 54 slopes:

Green slopes: 12
Blue slopes: 22
Red slopes: 15
Black slopes: 5

71 snow cannons & 1 snow park, 2 boardercross & 2 slalom

LES SAISIES SKIING

LES SAISIES BEGINNERS

Les Saisies is an ideal resort for beginners who will find plenty of gentle nursery slopes and long, wide blue runs to progress on.

LES SAISIES INTERMEDIATES

Intermediates will enjoy well-kept pistes on which to gain confidence and easy links into Crest-Voland and the runs from the top of Mont-Lachet.

LES SAISIES EXPERTS

Advanced skiers will be keen to discover the black run from the top of Légette with its narrow couloirs, and the off-piste runs through the trees. Hauteluce’s ski area has a variety of challenging runs and is a favourite among local free-riders.

LES SAISIES RESORT RUNS

There are multiple access points, so the resort runs are of all levels from green to black.

CROSS COUNTRY/NORDIC SKIING

Stats:
120km of tracks
2 ski lifts
17 tracks
1 Nordic park

The largest Nordic area in France, there are 120km of tracks for every skill level (from beginner to expert). Thanks to its high altitude, Les Saisies cross country area is one of the best in the Alps for its snow level. Each year you can Nordic ski from early December (at the latest) until the end of April.

Raphaël Poirée, 7 times World Biathlon Champion and Nordic Ambassador in Les Saisies explains that “Cross-country skiing in Les Saisies is better than in Norway. In Les Saisies there is more snow, more sunshine, more light and it isn’t as cold as in Scandinavia".

You can get FREE access to the Nordic area with a valid downhill/alpine ski lift pass. Nordic skiers can take the Gentianes skilift to easily reach La La Palette. From La Palette you can find breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and of course Mont Blanc.

Les Saisies also have 'Les Marmottons' track for children. It's a nature treasure hunt to learn Nordic skiing the smooth and fun way. The children follow the Marmotton trying to complete challenges to get their degree. For children aged 5-10 years.

Les Saisies Ski Hire

Pre-book your Les Saisies ski hire with Peak Retreats.

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

Find out more about Peak Retreats ski hire


Les Saisies Ski Passes

Pre-book your Les Saisies lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

Les Saisies ski pass –half day & daily rates 2017/18:

½ day - €25.30 children, €31.50 adults
Day - €28.30 children, €35.30 adults

Espace Diamant ski pass -half day & daily rates 2017/18:

½ day - €28.40 children, €35.40 adults
Day - €32.20 children, €40.20 adults

Nordic ski pass 2016/17 - adult pass 6 days €57.10, €10 for full day and €8.20 for half day

Free lifts
2 free baby drag lifts (“Les Lutins” in Les Saisies and “Les Gobelins” in Bisanne 1500).

Les Saisies Ski School

Pre-book your Les Saisies ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 13 years, in Les Saisies, with Peak Retreats. 3-4-year-olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons. Children can learn to snowboard from 9 years+.

For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.

Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays, the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient.  For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts, English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in the resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Les Saisies Individual tuitions (2018/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

Station & Belambra, Carrets
Monday to Friday From 12:00 to 2:00 pm and From 11:50 am to 1:50 pm
Saturday All day All day
Sunday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm and From 9:00 to 1:50 pm
No Private Snowboard Lessons Belambra & Carrets

1 hour: €46 -1-2 people
2 hours: €88 -1-2 people

Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change

Ski school Les Saisies contact numbers for private lessons:
ESF Les Saisies Tel 0033 479 38 90 40


Les Saisies Child Care

Tiny tot nursery from 2 to 3 years old 

We welcome your children from 2 to 3 years old in our « Club Nounours »

Club Nounours teachers are a team of professionals who offer children indoors (playing, reading, singing…) and outdoors (walks around the garden, sledging and various games on snow) activities. Give your children great memories of your holidays in Les Saisies.

No introduction to skiing. His/Her health report or ID is compulsory. You will need to provide slippers, nappies, a teddy bear (or any comforters), a snack, a change of clothing and outdoors clothing (snowsuit, gloves, sunglasses).

Prices 2018/19:
5 x mornings or afternoons - €92
1 x half day - €34

Nannies/babysitters can be booked through the tourist office. Some sports shop rent buggies, pushchairs and sleighs. Enquire with the tourist office.

Top winter activities to experience in Les Saisies

Please bote Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable

Snowsport activities:

Mountain twister
A toboggan run on rails! Race down a 750m long track around 360° and 540° bends.

Baby park®
Dog-sledging experience for kids age 3 to 7.

Walking, snow-shoeing and Nordic walking itineraries
Enjoy a number of itineraries on foot or on snowshoes. Discover the natural surroundings and magnificent panoramic views. 2 chair lifts are open to pedestrians. A map of footpaths and trails is available from the Tourist Information Office.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides
Discover the beautiful natural surroundings in a horse-drawn sleigh and enjoy a completely different view of the resort.

Dog sledging
Enjoy a ride on a comfortable dogsled driven by one of our enthusiastic and experienced mushers.

Snow-shoe outings Marie & David Crocket
Every Thursday, Beatrice Jiguet, a qualified mountain leader, proposes an evening snow-shoe excursion for kid’s age 5 to 12 years. Children can enjoy pretending to be trappers, equipped with fur hats, headlamps and small snow shovels. On the programme: igloo building, animal footprints, orienteering and astrology!

Ice climbing
Learn to climb the ice or perfect your technique under the supervision of a qualified mountain guide.

Snowmobile outings
Outings are organized every evening on an accredited circuit.

Ski touring
Learn and progress on our ski touring outings, under the supervision of a qualified mountain guide.

Snow grooming
Experience Enjoy a 20-minute discovery ride as a passenger or a 45-minute driving lesson.

Ski joering
Enjoy skiing behind a horse in a specially prepared area.

Other activities:

10 pin Bowling (Le 1650)
A 6-lane bowling alley for fun packed evenings.

Paragliding
The triple French champions, “Les Volatiles”, propose a choice of tandem initiation flights.

Fun footpaths
Discover the different aspects of Les Saisies and the village of Hauteluce along one of our fun footpaths. Satellite guidance available on request.

Panoramic flights
Enjoy magnificent scenery on a Mont-Blanc discovery flight or circuit.

Discover Local heritage
Enjoy a choice of guided heritage walks, conferences and activities for children.

The enchanted forest
Accessible on skis only Come and discover the fairy tale world of the enchanted forest. Follow clues to find Tauron's log cabin and his book of magical spells.

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.

Les Saisies Tourist Office

Les Saisies Tourist Information
Tourist Office Tel. 00 33 4 79 38 90 30, Fax. 00 33 4 79 38 96 29
www.lessaisies.com

Les Saisies Resort News and Events 2018/19

Events:

  • 8th Christmas Trail - Sunday 16th December 2018 - come discover the magnificent panoramas of the station in its winter version. On loops 10 to 20 km in the heart of our area. NEW: Each participant has a free entrance to Le Signal (aqua ludic space)
  • The Holiday Fairy - Sunday 23th December 2018 - Friday 4th January 2019 - 15 days of magic and party for real parties of end of year in the mountains! The village will welcome you for its family shows, its games, animations and workshops, in an enchanting setting...
  • Bon App' & Ski - Sunday 20th January 2019 - tasting show
  • Lekkarod - 16th-17th March 2019 - sled dog event
  • High in the Sky - 23rd-25th March 2019 - a great hot air balloon meeting with a dozen balloons which light up Les Saisies’s sky. A colourful show in majestic landscapes. Animation Village, Free first flights in tethered flight, mini balloon demonstrations...
  • Etoile des Saisies - 7th April 2019 - cross-country long-distance competition. Competitors soar on tracks of 42 km or 21 km in the middle of a warm and enthusiastic audience. Discover the fabulous Nordic skiing area of Les Saisies which hosted the 1992 Winter Olympic games. Young people also have their own races on 1.5-km loop, 3 km and 10 km. Free access to Nordic trails for everyone on the day of the competition

Further details can be found on the tourist office website: www.lessaisies.com

Les Saisies Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs & Shops

Les Saisies has 18 restaurants (including 4 in Hauteluce and 2 in Bisanne 1500) and 5 bars/pubs/discos. 

'Un Flocon dans le Thé' is a deli and tea room for which offers a wide range of teas, organic coffees and yummy hot chocolates. There is also an ‘Cookiserie’, an area dedicated to homemade cookies and cakes which can be enjoyed there or taken away.

Les Saisies Bars and Pubs

L'Olympe Café 
247 avenue des Jeux Olympiques
73620 Les Saisies
Phone: 0033 4 79 38 90 37
Bar / pub. Concerts, karaoké, pool, giant screen for sports broadcast. Every day appetizer from 17h to 19h. Free WiFi & Internet computer for customers....

La Cordée 
Phone: 0033 4 79 38 92 94
Beer bar, rhums... Nice atmosphere, party, concerts, sports broadcast... Pub open until 2h AM.  

Le Copon 
555 bis avenue des J.O.
73620 Les Saisies
Phone: 0033 4 79 38 99 38
Warm & mountain setting. Bar -pub - lounge

LR et JD 
Les balcons du Mont-BLanc
73270 Bisanne 1500
Phone: 0033 4 79 38 09 64
Champagne bar. Grocery, local products (charcuterie, wine, jam, cheese). Tea room.


Les Saisies Amenities

Les Saisies is served by a range of amenities including 4 grocery stores, 4 butchers/caterers, 2 bakeries, 5 boutiques, 2 newsagents, 7 artisans, a medical centre, doctors, pharmacy, banks/cash points, post office, cinema and a laundrette.

Accessing Les Saisies, France

By Road:

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:

Albertville 25km (1 hour) 

Booking via: www.mobisavoie.com or +33.0.(8)20.205.330

Airports:

Chambery Airport is 92km from Les Saisies (1 hour)
www.chambery-airport.com

Geneva Airport is 92km from Les Saisies (1 ½ hours)
www.gva.ch 

Bus between Geneva and Megève (about 1h30 / www.borini.com ou www.altibus.com), then a taxi between Megève and Les Saisies (about 50 €) 
More information: 00.41.22.798.20.00  or www.gva.ch

Grenoble is 159km from Les Saisies (1 ½ hours)
www.grenoble-airport.com

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 169km from Les Saisies (2 hours)

New shuttle between the airport and Les Saisies every Saturday: Leaving the airport at 12:30 pm, arriving to Albertville at 2:15 pm / Next shuttle leaving Albertville at 3 pm, arriving to Les Saisies at 4:30 pm. Return: leaving Les Saisies at 7:30 am, arriving to Albertville at 9 am / Newt shuttle leaving Albertville at 9:15 am, arrving to the airport at 11 am. More information: +33.(0)4.26.007.007 or www.lyonaeroports.com/eng

Getting around Les Saisies

A free shuttle bus service runs everyday around Les Saisies during the winter season. Also shuttles run between the villages of Les Saisies, Bisanne 1500 & Belleville / Hauteluce.

3 tours in the resort:
 LINE 1: Hameau du Beaufortain (via la route de la fôret & l'avenue des J.O.) <> Parking du col
 LINE 4: Chalets du Lac residence (via la route de la Traie) <> Parking du col
 LINE 5: Hauts Lieux residence (via l'avenue des cimes) <> Parking du col

2 tours from the resort to Hauteluce village & valley or Bisanne 1500: 

LINE 2: Bisanne 1500 <> Hameau du Beaufortain residence <> Les Saisies parking du col
LINE 3 & 6: Belleville <> Hauteluce <> Les Saisies parking du col

There are designated parking areas in the resort.


Les Saisies Opening Dates

Les Saisies ski area is open: 21/12/19 - 05/04/20 .

Special Offers
* Special offers applicable to accommodation cost only, not to travel or ski extras See more special offers

Accommodation in Mont Blanc & Chamonix Valley

Le Hameau du Beaufortain

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Directors' Choice

Le Hameau du Beaufortain is a prestige 4* residence located 2km from the resort centre in a tranquil forest setting offering superb views and very convenient doorstep skiing.

Directors' Choice

Amaya

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10 Superior | New to programme

Perfectly located, ski-in, ski-out, on the Carrets piste, overlooking the lower part of les Saisies, and just a 15-minute walk from the centre, this luxury residence, new for the 2019-20 season, enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort.

Superior | New to programme

Residence des Armaillis

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

The Résidence des Armaillis is a luxury residence built for winter 16-17, enjoying an ideal south facing location above Les Saisies, offering panoramic views of the resort, the Beaufortain Massif and the Mont Bisanne. The free resort ski bus stop is right outside the residence and you can ski back to within 50m of the residence on the Chenavelle piste.

Les Chalets des Cimes

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

This brand new 4-star residence, opening December 2018, enjoys possibly the best ski-in, ski-out location in the resort, enjoying an elevated position and affording wonderful mountain views, yet within 200 metres of the resort centre.

Les Chalets d'Emeraude

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8

The Chalets d’Emeraude 4* residence is located 200m from the ski kindergarten, about 200m from the ski lifts and 600m from the resort centre.

Le Village des Lapons

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 6 Superior

Le Village des Lapons 3* Superior residence is ideally located in a quiet area of Les Saisies, with easy access to the slopes, 300m from the ski school departure point and about 500m from the resort centre.

Superior
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