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Bessans, a pleasant domain in all seasons

The ski resort ofhe Haute-Maurienne is located near the Vanoise National Park, on the border with Italy.

It is located between 1740 and 2000 meters of altitude.altitude with 260 meters of difference in altitude, ideal for amateurs and less experienced skiers. The resort of Bessans has been open to families all year round for 59 years.

  • In winterThe area offers 133 km of trails for cross-country skiing. There are also 3 km of downhill ski trails.
  • At springthe tracks give way to hiking and pastures.
  • In summerThe resort is ideally located near the Vanoise National Park to allow families, young and old, to enjoy nature during hikes and walks in the mountains.

Fun activities for the whole family

The ski resort of Bessans is suitable for beginners because it has very easy to easy circuits with its green slopes at 33% and blue at 67%. It also has a biathlon stadium where you can learn to shoot with rifles, lasers or even pellets.

The lovers Nature lovers who do not ski can enjoy walking or snowshoeing on the marked trails. The resort offers various activities for children to introduce them to mountain sports. They can choose between sledging and waterfall of ice.

And to give them a taste for contact with animals, the station of Bessans proposes outings with sled dogs. The ski joëring is also recommended to allow children to spend vacations unforgettable and also a new way to go down the gentle slope of this resort.

So that skiers can enjoy moments A quality family time, ice skating facilities are also available.

The resort of Bessans in a few figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Bessans
Commune Bessans
Massif Massif de la Vanoise
Department Savoy
Mountain Northern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 3
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm): 3
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 2
Name of the ski area Bessans
Connected station(s) No
❄ Altitude of ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 740
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 000
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 870
Total height of the domain (in m) 260
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 0
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 1
Number of blue trails 2
Number of red trails 0
Number of black runs 0
Total number of downhill ski trails 3
? Lifts ?
Ski lifts 3
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 0
Detachable chairlifts 0
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 0
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 3
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 24
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 158
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: No
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa No
Trails accessible on foot from the village : No
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 340
Slogan of the station Cross-country skiing and biathlon resort
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station: Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Bus shuttle to a train station: No
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 706
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list of the ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 10 €
Price of the weekly pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 46 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 80 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 35 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 500 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 700 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 752 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 073 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 2 850 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 8 700 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 171 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 870 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 8
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the stay rate / 10 4
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 3
Note on the diversity of activities (except skiing) / 10 5
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 8
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 9
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 7
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 6,3
? Ranking according to ? 191st position out of 232 stations in France

Map of the ski slopes of Bessans

bessans ski slopes map
Bessans – Trail map

Bessans in 19 Questions / Answers

  • What are the activities in winter in Bessans ?

The resort of Bessans is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities like :

Climbing This station has cliffs, which allows you to do climbing. You can thanks to this activity make the full of strong sensation. In addition it is safe which makes it accessible to all.

Ice rink This activity offers no less than 400 square meters of ice rink. It will allow you to spend special moments alone or with your family.

Biathlon You can also do biathlon. If you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry, a teacher will teach you. This activity has the best equipment to ensure a safe and fast learning.

Snowshoeing This activity will allow you to contemplate nature at your own pace. You can admire the fauna and flora of Bessans while admiring its landscape.

  • What are the activities in summer in Bessans ?

The resort of Bessans also offers many summer activities like :

Hiking This activity offers you the possibility to walk and explore Bessans. You can contemplate its nature, its fauna and flora. In addition it gives you the opportunity to contemplate the breathtaking scenery of Bessans.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: you also have a mountain bike course. You can enjoy the pleasures of speed in the mountains on courses of varying difficulty.

Canyoning : You can practice canyoning on the main river of the valley. This activity is accompanied by professionals of the trade for more safety.

Rollerblading You have also at your disposal 4 kilometers to be able to make roller in all safety. For the fans of the genre you will be more than delighted to explore the nature of Bessans on your rollerblades.

  • What to visit in Bessans and its surroundings ?

Among the places that you must visit in Bessans, we can mention : the National park of Vanoise, Baroque Art, the Bellecombe, the Evettes Circus, l’Avérole.

  • Where to eat in Bessans ?

The resort of Bessans offers more than 20 restaurants among which we can mention : La Bocona, Restaurant Le Mont Iseran, The Paradise.

Bessans offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel La Vanoise Bessans, Chalet l’Aubepine, Turin Palace Hotel.

  • What is the size of the Bessans ski area?

The ski area of the resort of Bessans has a size of 3 kilometers, divided into 3 trails. Among these slopes, the longest measures 2 kilometers. It has 158 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Bessans?

This area has an altitude between 1740 meters and 2000 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Bessans ski pass?

Their packages start from 10 euros per day, and 46 euros per week.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Bessans?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 500 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 700 euros.

  • Does the resort of Bessans have a bike park?

No, it does not have a bike park.

  • How to get to Bessans by train ?

You can easily get there from the Bourg Saint Maurice train station. Then you will just have to take a cab to go to Bessans.

  • What is the postal code of Bessans ?

The postal code of Bessans is 73480.

  • In which department is located the station of Bessans ?

The resort of Bessans is located in the department of Savoie.

  • Does the resort of Bessans have a tourist office?

The resort of Bessans is part of the tourist office of Bessans. It is located at Rue de la Maison Morte, 73480 Bessans, France.

  • Are there any webcam in Bessans ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where can I find information about the weather in Bessans ?

You can find the latest weather report from the Bessans station at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in Bessans ?

In Bessans, the ski lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in Bessans ?

Yes, it is at the address Rue de Petit Saint-Jean, 73480 Bessans, France.

What is’s opinion about Bessans?

In the end, gives the average rating of 6.28/10 to the resort of Bessans, which places it at 187e French ranks. Its strengths are : the cost of a stay, average snowfall, Internet user rating.

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