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A ski resort in the Loire

Located in the mountainous chain of the Massif Central, and precisely the massif of ForezChalmazel is known for the ski resort that bears its name. It is also unique for the presence of one of the most famous medieval castles. This commune of the Rhône-Alpes region has indeed a castle built in 1372.

In reality, the construction of this monument began in 1231, hence the presence of certain aspects medieval. After its restoration, this building now offers guest rooms and reception rooms. The Chalmzel ski resort was created in 1953.

A ski area with beautiful surfaces

The Chalmazel resort has a snow of culture of 13 ha. The ski area is 12 km long and the longest downhill ski run is 2 km. You can practice your sport preferred on this mountain of the Loire, because the total height difference of the domain is 504 m.

Moreover, thealtitude The average altitude of this ski area is 1 382 m. Moreover, you will enjoy fifteen alpine ski slopes including six red and six blue slopes. You will find also two green and two black runs. Moreover, Chalmazel has eight ski lifts. Indeed, you will find there the traditional ski lifts and chairlifts with fixed grip.

The station of Chalmazel in some figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Chalmazel
Commune Chalmazel
Massif Central Massif
Department Loire
Mountain Central Massif
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 12
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm): 12
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 2
Name of the ski area Chalmazel
Connected station(s) No
❄ Altitude of ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 130
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 1 634
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 382
Total height of the domain (in m) 504
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 13
? Difficulty of the ski trails ?
Number of green runs 2
Number of blue trails 6
Number of red trails 6
Number of black runs 2
Total number of downhill ski trails 15
? Lifts ?
Ski lifts 7
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 1
Detachable Chairlifts 0
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 0
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 8
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 8
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 48
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: No
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa No
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 383
Slogan of the station Ski resort in the Loire
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station: Montbrison // Boen
Bus shuttle to a train station: No
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 498
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list for a ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 21 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 105 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 90 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 40 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 320 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 500 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 710 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 086 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 1 350 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 1 100 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 81 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 110 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 6
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 6
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 5
Note on the diversity of the proposed activities (except ski) / 10 4
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 6
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 6,1
? Ranking according to ? 206th position out of 232 stations in France

Chalmazel in 19 Questions and Answers

  • What are the activities in winter in Chalmazel ?

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

Snowshoeing If you want to walk and explore the nature of the station Chalmazel, then this activity is for you. Accessible to all, it will allow you to discover the fauna and flora of Chalmazel.

Snowscoot : This activity similar to BMX will allow you to enjoy new sensations of sliding.

Handiskiing: perfect for people with reduced mobility, this activity allows them to enjoy the sensations of skiing.

Ski Chalmazel : like all ski resorts, the resort of Chalmazel also offers skiing. You can enjoy all the pleasures of skiing on more than 10 tracks.

  • What are the activities in summer at the resort of Chalmazel ?

The resort of Chalmazel also offers many summer activities such as :

Trial If you are a trial fan you will be happy to know that the resort of Chalmazel offers this activity. You can enjoy 8 kilometers of trails dedicated to this activity.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking: it also offers mountain biking, you can explore the surroundings of the resort and make the full of strong sensations.

Hiking As in winter, this resort also offers to explore its nature through hiking. You can discover its fauna and flora.

Downhill scooters and Mountain Kart You can enjoy the joy of hurtling down the slopes at full speed. You can with this activity to make the full of strong sensation.

  • What to visit in Chalmazel and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Chalmazel, we can mention : Chalmazel castle, Bois Couzan, Monts du Forez, Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park, Pierre sur Haute.

  • Where to eat in Chalmazel ?

The resort of Chalmazel offers more than 15 restaurants among which we can mention : Les Pizzas de Fabrice, Farm Auberge des Granges. Jean Chazelle, Garnier’s Inn.

  • Where to sleep in Chalmazel ?

Chalmazel offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel Castle of Marcilly Talaru, Echo of the mountains, Hotel Restaurant le Foirail.

  • How big is the ski area of Chalmazel?

The ski area of the resort of Chalmazel has a size of 12 kilometers, divided into 15 trails. Among these runs, the longest is 2 kilometers long. It also has 48 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Chalmazel?

This area has an altitude between 1130 meters and 1634 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Chalmazel package?

Their packages start from 21 euros per day, and 105 euros per week.

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

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price found is 320, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price found per week is 500.

  • Does the resort of Chalmazel have a bike park?

It has a Bike Park that measures 27 kilometers with 2 trails and the longest trail measures 17.5 kilometers.

  • How to get to Chalmazel by train ?

You can easily get there by being at the Montbrison or Boen train station. Then you will take a cab to get to the station.

  • What is the postal code of Chalmazel ?

The zip code of Chalmazel is 42920.

  • In which department is located the station of Chalmazel ?

The Chalmazel station is located in the Loire department.

  • Does the resort of Chalmazel have a tourist office?

The resort of Chalmazel is part of the Loire Bureau de tourisme de Chalmazel. It is located at Le Bourg 42920 Chalmazel, France.

  • Are there any webcam in Chalmazel ?

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

  • Where to find information about the weather in Chalmazel ?

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

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

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

  • Is there an ESF school in Chalmazel ?

Yes, it is at the address Le Pied Des Pistes, 42920, France.

What is’s opinion about Chalmazel?

In the end, gives the average rating of 6.14/10 to the station Chalmazel, which places it at 197e French ranks. Its strong points are : the cost of a stay, the evaluation of Internet users, the charm of the resort.

Map of the Chalmazel trails

Map of the Chalmazel trails

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Cost of your stay in Chalmazel

In high season, you will will pay 21 euros for one day of skiing. For a six-day pass, you can enjoy the entire ski area for 105 euros. During your stay, renting a studio or an apartment is an ideal solution. In couple or familyYou can choose between 320 euros for the studio and 500 euros for the apartment that can accommodate four people. You will not hurt your wallet to make the most of it. Food and transportation are extra. The nearest train station is in Montbrison.


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