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List of 199 Nordic ski areas 🕺 in France

List of 199 Nordic ski areas 🕺 in France

Here is a ranking of the 199 Nordic ski areas in France.

The classification is made according to the surface of each of them:

Ski resort Name of the Massif Trails accessible by foot ? Average altitude
(of the alpine ski area)
Number of cross-country ski trails
(in units)
Length of the Nordic ski area
(in klm)
Les Rousses Massif du Haut-Jura Yes 1420 38 227
Autrans Massif du Vercors Yes 1380 15 200
Méaudre Vercors Massif Yes 1306 15 200
Jura Mountains Massif of the Haut-Jura Yes 1290 12 160
Bessans Massif de la Vanoise No 1870 24 158
Savoie Grand Revard Massif des Bauges Yes 1450 13 150
Plateau de Retord Massif of Haut-Jura No 1225 13 150
The Source of the Doubs – Mouthe Massif of the Haut-Jura Yes 1050 17 140
Font d’Urle Vercors Massif Yes 1475 10 132
Bonneval sur Arc Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2400 17 130
Les Saisies Beaufortain Massif Yes 1610 15 120
Crest Voland Cohennoz Beaufortain Massif Yes 1650 15 120
Besse Super Besse Massif du Sancy Yes 1600 16 118
Prabouré Central Massif Yes 1333 13 115
Font-Romeu РBolqu̬re Pyrenees Massif No 1932 22 111
Villard de Lans Massif of Vercors Yes 1597 6 110
Corrençon en Vercors Massif of Vercors Yes 1581 6 110
Formiguères Pyrenees Massif Yes 2050 9 110
Les Fourgs Massif du Haut-Jura Yes 1185 14 104
La Bresse Hohneck Massif des Vosges Yes 1125 9 100
La Bresse Lispach Massif des Vosges Yes 1015 9 100
The Field of Fire Massif des Vosges No 900 15 100
Val d’Azun Pyrenees Massif No 1475 9 90
La Plagne Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2250 7 80
Le Grand Bornand Aravis massif Yes 1550 7 80
Montgenèvre Massif des Cerces Yes 2280 4 80
Les Arcs Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2213 5 68
La Clusaz Massif des Aravis Yes 1770 13 67
The White Lake Massif des Vosges No 1050 9 67
Courchevel Massif de la Vanoise Yes 1919 9 66
Saint Jean de Sixt Aravis Massif Yes 970 6 63
Alti Aigoual Central Massif Yes 1409 7 60
Bellefontaine Alpine Space Massif du Haut-Jura Yes 1131 14 60
Bellevaux – Hirmentaz Massif des Brasses Yes 1355 9 55
Nistos Pyrenees Massif No 1744 15 55
Beille Pyrenees Massif No 1900 17 55
Bussang – Larcenaire Massif des Vosges No 896 9 55
The Collet of Allevard Massif of Belledonne Yes 1775 6 52
Reallon Massif des Ecrins Yes 1853 8 52
Alpe d’Huez Massif des Grandes Rousses Yes 2580 9 50
Megeve Mont Blanc Massif Yes 1700 5 50
Praz de Lys Sommand Beaufortain Massif Yes 1625 11 50
Lans en Vercors Vercors Massif No 1614 7 50
Laguiole Central Massif Yes 1304 6 50
Les Estables – Mezenc Central Massif Yes 1520 6 50
The Coulmes Massif of the Charteuse No 1264 6 50
Chamonix Mont Blanc Massif No 2159 5 49
Métabief Mont d’Or Massif du Haut-Jura Yes 1180 4 49
Ceillac in Queyras Massif of Queyras Yes 2075 7 48
Chalmazel Central Massif Yes 1382 8 48
The Equals Massif de la Charteuse Yes 1000 7 48
The Chioula Pyrenean Massif No 1483 13 48
The Semnoz Massif des Bauges No 1577 10 46
Chastreix Sancy Central Massif Yes 1540 8 46
Le Lioran Central Massif Yes 1505 12 45
Crévoux Massif du Parpaillon Yes 2075 5 45
The Desert of Entremont Massif of the Charteuse Yes 1300 7 45
Les Angles Roc d’Aude – Mont Llaret Yes 2025 5 43
Peisey Vallandry Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2450 5 42
Manigod Massif des Aravis Yes 1620 9 42
Le Sappey en Chartreuse Massif of the Chartreuse No 1155 5 42
Chamrousse Massif of Belledonne Yes 1825 9 41
Abriès in Queyras Massif of Queyras Yes 2000 5 41
Chatel Massif du Chablais Yes 1650 5 40
Orcières Merlette Massif des Ecrins Yes 2288 9 40
Doucy Massif de la Lauzière Yes 1975 6 40
Pra-Loup Great Séolane Yes 2000 2 40
Saint Francis Longchamp Massif de la Lauzière Yes 2000 6 40
Laye en Champsaur Massif of Dévoluy Yes 1575 4 40
The Markstein Massif des Vosges No 1177 7 40
Larche Massif of Ubaye Yes 1531 4 40
Avoriaz Massif du Chablais Yes 1714 8 38
Morzine Massif du Chablais Yes 1733 8 38
The Brasses Massif des Brasses Yes 1200 7 38
Ristolas in Queyras Massif of Queyras No 1675 7 38
La Combe Saint Pierre Massif du Haut-Jura Yes 958 6 37
Cauterets Pyrenees Massif Yes 2090 5 36
Abundance Massif du Chablais Yes 1340 7 36
Serre Chevalier Massif des Ecrins Yes 2000 8 35
La Colmiane Mercantour Massif No 2500 3 35
Puymorens Span Pyrenees Massif Yes 2050 9 35
Vallouise-Pelvoux Massif des Ecrins Yes 1775 5 35
Les Gets Massif du Chablais Yes 1587 7 34
Brides les Bains Massif de la Vanoise Yes 1775 3 33
Arvieux en Queyras Massif of Queyras Yes 1898 6 32
Superdevoluy / La Joue du Loup Dévoluy massif Yes 2000 14 30
Vaujany Massif des Grandes Rousses Yes 2225 3 30
Flaine Massif du Giffre Yes 2050 3 30
Les Karellis Massif of the Maurienne Yes 2060 3 30
Oz en oisans Massif des Grandes Rousses Yes 1950 2 30
Aussois Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2125 5 30
Gérardmer Massif des Vosges Yes 950 9 30
Greolières les Neiges Massif du Cheiron No 1600 6 30
The Audibergue РLa Mouli̬re Massif of the Audibergue No 1600 6 30
The Dwellings Les Habères-Hirmentaz Yes 1250 7 30
Menthières Massif du Haut-Jura Yes 1292 4 30
Val Cenis Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2050 4 29
La Sambuy Massif des Bauges No 1500 6 29
Bramans Massif de la Vanoise No 1515 4 29
Les Menuires Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2150 4 28
Saint Martin de Belleville Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2150 4 28
Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc Mont-Blanc Massif No 1838 6 28
Villard Reculas Massif des Grandes Rousses Yes 1798 3 28
Mount Saxonnex Massif des Bornes yes 1250 3 28
Champagny en Vanoise Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2250 7 27
Pralognan la Vanoise Massif de la Vanoise Yes 1883 5 27
Le Bleymard РMont Loz̬re Central Massif No 1480 5 27
La Tania Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2041 6 26
Lus la Jarjatte Massif of the Charteuse No 1325 4 26
Meribel Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2026 4 25
Les 2 Alpes Massif des Ecrins Yes 2475 3 25
Les Contamines Montjoie Mont Blanc Massif No 1805 6 25
Puy-Saint-Vincent Massif des Ecrins Yes 2050 3 25
Beuil les Launes Mercantour Massif Yes 1765 4 25
Chabanon Massif des Monges Yes 1800 4 25
Valberg Mercantour Massif Yes 1900 5 25
Piau Engaly Pyrenees Massif Yes 2010 4 25
The Chapel of Abondance Massif du Chablais Yes 1400 7 25
Areches Beaufort Beaufortain Massif Yes 1700 4 25
Le Mont Dore Massif du Sancy Yes 1525 3 25
Brameloup Central Massif Yes 1295 4 25
Saint Léger les Mélèzes Massif des Autanes Yes 1630 5 24
Pond of Lers Massif of the Pyrenees No 1435 4 24
Marcieu pass Massif of the Chartreuse No 1375 2 24
Le Corbier massif of Arvan-Villards Yes 1860 3 23
La Toussuire Arvan-Villards massif Yes 1860 3 23
The 7 Laux Massif of Belledonne Yes 1875 5 23
La Pierre St Martin Pyrenees Massif Yes 1840 11 23
La Planche des Belles Filles Massif des Vosges Yes 1049 3 23
Ornon Pass Massif of Taillefer No 1205 4 22
The Schnepfenried Massif des Vosges No 1134 4 21
Saint Maurice sur Moselle Massif des Vosges No 905 3 21
The Guards Lodge Central Massif Yes 1080 3 21
Val d’Isère Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2653 6 20
Valmorel Massif de la Lauzière Yes 1975 3 20
Roc d’Enfer – St Jean d’Aulps Massif du Chablais Yes 1350 2 20
Gresse en Vercors Vercors Massif Yes 1498 5 20
Albiez Montrond Massif of Arvan-Villards Yes 1800 4 20
Alpe du Grand Serre Taillefer massif Yes 1776 3 20
The Ballon d’Alsace Massif des Vosges Yes 985 6 20
Needles in Queyras Massif of Queyras Yes 1530 3 20
Saint Véran Massif of Queyras Yes 2285 4 19
Molines en Queyras Massif of Beauregard Yes 2285 4 19
Vars from Ecrins to Queyras Yes 2200 5 18
Val d’Allos Massif des trois évéchés Yes 2200 3 18
Ancelle Massif des Ecrins Yes 1579 4 18
Saint Hilaire du Touvet Massif of the Chartreuse No 1200 2 18
Risoul from Ecrins to Queyras Yes 2300 4 17
The Cross of Bauzon Central Massif Yes 1381 4 17
Montchavin – La Plagne Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2250 3 16
Ventron Massif des Vosges No 1010 3 16
St-Pierre de Chartreuse Massif of the Charteuse Yes 1350 3 15
Porte Pass Massif de la Chartreuse No 1478 3 15
Roubion – Les Buisses Mercantour Massif Yes 1660 2 15
Hautacam Pyrenees Massif No 1657 3 15
Le Mourtis Pyrenees Massif Yes 1605 2 15
Mijan̬s РDonezan Massif of the Pyrenees No 1765 6 15
The Schlucht Massif des Vosges Yes 1173 1 15
The Grand Valtin Massif des Vosges No 945 1 15
Xonrupt – Le Poli Massif des Vosges No 893 3 15
Les Orres Massif des Ecrins Yes 2135 4 14
Valloire Massif du Galibier Yes 2090 3 10
Les Agudes Pyrenees Massif Yes 2000 1 10
Peyresourde Pyrenees Massif Yes 2000 1 10
Le Grand Puy Massif de la Blanche Yes 1550 2 10
La Bresse Brabant Massif des Vosges No 940 2 10
Samoëns Massif du Giffre Yes 1600 3 9
Sixt Fer à Cheval Massif du Giffre Yes 1000 3 9
Tignes Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2500 4 8
Auris en oisans Massif des Grandes Rousses Yes 2450 1 8
Isola 2000 Mercantour Massif Yes 2305 2 8
Bernex Massif du Chablais Yes 1500 3 8
Our Lady of Bellecombe Beaufortain Massif Yes 1610 1 8
Gavarnie Gèdre Pyrenees Massif No 2125 1 8
Morillon Massif du Giffre Yes 1600 3 8
La Rosière 1850 Massif of the Tarentaise Yes 2325 3 7
The Granier Massif de la Charteuse Yes 1210 2 7
Val Thorens Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2765 1 6
Auron Mercantour Massif Yes 2025 1 6
Montriond Massif du Chablais Yes 1660 2 6
Thollon les Memises Massif du Chablais Yes 1500 1 6
Val Pelens Mercantour Massif Yes 1675 3 6
Aillons Margeriaz Massif des Bauges Yes 1450 2 5
Praz sur Arly Massif du Giffre Yes 1552 1 5
Luz Ardiden Pyrenean Massif No 2090 2 5
Orelle Massif of the Vanoise Yes 2050 1 4
Saint Jean d’Arves Massif of Arvan-Villards Yes 1860 1 4
Rousset pass Vercors Massif Yes 1625 1 4
Luchon Superbagnères Pyrenees Massif No 1794 1 4
Romme Massif des Aravis Yes 1390 3 4
Saint Lary Soulan Pyrenees Massif Yes 2100 1 3
La Mongie Pyrenees Massif Yes 1950 1 3
Guzet Pyrenees Massif Yes 1600 1 3
Les Houches Mont Blanc Massif Yes 1445 2 3
Gourette Pyrenees Massif Yes 1900 1 3
Combloux Mont Blanc Massif Yes 1557 10 2
La Giettaz Mont Blanc Massif Yes 1565 10 2
Les Carroz Massif du Giffre Yes 1620 1 2
Passy Plaine Joux Massif du Chablais No 1550 1 2
Valmeinier Mount Thabor Yes 2090 0 0
Ax 3 Domains Pyrenees Massif Yes 1900 0 0
Sauze Super Sauze Mercantour Massif Yes 1900 0 0
Barèges Pyrenees Massif No 1950 0 0
La Norma Massif de la Vanoise Yes 2050 0 0
Valfréjus Massif des Cerces Yes 2144 0 0
Sainte Foy Tarentaise Massif of the Mont Pourri Yes 2085 0 0
Montclar les 2 valleys Massif of Dormillouse Yes 1925 0 0
Val Louron Pyrenees Massif Yes 1783 0 0
Artouste Pyrenean Massif No 1750 0 0
Saint Sorlin d’Arves Massif of Arvan-Villards Yes 2060 0 0
Céüze Massif of Bochaine Yes 1765 0 0
Cambre d’Aze Pyrenees Massif Yes 2020 0 0
Saint Colomban des Villards massif of Arvan-Villards Yes 1860 0 0
Chaillol Massif des Ecrins Yes 1800 0 0
Les Bottières Massif of Arvan-Villards Yes 1590 0 0
Le Chazelet Massif de la Meije Yes 2050 0 0
Ventoux – Mont Serein Mont Ventoux No 1656 0 0
Sainte Anne la Condamine Massif of Parpaillon Yes 2115 0 0
Cord Mont Blanc Massif Yes 1300 0 0
Serre Eyraud Massif des Ecrins Yes 1790 0 0
Ascou Pailhères Pyrenees Massif Yes 1800 0 0
The Olmes Mountains Massif of Tabe Yes 1700 0 0
Puyvalador Pyrenees Massif Yes 1760 0 0
Goulier Pyrenees Massif No 1675 0 0
Turini Silver Camp Mercantour Massif No 1760 0 0
Flumet – St Nicolas la Chapelle Beaufortain Massif Yes 1325 0 0
Camurac Pyrenean Massif Yes 1650 0 0
Le Reposoir Massif des Bornes Yes 1290 0 0
Gaschney 360 Massif des Vosges Yes 1135 0 0
Ghisoni Massif of Corsica No 1725 0 0
Montmin – Col de la Forclaz Massif des Bornes No 1135 0 0
La Grave la Meije Massif des Ecrins No 1800 0 0

Questions and Answers

What is the largest cross-country ski resort in France?

In kilometers of cross-country ski trails, it is the resort of Roussesin the Haut-Jura, which has 227 km of cross-country ski trails, for a total of 37 trails.

What is the largest cross-country ski resort in the Alps?

Bessans, in the Vanoise Massif in the Alps, is the largest cross-country ski resort in the Alps, with 158klm of ski trails, for a total of 24 courses.

What is the largest cross-country ski resort in the Pyrenees?

Font-Romeu is the largest cross-country ski resort in the Pyrenees with 111klm of cross-country ski trails, for a total of 22klm.

What to wear for cross-country skiing?

Cross-country skiing requires an expense energy much more intense than skiing. Thus, you will only be able to cross-country ski for 2/3 hours at most, unlike skiing. As a result, you will breathe more, and you will be warmer than when skiing.

Thus, it is better to prefer several thin layers, and waterproof, than a down jacket that is too warm. And also, it is necessary to take sweaty clothes, in order to evacuate the excess of heat produced by your body.

  • In first layer, you can wear warm thermal underwear, which molds to your body.
  • In second layerYou can choose an insulating fleece. The pants, you must turn to specialty stores.
  • Finally, you will need a waterproof jacket, which will protect you against wind and snow, and which you can remove if you get too hot.

It should be noted that cotton clothes are not recommended, because they do not evacuate heat well, which they produce in contact with your body.

Think also to buy gloves, waterproof, but manageable enough, and a hat, essential not to catch cold. You can also wear a balaclava or a scarf to cover your neck.

Finally, remember to take sunglasses, a water bottle, which can be worn on the belt, because cross-country skiing dehydrates a lot.

Last point, remember to take socks that do not promote blisters, and that are warm enough. There are also models that do not promote foot perspiration.

What are the best cross-country ski resorts?

Based on the size of the their Nordic domainsIt is interesting to focus on Les Rousses in the Jura, Autrans in the Alps, Bessans in the Vanoise, and the Plateau du Retord in the Jura.

What is the highest cross-country ski trail in France?

The highest cross-country ski track in France is located at Val d’Oronayeat the Col de Larche, where a cross-country ski trail goes up to 2000m altitude. It is however a difficult trail, with a significant difference in altitude.

What is the price of a ski pass in a Nordic area?

Unlike downhill skiing, which requires lifts, cross-country skiing requires a smaller financial investment from ski resorts. Likewise, the person is greatly reduced, apart from a groomer, a team to secure the slopes, and a cash register to buy the pass.

Thus, the price is a few euros, or even ten euros, but never flies away as in the ski areas. Finally, many resorts offer free access to the slopes of the Nordic area, in order to attract consumers to the resort.

Should you buy or rent your pair of cross-country skis?

Between the price of boots, poles and the pair of cross-country skis, you need to count a minimum of 200€ to get equipped. Knowing that in the resort, you can rent equipment for 70e a week, you need to do 3 weeks of cross-country skiing, in order to make the purchase of your equipment profitable.

Think also if you have the means to transport your pair of skis, and if you intend to practice this discipline on the duration, before deciding.

Note that there are sometimes promotions at the end of the season.

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Translated from the french original version : https://skidata.io/station-de-ski/domaine-skiable/domaine-nordique/?rand=9113

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