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The ski resort in the Loire (42)

List of ski resorts in the Loire department :

There is a ski resort in the department 42

Ski resort Commune Name of the Massif Name of the ski area (if connected) Number of ski runs Ski area (in KLM) Number of cross-country ski trails Nordic area (in klm) Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) Average score according to /10
Chalmazel Chalmazel Central Massif Chalmazel 15 12 8 48 1 130 1 634 6,1

The department of the Loire, and its mountains

The department The Loire is a French department located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The Loire which waters it from south to north gave its name. The inhabitants of Ligériens are a population Roman of origin, from the Latin heritage of the river Liger. 42 is the postal code assigned by the Insee and the Post Office. Its prefecture is Saint-Étienne.

Part of the Rhône, Isère, Ardèche, Haute-Loire, Puy-de-Dôme, Allier and Saône-et-Loire are part of its action area. The Rhone department is close to the departments of Isère, Ardèche and Gard.

The department of Isere is located in the north of the Lyonnais, which is divided into two parts (north-south, 136 kilometers separate Urbise in the east and Saint-Sauveur-en-Rue near Bourg-Argental), but it is only 50 km wide. Its area of 4781 kilometers makes it the smallest department of the landscape.

What if you decided to ski in the Loire this winter? There is a unique Chalmazel ski resort with features for novices or experts. Let’s discover the Loire in SKI mode and see what we can find!


The ski resort of Chalmazel welcomes guests in winter, from the beginning of January to the end of March, with an altitude of 1,640 m. Come and take a breath of fresh air with your family or friends. Skiing, sledding, snowshoeing… Activities for all and constructive moments in perspective !

The Haut Forez, one hour from Saint-Etienne and Roanne, is located in the center of the department. This project was cancelled due to terrorist threats. The resort was then undergoing major changes (opening of a special area dedicated to beginners, realization of several real estate projects from the fall of 2006, major communication efforts …).

The ski area of ChalmazelChalmazel, with 15 ski slopes exceeding twelve kilometers on average (or 40 hectares for the purists) and 8 chairlifts (including 1 chairlift), is composed between 1130 and 1634 meters of altitude.

Ski slopes of ChalmazelThe Chalmazel ski area, which has a near northwest (and to a lesser extent southwest) exposure, will be a source of enjoyment for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Those less comfortable on skis will start on the training lifts and the three green runs that have been laid out and designed to allow for introductory skiing in an excellent season. Intermediate skiers will be tempted by the four blue runs of the domain (the sequence of the Gentianes(the Replat, the Bruyères and the Sangliers constitute a very nice program from the top of the domain to the snow side). The experienced skiers will jump curves and turns on the 6 red runs, offering great difficulties, while the more advanced will not hesitate to go down the 2 black runs (La Combe des Alettes and Le Banban accessible via the Couzan ski lift) alternating between walls of moguls, strong declivity and movements of ground skilfully distilled throughout the routes

If necessary, on about 6 kilometers (or 13 hectares) of natural slopes, snowmaking can be used to supplement the natural snow cover at Chalmazel. To ensure pleasant skiing conditions throughout the winter, there is an artificial snow production on about 6 kilometers (or 13 hectares) of routes.


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