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Vars, a mountain village, composed of 4 hamlets

Vars is a village composed of of 4 hamletsincluding this one of Les-Claux where is located its ski resortwith a majority of the accommodation for tourists.

The hamlet of Saint-Marcellin is the historical hamletsthe one that had the church of villageand the most inhabitants, with its old farms. Nevertheless, this hamlet has been gradually depopulated, to the benefit of Les Claux, where the ski resort was built in the 60’s.

Thus, you have two possible atmospheresthose of a old mountain village, but where you won’t have the ski slopes on foot, and the more animated and recent resort of Vars Les Claux. It is rather a village of residence of tourism, of a respectable size, in which you will find all the startsand servicesThere are also many restaurants and bars that are open for business. There are also many restaurants, and bars, which are open in high season.

A resort with a huge leisure area

To enjoy the pleasures of the mountains, nothing better than the great spaces. The Vars resort has a vast 185 km of skiable area of slopes, shared with the resort of Risoul. Moreover, it is nestled in the middle of splendid forests of larch forests in a preserved environment. It is partly for this reason that Vars has become a very popular resort. coveted.

Beyond its modern city center, Vars offers all the comfort of a great winter sports resortwith the latest ski lifts. Vars is also known for its speedway, where the many speed records have been brokenbut accessible only to professional skiers.

Located at an altitude of 1850 m, its ski area ensures a quality snow coverage during the whole winter, and goes up to 2750 of altitude. In addition, there are also some facilities like the snowpark very famous on the social networks, as well as the possibilities of off-piste skiing.

Vars in winter

The four villages of the resort allow to have a perfect moment of relaxation and wellness. The sun is often at the rendezvous and the animations proposed in the station are adapted to the families. All this, under the majestic bars rocky bars of the Eyssina. It must be said that there is no lack of beautiful landscapes in this resort because at its summit, you can also have a breathtaking view of the lake of Serre Ponçon.

In all, the station has 116 trails served by 51 lifts. The 1100 m of difference in altitude offer a great variety that allow skiers of all levels to find the the pleasure of skiing.

Vars in summer

Vars is not only a winter destination. It is also one of the stages on the Great Alps Route, the same one used by Napoleon.

It is a choice stop to appreciate a bouquet of nature, with the freshness of the climate mountaineer during the summer heat. Occupying a privileged position, one can also taste the mountain dishestypical of the region.

In summer, you can try the ATV or at the hiking with the 200 km of paths. It is also possible to climb the Vars pass, in bike road, which is itself borrowed a few times by the Tour de France.

The ski area of Vars – Forêt Blanche

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Vars
Commune Vars
Massif from Ecrins to Queyras
Department High Alps
Mountain Southern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 185
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) : 100
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 8
Name of the ski area Risoul-Vars La Forêt Blanche
Connected station(s) Risoul
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 650
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 750
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 2 200
Total vertical drop of the domain (in m) 1 100
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 180
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 4
Number of blue trails 30
Number of red trails 30
Number of black runs 8
Total number of downhill ski trails 72
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts 15
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 6
Detachable Chairlifts 4
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 1
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 26
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 5
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 18
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa Yes (summer only)
Trails accessible by foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 525
Slogan of the station Vars, the White Forest
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station: Montdauphin Guillestre
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 739
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list of the ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 42 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 210 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 100 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 50 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 520 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 730 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 1 140 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 681 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 3 050 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 3 850 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 183 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 385 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 9
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the stay rate / 10 9,75
Rating of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 8
Note on the diversity of activities offered (except skiing) / 10 7
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 7
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 7
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 8,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 8,0
? Ranking according to ? 29th position out of 232 stations in France

Vars in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Vars?

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

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing : this activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort and its surroundings. You will have the opportunity to discover the beauty of its nature and admire its landscapes.

Sledding: This activity will allow you to take advantage of the sledging slopes of the resort. You will have the opportunity to enjoy with your family or friends the sensations of sliding on nearly 2 kilometers.

Cross-country skiing Cross-country skiing : this activity will allow you to enjoy sliding sensations off the beaten track. You will be able to enjoy unique sliding sensation and wild landscapes.

Sled dogs This activity gives you the opportunity to enjoy the unique sliding sensations offered by a sled pulled by dogs throughout the resort and its surroundings.

  • What are the activities in summer in vars ?

The resort of vars also offers many summer activities like :

Hiking Hiking : this activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort at your own pace. You will have the opportunity to admire its landscapes in summer and to discover its nature.

Cinema This activity gives you the opportunity to watch a movie with family or friends. You will be able to spend a privileged moment.

Tyrolean traverse This activity gives you the opportunity to enjoy the thrill. You will have the opportunity to enjoy descents at full speed.

MOUNTAIN BIKING This activity allows you to discover the resort in a new light. You will be able to take advantage of its relief by descending its slopes and will also be able to admire its landscapes.

  • What to visit in and around Vars ?

Among these places that you must visit in the resort of vars, we can mention : les Bains de Vars, Col de Vars, vars la Forêt Blanche, le Col du Parpaillon.

  • Where to eat in Vars ?

The resort of vars proposes several restaurants among which we can quote The Chalet du Torrent, The Cabin, napoleon shelter var.

The resort of vars offers many different accommodations such as La Coulette, Serendipity Hotel, Hotel Le Parpaillon.

  • How big is the ski area of vars?

The ski area of the resort of vars has a size of 100 kilometers, divided into 72 tracks. Among these slopes, the longest measures 3.5 kilometers. It also has 18 kilometers of cross-country skiing.

  • What is the altitude of vars?

This area has an altitude between 1650 meters and 2750 meters high.

  • What is the price of the vars package?

Their packages start from 42 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental in vars?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 520 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 730 euros.

  • Does the resort of Vars have a bike park?

Yes, it has a Bike Park with a length of 27 kilometers for 10 trails, the longest of which measures 7.5 kilometers.

  • How to get to Vars by train ?

You can easily get there by being at the Montdauphin Guillestre train station. Then you can take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of vars ?

The postal code of the station of vars is 05560.

  • In which department is vars located ?

The resort of vars is located in the department of Hautes-Alpes.

  • Does the resort of vars have a tourist office?

The resort of vars is part of the tourist office of vars It is located at Cours Fontana rosa, 05560 Vars, France.

  • Are there any webcams on vars ?

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

  • Where to find information about the weather in vars ?

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

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

At vars resort, the 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 vars ?

Yes, it is at the address Allée Paul Charlot 05560 Vars.

What is’s opinion about vars?

Bottom line, gives an average score of 8.03 to the resort of vars, which places it in 29th position in France. Its strong points are : domain size vs price 9,75/10, average snowfall 9 /10valuation of internet users 8,5/10.

Map of the ski slopes of Vars

Vars - Map of the ski area
Vars – Map of the ski area
Vars - Risoul - Ski Area Map
Vars – Risoul – Ski slope map
Vars - Snowshoeing and hiking trails
Vars – Snowshoeing and hiking trails


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