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15 km South of Guillestre via the D902 road

Discover Vars mountain resort in the Southern Alps

Population : 637 inh. - Altitude : 1,850 m.

Vars Hautes Alpes

Vars shares the skiing area of Foret Blanche with Risoul, offering skiers 180 km of ski runs. Vars-La Foret Blanche is one of the high mountain ski resorts with the best snow cover in France, where all the surrounding peaks, belonging to the massifs of Ecrins and Queyras, are over 3,000 metres in altitude. In addition it benefits from the bright light of a climate that is definitely Mediterranean.

Vars ski slopes

With its 104 ski runs and its 45 km of cross-country routes, its permanent high-speed skiing stadium and its half-pipes, Vars is a paradise for the experienced winter sportsma. But less strenuous leisure activities are also on offer, such as excursions in sledges pulled by dogs, or even better a little relaxation session in the "cool zone", an area where game consoles have been installed, and you can listen to music, relaxing in a deck chair !


If you're interested in nature you can don snow shoes and go off to discover the winter wildlife and vegetation. Trees are transformed into larders for squirrels, and housing for whitecoats. You can also go round the botanical trail at the Val d'Escreins nature reserve to observe the different animals and plants.

Finally, Vars also boasts a famous pass, perched at an altitude of 2100 metres, a stopping point along the mythical Route des Grandes Alpes. The Napoléon Refuge standing by a lake has a story to tell. It was built in 1855, 34 years after the Emperor's death, in accordance with his testament; paying posthumous homage to the region for the reception it had given him on his return from the island of Elba.

What to see

Col de Vars (2,108 m).
The Val d'Escreins Nature Reserve: from Guillestre, take the D902 heading for Col de Vars.
Just before St Marcellin, take a little road on your left signposted to the reserve (car park charge).

Leisure activities

Downhill skiing : 57 ski lifts, 104 ski runs including 10 black, 37 red, 40 blue, and 17 greens.
A permanent speed-skiing stadium.
Nordic skiing: 45 km of ski runs, 20 km of Nordic routes 8 ski runs- 35 km of routes for walkers and snow shoe excursions.
Snowpark (Boarder Cross, "jump area", half Pipe), Snowmobile trips.
Toboggan areas. Dog sleds. Waterfall ice climbing. Skating rink.
Hang-gliding. Games room, Internet areas.
Helicopter (air baptisms).
A "Cool Zone " which is a relaxation area with games consoleswhere you can listen
to some music while lolling on a deckchair, drinks machines and barbecue facilities.


Charming wooden chalet hotel, located in the heart of the resort on the slopes. Restaurant, sauna, terrace, snack bar, rooms with balconies with mountain views

150€ - 280€

Holiday rentals

Studio at the foot of the slopes with one bedroom, flat-screen cable TV and a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave. You can enjoy mountain views from the terrace, which also has garden furniture. You can change in the flat's dressing room. The Studio offers a ski rental service, ski-to-door access and a ski pass sales point. You can ski in the surrounding area.

Vars carte.
Vars Hautes Alpes.
Village de Vars.
Vars randonnée.
Vars église.


Guillestre (15km) and Mont-Dauphin (20km).

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