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Skiing & Snowboarding in Arêches-Beaufort

Arêches-Beaufort is a typical Savoyard village located half way along the road from Albertville to Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Nestled between 1080 m and 2300 m in the Beaufortain Massif range, the resort isn’t super high but it has a good snow record nonetheless, and spectacular views over the mighty Mont Blanc.

Family friendly, it’s great for kids with easy skiing through the forest and a decent snowpark. Powder hounds will have their fill in the easily accessible backcountry terrain that doesn’t get tracked out in the first five minutes like some bigger resorts.

Arêches Beaufort Ski & Snowboard Guide

Freestyle
Pistes
Epic off-piste skiing through the trees. Traditional Alpine village atmosphere.
Pistes won't challenge experts. Low altitude means short season. Drag lifts.

Elevation

Summit 2320 m

Vertical Drop 1240 m

Base 1080 m

Lifts (13)

Cable Cars 0

Chair Lifts 4

Drag Lifts 9

The Snowboarding

Freeriding After a dump of snow Arêches Beaufort is freeride heaven. Think powder pillows through the trees.

Freestyle The Woodpark snowpark is well stocked with rails and jumps. Access from the Sapinière piste.

Pistes 29 pistes covering 50 km and some excellent beginner and advanced intermediate runs.

Beginner Pistes 11

Intermediate Pistes 2

Advanced Pistes 12

Expert Pistes 4

Total Riding 50 km

Location Map

Practical Information

Resort Opening

17 December to 07 April

Resort Prices

29.40 € Day Pass, 146.90 € 6-Day Pass

Nearest Airport

Chambéry-Savoie Airport (1 h 13 min)
Grenoble-Saint-Geoirs Airport (1 h 54 min)
Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (1 h 55 min)
Geneva International Airport (2 h 16 min)

Tourist Office

Office de Tourisme d’Arêches Beaufort
Route du Grand Mont
73270 BEAUFORT
France

Phone: +33 (0)4 79 38 37 57
Web: www.areches-beaufort.com
Email: info@areches-beaufort.com

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Arêches-Beaufort Skiing & Snowboarding Gallery

  • Piste skiing in Arèches-Beaufort

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Arêches-Beaufort Skiing & Snowboarding Videos

Arêches-Beaufort is a haven with 50 km of downhill skiing and as the resort is above 1200 m, you can ski straight back to your choice of après. It is a very family-friendly resort attracting the 'Family Plus Montagne' label which denotes that it is one of the most popular destinations for a family holiday.

A free shuttle bus called 'SKIBUS' ferries skiers between the three villages making up the domain; Beaufort, Arêches and Le Planay.

The Skiing and Snowboarding

The numerous winding trails throughout the picturesque wooden chalets which overlook the outstanding Mont Blanc offer refreshing and relaxing cruising. Arêches-Beaufort is divided into two parts; Le Grand Mont and Le Planay. Skiers and boarders of all levels can get their freestyle on to their heart’s content at the well stocked Freestyle Snow Park - the Woodpark - which crosses the Boarder Baby Cross.

There are also large areas dedicated to freeriding, the beautiful backcountry is surely some of the most picturesque in the region. Every person will find something that they will love, though it may lack some serious challenge for expert skiers.

Marcot-Beaufort, with its long flat trails are perfect for the beginner. Or check out Le Bersend – easy skiing with a sneaky peak into the local wildlife in action - animals such as deer, chamois, foxes and weasels roam about freely in this area. Great for nature lovers and kids in particular will get a super bang out of this.

Where to stay

In terms of hotels there is a decent selection of options. Hotel Christiania is a simple two star hotel which is located at the centre of the village with just a five minute walk to the lift. Hotel Le Calgary is a cozy three star hotel. It was built in the 1990 and has forty bedrooms, spa, indoor pool and children’s playroom – perfect for families.

Where to eat

For food in Arêches-Beaufort check out Les Arolles where you can enjoy delicious soup in rustic comfort. L’Alpage is a yet another cozy and rustic restaurant featuring log burners where you can dry your gloves and, hats and jackets while eating. Their specialty is creamy tartiflette and two course plat du joir. La Ferme de Victorine has been owned by the same family since 1923. It used to be a bar, which then became a grocery shop. Now, it is a restaurant which serves simply scrumptious meals.

Après

There is lots of lovely, family based après – visit local farms and learn how their local wine and cheese are made. There are carriage rides, snow or ice races and snowshoe races. There isn’t so much in the way of wile piste-side partying but you should be able to find a cosy bar or two to while away the evening.

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