Formed by four sun-drenched villages, the pretty and picturesque resort of Vars also known as "Vars la Forêt Blanche" is a real paradise for snow sports enthusiasts or nature lovers. Winter and summer alike, this authentic resort in the Southern Alps has some great surprises in store for you. Think about your ski rental in Vars or your snowboard rental to live an unforgettable holiday!
Ski hire Vars : professionals at your service
In Vars, don't hesitate to hire ski equipment at the best prices as soon as you arrive in the resort. Downhill skiers, cross-country skiers and snowboarders will find here equipment in excellent condition. The professionals at Vars can advise you on equipment hire in Vars, will help you find the best deal in ski rentals. They will also advise you on equipment packs and on the snowboard rental to suit your needs and budget.
Don't forget to book your Vars ski pass. The resort offers different formulas valid in the different ski areas. Family or student ski passes offer preferential rates up to the pedestrian pass to use the Chabrières telemix or the Vars Sainte Marie chairlift.
VARS SKI AREA
Once you have booked your Vars ski hire and your Vars ski pass in your pocket, the resort unveils a vast ski area suspended at 1650m/2750m over 1100m of vertical drop, evolving among a splendid forest of larches. Skiers have access to around fifty ski lifts (chairlifts, gondola lifts, etc.).
In winter the resort offers 185 kms of ski runs, i.e. 115 signposted itineraries for all levels (21 green, 45 blue, 40 red and 10 black runs). The vast majority of these slopes are at an altitude of over 2000 m, so they benefit from optimal snow cover throughout the winter season and provide everyone with an intoxicating feeling of freedom in the heart of unspoilt nature.
In addition to these circuits reserved for downhill skiers, there are 45 km of snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails in the middle of a breathtaking landscape.
VARS, THE FASTEST RESORT IN THE WORLD!
Since 1991, the resort has also owed its success to its KL (kilometre launched) run located in Vars-Chabrière. Together with the Verbier piste in Switzerland, it is one of the only two pistes approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation) and is therefore sufficiently safe to be authorised to exceed 200 km/hour. Skiers enjoy 1220 metres of descent at a dizzying speed and a 700-metre finish area.
VARS: FOUR HAMLETS FOR ONE VILLAGE
The village of Vars, suspended at an altitude of 1850 m, brings together several mountain hamlets, some of which are very old. They stretch along the road to the Grandes Alpes and are situated within a perimeter of 1000 to 1800 metres around the centre of the resort. These hamlets, where Vars ski hire is available, are linked by a free shuttle bus. They are :
- Saint-Marcellin, the first and oldest village,
- Vars Sainte-Marie, gateway to the estate,
- Vars Sainte-Catherine, on a mountainside,
- Les Claux, the centre of the resort created in 1962. Set in a larch forest, this small hamlet at the foot of the Crêtes de L'Eyssina is equipped with all the service facilities of a winter sports resort.
The Vars valley is renowned for the charm and authenticity of its traditional habitat, listed as part of the heritage of the Hautes-Alpes in 1946, and for the beauty of the site where mountain pastures, meadows and larch forests mingle.
THE ACTIVITIES OF A LIVELY RESORT
On the sliding side, the resort has no shortage of activity possibilities. Riders of all levels can find themselves in one of the six snowparks of the resort under the watchful eye of a specialised instructor. For the little ones, there is a tobogganing area and related activities as well as a snowmobile circuit to give them their first sensations. The resort rivals in imagination day and night to offer you unforgettable moments such as night skiing and freestyle sessions on the Ecrins piste. In the company of a high mountain guide you will also taste the wonderful sensations of off-piste skiing and for extreme skiers, incredible descents on the Eyssina and Chabrières ranges!
Are you coming with your family or friends? Don't miss dog-sled rides or adult snow scooter rides! The resort also invites you to live an igloo adventure through a unique one-night experience in this strange habitat.
Among the other must-see attractions in Vars, don't forget to visit the ice cave, which each year houses around thirty sculptures in snow or crystal ice, ephemeral masterpieces whose theme changes every year. Other family activities await you in other Alpine resorts such as Les Orres. Thanks to our online offers, ski at low prices by booking your Risoul Ski rental.
EATING, GOING OUT AND TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF IN VARS
Vars moves day and night! Once you've put away your Vars ski pass and ski spatulas, you can go out to eat in a restaurant at the foot of the slopes or have a drink in a piano bar with a cosy atmosphere and a very mountain spirit. There are also discotheques where you can enjoy the atmosphere on your favourite playlist.
After a day rich in sensations, enjoy moments of relaxation and well-being by taking care of yourself with massages, spa or sauna sessions... Some good addresses with a refined and relaxing atmosphere are waiting for you! A number of activities are organised throughout the season, including regular torch-lit descents. The highlights of the ski season are certainly "Vars en Scène", the now unmissable musical event at the beginning of winter in the mountains or the Urban Jib Arena, (April), an event not to be missed which mixes snow sports and music with free concerts in the heart of the resort! Every year, at the end of the season (late March/early April), the "Vars Speed Masters" are also organised, aiming to beat speed records. This event contributes greatly to the fame of this Southern Alps ski resort.
VARS IN SUMMER: A LOT OF SUMMERY ACTIVITIES
The Alpine rivers around the resort are ideal for white water sports such as rafting, canyoning, whitewater swimming, airboating, canorafting.... The spectacular setting of the Val d'Escreins nature reserve, one of the most beautiful scenery in the Alps, also lends itself ideally to all kinds of land and air activities. Mountain biking, via-ferrata, climbing, archery, tree climbing, hiking, orienteering, paragliding... are just a few examples of the activities on offer in Vars during the summer months. Take the pass road that winds its way between the villages to admire a nature show on the summits.
Did you know that it is possible to go tobogganing in summer? In Vars, the "luge du Caribou" is a must-see attraction for your holidays. This sledge on double rails makes you twirl around on the 1027 m of a track which alternates a lot of incredible figures at high speed.
HOW TO GET TO VARS?
From Paris: Take the A6 motorway to Lyon then the A43 to Grenoble. Then choose the direction of Briançon via the Col du Lautaret or Gap via the Col Bayard then Guillestre to Vars. From Marseille: Take the A51 motorway to Gap/Tallard, then follow the direction of Briançon, Guillestre, to Vars.