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Brides-les-Bains Ski Resort

Brides-les-Bains Resort Guide

Brides-les-Bains, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Brides-les-Bains Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length600km373 miles
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Resort Height600m1,969ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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Brides-les-Bains at a glance

A traditional village beneath the Trois Vallées ski area, linked by a three stage telecabine to Meribél since the 1992 Savoie Olympics (when it was the Olympic village) . There are also a good range of shops, restaurants and a casino.

 When will it snow in Brides-les-Bains?

The next notable snow forecast for Brides-les-Bains is 11cm4in, expected on 24 May, with around 15cm6in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Brides-les-Bains Facts, Stats and Ratings

Brides-les-Bains Rated

Ratings for Brides-les-Bains
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Brides-les-Bains?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Brides-les-Bains
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Lowest Piste1,450m4,757ft
Resort Altitude (Brides-les-Bains)600m1,969ft
Max Vertical2,600m8,530ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Brides-les-Bains Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Brides-les-Bains
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 9 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
23
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
36
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 
Downhill
Total Length
600km373 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
196
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Brides-les-Bains Summary

The French Ski Resort of Brides-les-Bains is one of the larger Ski Resorts in France and has direct access to 600km373 miles of downhill skiing, with 274 marked pistes, served by a total of 196 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 3,200m10,499ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Brides-les-Bains Piste Map

Brides-les-Bains Piste Map
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Brides-les-Bains Overview

The old spa town of Brides les Bains was 'the Olympic Village' and thus home to the athletes participating in the 1992 Savoie Winter Olympics. It was linked by high speed gondola to Méribel on the Trois Vallées circuit as a result; there are no ski lifts at village level. It's 'real small town' feel contrasts with the internationally better known resorts up the mountain which include arguably France's choicest resort Courchevel, Europe's highest major resort Val Thorens and the modern resort of Les Menuires. It also offers better value accommodation than the altitude resorts and is quieter in the evenings, although as the main administrative and shopping centre for the Méribel Valley it is no sleepy hamlet.

The resort's status as a spa town dates back to the last century and continues to be a second string to its tourism bow, today with the emphasis on health and weight loss, often in conjunction with a summer of winter sports holiday, rather than as a curative treatment for ailments. The thermal resort at Thermes d'Orsi employs specialists and professionals including doctors, masseurs, dieticians and psychologists who can work out special weight loss and fitness programs, often involving a pleasurable dip in the 36º Celsius thermal pool at Salins a hydro massage and a visit to the mud bath.

Brides-les-Bains - On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Brides-les-Bains is 8km5 miles long.

Skiing in Brides-les-Bains

Brides Les Bains is one of the best placed resorts for exploiting the power of the huge Savoie Olympic Pass which was created after the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. The Pass is available for 6 days only and enables skiers purchasing a Trois Vallées pass to ski for one day in each of the other major vast ski areas in France's Savoie region, giving access to an incredible total of 1500km ( nearly 1000 miles ) of trails served by 600 lifts. So if you get bored with the mere 600km (375 miles) of trails directly above you in the Trois Vallées, you can spend a day at nearby La Plagne, Les Arcs or in l'Espace Killy (Val d'Isère and Tignes ski region). All of these resorts are up the mountain, so to make use of the Pass from them you have to get down the mountain before you can travel to the next resort.

The beauty of Brides is that it's already down on the main valley road so access to other areas is much quicker, and you can normally reach them through roadside gondola stations down in the valley also, rather than having to drive up to the resorts. The main down side of the resort's position is that, although well placed to access some of the best ski areas in the French Alps, none of them is on the doorstep.

The gondola ride up to the Trois Vallees takes 25 minutes and is included in the standard pass. It's best to use the gondola trip to plan your day's skiing in the world's biggest ski area as well as to apply sun cream and fine tune ski boot buckles.

The skiing itself? Well let's see, the world's biggest lift linked ski area, the world's biggest lift pass, more than 600km (100 miles) of trails for every level of skier, a 1950 metre (6400 feet) vertical, the chance to try almost every winter sport imaginable, year round glacier skiing. Trying to offer detail inevitably means leaving so much out and further study of the vast array of opportunities before you arrive is highly recommended.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Brides-les-Bains

Snowboarders have the same vast range of opportunities as skiers. Snowboarding facilities are constantly being upgraded at the nearest resort, gondola linked Méribel. Currently these include a halfpipe under the Adret chair with jumps and table tops and a new terrain park at Plattières II. The Trois Vallees have endless wide open pistes and off-trail powder fields to enjoy.

When is Brides-les-Bains open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Brides-les-Bains.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Brides-les-Bains.

Snow Making

Brides-les-Bains is able to make snow, on 55km34 miles of ski runs, with 458 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 196 ski lifts of Brides-les-Bains are able to uplift 243,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Brides-les-Bains?

Brides-les-Bains is in the French Alps in Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France.

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How to get to Brides-les-Bains

 By Air

The nearest airports to Brides-les-Bains are Chambery, Grenoble and Annecy. There are eight airports within three hours drive. Chambery is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Brides-les-Bains - Off the Mountain

Brides-les-Bains Aprés Ski

Nightlife in the resort is generally quiet and limited to hotel bars and a few other small establishments in addition to a cinema and two discothèques. If they wish, guests can choose to stay up the mountain at Méribel after skiing for a 'full-on' action packed evening. However the casino at Brides Les Bains casino draws guests back down the mountain to play roulette, black jack or the games machines.

The resort also stages classical, jazz and rock concerts as well as exhibitions and other entertainments at regular intervals.

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