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Vars Ski Resort Guide

Vars, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,750m9,022ft
Resort Height1,850m6,070ft
 Nearest AirportsTurin Cuneo and Turin Caselle
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The French ski resort of Vars is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,850m6,070ft.


Vars is part of the La Forêt Blanche ski area with access to 180km112 miles of downhill skiing, with 108 marked pistes, served by a total of 59 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Vars itself (64 pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other La Forêt Blanche ski resort of Risoul.

The ski resort itself is at 1,850m6,070ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,750m9,022ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


Vars offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Vars offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Vars.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Vars is 8km5 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Coni'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Vars?

The next notable snow forecast is 24cm10in, expected on 31 October, with around 41cm16in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Vars

Ski Area Stats

Vars Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
25km16 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

La Forêt Blanche Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
180km112 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Vars Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,750m9,022ft
Resort Altitude (Vars)1,850m6,070ft
Lowest Piste1,650m5,413ft
Max Vertical1,100m3,609ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Vars
Intermediate Skiers

Ski Hire in Vars

Ski Hire Shops in Vars.

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Location and Map

Where is Vars?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in La Foret Blanche, Hautes-Alpes.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Vars is Turin Cuneo, 129 minutes drive away.

Turin Caselle and Marseille Provence airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 33 ski lifts are able to uplift 51,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 14km9 miles of ski runs, with 9 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Vars open?

 Open from : December 11, 2021.

 Closes : April 23, 2022.

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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Vars, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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