Areches Beaufort Ski Resort

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Areches Beaufort ski resort
Areches Beaufort ski resort
Areches Beaufort ski resort
Areches Beaufort ski resort

Areches Beaufort Ski Resort

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  • Areches Beaufort Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,080m - 2,320m (1,240m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (14)
    1 Gondola
    4 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to April
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 50km
    Longest run - 11km+
    Advanced - 30%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Ski Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Adult - €32.30
    Child - €27.80
    Child u/6yr - Free

Areches Beaufort Ski Resort France

A surprising ski resort in the mountains of the Savoie between Albertville & Mont Blanc, Arêches Beaufort has an enviable snow record and enough tasty terrain to please most powder seekers. A hefty skiable vertical (particularly if skinning up to the Grand Mont summit), reasonably modern lift system, low crowds and a super-cheap lift pass price should be enough to temp us to check it out!

Before we do, scope out the possibilities on the Areches Beaufort ski trail map.

Pros & Cons for Areches Beaufort Ski Resort

Pros

  • Can receive loads of snow in the right weather conditions.
  • Long skiable vertical of 1,240m on-piste, & potentially over 1,600m off-piste.
  • Some of the Savoie’s best off-piste freeride routes.
  • Good range & diversity of on-piste trails for all abilities.
  • Incredibly affordable lift pass.
  • Quiet, uncrowded slopes & backcountry.

Cons

  • Public transport access by bus from Albertville is limited.
  • Low elevation base village may not have natural snow for part of winter.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Authentic French Alps villages.
  • Mix of modern gondolas & chairlifts and older chairs & surface tows.

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lift & Terrain

The Areches Beaufort skiing & snowboarding cold, shaded north-aspect terrain is one of the region's best kept secrets. Off the beaten path to the main 'industrial' ski resorts in the Haute Tarentaise (think La Plagne, Les Arcs, Tignes etc), the resort is one to remember when searching for untracked after a storm. Within a short skin from the upper lifts at Col de la Forclaz, glorious 1,600m vertical descents are possible from the Grand Mont summit (2,687m).

Split into two separate ski sectors by a deep valley, the 50km of piste runs & terrain is linked by ski trail, gondola, and free ski bus! Above Le Planay (1,200m), two chairlifts and a superfluous surface-tow serve 930m of skiable vertical below the Col des Combettes (2,130m). Near the base, a novice area is available for learners. Above the other sector at Areches (1,000m), the full 1,240m of vertical is available from Col de la Forclaz (2,320m). Novices can learn mid-mountain at Le Cuvy (1,710m). Freeride descents in either sector can include everything from open alpine meadows, steeps, chutes/couloirs, and tree runs.

The ski lifts at Areches Beaufort are a mix of new and 'not so new but not ancient'! A recent addition is the new 'Le Bois' 10-person gondola linking the Le Planay base to the Areches mid-mountain station at Le Cuvy. The Le Planay sector has a modern suite of chairlifts & surface tows dating from 2007-09. The lifts are older in the Areches sector. Access is via chairlifts, with upper terrain only served by surface tows.

Where is Arêches Beaufort France?

The Areches-Beaufort ski resort located above the village of Areches (& just up the road from Beaufort!) in the Savoie region of the French Alps, only 24km (30min) drive northeast of Albertville.

The closest gateway airports are Geneva (GVA) (120km/2hr by road) and Lyon - St Exupery (LYS) (162km/2hr by road).

The recommended mode of travel is rental car direct from the airport, or if already in the Savoie and hunting out a sneaky powder day. Driving a rental car is easy from Albertville.

Getting to the region is possible by combination train & bus, but the limited bus service requires some planning. Trains to Albertville from Geneva airport generally take less than 3hr with a change at Geneva city & Chambéry. From Lyon airport, the journey takes over 3hr to Albertville, with a change required at Lyon city & Chambéry. Buses to Areches are on the route 21 (or A1) and run between 2 and 5 times a day, depending on the day of the week and the time of the year. Check here for the Albertville to Arêches bus timetable (in French).

Anyone with an unnatural aversion to public transport or driving on winter roads may want to consider looking at a private transfer, particularly if in a group of 3 or more people.

Search & book here for all airport transfers to Areches-Beaufort.

once in the local region, a free ski bus runs throughout the day in winter, linking the village of Beaufort to the two ski bases at Areches & Le Planay.

For hints, tips & warnings about getting to France ski resorts in winter, see our Travel in France page.

Areches-Beaufort Accommodation

The accommodations available near the ski lifts are two-fold. The authentic mountain village of Arêches, at the base of the Grand Mont chairlift provides the majority of local hotel, guesthouse & apartment lodgings. Further up the hill at the base of the Piapolay chairlift & the new Le Bois gondola, Le Planay has a limited number of apartments & chalets for holiday rental.

A third alternative is nearby Beaufort. It has a few decent hotel and apartment options plus can be a worthwhile 'middle-ground' location if combining skiing at the Les Contamines ski resort via Hauteluce. Beaufort is linked to the ski resort by a free ski bus.

Search for the best local places to stay via our Areches-Beaufort ski accommodation listings page.

Ski Rentals & Equipment

Ski rentals are available in four locations (including next the Grand Mont chairlift base) at Areches village via our local partners. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Areches Beaufort Ski & Snowboard Rental page.

If you need a new ski outfit comprising modern jacket, pants, gloves & goggles, Areches Beaufort is one of the French ski resorts served by our local partner ski clothing rental company, Ski Chic. Order online & your ski outfit is delivered direct to your accommodation at the resort.

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Review

The Powderhounds will review Arêches Beaufort in the near future. More information about this European ski resort will come after we visit. Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, new photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Areches Beaufort

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder & Reblochon Freeride Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE FREERIDE POWDER SKI TOUR
6 Days | 5 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Be guided to the best Savoie freeride powder (& Reblochon cheese) in the Tarentaise' most authentic ski resorts. Discover Areches Beaufort, the Powderhounds favorite of Sainte Foy & the huge descents into Villaroger at Les Arcs. Join a fixed date tour or create a custom tour to suit your best dates & group size.....
Price p/p From price based on 6 days/5 nights twin-share lodgings in low season, minimum group of 5 people.
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USD 1,398
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