Established in 1907 the French ski resort Besse Super Besse lies at 1350 metres altitude in the Auvergne region of the French Massif Central. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 1830m the area is not snow sure. Over 240 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 23km of trails, which equates to around 50 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Besse Super Besse is Clermont Ferrand at a distance of 55km or approximately ? minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.
The Auvergne in central France is the first region to receive the winter snow brought in by weather depressions from the west. The slopes at Besse-Super-Besse offer skiing on extinct volcanoes, with extensive cross-country in the foothills. The runs themselves are in a natural, almost treeless bowl, accesible from the top of the gondola. One of Europe's biggest ski areas outside the Alps.
9 runs 5km
9 runs 7km
10 runs 26km
4 runs 7km
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|Value for money|
|Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)||€177 - €177|
|Resort Opens||Dec 2020|
|Resort Closes||Apr 2021|
|( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)|
|total length of Besse Super Besse trails|
|Longest Lift-Served Run||5.6km|
|longest piste or trail reachable by lift|
|Slope Orientation||E, S|
|direction Besse Super Besse area faces|
|top station of highest lift|
|bottom of lowest run|
|centre of Besse Super Besse ski resort|
|total descent from top lift to bottom piste|
|Skiable Vertical||^v 480m|
|can include extra hike up above top lift|
The mountain has 33% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 30% intermediate, 60% advanced slopes and 10% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 2.5km Ancolie run, with a steepness/slope angle of 80%. You can ski Besse Super Besse after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.
Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Rating for snowboarding gets 2 stars out of 5 overall
Off-Slope activities include:
Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
The French resort is also known as Auvergne, Massif de Sancy and has common misspellings:
The direction which the various Besse Super Besse slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.
- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Besse Super Besse has slopes facing E, S.
Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Besse Super Besse ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons
The official ski/board school is called Ecole de ski Français and has 63 teachers teaching in English, French, German, Italian and taking students from a minimum age of 4.? www.sancyvision.com 796175
Besse Super Besse for beginners gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Besse Super Besse for intermediates gets 4 stars out of 5 overall
Besse Super Besse for expert skiers gets 1 stars out of 5 overall
Besse Super Besse for snowboarding gets 2 stars out of 5 overall
Besse Super Besse snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports
Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Besse Super Besse: 118.5km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y
Easy XC Ski Trails: 12km Intermediate XC Trails: 68km Difficult XC Trails: 40km
Telemark Tuittion: Y Telemark Rental 0 Paragliding schools: 0
Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 1km
Besse Super Besse snow fun - off slope winter activities
Outdoor Ice Rink: 0 Indoor Ice Rink: 1 Balloon Flights: 0
Prepared Winter Walks: 34 Snowshoeing: 0 Hang Gliding : 0
Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 1km Paragliding schools: 0
Besse Super Besse non skiing facilities also include ?.