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Besse Super Besse, France

Besse Super Besse ski holidays

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.

SNO-man says

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.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 9 runs 5km
33%  Intermediate Trails
 9 runs 7km
Advanced Trails
 10 runs 26km
60%  Expert Trails
 4 runs 7km

Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Besse Super Besse snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Besse Super Besse snow history.

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) €177 - €177
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensDec 2021
Resort ClosesApr 2022
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs 45km
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 Altitude 1830m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 1350m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 1350m
centre of Besse Super Besse ski resort
Vertical Drop 480m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 480m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Besse Super Besse web cams
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Skiing in Besse Super Besse

27 pistes and trails means approximately 45km of runs. 22 Besse Super Besse lifts have capacity to transport 20000 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 5.6km.

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    

Snowboarding in Besse Super Besse

Of the 22 ski lifts, 17 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Besse Super Besse is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 200 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 1 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Besse Super Besse Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

10 apres ski bars 19 restaurants 0 bowling 1 night club 2 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 1 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 1 indoor ice skating 0 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 34 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 2 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities ?.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Besse Super Besse" by any other name

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    

Main Ski School in Besse Super Besse

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    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Besse Super Besse

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

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Besse Super Besse

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 ?.

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