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Puy St Vincent, France

Puy St Vincent ski holidays

Established in 1937 the French ski resort Puy St Vincent lies at 1400 metres altitude in the Hautes - Alpes region of the French Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2750m the area is snow sure. Over 64 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 15km of trails, which equates to around 40 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Puy St Vincent is Turin / Torino at a distance of 130km or approximately 90 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

Located in the largest park in France, the 92000 acre 'Les Ecrins', Puy Saint Vincent is a year round purpose-designed centre split in to two resorts at 1400 and 1600 metres. Very wide raging facilities, including a night-skiing piste.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 6 runs ?km
17%  Intermediate Trails
 14 runs ?km
58% 
Advanced Trails
 12 runs ?km
35%  Expert Trails
 2 runs ?km
7% 

Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Puy St Vincent 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 Puy St Vincent snow history.

Beginners
Intermediate
Advanced/Expert
Snowboarders
Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Snow-Sure
Ambience
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) €156 - €172
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensDec 2020
Resort ClosesApr 2021
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs 75km
total length of Puy St Vincent trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 2.8km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation NE
direction Puy St Vincent area faces
Top Altitude 2750m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 1400m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 1400m
centre of Puy St Vincent ski resort
Vertical Drop 1350m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 1350m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Puy St Vincent web cams
Nearby resorts:

Montgenevre

Serre Chevalier

Skiing in Puy St Vincent

34 pistes and trails means approximately 75km of runs. 13 Puy St Vincent lifts have capacity to transport 13609 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 2.8km.

The mountain has 17% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 58% intermediate, 35% advanced slopes and 7% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 1.7km Carmen run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. You can ski Puy St Vincent after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.

Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Puy St Vincent

Of the 13 ski lifts, 6 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Puy St Vincent is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 0 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 0 metres), 1 quarter pipe and 1 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Puy St Vincent Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

3 apres ski bars 12 restaurants 0 bowling 1 night club 1 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 2 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Archery, Ice Climbing, Sun Dial Spotting, Snakeslide, Snowshoeing, Cinemas, Skidoo School, Honeyhouse.

SNO-man says

On the snow quad bike tours are available at the base of the slopes as well as snowmobiling and dog sledding. At a slower pace, snowshoe tours and ice climbing are also offered and 25km of pathways are kept clear for walkers. In neighbouring Val Louise ski-joring - being towed behind a horse on your skis, is a possibility. At both resort bases there are ice rinks and toboggan runs and you can race down the slopes on a snake slide - a modern multi-person sledge. In L'Argentiere La Bessee there's an indoor swimming pool. Paragliding is available to discover our mountin with another view. Another unusual but less alarming attraction is a visit to the Observatoire Astronomique de Briançon for an astronomy lesson.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Puy St Vincent" by any other name

The French resort is also known as Puy St Vincent Massif des Ecrins and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Puy St Vincent 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. Puy St Vincent has slopes facing NE.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Puy St Vincent, France

Puy St Vincent day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Puy St Vincent has a very strong reputation for families thanks to a combination of excellent facilities and a laid back, family friendly atmosphere. The resort has been awarded the French government's 'Kid Resort' and 'Famille Plus' labels in recognition of this. Children from age 18 months to six years are cared for in Les Marmottons nursery at 1400 or Les P'tits Loups at 1600. For children aged three and older both ski schools in the resort offer a special snow garden with their own lifts and fun terrain features along with specialist staff. There is also a free house play area for children aged under six accompanied by their parents. An unusual extra option is a mini club available for children aged six to 12 on most days of the week which offers lots of activities such as trips with a piste basher, studying animal life and other educational, fun activities. The tourist office can also provide a list of baby sitters, and you can find baby changing area in Puy Saint Vincent 1600m. Along with skiing together; ice skating, tobogganing, cinema, crepes and pizza all make for a great family holiday too. Even the Briancon observatory offers special visits for children aged five and six. There's also a free games room for children age six and up accompanied by their parents.

4 stars out of 5 overall    

Puy St Vincent Shopping

Puy St Vincent shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

Shopping is spread throughout the resort. In 1600 there are four ski shops, a supermarket, bakers, laundrette, newsagent, photographic shop and a crafts shop. At 1400 there are ski shops in Les Pres and les Alberts whilst crafts outlets including The Bee Kingdom (honey centre) and a wood carvers studio are in the old village of Le Puy. There's a supermarket and newsagents in Les Pres. There are post offices in 1400 and 1600.

Puy St Vincent value for money gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Puy St Vincent

Puy St Vincent hire shops - overview of all shopping in Puy St Vincent

Shopping is spread throughout the resort. In 1600 there are four ski shops, a supermarket, bakers, laundrette, newsagent, photographic shop and a crafts shop. At 1400 there are ski shops in Les Pres and les Alberts whilst crafts outlets including The Bee Kingdom (honey centre) and a wood carvers studio are in the old village of Le Puy. There's a supermarket and newsagents in Les Pres. There are post offices in 1400 and 1600.

Puy St Vincent ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Puy St Vincent

Puy St Vincent ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole du ski Français and has 90 teachers teaching in English, French, Italian, Spanish and taking students from a minimum age of 3.? www.esf-psv.com 233511

Puy St Vincent for beginners         gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Puy St Vincent for intermediates  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Puy St Vincent for expert skiers   gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Puy St Vincent for snowboarding  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Puy St Vincent

Puy St Vincent snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Puy St Vincent: 30km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 11.5km     Intermediate XC Trails: 16km   Difficult XC Trails: 2.5km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 1     Toboggan Run Length: 2km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Puy St Vincent

Puy St Vincent snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 2 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 10 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 1

Snow mobile Rental: 1 Toboggan Run Length: 2km Paragliding schools: 1

Puy St Vincent non skiing facilities also include Archery, Ice Climbing, Sun Dial Spotting, Snakeslide, Snowshoeing, Cinemas, Skidoo School, Honeyhouse.


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