Risoul, France

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Risoul ski holidays

Established in 1970 the French ski resort Risoul lies at 1850 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 25 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 35km of trails, which equates to around 35 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Risoul is Marseille at a distance of 250km or approximately ? minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

Very pleasant for a purpose-built centre, Risoul has the largest doorstep skiing area in the Southern Alps, being linked to Vars. Pistes are usually quiet with lift queues a rarity, unlike the sun, which shines 320 days a year.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 10 runs 15km
22%  Intermediate Trails
 18 runs 38km
20%  Advanced Trails
 14 runs 25km
70%  Expert Trails
 3 runs 2km

Resort and Holiday Stats

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day)€165 - €165
Traditional Ski Village / Purpose Built Ski Resort
Resort OpensDec 2017
Resort ClosesApr 2018
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs80km
total length of Risoul trails
Longest Lift-Served Run2km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope OrientationN W E
direction Risoul area faces
Top Altitude2750m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude1850m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude1850m
centre of Risoul ski resort
Vertical Drop900m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical^v 900m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Skiing in Risoul

45 pistes and trails means approximately 80km of runs. 24 Risoul lifts have capacity to transport 22000 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 2km.

SNO-man says

The mountain has 22% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 20% intermediate, 70% advanced slopes and 10% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 1.3km Les Vautours run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Risoul

Of the 24 ski lifts, 15 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Risoul is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 2 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 100 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

SNO-man says

Rating for snowboarding gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Risoul Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

17 apres ski bars 17 restaurants 0 bowling 2 night club 2 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 0 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 0 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 0 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 0 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Snowscooter. Parapente, Snowshoes, Massages.

SNO-man says

Off the slopes Risoul's facilities are limited. There's an outdoor ice rink, cinema and a games room. You can also try out snowshoeing or go on a snowmobile excursion. Paragliding is available in neighbouring Vars. Horse lovers will also enjoy the new activity of ski joring, being towed behind a horse on your skis.

Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

"Risoul" by any other name

The French resort is also known as Risoul and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Risoul 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. Risoul has slopes facing N W E.

Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Childcare in Risoul, France

Risoul day and evening care plus snow ski schools and babysitting.

Children aged six months to six years are welcome at L'Espace Enfants daycare facility. This is located in the centre of the resort above the french Ski School. Children's Ski School and ski Kindergarten accepts kids aged 3 to 12 with a maximum of eight in each class. It runs from 9am to 5pm with lunch cover provided if required. Risoul has a special quad bike circuit for children to enjoy, but this is only available during the summer months. The Apart-hotel Village Club Leo Lagrange is one of the best family choices with a free crèche for children aged 10 months to three years, a mini club for children 3 to 6 and a further club for 6 to 12 year olds during the French school holidays. There's also a games room and buffet-style breakfast and dinner so kids can choose what they want to eat.

4 stars out of 5 overall    

Risoul Shopping

Risoul shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

Risoul's two dozen shops include the usual selection of sports outlets and supermarkets to serve the vast majority in the apartments. There's also two photographic stores, tobacconists cum newsagents, a pharmacy, sweet shop and three butchers' shops.

Risoul value for money gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Risoul

Risoul hire shops - overview of all shopping in Risoul

Risoul's two dozen shops include the usual selection of sports outlets and supermarkets to serve the vast majority in the apartments. There's also two photographic stores, tobacconists cum newsagents, a pharmacy, sweet shop and three butchers' shops.

Risoul ski rental shops value rating gets 2 stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Risoul

Risoul ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole de ski Français and has 110 teachers teaching in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and taking students from a minimum age of 3.esf_risoul_1850@wanadoo.fr www.esf-risoul.com 461922

Risoul for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Risoul for intermediates  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Risoul for expert skiers   gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Risoul for snowboarding  gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Risoul

Risoul snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

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

Easy XC Ski Trails: 15km     Intermediate XC Trails: 15km   Difficult XC Trails: 0km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 0      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 1     Toboggan Run Length: 0.2km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Risoul

Risoul snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 1 Indoor Ice Rink: 0 Balloon Flights: 0

Prepared Winter Walks: 0 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 1 Toboggan Run Length: 0.2km Paragliding schools: 1

Risoul non skiing facilities also include Snowscooter. Parapente, Snowshoes, Massages.

Risoul reviews, 4 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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