Val d’Allos, France
Val d’Allos is a ski area situated in the southern alps which became a resort in the 1930s. The area is comprised of three different resorts: Val d’Allos 1400 (Allos), Val d’Allos 1500 (Le Seignus) and Val d’Allos 1800 (La Foux). The resorts are all fairly similar, but it is worth noting that Le Seignus is situated nearer to the slopes, whereas La Foux is more spread out, which could be a factor in deciding which one to stay in.
How to Get There
The nearest airports to Val d’Allos are Nice, Turin and Marseille.
- Nice is 139 km away, with a journey time of about 2-3 hours. Flights are available from bmibaby and Jet2.
- Turin Airport is 220 km away, with services from British Airways (Gatwick), EasyJet (Luton) and Ryanair (Stansted).
- Marseille Airport is 240 km away, with services from bmibaby (Birmingham), EasyJet (Gatwick, Liverpool), Ryanair (Stansted, Prestwick, Edinburgh, Birmingham), and British Airways (Gatwick).
If driving from Marseille Airport, the journey should take no more than three hours. Follow the highway, take the exit at Les Méés and the resort is found 100 km from the exit. The journey from Nice should not take longer than two hours.
The drive is pleasant, and the Upper Verdon Valley is particularly stunning, especially as you drive past Colmar les Alpes. However, be warned that between November and April the Allos Pass is closed and instead you will have to drive from the south via St. André les Alpes.
If you are particularly enthusiastic and want to drive from Calais, the distance is around 1,100 km, which should take you between 11 and 12 hours.
The nearest station to the resort is Digne les Bains. The best way to reach this is from Marseille station, which itself can be reached on a high-speed train from Paris.
Who The Resort Caters For
The three resorts in Val d’Allos cater for a wide variety of guests, and each resort has its own particular feel:
Val d’Allos 1400 (Allos): this resort is older and has a more traditional feel to it. In terms of skiing, it is particularly popular for those who want to take part in cross-country skiing.
Val d’Allos 1500 (Le Seignus): this is a good family resort. It includes the Snow Playground, a fantastic resource for beginners as it provides lessons for those who have never skied before. It is also a good choice if you would like to go on a snow-shoe hike.
Val d’Allos 1800 (La Foux): this is a quiet resort, comprised entirely of wooden chalets. It is very attractive, and there is also a nightclub and a few restaurants. Although après-ski is not great, if nightlife is an important factor of the trip then simply head over to Pra-Loup which is a lot bigger and livelier.
Although each resort has its own specialities, it will be possible to take part in a range of activities wherever you stay. These include ice skating, riding on snow scooters, snowshoe walks and cross country skiing amongst others. There are also crèches available in all resorts, and ski schools are available wherever you stay.
What Accommodation the Resort Offers
Although the accommodation is mainly made up of small chalets, there are a number of hotels available.
- At 1400, Hotel Plein Soleil has 15 rooms and Hotel Pascal has 14 rooms.
- At 1500, Hotel Franz has 25 rooms.
- At 1800, Hotel Le Toukal has 11 rooms and Hotel La Source has 15 rooms.
Details of all of these hotels can be found here.
For chalets, check out Turner Chalet which is a popular choice for small groups.
For self catering and holiday homes, you can find a large selection at Holiday Rentals.
When combined with Pra-Loup, Val d’Allos has a total of 230km of slopes on offer. As far as the individual resorts go:
Val d’Allos 1400 has 20 km of pistes and a large amount of cross-country skiing available.
Val d’Allos 1500 has 47 km of pistes and contains slopes for all levels, being made up of four black, five red, four blue and two green runs. There is also the option of cross-country skiing through the forest.
Val d’Allos 1800 contains 160 km of pistes, mainly for higher-level skiers, and is where you will find good links to Pra-Loup. It is made up of three black, fifteen red, nine blue and five green runs.
- Altitude: 1400 m – 2600 m
- Pistes: 230 km
- Ski lifts: 32
- Green runs: 21
- Blue runs: 36
- Red runs: 48
- Black runs: 8
- Snow cannons: 153