The ski resort of Risoul in France has built up a good reputation with families, Risoul shares its slopes with ... Read more
The ski resort of Risoul in France has built up a good reputation with families, Risoul shares its slopes with Vars and covers a ski area of 180km of piste. The village height is 1850m and has a ski range between 1660m to 2750m.
Risoul’s slopes are mainly north facing so generally holds its snow better than the sunnier linked resort of Vars. The ski area is one of the biggest in the Southern Alps, but is surprisingly not as well known as other similar resorts such as Les Arcs, but slowly the international market appears to waking up to the fact that Risoul rightly deserves more visitors.
Built in the late 1970’s when apartments where the first choice of the French visitors but despite this Risoul unlike many French purpose built resorts, remains attractive with wooden clad apartment buildings.
Ski Line offers a huge selection of apartments, limited catered chalets and a few hotels.
The night life in Risoul is better than many would expect, there are some friendly bars and a couple of clubs that stay open late.
Very limited! we suggest you look at other ski areas if you don’t want to ski or snow board. The attractive mountain town of Briancon is worth a visit.
The local ski area has a good central nursery slope and some excellent progression slopes some of which are long and enjoy good views.
The whole are is renowned as an intermediates paradise and nearly all the resorts runs around Risoul return via the village making the need to stop and check the piste map un-necessary.
Risoul offers little to attract experts, but there are a few steepish runs and some excellent off piste possibilities.
Snow boarders will enjoy the freeriding in the whole of the area, only total beginners need to take caution to avoid some of the drag lifts, some slow and steep!