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Vars consists of four small villages: Saint Marcellin, Sainte Cathérine, Sainte Marie de Vars and Vars les Claux. The pistes, lifts and most accommodations can be found in Vars les Claux at an altitude of approximately 1900 meters.
Vars is known for its 'Ski de Vitesse' competitions. Together with Risoul, Vars has the largest ski resort of the Southern Alps. Besides skiing, many visitors are attracted to the evening entertainment as well. There are different bars, restaurants, nightclubs and a cinema to keep you busy in the evenings.
Also if you would like to try something different during the day there are plenty of options like ice skating in the ice rink, parasailing, joining a torch tour or even dog sleigh tours.
La Fôret Blanche
In the Hautes Alpes, two ski resorts have combined together to form a ski area called La Forêt Blanche. If you like skiing in the trees this is the place for you!
Vars is the largest and most famous place of the two and consists of a combination of four small villages. Three of them are at an altitude of about 1650 meters. Risoul is a modern station and more suited to families.
Skiers can test their speed on the Kilomètre Lance, known as the fastest track in the world - see how fast you can go!
Surf Country, the largest snow park in Europe, with a fun park and a half pipe attracts snow-boarders and skiers alike and cross-country skiers find approximately 43 kilometers of trails.
To make it complete, there are various events held throughout the year so you will never get bored.
The capital of France is Paris
France is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).
The official language is French.
The euro (€) is the official currency of France
The local emergency number is 112.
Service charge (tip) in restaurants and bars :
It is not likely that the service charger will be added to the bill automatically. If you are pleased with the service you can round off or leave a tip of 10%.
The voltage is 220 and the socket is different compared to the general UK sockets. You can buy an European adapter in most airports and supermarkets.
A UK mobile phone should work in France. The setup for this may differ per provider, so it is best to inquire about this before hand.
Safety on the slopes:
In France, wearing a helmet is not mandatory but recommended (especially for children). In ski classes (for all ages), it is often compulsory.
You must be in possession of a valid passport in order to travel to France.
Food and Drinks:
Cheese, croissants, baguettes and wine! It is possible to drink tap water.
As a general rule, the shops are open on Monday/Friday from 09:00 to 19:00. However, some shops may close over lunchtime. On Sunday and Monday, a selection of shops are closed. Some supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings.
Christmas Day: 25 December, 2014 (Thursday)
Boxing Day: 26 December, 2014 (Friday)
New Year’s Day: 1 January, 2015 (Thursday)
Good Friday: 3 April, 2015
Easter Sunday: 5 April, 2015
Easter Monday: 6 April, 2015
Travelling by car:
Most motorways in France require you to pay a toll fee. The Pas Piccolo San Bernardo is closed the whole winter (November - June). Always check the locat weather reports before departing.
In some cities and towns it is obligaroty to have a "environmentsl sticker". It is not possible to buy these stickers en route. You will have to order them online before you leave home. French authorities advise you to print out the form and the confirmation of the sticker if it does not arrive at your home in time. You can find the form on:
Flight informationFlight packages are not available for this destination/resort. Please see the prices for self-drive packages (including lift passes) on the Prices and Booking tab on the yellow menu above.
Lift pass, lessons and material
The lift pass for children up to age of 4 and senior citizens from 75 years old is free. Children from 5 to 11 years old and seniors aged 65 to 74 receive discounts on the lift pass. These discounts will be automatically calculated in your package price. When you are entitled to the free lift pass, choose "No lift pass" when booking. The free lift pass and discounted lift passes can be picked up locally by presenting your ID.
On site there is a deposit of € 2 is required for the purchase of the lift pass.
A passport photo is not required.
When staying at Hotel Village Club du Soleil Vars, your lift pass for 6 days is included. It is not possible to expand it. Child and senior discounts do not apply.
The above fees and discounts are valid when booking with Sunweb. Other rates are used on site.
Ski and snowboard rental can be specified immediately upon booking.
When you book Gold or Diamond ski equipment you can exchange it once a week for free, for snowboard equipment or freeride skis (unavailable on weekends).
When you stay at Hotel Village Club du Soleil Vars is your ski equipment for 6 days is included. It is not possible to extend this.
The following materials can be booked:
This material is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. This material is particularly agile, so it makes turning and breaking easy. Parallel skiing is also possible with these skis.
This is ideal material for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The material is agile, but also suitable to cut corners sharp. Even at high speeds these skis provide great performance.
These skis and snowboards are made of high quality material, and are perfect for experienced skiers. This comfortable material is suitable on all track types and snow conditions.
These are high performance skis and snowboards with the latest technology, and are suitable for the most experienced skiers.
Tell our rental partner your exact requirements (eg off piste skiing) so they can help you select the right material.