Skiing in Puy St Vincent

Situated in the beautiful and protected National Park ‘Des Ecrins’ Puy St Vincent really is a little hidden gem. Puy Saint Vincent is renowned for its accessibility, its child friendliness and number of beginner ski slopes, as well as for its free ride and off-piste skiing

Puy St Vincent has a good range of skiing up to 2750m with a 1350m vertical as well - snow cover is good due to north facing exposure and there is good snow-making cover.  In addition to skiing, it has many activities to offer linked to its geographical location at the foot of the Barre des Écrins such as winter mountaineering and ice climbing in some exceptional sites.

In 2008, the family resort defied France’s largest ski resorts by participating in the pre-selection process for the 2018 winter Olympic Games.

Getting here - fly, drive or take the train:

The resort can be reached from Turin or Grenoble airport or the train stations at Briancon or Oulx. If you need details on driving directions, transfer options or train times - do get in touch.

Skiing in Puy St Vincent

A traditional original village, newer comfortable accommodation developed in keeping with the surroundings, family friendly and a selection of pistes for all levels, what more could you ask for on a great family holiday?

Benefitting from its own little micro climate, Puy St Vincent enjoys snow sure slopes with more than average numbers of sunshine days over the winter months.   Additionally, overlooking the valley of Vallouise and staring straight up towards the Ecrins glaciers, the views really will take your breath away.

The original village is situated at an altitude of 1400m, the main commercial centre of the resort is at 1600m, and our properties are located piste side and ski to door at 1800m.

Doing More on holiday at Puy St Vincent

Whilst skiing and snowboarding would be the main reasons to visit, other mountain activities exist, including 40km of cross-country trails meandering through the forests between 1400m-2000m.  Also 20km of hiking trails are available throughout the winter months too.

Puy St Vincent is part of the Grand Galaxie ski area which includes neighbouring Pelvoux- Vallouise, Serre ChevalierMontgenevreLes Deux Alpes, and Alpe d'huez.  Whilst the 75km of marked ski runs will happily keep you busy during your stay, if you decided to self drive to Puy, take advantage of the fact that a lift pass of 6 days or more gives you access to a day's skiing in one of these resorts too.

Thanks to lighting, the Prey Sabeyran and Landes slopes can be used for night skiing providing a 400m descent between Puy Saint Vincent and Puy Saint Vincent 1400m.

Naturally, 'traditional' après ski activities are also on offer including 2 ice rinks, sledging, paragliding, snowmobiles etc etc.  If all of this sounds far too tame for you, it is also possible to try out a popular local activity of ice climbing up waterfalls!!

In recognition of its family friendliness Puy St Vincent has been awarded the French 'Family Plus' label to recognise the resort as a child friendly holiday option. 

Even if you aren't travelling with children, a great ski holiday in beautiful surroundings is guaranteed, come along and discover it for yourself!

For non-skiers:

Other activities include paragliding, skidoos & dog-sledding.

Fat biking will be possible from the start of Les Près chairlift with a return via the shared trek-sledge slope during the day and at night by advance booking.

Getting here:

Fly to Turin for the closest airport - our transfers are generally shared transfers but if you prefer a private transfer, do let us know and we can quote for your group

Self-driving is excellent value (apartment prices include a crossing as standard) and we can also arrange trains from Paris or London - Briancon is the closest train station


Got some questions about the resort?

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Ski area

  • No of km skiing (local area): 75
  • No of km skiing (Grande Galaxie): 530
  • Snow cannons: yes
  • No of lifts: 16
  • No of km of cross country routes: 30
  • Green Runs:6
  • Blue Runs: 14
  • Red runs:12
  • Black Runs: 2
  • Altitude (min): 1400
  • Altitude (max): 2750

Ski Insurance

Ski insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if we can advise on a policy, do consider

MPI policy - it covers all the key areas

What we like

  • Perfect for families in holiday dates
  • Excellent value for beginners and intermediates

Do note January has some party weeks........

  • ...these are great too but not for the family market!

What we would change

  • Wish there was a closer airport - a good self-drive option

Ice Climbing

  • The Pays des Écrins is one of the most magnificent ice climbing sites in Europe with more than 300 ice falls created by freezing water. When winter comes, the narrowest valleys reveal their finest treasures. This is notably the case for the Fournel and Freissinières valleys.
  • Ruisseling, which is derived from this activity but more accessible, uses simple equipment such as spikes and a harness and makes it possible to progress through the natural setting in its frozen state.

Winter Mountaineering

  • This activity, which is provided by professional mountain guides, makes it possible to learn the progression and safety techniques necessary for high mountain ascents.
  • The idea is to cover mountain climbs that include ice and snow. For such activities, mountain guides offer individual and group outings.

Snowshoeing

  • A ‘slow attitude’ activity where, alone or with a mountain guide, you can discover the natural treasures such as frozen water ways or footprints left by the area’s wildlife. During the day or at night discover the pleasure of snowshoeing.
  • The Snake Gliss is a ‘snake’ of sledges linked together to hurtle off down the slopes. A fun way for all ages to end the day.

Open air ice rinks

The Pelvoux ice rink

At 1250 m is open every day except Wednesday and Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm outside of French school holidays and every day from 4 pm to 8 pm during French school holidays, depending on weather conditions. Skate hire: €1 - Entrance fee: €1

The Puy Saint Vincent ice rink

For a change of activity, let’s skate, at the foot of the slopes in Puy Saint Vincent 1600 m. Free entrance and loan of skates

  • Residence Parc aux Etoiles

    £84- £296

    (£pp on std occ)

    SELF CATERING APARTMENTS SLEEP UP TO 8 PEOPLE COVERED PARKING PAYABLE LOCALLY SKI TO DOOR WELLNESS FACILITIES

    These apartments offer a good standard of accommodation for today’s skier. Comfortable, spacious and piste side, what more could you want from a ski apartment?

    Within the complex guests will also enjoy the benefit of a local bakery, grocery and restaurant as well as an outdoor heated swimming pool. 

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  • Residence Le Hameau des Ecrins

    £87- £256

    (£pp on std occ)

    SELF CATERING UP TO 10 PEOPLE COVERED CAR PARK PAYABLE LOCALLY OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL

    These comfortable apartments are wonderfully located right next to the piste and just 800 metres from the main resort area.  

    These apartments offer great sunny views and a good standard of accommodation.  

    Ski holidays: The apartments are offered on a self-catered basis and include a channel crossing per apartment

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  • Residence les Gentianes

    £89- £360

    (£pp on std occ)

    APARTMENTS SLEEP UP TO 8 PEOPLE SELF CATERING COVERED CAR PARK PAYABLE LOCALLY SKI TO AND FROM THE DOOR INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, HAMMAM AND FITNESS ROOM

    Situated in Puy 1800, these apartments, built in local stone and wood, offer an excellent level of comfort and amenities during your stay.

    A great location right next to the piste, and an 800 metre walk into the resort station, these apartments combine the best of location, comfort and convenience.

    Ski holidays: The apartments are offered on a self-catered basis and include a channel crossing per apartment

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  • Residences La Dame Blanche

    £99- £310

    (£pp on std occ)

    SAUNA AND POOL SKI TO DOOR APTS THAT SLEEP FROM 4 - 10 SELF-CATERED

    These apartments offer excellent comfort for today’s skier. Comfortable, spacious and piste side, what more could you want from a ski apartment? How about the convenience of a local bakery, grocery and restaurant within the complex, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a fitness room and a sauna too? 

    Ski holidays: The apartments are offered on a self-catered basis and include a channel crossing per apartment

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