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Besse Ski Resort Guide

Besse, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length45km
Highest Lift1,850m
Resort Height1,850m
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Lyon St-Exupéry
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The Auvergne in central France is the first region to receive the winter snow brought in by weather depressions from the west. The slopes at Besse-Super-Besse offer skiing on extinct volcanoes, with extensive cross-country in the foothills. The runs themselves are in a natural, almost treeless bowl, accesible from the top of the gondola. One of Europe's biggest ski areas outside the Alps.


The French ski resort of Besse is at an altitude of 1,850m, with 45km of marked runs.

Besse has direct access to 45km of downhill skiing, with 25 marked pistes, served by a total of 22 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,850m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.


Besse offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Besse offers some good boarding and there is a Snow Park in Besse.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Besse?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Besse.

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Snow Forecast by day for Besse

Ski Area Stats

Besse Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 7km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 9 26km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 9 7km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 5 5km
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Besse Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,850m
Resort Altitude (Besse)1,850m
Lowest Piste1,050m
Max Vertical800m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Besse
Intermediate Skiers

Besse Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Ancolie'.

Location and Map

Where is Besse?

This ski resort is in Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Besse is Grenoble, 80 minutes drive away.

Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Annecy, Turin Caselle and Saint-Étienne airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 22 ski lifts are able to uplift 20,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 23km of ski runs, with 240 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Besse open?

 Opened : 1 January 2021.

 Closed : 28 March 2021.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Besse, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Besse Tourist Office for the latest.

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