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Auron

Auron Ski Resort Guide

Auron, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length135km
Highest Lift2,450m
Resort Height1,160m
 Nearest AirportsNice and Cannes
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Auron

An historic ski centre within easy driving distance of the Mediterranean. Good variety of terrain, all within the tree line and a wide-ranging list of non-ski alternatives.

Summary

The French ski resort of Auron is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,160m, with 135km of marked runs.

Auron has direct access to 135km of downhill skiing, with 40 marked pistes, served by a total of 24 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,450m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Auron?

The next notable snow forecast is 14cm, expected on 1 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Auron Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 8 33km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1746km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1553km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 2 3km
Downhill
Total Length
135km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
24

Altitudes

Auron Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,450m
Lowest Piste1,160m
Resort Altitude (Auron)1,160m
Max Vertical1,290m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Auron
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Auron Overview

Just 90km (56 miles) north of the Mediterranean and the city of Nice lies Auron, the skiing capital of the Maritime Alps. People have been skiing for pleasure in the valley of the Haute Tinee since the beginning of the 20th century but there has been a settlement here for hundreds of years. Although the resort amenities are up-to-the-minute for 21st century holidaymakers, the little town has managed to retain many interesting old features, most notably its 13th century church which is well worth a visit.

Since opening its first lift in 1937 Auron has developed not only the extent of its lifts and amenities but also its reputation until today it is known as a fairly glamorous resort. It is indeed very French and not surprisingly, given its proximity to the French Riviera, the resort boasts many celebrity patrons, including Jacques Chirac, Sacha Distel and Marc Chagall. And despite its southerly location and plentiful sunshine, its northly aspect ensures Auron has reliable snow; skiing usually lasts well into the month of May.

Quite apart from skiing, Auron, along with its sister community St Etienne de Tinee, has a vast array of non-ski activities, including sports, shops, restaurants & bars, museums and sights. The locals of Auron love a party and have several festivals during the year.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Auron is 5km long.

Skiing

The slopes of Auron have a north/north-westerly aspect which ensures a good snow coverage from early December to mid May. There are more than 130kms of pistes for all levels of skier. Two excellent beginners' areas, one at the middle station of the Chastellares and the other at the foot of the Secteur Colombier are perfect for novices.

With the help of the local ski school, beginners should soon be able to graduate onto some of the pleasant, cruising runs which wend all over the mountain. Intermediates, no matter what standard, will find many wide open routes to enjoy, while the more adventurous might want to challenge themselves in the area around the tiny, high altitude village of Demandols. For the expert skier, Auron has plenty to offer in terms of challenge and excitement with black runs to be found all over the resort.

The good snow fall also allows for some very fine off piste skiing, especially in the early months of the season. In terms of hardwear, the resort has 22 lifts; three cable cars (one which brings skiers up from St Etienne de Tinee to the main ski area), 9 chairs and 9 draglifts.

Scattered throughout the skiing area are 11 restaurants serving good French food and Provencale specialities.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

While Auron is not exactly a snowboarding mecca, there is much here for boarders to enjoy.

In 1999, the station opened a dedicated snowboard park with half pipe. In addition, the area has a network of motorway-like runs which are perfect for fast (and not so fast) carving and the steep descents from the Col du Bouchiet and the Secteur las Donnas will be tough enough to thrill most boarders.

Location and Map

Where is Auron?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Auron is Nice, 90 minutes drive away.

Cannes, Turin Cuneo, Saint-Tropez and Toulon airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 24 ski lifts are able to uplift 21,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 35km of ski runs, with 281 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Auron open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Mid 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 Auron, 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 Auron Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Auron

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Aprés Ski

There is plenty in the way of evening entertainment in Auron. Much of the informal, lively nightlife takes place in and around the many bars and restaurants, including piano and cocktail bars and two nightclubs. There is also quite a bit of family entertainment - the resort puts on shows such as concerts, circus acts and magicians.

Auron