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Besse Ski Resort Guide

Besse, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Besse Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length45km
Highest Lift1,850m
Resort Height1,850m
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Lyon Bron
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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.

Besse Summary

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.

Skiing in Besse

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

Snowboarding in Besse

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

Besse Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Besse?

The next notable snow forecast for Besse is 14cm, expected on 25 September, with around 31cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Besse

Ski Area Stats

Besse Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Besse
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 Altitudes

Besse Ski Area Height

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

Besse Rated

Ratings for Besse
Intermediate Skiers

Besse Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Ancolie'.

Location and Map

Where is Besse?

Besse is in Isère, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Map of Besse

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How to get to Besse

 By Air

The nearest airports to Besse are Grenoble, Lyon Bron and Lyon St-Exupéry. There are six airports within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Besse is able to make snow, on 23km of ski runs, with 240 snow cannons.

Besse Season Dates

When is Besse open?

 Open from : 19 December 2020.

 Closes : 10 April 2021.

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

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Besse.

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.

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Besse Webcams

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