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Brides-les-Bains Ski Resort Guide

Brides-les-Bains, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length600km
Highest Lift3,200m
Resort Height600m
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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A traditional village beneath the Trois Vallées ski area, linked by a three stage telecabine to Meribél since the 1992 Savoie Olympics (when it was the Olympic village) . There are also a good range of shops, restaurants and a casino.


The French ski resort of Brides-les-Bains is in the French Alps at an altitude of 600m, with 600km of marked runs.

Brides-les-Bains is one of the larger Ski Resorts in France and has direct access to 600km of downhill skiing, with 274 marked pistes, served by a total of 196 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 3,200m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Brides-les-Bains?

The next notable snow forecast is 27cm, expected on 2 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Brides-les-Bains Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
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Number of Lifts


Brides-les-Bains Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,200m
Lowest Piste1,450m
Resort Altitude (Brides-les-Bains)600m
Max Vertical2,600m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Brides-les-Bains
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Brides-les-Bains Overview

The old spa town of Brides les Bains was 'the Olympic Village' and thus home to the athletes participating in the 1992 Savoie Winter Olympics. It was linked by high speed gondola to Méribel on the Trois Vallées circuit as a result; there are no ski lifts at village level. It's 'real small town' feel contrasts with the internationally better known resorts up the mountain which include arguably France's choicest resort Courchevel, Europe's highest major resort Val Thorens and the modern resort of Les Menuires. It also offers better value accommodation than the altitude resorts and is quieter in the evenings, although as the main administrative and shopping centre for the Méribel Valley it is no sleepy hamlet.

The resort's status as a spa town dates back to the last century and continues to be a second string to its tourism bow, today with the emphasis on health and weight loss, often in conjunction with a summer of winter sports holiday, rather than as a curative treatment for ailments. The thermal resort at Thermes d'Orsi employs specialists and professionals including doctors, masseurs, dieticians and psychologists who can work out special weight loss and fitness programs, often involving a pleasurable dip in the 36º Celsius thermal pool at Salins a hydro massage and a visit to the mud bath.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Brides-les-Bains is 8km long.


Brides Les Bains is one of the best placed resorts for exploiting the power of the huge Savoie Olympic Pass which was created after the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics. The Pass is available for 6 days only and enables skiers purchasing a Trois Vallées pass to ski for one day in each of the other major vast ski areas in France's Savoie region, giving access to an incredible total of 1500km ( nearly 1000 miles ) of trails served by 600 lifts. So if you get bored with the mere 600km (375 miles) of trails directly above you in the Trois Vallées, you can spend a day at nearby La Plagne, Les Arcs or in l'Espace Killy (Val d'Isère and Tignes ski region). All of these resorts are up the mountain, so to make use of the Pass from them you have to get down the mountain before you can travel to the next resort.

The beauty of Brides is that it's already down on the main valley road so access to other areas is much quicker, and you can normally reach them through roadside gondola stations down in the valley also, rather than having to drive up to the resorts. The main down side of the resort's position is that, although well placed to access some of the best ski areas in the French Alps, none of them is on the doorstep.

The gondola ride up to the Trois Vallees takes 25 minutes and is included in the standard pass. It's best to use the gondola trip to plan your day's skiing in the world's biggest ski area as well as to apply sun cream and fine tune ski boot buckles.

The skiing itself? Well let's see, the world's biggest lift linked ski area, the world's biggest lift pass, more than 600km (100 miles) of trails for every level of skier, a 1950 metre (6400 feet) vertical, the chance to try almost every winter sport imaginable, year round glacier skiing. Trying to offer detail inevitably means leaving so much out and further study of the vast array of opportunities before you arrive is highly recommended.

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


Snowboarders have the same vast range of opportunities as skiers. Snowboarding facilities are constantly being upgraded at the nearest resort, gondola linked Méribel. Currently these include a halfpipe under the Adret chair with jumps and table tops and a new terrain park at Plattières II. The Trois Vallees have endless wide open pistes and off-trail powder fields to enjoy.

Location and Map

Where is Brides-les-Bains?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Savoie, Rhône-Alpes.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Brides-les-Bains is Chambery, 56 minutes drive away.

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

Chambery is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 196 ski lifts are able to uplift 243,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 55km of ski runs, with 458 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Brides-les-Bains open?

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

Usual opening is mid 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 Brides-les-Bains, 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 Brides-les-Bains Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Nightlife in the resort is generally quiet and limited to hotel bars and a few other small establishments in addition to a cinema and two discothèques. If they wish, guests can choose to stay up the mountain at Méribel after skiing for a 'full-on' action packed evening. However the casino at Brides Les Bains casino draws guests back down the mountain to play roulette, black jack or the games machines.

The resort also stages classical, jazz and rock concerts as well as exhibitions and other entertainments at regular intervals.

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