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Ski in Espace Diamant

A family-friendly ski area in the heart of Mont Blanc massif.

Winter season 2023/2024

This season, the slopes of Les Saisies are open from 23rd December to 19th April.

Ski in Les Saisies | Emerald Stay

Espace Diamant Ski Domain

Espace Diamant is six ski resorts, nestling in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, with breathtaking scenery, top-of-the-range accommodation, and slopes for all abilities... The area is one of France's favourite ski holiday destinations.

A view of a snowy mountain range with trees in the background

Why ski in Espace Diamant?

If the Espace Diamant has built up a solid reputation, it's primarily thanks to its many accessible slopes across the six resorts that create the area. Green, blue, red, or black runs: there's something to find for every level.

Winding through forests and mountains, offering uninterrupted views of spectacular scenery, these slopes guarantee an unforgettable experience for all winter sports fans!

Espace Diamant is:

  • 192 km of skiable terrain

  • 167 runs, including: 

    • 31 green runs

    • 73 blue runs

    • 52 red runs

    • 11 black runs

  • 82 ski lifts

  • 5 snowparks

  • 3 boardercross

Located between the Val d'Arly and Beaufortain massifs, the ski area rises to an altitude of between 1,000 and 2,069 metres. This privileged geographical location means it can offer optimum skiing conditions throughout the season. In addition, hundreds of snow cannons ensure that the resort is always fully active, which makes it a true paradise for all winter sports fans.

Riding a snowboard down a snowy slope

Where to ski in Espace Diamant?

When it comes to finding the best ski itineraries in Espace Diamant, the choice is yours.

The six village resorts offer a wide range of interconnected ski routes. Experienced skiers will be drawn to pistes such as Les Fettus, La Legette, and Les Chardons, all accessible from Les Saisies.

From Les Saisies, you can also take the Palette Piste to Crest-Voland Cohennoz, or take the Baches piste to go the other way.

There are easy slopes for beginners and more challenging slopes for experts. Though wherever you choose to go, you'll find a warm and welcoming environment to spend your holiday.

The ski lifts will take you to snowy areas further afield. The Rosieres cable car, for example, will take you to Bisanne 1500, where you can enjoy a magnificent panorama facing Mont Blanc.

Cross-country skiers can opt for the Les Baches lift to Mont Lachat in Crest-Voland Cohennoz.

Walking through a snowy forest with your kids

With the kids

Espace Diamant also offers children a fun playground to enjoy during the winter season, with a wide range of activities to offer and lifts adapted to their smaller size specially designed for them. They can discover the pleasures of skiing and the mountains in ways that suit their experience and age.

At Les Saisies, the youngest skiers can enjoy their first mild slopes in the Espace Debutant, a secure area equipped with fun facilities. The Montagne des Elfes is also a fantastic area for your children to explore. Giant mushrooms, tree-trunk tunnels, banked bends, and a host of other modules make up this magical area.

Thrill-seekers of all ages can also have an unforgettable time on one of the 9 Waoulands spread around Espace Diamant. Here, the idea is to have fun as a family on a course where whoops, tight bends, springboards, and other natural obstacles await you.

In Praz-sur-Arly, the Opoualand fun run is for children aged six and over. Dedicated to the under-12s, this is a fun-filled learning environment with plenty of attractions, where the youngsters can practise their skills in games of skill, gantries, slaloms, and more.

They'll also have the chance to discover the hidden mysteries of the mountains, such as safety on the slopes, snowdrops, and mountain echoes. And the good news is: the Opoualand webcam will immortalise your children's exploits so you won't miss a moment of their progress!

Riding a snowboard down a snowy slope

Other winter sports

Skiing isn't the only reason to choose Espace Diamant as your holiday destination. Other winter sports are available in the area's resorts. In Praz-sur-Arly, you can enjoy the incredible sensations of the Yooner, a light and comfortable machine that lets you play on the mountain's hills. 

Snowscoot is another fun activity to enjoy with friends and family, with available introductory courses in Flumet. This snow scooter is suitable for all members of the family. 

For those who don't feel brave enough to put on skis, snowshoes are a good alternative for exploring the snow-covered landscape. In Crest-Voland Cohennoz, you can try out the Skibob, a kind of bikeski, to discover the slopes more easily than on skis.

For a great time with friends or family, Espace Diamant offers you access to the Mountain Twister, a toboggan ride on rails. With 800 metres of crazy descents, acceleration, waves and bends, the boat will give you an incredible, adrenalin-fuelled experience

Other services, such as snowboarding lessons and introductory ski touring courses, are at your service at various Espace Diamant resorts.

Skiing down a snow covered slope

Freeride version

Experienced skiers will have plenty of opportunities to go off-piste. The Les Saisies ski area offers a number of freeride possibilities: the Bisanne sector, for example, is a good place to find interesting itineraries. There are easy off-piste runs and others for more experienced freeriders.

On the Hauteluce side, the Lanches slopes are perfect for those who like sharp slopes. If you're staying in Praz-sur-Arly, you'll find the ideal off-piste routes at Ban Rouge. The Crêt du Midi is a classic for off-piste enthusiasts.  

Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe is one of the best spots for freeride skiing. Thrill-seekers will be delighted by its crazy slopes. The Vores massif is packed with slopes, crossing forests, streams and incredible plains. And for the more cautious skiers, the Mont Rond sector also offers some great, more relaxed rides.

The Chard du Beurre piste, accessible from Les Saisies resort, gives you access to a number of different itineraries, depending on your preferences. If you're brave enough to climb to the top, you'll be rewarded with a 360° panoramic view.

A mountain covered in snow

Nordic version

The Espace Diamant, awarded the Site d'excellence 4 sapins label by Nordic France, has some of the finest runs for cross-country skiers. Renowned as one of the largest in France, the Les Saisies Nordic ski area was used as a backdrop for the 1992 Albertville Olympics.

You can let yourself be carried through forests and wide plains over a total distance of 120 km and discover a panorama of magnificent scenery. The longest slope, at Les Saisies, offers a 22 km walk in a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

The Espace Diamant Nordic ski area caters to all levels of skiers, from beginner to advanced. For beginners, there's a choice of green runs: 1er Trace Lachat (1 km), Belle Nature (3 km), and Chemin des Écoles (4 km). If you're more the daredevil type, you can venture out on the 8.5 km Évasion or 11 km Grand Aventure blue runs. Finally, the 22 km Justine Braisaz black run will fulfill even the most experienced skiers.

In Praz-sur-Arly, a beautiful cross-country skiing loop has been created on the Arly plain. The terrain is flat and sunny. As cross-country skiing becomes increasingly popular, there are plenty of shops where you can hire your skis.

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