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Visitor reviews for Aussois Ski Resort
April 20, 2013
Jon Partridge from United Kingdom
Just got back from Aussois for a 5 day mini holiday with very young family. My 2 boys loved the nursery in the morning while my wife and I skied. Then had great family time in the afternoon. Great value, lovely people. The only thing a little odd was the pizzeria and creperie next to the mainlift didn't sell pizzas or crepes.
Would definitely go back.
Overall: 4.0. Based on 8 votes and 4 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Aussois.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Aussois, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Aussois, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.4
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Aussois.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.2
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Aussois, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Aussois is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Aussois relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Aussois, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Aussois are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Aussois is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Aussois, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 3.9
(1) Aussois usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.9
(1) The staff at Aussois are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Aussois are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.4
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Aussois has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Aussois, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Aussois, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Aussois, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Aussois has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.9
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.6
(1) Overall, Aussois is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.6
(1) Overall, Aussois is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 09, 2012
Sean from Belgium
Been to Aussois twice, just came back (Jan 2012). The only other resort I've been to is Garmisch-Partenkirchen (also twice).
I am a beginner skier. The ski instruction was excellent (private lessons from ESF guy named Denis; taught me well)! You can have English instruction as I did.
Some have already commented it is great for families - I would have to agree very much. I have a 6 y/o and 4 y/o that enrolled in the ski school there - it is amazing to see my 6 y/o skiing now (she has attended the school on three occasions).
The atmosphere is small town for sure! If you appreciate a place off the beaten path for a genuine Alps feel, while also having everything you need well within reach, this is great! The views are breath-taking. Fantastic - and not bustling, fast-paced, dodgy. Really, you can bring the kids and feel at ease!
I reference my brochure now (I just returned from Aussois) - there are 5 "very difficult", 7 "difficult", 6 "intermediate level", and 6 "easy" pistes at this resort.
At welcome center for skiing, English help avail, but with any vacation in France don't expect everyone to speak English (like Germany or NL). During my visit there were mostly Italian and Dutch tourists, so language should not be a hang up. I encountered less than five native English speakers in the whole week - that may be a plus for some wanting a "get away."
We stayed in a caravan camping area "La Bouidonerre" - anyway look up info if you have a caravan to travel and love skiing and family it is great! Can't speak for hotels but clearly there are plenty places to stay there judging on what I saw traveling by the bus. The bus is great - but it can get packed - not to worry the bus drivers know what they are doing - but it can get crammed some.
January 24, 2011
Nick Tier from United Kingdom
This is a friendly, small, typically French resort. Don't go to Aussois expecting nightlife or 50 different black runs, but do go if what you want is a tranquil, largely queue-free, bargain ski experience. I went with our children (6 and 9) - it was their first time - and we could not have asked for a better place to be.
The resort rises to nearly 3000m and has loads of snow cannons, so snow is reasonably guaranteed. You can ski out of the apartment block (les Flocons d'Argent) to the lifts less than 100m away. If you book the accomodation through goelia.com, they can arrange lift passes at a reduction. All the runs eventually return to this one area - so no military-style planning required to work out how to get home via 15 lifts.
If your French is a bit rusty (or non-existent in my childrens' case!), then your options for ski school might be a bit limited; better to arrange personal lessons as we did - 5 two-hour sessions worked out at around 300 euros, and it was with a proper ESF instructor.
In short, 4 of us went during the first week of the season - December 18 - 25. Accommodation, lift passes and lessons cost under 1500 - and that's total, not per person.
Was the snow less good than at somewhere costing 3-4 times as much? I doubt it.
Go and enjoy!
April 05, 2010
Theresa from United Kingdom
This is an excellent ski resort for families wanting a budget ski break. We've stayed here, at Aussois, twice now and we've not been disappointed. I recommend Les Flocons des Argent for doorstep skiing - good basic accommodation, we booked direct on the internet. The skiing is great for beginners and intermediates, but advanced skiers won't find much to keep them interested. There are a very limited number of slopes to ski too - great for mums like me letting their teenage sons ski without supervision, and the ski pass is very cheap. The chairlifts are fast and efficient, we have never queued. We liked the atmosphere of the village too - it's very French and not at all touristy. There are only a couple of restaurants and we could only find one bar, but there was lots to do in the area. Aussois is highly recommended for families.