La Bresse Hohneck
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Visitor reviews for La Bresse Hohneck Ski Resort
January 23, 2017
Leigh from Belgium
Great little low-level resort for a nice weekend or as a warm-up prior to a week in the Alps. But it has a short season and gets crowded at weekends. Night skiing is great fun and the slopes are empty.
The lift staff are friendly, but not active enough in encouraging people to step forward to fill free seats when the queues are long. Very annoying to be looking over a sea of heads and see the 6-seater go up with 2 people on it!
It could be worth coming here for a week as an absolute beginner or someone who doesn't ski every day, as it's likely to be pretty quite during the weekdays.
La Bresse Hohneck Ratings
Overall: 3.5. Based on 7 votes and 8 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 La Bresse Hohneck.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to La Bresse Hohneck, (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 La Bresse Hohneck, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Bresse Hohneck.
Ski in/Ski out: 2.8
(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 La Bresse Hohneck, (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) La Bresse Hohneck is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) La Bresse Hohneck relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at La Bresse Hohneck, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Bresse Hohneck 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) La Bresse Hohneck is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at La Bresse Hohneck, 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: 5.0
(1) La Bresse Hohneck 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: 4.3
(1) The staff at La Bresse Hohneck are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Bresse Hohneck 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: 4.2
(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: 4.6
(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: 3.3
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Bresse Hohneck 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 La Bresse Hohneck, (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: 2.8
(1) Not even a kicker at La Bresse Hohneck, (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 La Bresse Hohneck, (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) La Bresse Hohneck has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.2
(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: 4.2
(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: 3.0
(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): 3.7
(1) Overall, La Bresse Hohneck 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): 3.5
(1) Overall, La Bresse Hohneck 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.
February 16, 2015
Nick from Luxembourg
The scenery in this ski area is nice and strange also not what you see in the Alps. Unfortunately, the owners of this ski resort don't look like they respect their clients (and they are many!) Endless lines of people are waiting for the ski lifts which are old and slow, especially in the upper part of the hills. It's better if you are there around 08.00 so you can park close and avoid traffic in the tickets desk. But you have to wait until nine because your daily pass works from 09.00 to 16.00 and not before they have the sunrise ski 06.00 to 09.00. Messy. And the lines on the bottom at 09.00 are already big because people are waiting already.
If you want to stop for a coffee or lunch there are not many options and the chalets (except the main one) are dark and without view.
If I ever go there again I will prefer to do some mountaineering skiing than to spend my time waiting in a line for almost everything.
April 09, 2013
Rob S from United Kingdom
Good for small kids for a few days. I tried La Bresse Hohneck at Easter with two small children; last two days of the 2013 season. There were no queues to speak of, though a 10 minute wait for service at the ESF and lift pass office just the same. The car parks were full by mid morning and stayed that way. All calm on the slopes, which were well groomed and good for beginners. Fairly basic lifts, but a friendly lift crew. Kiddies' ski school garden has good facilites though lessons were officially in French - experience elsewhere with the kids suggests that this doesn't really matter. Not a lot locally for the more experienced skier or nightlife fiends but you can pass the time whilst the kids are at lessons.
December 28, 2011
Dominic Crouch from United Kingdom
I have had three holidays with an extended family of 12 people in February half-term and this place represents good value for money. I have skied Val Thorens, Val D'Isere and all the big resorts and I do a family holiday at la Bresse because it is so much cheaper. Yes, there are limited number of runs, yes, there are queues, but for not a lot of money we have had an enormous amount of fun.
January 17, 2010
Swiss Robin from Switzerland
Hi, am an English guy who's worked ski season's in France/Switzerland/Austria as a rep & resort manager, so hopefully I know what I'm talking about.
Went to La Bresse (La Bresse Hohneck) today, and the runs thenselves are pretty much ok, and yes I agree, it's an excellent place for a short ski.
A word of warning! Do not go there at weekends or in French school holidays. Leave well alone!
Today (Sunday) the place was bursting with thousands of French beginners on the lower slopes, many completely out of all control and many more not equipped correctly (saw one guy in jeans and a woman with a normal overcoat and 100s without hats/goggles or any form of eye protection; madness in the med/light and poor visability that was there today.
Basically, it's a death-trap on the lower slopes as you take you life in your hands picking a route through. In short:carnage. Ski La Breees (La Bresse Hohneck) at your peril!
February 08, 2009
Rik Lagey from Belgium
We had a weekend at La Bresse Hohneck with our company LBi and it was super. Excellent for a short-ski.