St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer
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Visitor reviews for St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer Ski Resort
December 29, 2014
The Snowminator from United Kingdom
Brilliant resort for hassle free skiing. Been going for a few years now with a group of mates. The resort is small and very quiet so hardly any queues. Must recommend La Licorne and great hospitality from Richard and the team there. Pere Bills is also great but always seem to get a fuzzy head the morning after.... can't think why :).
St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer Ratings
Overall: 4.0. Based on 11 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 St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (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 St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.9
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.6
(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 St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (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) St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer 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) St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.7
(1) If snow conditions are poor at St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, 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: 3.7
(1) St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer 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: 5.0
(1) The staff at St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer 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: 4.5
(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: 5.0
(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: 4.2
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer 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 St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (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: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (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 St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer, (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) St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.4
(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: 2.2
(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: 4.5
(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: 4.9
(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): 4.5
(1) Overall, St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer 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, St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer 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.
December 06, 2011
Sanks from France
Just to update...The Rufus is no more. The Efanle is a true dangerous bar, Avalanche a balance of bar and restaurant and Pere Bill more mountain restaurant with popular take away pizzeria. Take the telecabine to 2 very good altitude bar/brasseries -Chez Minet and La Licorne. The back run takes one to Belleveaux, charming small village where, on the way home is the "cow shed" a totally unspoiled 300 year old building and is just that! Le Tavaillon like to owner, Aristede, his potato beignets are sensational. Had great season last year with very well managed pistes and no crowds.
August 13, 2010
Anthony Carteford from United Kingdom
I'm sold. Now I've La Grande Terche St Jean d'Aulps in both Winter and summer. Very friendly, perfectly groomed yet deserted pistes, cheap lift passes, and the whole of the Ported du Soleil on your doorstep. In summer, walks where you can see no-one all day if you wish, mountain biking, bathing by freshwater lakes, plus the numerous festivals and activities for kids and adults alike. The recent change of ownership of Avalanche has raised their game significantly, and they along with the other restaurants have very reasonably priced theme nights during both seasons. Accommodation plentiful and all very close to the facilities. Small resort that isn't on a through road - perfect.
January 12, 2009
David Green from United Kingdom
St Jean d'Aulps/Espace Roc d'Enfer is a lovely quite resort with good skiing on all levels catered for. Rustic and charming La Grande Terche sits 10 minutes from Morzine/Le Gets. The village offers 3 restaurants giving a wide variety of local food to the epic 'Rufus Burger' and traditional stoned baked pizza's found at Rufus. Traditional food readily available and the local 'vin rouge' Gammay at the others.
Family friendly ski resort without the crowds.
March 31, 2008
P Mann from United Kingdom
Great resort! You've got the best of both worlds, a quiet resort with deserted pistes and no queue's on your doorstep or the hustle and bustle of the Morzine or Avoriaz 5 mins up the road.
March 31, 2008
PBE from United Kingdom
What a gem of a resort. It's so quiet: I was riding powder 3 days after any snowfall as it hadn't been tracked-out. The pistes are so quiet it's perfect to practice technique/tricks without fear of being taken-out. The only lift operators in France I've known to take to smile and say hello! The resort itself is small, so everything is on your door step - bars, restaurants, ski hire, lifts. Highly recommended.
March 20, 2008
Mister Brera from United Kingdom
Fabbo little resort. Loved every minute. No queues or crowds and passes v. reasonable. Pistes excellent with snow making. More challenging runs up the road @ Morzine/Avoriaz. Awesome food at the Pere Bill and Avalanche - not just pizzas but gourmet nosh as well. Enfanle bar v. wicked. Go do it!