Visitor reviews for Les Saisies Ski Resort
January 16, 2015
Egbert-Jan from Netherlands
Les Saisies is a great place to stay and to spend your ski holiday; we are regular visitors. There are lots of very pleasant local restaurants in the village and all over the ski area. Within the new centre, aquasportife Le Signal, there is a bowling bar restaurant called Le 1650. We have spent our last evening there and can not recommend the place. The visitors of the bowling are 'owning the place'. Compared with the restaurants in the village the food was too little and the price too high. The view of our place next to the panorama window was blocked by a pile of chairs. The floor manager gave us the advice, after we made our remarks, to choose another restaurant the next time. We will!
Les Saisies Ratings
Overall: 4.3. Based on 16 votes and 15 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 Les Saisies.
Public Transport: 4.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Les Saisies, (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 Les Saisies, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.9
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Les Saisies.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.8
(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 Les Saisies, (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) Les Saisies is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Les Saisies 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 Les Saisies, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Les Saisies 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) Les Saisies 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 Les Saisies, 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: 4.8
(1) Les Saisies 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: 4.6
(1) The staff at Les Saisies are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Les Saisies 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: 4.6
(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: 4.8
(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: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Les Saisies 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 Les Saisies, (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: 3.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Les Saisies, (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 Les Saisies, (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) Les Saisies has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(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: 4.1
(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: 4.2
(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, Les Saisies 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, Les Saisies 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.
October 27, 2013
Alan pilkington from United Kingdom
53 years young, been snowboarding for 2 years. Les Saisses was my first time on snow. Absolutely awesome; can't wait to go back.
February 04, 2013
Pete Stringer from United Kingdom
I was very suprised by the variety and quality of the snowboarding at the resort. There are so many different types of slope to enjoy that I have yet to explore all of them. The groomed slopes range from easy greens to challenging blacks which, though shorter than more famous resorts, do challenge people at their own level. If you enjoy off-piste then that ranges from wide areas of shallow un-groomed snow between the pistes (good to learn on without fear) to short runs in deep snow with trees to add interest. There are loads of little jumps or fun features on every run on which to play. In the many years I have now come here, I have never yet felt the need to explore beyond Les Saisies nor really felt that I have measure of all of the runs. A bonus is the beauty of the scenery and the relative inexpense of the excellent ski lifts; some 30% cheaper than the bigger resorts. I am an older boarder being in my mid 50's so the younger boarders, who enjoy the big jumps that are now beyond me, might find the place a bit tame but certainly anyone who wants a mixed bag of fun requiring various levels of skill will not be disappointed by what they would find here.
January 08, 2013
Jeremy from United Kingdom
If you are in the Les Saisies Domain try Le Refuge Restuarant in Bisanne 1500. It is on the slope just past number 3 marker on Le Planay. Open day and night. This season, it is under new management who are very friendly as are the staff. The food is amazing and reasonably priced even by Les Saisies prices.
January 24, 2012
Gordon from United Kingdom
Les Saisies is somewhat of a secret that the French have kept, up until recently. There is only 1 hotel in the resort so the tour companies don't use it and as a result it's popular with families using the growing number of apartments.
Ski snobs will usually decry the lack of absolute height or lack of challenging runs but the resort's proximity to Mont Blanc means that snowfall is as good as many higher resorts, and there are challenging runs to be found all across the Espace Diamant if you care to look.
We always return with relief to Les Saisies whenever we visit the mainstream ski resorts. The infrastructure is continually being improved so lifts are modern and queues almost unknown. Pistes are groomed well and frequently. A big plus is the way that on the majority of the peaks there is a black, a red and a blue piste leading down to a common lift so a party of mixed abilities can ski together all day.
December 04, 2011
roland from Ireland
Really nice resort for family and beginners, but good skier must give away it's a bit flat.
I booked this season at the MGM Hameau du Beafortain and my ski équipment by skiset.com with - 30% great deal .
February 22, 2011
Mitch from United Kingdom
I recommend "Les Saisies"
I will be back next year.
February 14, 2011
Fred from France
"Les Saisies", Savoie (France), is a family resort where there is always snow. I love this resort where there are slopes for all levels, and for the whole family.
I recommend you to try the snowmobile and the tandem flight paragliding with the shop "sport 2000 Les Volatiles", a ski rental shop, very friendly and professional.
March 27, 2010
Huw from United Kingdom
Many think Les Saisies is flat but if you have the Espace Diamant area pass it is a vast resort with great tree lined runs, off-piste, especially over at Praz and unbeatable views. Snow is usually better than nearby and queues unheard of. Huge cross-country domain at Les Saisies as well and lots of walking paths if you want a day off from skiing.
December 16, 2009
jeff from France
Les Saisies is a mediun ski resort but with the "Espace Diamant " it's now bigger. Very friendly for family, easy and secure slopes access for kids, where they can go to the ski school. Try to go to Piccard sports they are normally the closest to many appartements and English is spoken in the shops. Many Belgians and Dutch are now in Les Saisies and a little bit of English and Irish.