Puy St Vincent
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Visitor reviews for Puy St Vincent Ski Resort
November 21, 2014
David from United Kingdom
Have been going to Puy for 14 years; visited around 20 times and only had 1 occasion when snow was not too good. That said it was mid April. The resort has expanded over this time and the facilities have improved. Great family resort for those who want to ski/board and then relax. Restaurants are improving and the ski instructors are fantastic. Most accommodation is basic but clean.
Puy St Vincent Ratings
Overall: 4.2. Based on 15 votes and 14 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 Puy St Vincent.
Public Transport: 3.9
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Puy St Vincent, (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 Puy St Vincent, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Puy St Vincent.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(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 Puy St Vincent, (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) Puy St Vincent is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Puy St Vincent relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Puy St Vincent, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Puy St Vincent 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) Puy St Vincent is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Puy St Vincent, 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) Puy St Vincent 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 Puy St Vincent are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Puy St Vincent 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: 4.7
(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: 4.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Puy St Vincent 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 Puy St Vincent, (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: 3.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Puy St Vincent, (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 Puy St Vincent, (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) Puy St Vincent has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.1
(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: 3.0
(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): 4.4
(1) Overall, Puy St Vincent 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): 4.4
(1) Overall, Puy St Vincent 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 30, 2013
Ewen from United Kingdom
Just back from a second year's Christmas skiing at PSV (Puy St Vincent). Stayed at Chalet Dame Blanche (1800m). Excellent position at the edge of a red run down to main 1600 hub, and quite easy to walk to access easier pistes down.
Snow depth, Christmas 2012, was phenomenal and resort fully open, but runs a bit icy. Less snow depth, Christmas 2013, and consequently not all of resort open, resulting in some queuing, but nothing excessive. Fresh powder on Christmas day transformed the place! As a family of intermediate and beginners we have yet to out-grow the place and its stunning scenery.
Fantastic family feel to resort; if you want bars and clubbing then look elsewhere. Instead, you get a friendly atmosphere; 60 instructors dressed in Santa outfits doing a torch lit procession down the mountain on Christmas eve!
December 23, 2013
Criddle John from France
We are presently in Puy St Vincent. Last snow fall on 19/12 and expecting snox again on 25/12. It is a resort suited for families with nice runs for kids and a couple of black run. Also freeride. Very good around the ski resort. We are staying in the village at 1400 m where there are traditional accommodations, hôtels and gites. A couple of gites are run by English families. Very little entertainment in the evening. Nearest airport is Turino, approximately 2 hours by car. Ryanair and BA from London/Manchester.
June 14, 2009
Andy Raynor from United Kingdom
Having skied for a number years in France (mainly La Plagne) we wanted to try another resort, so we booked a family ski holiday in PSV (Puy St Vincent) in early April '09. We are a family of 5 with children aged 11-17 who have skied from an early age. We stayed at 1800 and found the fairly new chalet style accommodation good. It was a nice walk to the main resort at 1600 (but a bit of a trek back with food shopping). We found PSV (Puy St Vincent) a quiet resort although 1600 has a couple of good family friendly bar/restaurants. Skiing in early April means that there were spring snow conditions - very soft from lunchtime onwards. Having skied for 25 years I would recommend the resort for a first or second time ski holiday, or for groups of mixed ability and whilst there are some good scenic runs through the trees and a couple of challenging black runs, we all found that we had comfortably skied the whole resort within 2 days. It lacked the quality and variety of runs available in other larger resorts.
March 25, 2009
Richard Gorbell from United Kingdom
We have been to Puy (Puy St Vincent) many times and it has been great this year. The snow was the best in 20 years.
February 02, 2009
The Cooke Family from United Kingdom
I can't recommend Puy St Vincent enough for families. My husband and I had skied before but this was the first time for our three girls (11, 9 and 6). We stayed at La Dame Blanche which is right on the slopes so no treking to buses. No queuing, wonderful atmosphere; perfect for first timers.
We are currently looking to book for this Easter.
November 29, 2008
The Wood family from United Kingdom
We are going back for our 6th trip. Can't wait. In our group we have two families with two under thirteen, three teenagers and four adults. The resort is great for all of us, as we are all intermediate skiers. Also there are a large range of wide slopes, as well as fantastic small trails through the woods with jumps bumps and banked turns, which the kids and teenagers love. The Chemin has the best trails just off piste. Great wide variety of accommodation between the three basses at 1400m, 1600m, and 1800m with small apartments right up to luxurious chalets. New lifts and a better ski park have been put in place meaning the resort is just getting better and better! This does mean that the resort has become more busy, but is does'nt mean long queues at the lifts. There is not much nightlife for the young adults though! Still great though.
October 31, 2008
Suzanne Richards from United Kingdom
We are booked for our 3rd season this coming winter - and we (and the kids) can't wait. It is a fantastic family resort - we have a 4 and 6 year old and they both enjoy it as much as we do:-) We use the creche and junior ski school - both are fab and the staff are just lovely. The 1st year we went it was just the 4 of us now we take 2 other families with us (they're both booked in for their 2nd year too). There are loads of repeat visitors which says it all really.
March 06, 2008
Will from United Kingdom
Rubbish place, terrible snow, badly equipped, awful lift system. You will hate it, go somewhere else.
Will be booking for myself and my family again next year......
March 21, 2006
Burns family from United Kingdom
First visit to Puy St Vincent on a colleague's recommendation. Only negative is that we didn't stay longer! Well looked after by Snowbizz staff, fantastic weather mid March, couldn't ask for a better holiday. Perfect family break with the very well set up creche to take care of a 1 year old and a 4 year old. Good food and good company at the Petit Chamois restaurant / bar. They still smoke in the restaurant / bar, but had a room set on the side for meals where the smoke wasn't so intrusive. Would go again!