Visitor reviews for Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) Ski Resort
February 20, 2018
MarkM from United Kingdom
Arrived Friday, white-out Saturday, glorious clear blue Sunday & Monday and obviously great snow. Just one queue on Sunday, which was also start of French and UK school holidays. Monday none. Some of the lifts are a bit old style but they work to take you up to great bowls with pistes down the middle and great expanses for making your own tracks left and right. A bit like Avoriaz 2000 but no crowds.
Single lift link over two mountains to Pra du Loup opens up other slopes, including a non-pisted easy black. Pra du Loup busier and less varied.
Village itself has half a dozen restaurants & a couple of bars. Enough for me.
Just over 2 hours from Nice airport by car, on smallish roads, or from center of Nice by 2-car train then connecting bus 4 times/day (see "Chemin de Fer de Provence"). A bit of a rattle trap but it works.
Well worth a try, recommended.
Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) Ratings
Overall: 3.8. Based on 17 votes and 19 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 Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière).
Public Transport: 3.3
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (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 Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 2.6
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière).
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(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 Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (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) Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.1
(1) There are no snow groomers at Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) 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) Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), 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: 4.2
(1) Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) 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 Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) 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: 3.7
(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: 4.2
(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: 4.7
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) 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 Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (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: 2.9
(1) Not even a kicker at Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (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 Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière), (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) Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.9
(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: 2.9
(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: 3.6
(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: 4.1
(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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) 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): 3.9
(1) Overall, Val d’Allos – La Foux (Espace Lumière) 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 10, 2016
Jane Smyth from United Kingdom
We've had a property 20 minutes away from the La Foux d'Allos for 12 years and there have only been two out of the 12 where the snowfall has been particularly bad. 2014 the area was officially the snowiest place in France. Runs are well groomed and we've seen a huge development in the resort with old lifts replaced by express quads and a luge put in. Outside of school holidays, the resort is very quiet but there are people around, so you don't feel totally alone. Ski passes/food/drink/equipment hire is much cheaper than other resorts. Very French and family orientated. A few Brits, some expats who come up from Nice and a couple of school groups. We've skied huge resorts in the US and Canada (brilliant), but love 'our' local mountains knowing that the Med and Nice are only a couple of hours away if you get fed up of the cold!
January 29, 2014
Ash from France
Foux d'Allos is a great resort. I have skied for 30 years including working in some of the larger well known French resorts and have had my best off-piste powder day in Foux d'Allos due to the lack of people outside of weekends and French holidays. You nearly have the place to yourself. I have never had to wait for a lift.
Prices are very good. 3 course menu, in the town, 23 euros pichet wine 6 euros 1/2 litre beers abround 2.5 to 3 euro for a demi pression.
Whats not to like!!
It is a very French resort; not much in the way of apres-ski but a couple of bars and 2 nightclubs as well as a cinema.
My advice, keep an eye on weather forecasts and snow reports, look for a break in the weather midweek, jump on a flight to Nice (these are cheap in the winter), grab a hire car and get some of the most crowd-free 230 km of piste you will ever find let alone the masses of untracked powder!,
October 30, 2013
Graham from United Kingdom
Fabulous skiing because outside the French holidays the resort is empty - maximum grin time with no queues. The Brits and other people haven't found this gem so it is perfect; they all go to busy Tignes instead of having fun here. The people are very friendly because it's for locals and run by locals, but they welcome anyone. Fly to Nice and drive there because it is a long drive from the UK. Le Seignus is a lot of fun for a small resort, Valcibiere is my favourite and some nice moguls. Off-piste in plenty of places if you look for the tracks of others. No decent dining up the mountain but plenty in the resort.
February 26, 2013
Duka from United Kingdom
Not the nicest of French ski resorts. Way too far away if you are driving (last 120 miles is through the mountains with lots of ups and downs). It will take about 4 hours from the motorway to reach the resort. Not worth while at all. This resort caters for French mainly, not many foreigners around and therefore not very friendly. Nobody speaks English at all. Raised eyebrows everywhere. Stick to Tignes and Val Thorens; better.
November 20, 2012
Felicity Biggart from United Kingdom
We first visited the area to ski over New Year 2005. A fresh fall of snow overnight made for a wonderful day's skiing on beautifully empty runs, a fantastic New Year's ski. We returned to buy a holiday home the following Easter and have loved both summer and winter and the warm friendliness of our wonderful French neighbours, who have taken care of us from the first day we moved in. It is hard to know which season we prefer the most, but our children bring their friends out at all times of the year, despite the lack of nightlife. There is a reliable train from Nice 4 times a day that connects with a local bus. We are fairly experienced skiers and have never grown tired of the extensive ski area, there is so much off-piste and starting at 1800m the resort is magnificent at grooming the pistes and creating artificial snow in bad seasons (like last year). The only down side of this resort is the number of surface lifts on very cold days - this is the only option now the final old gondola has been removed and replaced with a high speed 6 man chair. Much more efficient, however.
September 04, 2012
Sally Miller from United Kingdom
A family resort that is opening up to coach groups from across eastern Europe which can make the resort quite busy in a poor snow cover season.
The lift pass offers value for money providing the link with the neighbouring resort of Praloup is open. Some excellent skiing is available in the other nearby resort of Le Seignus which is only a short trip away by car or even the free "Navette" bus. Night life is limited with only a cinema & 1 night club.
Snow-shoe trails, ice rink & sledging are available but the choice of activity for non sporting members of the group is poor. Some of the new apartments have swimming pools that are open to residents. The resort is a long way south and can suffer from a lack of snow, there is reasonable cover provided by snow cannons..
I love it there but I am biased because I live there all winter.
January 15, 2009
Hugo Leitao from Portugal
I went to La Foux d'Allos for a weekend in January and I really liked.
Nice resort, big enough, with well groomed pistes and very beautiful. The resort is cheap and it was almost empty, even on a sunny weekend.
The only drawback are the ski lifts. A bit old and slow, and a lot of surface-lifts that are quite steep.
Plenty of area for off-piste and 3 snowparks guarantee you lots of fun.
I plan to return for sure.
April 03, 2008
Rob Field from United Kingdom
Stayed in Foux D'Allos in March for a long weekend and had reasonable snow. Good resort and not many people so no lift lines. Recommend making a reservation in Pra Loup and skiing across without having to return the same day. Easily done (about 20-25 km) and time to explore and see the terrain in between. Some good off-piste opportunities.
Stayed one night in Pra Loup, which is quite quiet, and then skied back the next day to Foux.
Reasonably priced hotels and food.
March 23, 2008
frank wade from United Kingdom
Stayed in Allos village in a self catering chalet that an English couple own. Great resort for everything. Surprised that it was still open in April, but it was and there was still great skiing. The food was very reasonable even on the slopes. Have been now in January, March and April.