Visitor reviews for St-Cergue - La Dôle Ski Resort
January 04, 2014
Bruster from Switzerland
St Cergue (St-Cergue - La Dôle) is a small village at 1050m, on the train line from Nyon. They have two small ski areas in the village; the main two slopes are floodlit for night skiing and this is the best time to ski in St Cergue, followed by a beer or a fondue in one of the many local restaurants.
La Dole is a 15 minute drive from St Cergue (or you can take the train and ski bus) and another review is excellent and covers most of the important things. I would just add that you can also connect directly (ski) across to the the massif des Tuffes which connects into an additional 15 runs including some excellent greens for new skiers.
If you have to hire ski equipment it's really worth heading to Les Rousses town center where there are several places to rent or buy, my favorite is Intersport, on Rue Pasteur, where they are friendly, well stocked and have a quick boots-skis-pay system. Avoid the queues early in the morning at the piste side rental places. Milena Sports, in St Cergue, is very expensive and the equipment limited so only go there if you have to.
Eating on the slopes can be a challenge but here are several places to choose from: in La Dole the quickest is to grab a hotdog at one of two little wooden snack bars, over on the French side the best by far is the Flocon by the Balancier lift. If you find yourself in Jouvencelles at lunch time then try to get a seat at the creperie, quick and kid friendly.
The other reviewer is is right about the snow making at La Dole but the French side have plenty of cannons and the nearby La Serra area somehow manage to keep the runs open that little bit longer.
I hope this review is helpful. We love this region as it is on our doorstep and have enjoyed some great ski conditions in 2012 and 2013.
St-Cergue - La Dôle Ratings
Overall: 3.5. Based on 1 vote and 3 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-Cergue - La Dôle.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to St-Cergue - La Dôle, (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-Cergue - La Dôle, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 1.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in St-Cergue - La Dôle.
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 St-Cergue - La Dôle, (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-Cergue - La Dôle is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) St-Cergue - La Dôle relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at St-Cergue - La Dôle, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at St-Cergue - La Dôle 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-Cergue - La Dôle is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at St-Cergue - La Dôle, 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: 4.0
(1) St-Cergue - La Dôle 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: 4.0
(1) The staff at St-Cergue - La Dôle are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at St-Cergue - La Dôle 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: 3.0
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) St-Cergue - La Dôle 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-Cergue - La Dôle, (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: 1.0
(1) Not even a kicker at St-Cergue - La Dôle, (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-Cergue - La Dôle, (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-Cergue - La Dôle has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.0
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, St-Cergue - La Dôle 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, St-Cergue - La Dôle 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.
April 29, 2011
Thomas Wilkins from Switzerland
Alpine ski/snowboard at La Dole.
Great views, ease of parking, quiet lifts and runs make this a good place to visit for a day or two of skiing/snowboarding. The north facing slopes mean that the snow condition remains good even on sunny days at this altitude. There are a few piste-side cafes offering basic food and drinks, nothing too fancy. Shops, restaurants and banks are available in the town of Les Rousses.
If you are visiting for more than a few days there are other ski-lift areas very nearby to provide some variety, not to mention the numerous cross-country ski trails in this area offering hundreds of kilometres or piste in total. A ski bus system operates locally and connects to the train line to Switzerland, although a car would be very useful to get around.
One chairlift runs from the bottom to the very top and is in excellent condition (c. 2008). This is the best choice for snowboarders.
There are 8 drag (button) lifts, 3 of which are of a decent length and offer a reasonable run length. The rest are fairly short and good for learners. The condition of the drag lifts varies but are generally well maintained. During the week not all lifts will be operated depending on snow conditions and how busy it is likely to be with groups etc.
When snow cover is complete, the runs are well groomed and offer good areas for beginners and a reasonable choice for intermediate level skiers. There is little to offer the advanced skier with the 'black' runs not particularly long or taxing, however, there can be some good off-piste runs in the upper section to about half-way down through the trees.
For snowboarders who prefer not to take the drag lifts there is obviously less on offer but the chairlift still provides uplift for a selection of pleasant runs all starting on the same traverse at the top of the mountain. There are a few opportunities to cross between trails in the forest although a couple of sections require some speed to pass through without having to walk.
School ski groups use this area but tend to stick to the drag lifts at the sides or use the nearby area of Les Tuffes.
There is little or no snow-making here.
October 03, 2006
Martin from Switzerland
So the top of the lift is max 1678 m.
The ski resort is located at 40 km from Geneva or 20 km from Nyon, from both you can use the train until the bottom of the lift !!!
From the top you have a beautiful view above the Alps and Geneva's lake. The ski resort is not very "hard" to ski, it is very recommended for beginners and people who want to do nordic ski...
For more informations see the link below :
see you soon !