Events and Activities 2020


  • July 2021

  • Saturday 03 July

  • 6 jours cyclo

    *** By decision of the organising committee, the “6 jours cyclo” cycling event due to be held in July 2020 has been postponed to July 2021. The same conditions in terms of itineraries and registrations will apply***


    For the 37th occasion of the 6 days of Vars, the organisers have put together a week-long programme to discover Guillestre, Izoard Pass, the Pré de Madame Carle natural site, Galibier Pass and Allos Pass.

    All roads lead to Vars during this event centred around the resort. Places are limited, so hurry! Enthusiasts take note.

    Long course: 587 km / + 12,560 m Difference in altitude
    Short course: 448 km / + 8,710 m Difference in altitude

  • Sunday 04 July

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 06 July

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Saturday 10 July

  • MTB Team UP

    MTB TeamUp is an all-round event when the resort’s beautiful mountain-bike trails become the scene of races of every kind over an entire weekend: Enduro - X-country - DH & X-country Enduro. For a fun touch, you can race solo or share the pleasures of your favourite sport by competing in a team!

    MTB Team Up attracts enthusiastic mountain-bikers of all levels. They come alone or in teams to compete against the clock or just enjoy themselves, and relax during a moment of togetherness.

  • Sunday 11 July

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 13 July

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Thursday 15 July

  • Village visit

    Set off and explore the Vars village and the charm of Vars Sainte Catherine with the Vars au fil du temps association.
    Meet at the Four Banal, communal oven, Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Bread festival

    Traditional bread-making demonstrations and sales
    Children’s bread-making workshop: knead the dough and bake your own loaf in the communal oven
    Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Outdoor film screenings with a mountain theme: Dessine-moi un chamois

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! It’s a real feast for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky.
    Colin is 9 years old. He’s a young city boy like any other. He is intrigued by his grandparents’ work. They make animal documentaries. Come wind or snow, they’re up there tracking the chamois, mountain hare, black grouse, marmot, ibex and other mountain wildlife... Over a period of three years, he spends his school holidays with them in their hamlet perched 1,650 metres above sea level in the Parc National du Grand Paradis. To Colin, this nature reserve is a whole new school. To see the royal eagle as something other than a tiny dot in the sky, and observe the chamois before it disappears in a flash, he has to be patient and put in a lot of time and effort without getting disheartened. Colin learns to move stealthily, identify tracks, use crampons and sleep at high altitude in a tent. But there’s one animal he still hasn’t seen. To do so, Colin needs the help of his grandfather. Will they find it? Produced by Véronique, Anne and Erik Lapied in 2017 - 68 minutes
    Don’t miss it!
    Venue: Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Sunday 18 July

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Venue: Place du marché, Vars les Claux

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Monday 19 July

  • Cycle-friendly mountain passes

    The upper part of the Col de Vars is reserved for cyclists: a unique opportunity to enjoy a road entirely dedicated to cyclists. From the peak of the Vars les Claux resort to Saint Paul sur Ubaye, the road will be closed to motor vehicles

  • Tuesday 20 July

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Wednesday 21 July

  • Vars en Fête - Party time in Vars

    Meet the farmers and herders, At Vallon des Prises, near the Peynier summit. Access from the Napoleon refuge or the village of Vars Sainte Catherine.
    Meal based on local produce, spit-roast meats, drinks and entertainment.
    Information and tickets available at the Tourist Office

  • Saturday 24 July

  • Vars Mountain Trail

    This is the 7th occasion of the “Sky Race”.
    Now much-awaited, the Vars Mountain Trail race is back with a vengeance on 25th and 26th July 2020. This year’s participants will compete in 6 different races across this superb landscape of forests, valleys and ridges. For 2 whole days the trail runners will meet challenges, surpass themselves, and enjoy moments of pride, warmth and togetherness throughout the event.

  • Polyphonic singing course

    Under the direction of Jean François Sénart, a course entitled “Polyphonie entre ciel et sommets” (Polyphony between heaven and peaks) focuses on orthodox choral music sung without instrumental accompaniment.
    For information and registration, contact Chantal de Zeeuw: 06 63 30 94 95 or chantal.dezeeuw@free.fr

  • Sunday 25 July

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Venue: Place du marché, Vars les Claux

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 27 July

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Thursday 29 July

  • Val d'Escreins Festival

    Val d’Escreins under the spotlight with presentations by environment professionals, discovery of the nature reserve and live entertainment.

  • Outdoor film screenings with a mountain theme: Dessine-moi un chamois

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! It’s a real feast for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky.
    Colin is 9 years old. He’s a young city boy like any other. He is intrigued by his grandparents’ work. They make animal documentaries. Come wind or snow, they’re up there tracking the chamois, mountain hare, black grouse, marmot, ibex and other mountain wildlife... Over a period of three years, he spends his school holidays with them in their hamlet perched 1,650 metres above sea level in the Parc National du Grand Paradis. To Colin, this nature reserve is a whole new school. To see the royal eagle as something other than a tiny dot in the sky, and observe the chamois before it disappears in a flash, he has to be patient and put in a lot of time and effort without getting disheartened. Colin learns to move stealthily, identify tracks, use crampons and sleep at high altitude in a tent. But there’s one animal he still hasn’t seen. To do so, Colin needs the help of his grandfather. Will they find it? Produced by Véronique, Anne and Erik Lapied in 2017 - 68 minutes
    Don’t miss it!
    Venue: Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Outdoor film screenings with a mountain theme: Dessine-moi un chamois

    Enjoy nature and mountain-inspired films on giant screens! It’s a real feast for the eyes and the soul, under a starry sky.
    Colin is 9 years old. He’s a young city boy like any other. He is intrigued by his grandparents’ work. They make animal documentaries. Come wind or snow, they’re up there tracking the chamois, mountain hare, black grouse, marmot, ibex and other mountain wildlife... Over a period of three years, he spends his school holidays with them in their hamlet perched 1,650 metres above sea level in the Parc National du Grand Paradis. To Colin, this nature reserve is a whole new school. To see the royal eagle as something other than a tiny dot in the sky, and observe the chamois before it disappears in a flash, he has to be patient and put in a lot of time and effort without getting disheartened. Colin learns to move stealthily, identify tracks, use crampons and sleep at high altitude in a tent. But there’s one animal he still hasn’t seen. To do so, Colin needs the help of his grandfather. Will they find it? Produced by Véronique, Anne and Erik Lapied in 2017 - 68 minutes
    Don’t miss it!
    Venue: Place de la Mairie, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Friday 30 July

  • “Polyphony entre Ciel et Sommets” choir

    Conducted by Jean François Sénart
    Orthodox music

  • Saturday 31 July

  • Organ course

    Under the direction of Chantal de Zeeuw.
    For information and registration, contact Chantal de Zeeuw: 06 63 30 94 95 or chantal.dezeeuw@free.fr

  • August 2021

  • Sunday 01 August

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 03 August

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Unprecedented opening concert in Val d'Escreins to mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, with Oxygen Quintet, a brass ensemble of 5 talented young musicians from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance in Lyon.
    Bizet, Debussy, Kompanek, Cheyron, Mingus
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • Wednesday 04 August

  • The herdsman’s hut of Chabrières

    Discover Vars’ pastoral life in the last century, when the herdsmen spent the summer in the mountains watching over the animals. Access on foot or on the hybrid lift.
    Meeting point: herdsman’s hut at the bottom of the ski slope

  • Friday 06 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Unprecedented opening concert in Val d'Escreins to mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, with Oxygen Quintet, a brass ensemble of 5 talented young musicians from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance in Lyon.
    Bizet, Debussy, Kompanek, Cheyron, Mingus
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • Sunday 08 August

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Monday 09 August

  • Vars bowls week

    Every day, a pétanque competition is organised, which culminates in the Dédé challenge during the heritage festival.

  • Tuesday 10 August

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Unprecedented opening concert in Val d'Escreins to mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, with Oxygen Quintet, a brass ensemble of 5 talented young musicians from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance in Lyon.
    Bizet, Debussy, Kompanek, Cheyron, Mingus
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • Thursday 12 August

  • Val d'Escreins Festival

    Val d’Escreins under the spotlight with presentations by environment professionals, discovery of the nature reserve and live entertainment.

  • Friday 13 August

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Unprecedented opening concert in Val d'Escreins to mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, with Oxygen Quintet, a brass ensemble of 5 talented young musicians from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance in Lyon.
    Bizet, Debussy, Kompanek, Cheyron, Mingus
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • Saturday 14 August

  • Bread festival

    Traditional bread-making demonstrations and sales
    Children’s bread-making workshop: knead the dough and bake your own loaf in the communal oven
    Vars Sainte Catherine

  • Sunday 15 August

  • Heritage Festival

    All the residents and holidaymakers are invited to share in a beautiful village festival, with the traditional mountain welcome with entertainment and discovery workshops. The village is transformed into a real show scene to celebrate the patron saint: procession and mass followed by an aperitif, bowls competition, fête, entertainment and local craftspeople, mini farm, crouseton making workshop, car boot, games library, village visits, dance, fireworks...

  • Local specialities of the Southern Alps and Artisans sans Vitrine (craftspeople without windows)

    Come and (re)discover the flavours of our mountains and the beautiful creations of our local craftspeople.
    Venue: Place du marché, Vars les Claux

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Monday 16 August

  • Cycle-friendly mountain passes

    The upper part of the Col de Vars is reserved for cyclists: a unique opportunity to enjoy a road entirely dedicated to cyclists. From the peak of the Vars les Claux resort to Saint Paul sur Ubaye, the road will be closed to motor vehicles

  • Tuesday 17 August

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Unprecedented opening concert in Val d'Escreins to mark the festival’s 10th anniversary, with Oxygen Quintet, a brass ensemble of 5 talented young musicians from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique et de Dance in Lyon.
    Bizet, Debussy, Kompanek, Cheyron, Mingus
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • Wednesday 18 August

  • Astronomical events

    Discover space, the stars and the sun with very high-performance equipment, as if you were on board a spaceship! Daytime and evening workshops will be available free of charge.

  • Sunday 22 August

  • Welcome drinks

    Presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free drinks will be served at Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Tuesday 24 August

  • Kids’ Show/ Guluk the frog who wants to be a singer

    A frog who wants to be a singer and will do everything she can to make her dream come true. With the help of her friend Lune, she will see that deep down inside is where we find our true nature!
    A show about standards, labels and differences!
    Meet in front of Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Weekly market

    In the morning,
    Vars les Claux

  • Saturday 28 August

  • Week-end O'Vars

    The Orienteering Race is returning to Vars in 2020! Armed with a map and compass, go in search of markers among the beautiful natural landscape of Vars. Come along and give it a try, or perfect your Orienteering skills on unexplored territory!
    Anyone can join the races, as there are trails for all levels, from beginner to competitor.