Highlights 2017-2018


  • June 2019

  • Alps Epic

    A mountain biking race set out as a marathon, to discover the unique character of the mountains, which gives bike-lovers the opportunity to try out all their tricks on this magnificent track.

    Stage 4: Embrun-Vars
    58 km - Difference in altitude: 3,050 m+ /2,000 m-

  • Alps Epic

    A mountain biking race set out as a marathon, to discover the unique character of the mountains, which gives bike-lovers the opportunity to try out all their tricks on this magnificent track.

    Stage 5: Vars - Saint-Véran
    71 km - Difference in altitude: 3,100 m+ /2,900 m-

  • 6 jours cyclos

    A week of cycle touring in a star around Vars, including effort, discovery and friendship. The route can be tailored to suit you, long or short, for the most athletic or the keenest from the world of leisure cycling.

    Get away from your daily stresses with a week of escape and dreams.
    So, our cycling friend, no matter what your level, get ready, because all roads can lead to Var...
    Long trail: 587 km / + 12,560 m Difference in altitude
    Short course: 448 km / + 8,710 m Difference in altitude

  • 6 jours cyclos

    Col de la Coche and Siguret Lake
    Long trail: 100 km / + 2,210 m Difference in altitude
    Short trail: 77 km, + 1,560 m

  • July 2019

  • 6 jours cyclos

    Col Agnel and Saint Véran
    Long trail: 119.5 km / + 2,700 m Difference in altitude
    Short trail: 90.5 km, + 1,850 m

  • 6 jours cyclos

    Col Lebraut, Mont Colombis and Notre Dame du Laus
    Long trail: 110 km / + 2,750 m
    Short trail: 83.5 km, + 2,100 m

  • 6 jours cyclos

    Day off

  • 6 jours cyclos

    Col de Montgenevre, Col de l'échelle and Laval Chalet
    Long trail: 156 km / + 2,200 m
    Short trail: 121 km, + 1,400 m

  • 6 jours cyclos

    Cime de la bonette
    Long trail: 101 km / + 2,700 m
    Short trail: 76 km, + 1,800 m

  • Opening of the chairlifts

    The chairlifts will be open every day until 1st September.
    Live, discover, appreciate

  • O France

    International orienteering course Come and try your hand at this life-size treasure hunt! With your map and compass in hand, make your way through the checkpoints and markers as quickly as possible.

  • MTB Team UP

    A gathering of mountain bike events that includes an enduro mountain bike competition, a downhill competition (DH) and marked trails.
    Open to French and foreign FFC and non-FFC competitors, the ‘timed’ events are aimed mainly at riders with an intermediate or advanced MTB level.
    The ‘rides’ will allow mountain bikers to discover the bike park and will be accessible to all levels.
    2 beautiful days for sharing and friendship.

  • Reserved pass

    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 (La Sauvage brasserie), the road will be closed to motor vehicles.

  • Tour de France

    Stage 18 comes along the Col de Vars: 207 km between Embrun and Valloire.
    Cyclists will face the average slope of 9% head on and will all want to reach the summit first.

  • Vars Mountain Trail

    The Vars Mountain Trail this year offers five races over two days, thus allowing you to enjoy the resort’s most beautiful paths and vary your trails.
    In a friendly sporting atmosphere, while respecting the values of the mountain, the Vars Mountain Trail offers a great diversity of landscapes with numerous paths along the crests. Sky-running, as the experts call it! Children aged between 7 and 17 will have their own trail, in the form of an introduction to the biathlon.

  • August 2019

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Five of the finest classical music concerts including a classic jazz concert.
    In the Salle Chastan, with its excellent acoustics and human scale, experts, enthusiasts and the newly-converted will be close to the performers.

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital
    Fiona Mato
    Schubert, Schumann, Ravel
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Chamber Music
    Lucie Arnal, cello
    Benjamin d'Anfray, piano
    Beethoven, Brahms
    Admission: €10 Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano Four Hands
    Duo Eclypse, Marroussia
    Gentet and Antoine Mourlas
    Schubert, Khatchatourian
    Dvorak, Debussy
    €10 admission on the door, Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital
    Alexandre Chenorkian
    Chopin
    €10 admission on the door, Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • 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...

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Jazz
    YannickLestra, piano
    Estéban Pinto Gondim, saxophone
    Revamped jazz standards, original compositions and improvisations
    €10 admission on the door, Free for children under 12
    Meet at Maison Chastan, Vars Sainte Marie

  • Golf Open

    Opportunity for an encounter at the 9-hole golf course at Bois Chenu, competition open to all members.

  • Reserved pass

    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 (La Sauvage brasserie), the road will be closed to motor vehicles.

  • June 2020

  • 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

  • July 2020

  • Opening of the chairlifts

    The chairlifts will be open every day until 1st September.
    Live, discover, appreciate

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • August 2020

  • Vars Musical Festival

    5 beautiful concerts of classical music, including an exceptional outdoor performance to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary in the magnificent setting of Val d'Escreins.
    In the Salle Chastan, with its excellent acoustics and human scale, experts, enthusiasts and the newly-converted will be close to the performers.

  • 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.

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital
    Mathis Cathignol
    Chopin, Fauré, Beethoven
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Chamber music
    Luc Laidet, clarinette
    Justine Eckaut, piano
    Schumann, Brahms, Gade, Scriabine
    €10, Free for children under 12

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Piano recital
    Guilhem Fabre
    Bach, Rachmaninov, Ravel
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • 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 an entertainment stage to celebrate the patron saint: procession and mass followed by an aperitif, bowls competition, fête, activities with local craftspeople, mini farm, crouseton-making workshop, car boot sale, games library, village visits, dance, fireworks, etc.

  • Vars Musical Festival

    Four-hands piano
    David Salmon
    Manuel Vieillard
    Mozart, Stravinsky
    €10, Free for children under 12.

  • 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.