Activities and events 2018-2019

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  • December 2019

  • Saturday 14 December

  • Vars On Stage

    THE unmissable musical date to kick off winter!
    A renowned artist is on a mission to set the slopes on fire and get the winter season going.
    A party which promises to be full of surprises!

  • Saturday 21 December

  • Father Christmas’s Village

    Rediscover the magic of Christmas in the enchanted atmosphere of the Christmas village.
    Vars offers entertainment to little and large alike... It looks like Father Christmas might even be around to take pictures with you.
    Meet in the square in front of Vars les Claux Tourist Office

  • Sunday 22 December

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free hot chocolate and green chaud" cocktail"

  • Monday 23 December

  • Learn about being a professional ski patroller

    Rescue demonstrations, chairlift evacuations and avalanche workshop with 'Balise 14' Association.
    Meet at the start of the Sibières-Point Show chairlift.

  • Tuesday 24 December

  • The big Christmas party

    Ding, dong, ding, dong, ... The bells are chiming, the cogs are whirring... It’s time!
    Free mulled wine and hot chocolate for everyone as you wait for the much-anticipated arrival of Father Christmas in the village.
    Meet in Vars Sainte Marie

  • Torch-lit descent

    Look towards the heights and be amazed by the legendary torch-lit descent by the children and instructors of the ESF.
    And there’s nothing like a good hot chocolate or mulled wine to warm you up as you enjoy this delightful spectacle.
    Meet at the bottom of the slopes by the Vars les Claux cable car

  • Wednesday 25 December

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Night-time skiing

    Prolong your day of skiing on the Piste des Ecrins.
    Offered by the ski lift society.
    Meet at the Piste des Ecrins.

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Sunday 29 December

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free hot chocolate and green chaud" cocktail"

  • Monday 30 December

  • Learn about being a professional ski patroller

    Rescue demonstrations, chairlift evacuations and avalanche workshop with 'Balise 14' Association.
    Meet at the start of the Sibières-Point Show chairlift.

  • Tuesday 31 December

  • New Year

    To see out the old year and welcome in 2016 - a bright, new year, full of promise... A torch-lit descent, snow groomer parade, fireworks, mulled wine.
    Meet at Vars les Claux

  • January 2020

  • Wednesday 01 January

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Night-time skiing

    Prolong your day of skiing on the Piste des Ecrins.
    Offered by the ski lift society.
    Meet at the Piste des Ecrins.

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Saturday 04 January

  • Giant Galette des Rois

    Come and share the giant Galette des Rois.
    Meet at Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Sunday 05 January

  • Vars Winter Trail

    Go on a voyage of discovery amongst the most beautiful wintery landscapes, valleys and Varsinc hamlets.
    2 race formats in a spirit of conviviality: 10km (The Sainte Catherine), 17 km (The Winter Trail)

  • Wednesday 08 January

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Wednesday 15 January

  • Outdoormix Winter Festival

    The resort provides a wide array of alternative sports: freeride and freestyle combined with festive soirées and concerts.*A varied programme combining displays by professional athletes and events open to all (subject to conditions) in skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, snow scooting, paragliding, tightrope walking and even canoeing and kayaking... all on the snow!
    International highlights of the Outdoormix Winter Festival:
    FIS Slopestyle Ski European Cup
    FIS Snowboard Freestyle European Cup
    Freeride World Qualifier

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Wednesday 22 January

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Wednesday 29 January

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • February 2020

  • Saturday 01 February

  • Speed Skiing World Cup

    The world’s fastest skiers are gathering in Vars

  • Wednesday 05 February

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Sunday 09 February

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free hot chocolate and green chaud" cocktail"

  • Full Moon

    The full moon is THE ideal time for skiing!
    Enjoy a unique experience under a starlit sky, which creates a special kind of atmosphere and light. It's the ideal time to enjoy the slopes, some of which stay open until 22:15.
    Your eyes will quickly adapt to the moonlight! Dare to break out of your routine: we’ve organised some musical events in mountain-top venues so you’ve no longer got an excuse to avoid night skiing!

  • Monday 10 February

  • Learn about being a professional ski patroller

    Rescue demonstrations, chairlift evacuations and avalanche workshop with 'Balise 14' Association.
    Meet at the start of the Sibières-Point Show chairlift.

  • Tuesday 11 February

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Wednesday 12 February

  • Sculpture sur glace

    Give free rein to your imagination and create your own ephemeral sculpture - because a snowman is just too traditional!

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Night-time skiing

    Prolong your day of skiing on the Piste des Ecrins.
    Offered by the ski lift society.
    Meet at the Piste des Ecrins.

  • Thursday 13 February

  • February's time to shine

    An explosive musical display, fireworks and a torch-lit descent by the ESF. We’ve got everything you need for a wonderful evening and a beautiful end to the holidays.

  • Torch-lit descent

    Look towards the heights and be amazed by the legendary torch-lit descent by the children and instructors of the ESF.
    And there’s nothing like a good hot chocolate or mulled wine to warm you up as you enjoy this delightful spectacle.
    Meet at the bottom of the slopes by the Vars les Claux cable car

  • Friday 14 February

  • The "love eggs"

    Enjoy a quirky Saint Valentine’s Day with your other half: a unique 25 minutes more than 2000m in the air, pulled by the cable of love...
    Whisper tender words to your beloved as you watch larch trees and snow-capped peaks flash past beneath your feet, while you sit comfortably ensconced in a tastefully decorated cable car with a table of champagne and petits fours.
    From 6:00pm

  • Sunday 16 February

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free hot chocolate and green chaud" cocktail"

  • Monday 17 February

  • Astronomic encounters

    Découvrez l'espace, les astres et le soleil avec un matériel très haute performance, comme si vous étiez à bord d'un vaisseau spatial!!! Des ateliers en journée et soirée vous seront proposés gratuitement

  • Learn about being a professional ski patroller

    Rescue demonstrations, chairlift evacuations and avalanche workshop with 'Balise 14' Association.
    Meet at the start of the Sibières-Point Show chairlift.

  • Tuesday 18 February

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Wednesday 19 February

  • Sculpture sur glace

    Give free rein to your imagination and create your own ephemeral sculpture - because a snowman is just too traditional!

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Night-time skiing

    Prolong your day of skiing on the Piste des Ecrins.
    Offered by the ski lift society.
    Meet at the Piste des Ecrins.

  • Thursday 20 February

  • February's time to shine

    An explosive musical display, fireworks and a torch-lit descent by the ESF. We’ve got everything you need for a wonderful evening and a beautiful end to the holidays.

  • Torch-lit descent

    Look towards the heights and be amazed by the legendary torch-lit descent by the children and instructors of the ESF.
    And there’s nothing like a good hot chocolate or mulled wine to warm you up as you enjoy this delightful spectacle.
    Meet at the bottom of the slopes by the Vars les Claux cable car

  • Friday 21 February

  • Night-time skiing

    Prolong your day of skiing on the Piste des Ecrins.
    Offered by the ski lift society.
    Meet at the Piste des Ecrins.

  • Sunday 23 February

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free hot chocolate and green chaud" cocktail"

  • Monday 24 February

  • Learn about being a professional ski patroller

    Rescue demonstrations, chairlift evacuations and avalanche workshop with 'Balise 14' Association.
    Meet at the start of the Sibières-Point Show chairlift.

  • Tuesday 25 February

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Wednesday 26 February

  • Sculpture sur glace

    Give free rein to your imagination and create your own ephemeral sculpture - because a snowman is just too traditional!

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Thursday 27 February

  • February's time to shine

    An explosive musical display, fireworks and a torch-lit descent by the ESF. We’ve got everything you need for a wonderful evening and a beautiful end to the holidays.

  • Torch-lit descent

    Look towards the heights and be amazed by the legendary torch-lit descent by the children and instructors of the ESF.
    And there’s nothing like a good hot chocolate or mulled wine to warm you up as you enjoy this delightful spectacle.
    Meet at the bottom of the slopes by the Vars les Claux cable car

  • March 2020

  • Monday 02 March

  • Learn about being a professional ski patroller

    Rescue demonstrations, chairlift evacuations and avalanche workshop with 'Balise 14' Association.
    Meet at the start of the Sibières-Point Show chairlift.

  • Tuesday 03 March

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Wednesday 04 March

  • Sculpture sur glace

    Give free rein to your imagination and create your own ephemeral sculpture - because a snowman is just too traditional!

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Night-time skiing

    Prolong your day of skiing on the Piste des Ecrins.
    Offered by the ski lift society.
    Meet at the Piste des Ecrins.

  • Thursday 05 March

  • February's time to shine

    An explosive musical display, fireworks and a torch-lit descent by the ESF. We’ve got everything you need for a wonderful evening and a beautiful end to the holidays.

  • Torch-lit descent

    Look towards the heights and be amazed by the legendary torch-lit descent by the children and instructors of the ESF.
    And there’s nothing like a good hot chocolate or mulled wine to warm you up as you enjoy this delightful spectacle.
    Meet at the bottom of the slopes by the Vars les Claux cable car

  • Sunday 08 March

  • Giornata Senza Frontiere

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  • Monday 09 March

  • Full Moon

    The full moon is THE ideal time for skiing!
    Enjoy a unique experience under a starlit sky, which creates a special kind of atmosphere and light. It's the ideal time to enjoy the slopes, some of which stay open until 22:15.
    Your eyes will quickly adapt to the moonlight! Dare to break out of your routine: we’ve organised some musical events in mountain-top venues so you’ve no longer got an excuse to avoid night skiing!

  • Wednesday 11 March

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Saturday 14 March

  • Vars Family Challenge

    The Vars Residents’ Association offers you fun to enjoy to your heart's content!
    Easy and fun giant slalom:
    - One run for teams of two members of the same family
    - A shooting range (laser gun) with 3 targets just before the finish line
    - 5-second penalty for each missed target
    - And... A small Nordic-style course to skate across on skis in order to reach the finish line
    Meet below the Ubac stadium.

  • Monday 16 March

  • Speed Masters

    World record attempt.
    Every year enjoys its fair share of records. Each time, they seem to be stronger, faster and more determined! The Italian, Ivan Origone, clocked 254.958 km/hr in March 2016.

  • Wednesday 18 March

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Wednesday 25 March

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Saturday 28 March

  • Chabrières Derby - Dropping Zone

    End-of-season party with Balise 14. All are invited to an evening of fun.

  • April 2020

  • Wednesday 01 April

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Tuesday 07 April

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Wednesday 08 April

  • Astronomic encounters

    Découvrez l'espace, les astres et le soleil avec un matériel très haute performance, comme si vous étiez à bord d'un vaisseau spatial!!! Des ateliers en journée et soirée vous seront proposés

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift

  • Saturday 11 April

  • Gliss & Mix

    A fun and charitable ski weekend to raise funds for the fight against cancer, with entertainment during the day and a DJ set in the evening.

  • Sunday 12 April

  • Welcome drinks

    The presentation of the week's programme with the resort's service providers.
    Free hot chocolate and green chaud" cocktail"

  • Monday 13 April

  • Egg hunt

    Collect your booklet from the Vars les Claux tourist office and set out on the hunt for eggs in our local businesses.
    Meet Vars les Claux tourist office

  • Tuesday 14 April

  • Fun for the kids

    Free show for children
    Discover funny, magical, clownish and musical shows. Good for the imagination!

  • Wednesday 15 April

  • Toboggan ride

    Get out your toboggans for a thrilling ride!

    A valid lift pass, helmet and sledge with metal brakes are all compulsory. Ski boots and snowshoes are forbidden. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Meet at the bottom of the the Escondus- Vars les Claux chair lift