Closing dates for ski resorts

As the ski season is already well underway, find here the dates of closure of the Alpine ski resorts, as well as those of the Nordic areas of Haute-Savoie for the 2022-2023 season.

Ski resorts closing dates : 2022-2023 season

We suggest you to discover our table presenting the closing dates of the ski resorts of Haute-Savoie and those of the main resorts of Savoie and Isère. Please note that the dates are likely to change depending on the snow conditions.

Closing dates of the Haute-Savoie resorts

StationDate d'ouvertureDate de fermetureOuverture partielle (selon enneigement)
Le Grand Bornand10/12/202214/04/2023À partir du 11/12
Chamonix Mont-Blanc03/12/202201/05/2023À partir du 03/12/2022 pour les Grands Montets
Châtel17/12/202223/04/202303 et 04/12 puis du 10 et 11/12/2022
Avoriaz09/12/202224/04/2023Les 03 et 04/12/2022
Les Contamines-Montjoie17/12/202223/04/2023/
La Clusaz17/12/202230/04/2023/
La Sambuy17/12/202326/03/2023/
Les Houches17/12/202210/04/2023/
Passy Plaine-Joux17/12/202219/03/2023/
La Giettaz-en-Aravis10/12/202210/04/2023/
Morzine-Les Gets17/12/202210/04/2023/
Roc d'Enfer17/12/202210/04/2023/
Bellevaux - Hirmentaz17/12/202226/03/2023/
Les Habères17/12/202226/03/2023/
Le SemnozNon communiquéNon communiqué/
Montmin - Col de la ForclazNon communiquéNon communiqué/

Closing dates of the Savoie resorts

For a week or a weekend, the Savoie resorts welcome us throughout the winter season. Discover their closing dates.

StationDate d'ouvertureDate de fermetureOuverture partielle (selon enneigement)
Val Cenis17/12/202221/04/202311 au 16/12/2022 puis du 15 au 21/04/2023
Les Saisies17/12/202221/04/202303 et 04/10 puis 10 et 11/12/2022
La Plagne17/12/202222/04/202310 au 17/12 et du 22 au 29/04 pour les villages d'altitude
Valloire17/12/202214/04/202303 et 04/10 puis du 10 au 16/12/2022
Tignes - Val d'Isère03/12/202208/05/2023Ouverture du glacier de Tignes le 18/11/2022
Le Praz-de-Lys17/12/202210/04/2023/
Flumet - Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle17/12/202210/04/2023/
Notre-Dame de Bellecombe17/12/202210/04/2023/
Savoie Grand Revard17/12/202226/03/2023/
Crest-Voland Cohennoz17/12/202210/04/2023/
La Rosière10/12/202221/04/2023/
Saint-François Longchamp17/12/202215/04/2023/
Les Menuires10/12/202228/04/2023/
Val Thorens26/11/202208/05/2023/
Les Arcs10/12/202229/04/2023/
Saint-Martin de Belleville10/12/202221/04/2023/
Les Karellis17/12/202215/04/2023/
Les Sybelles17/12/202214/04/2023/
Val Fréjus10/12/202214/04/2023/
La Norma16/12/202207/04/2023/

Closing dates of the Isère resorts

Some areas of the Isère department are very popular with skiers. We suggest you discover the closing dates of the main resorts.

StationDate d'ouvertureDate de fermetureOuverture partielle (selon enneigement)
Les 7 Laux03/12/202209/04/2023Mercredi 30/11
Les 2 Alpes03/12/202230/04/202322/10 au 06/11/2022
L'Alpe d'Huez03/12/202230/04/2023/

Closing dates for ski resorts abroad

Whether you are in Annecy or elsewhere in Haute-Savoie, Switzerland and Italy are not far away. We therefore suggest that you discover the closing dates of some of France’s neighbouring resorts.

StationDate d'ouvertureDate de fermeture
Pila (IT)26/11/202216/04/2023
Courmayeur (IT)26/11/202210/14/2023
Breuil-Cervinia (IT)01/10/202207/05/2023
La Thuile (IT)26/11/202216/03/2023
Verbier (CH)04/11/2022
Zermatt (CH)01/11/202201/05/2023
Saas Fee (CH)29/10/202230/04/2023

Choose your resort according to your level of skiing

When booking a ski holiday, it is important to choose a resort whose ski area is adapted to your level. There is no point in going to the Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isère if you are a beginner and you arelearning to ski. On the contrary, it could even be dangerous.

So take the time to study the ski area. To help you, we propose a selection of Haute-Savoie resorts according to the level of difficulty of the slopes:

Take into account the labels of the resorts

Today, the choice of a resort rather than another is also made by the labels. Among the best known, there is the Family Plus label. It was created so that families can make the most of their ski holidays. Recognised by the Ministry of Tourism, it allows the selection of resorts that meet the expectations of families with children aged 18 months and over.

In Haute-Savoie, we have 9 resorts with the Family Plus label:

Other labels also exist, such as Nordic France, Les Stations Vertes or Top Of The French Alps and Tourisme Handicap.

Winter holidays no longer always rhyme with downhill skiing

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For several years now, resorts have been diversifying their offer and no longer focus solely on downhill skiing. It must be said that the French no longer necessarily ski all day. On average, 3 activities are practiced outside of skiing. An IPSOS study dating from 2021 shows that 48% of French people go walking, 31% go sledging and 29% go snowshoeing.

New activities have therefore been developed, such as ski touring, dog sledding and even iceclimbing. The objective of the resorts remains to meet the expectations of their customers.

Closing dates for Nordic areas

The number of cross-country skiing enthusiasts is increasing. We therefore suggest that you discover the closing dates of the Haute-Savoie areas and the main ones in Savoie and Isère.

Domaine nordiqueDate d'ouvertureDate de fermeture
Megève La Livraz17/12/202226/03/2023
Les Contamines-Montjoie17/12/202223/04/2023
La Chapelle d'Abondance17/12/202226/03/2023
Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc10/12/202224/03/2023
Brison Solaison04/12/202219/03/2023
Praz de Lys Sommand17/12/202210/04/2023
Haut Giffre17/12/202202/04/2023
Savoie Grand Revard15/11/202209/04/2023
Les Saisies11/11/202221/04/2023
La Clusaz13/11/2022Non communiqué
Plaine-Joux Les Brasses04/12/2022Non communiqué
Bellevaux Les Mouilles11/12/2022Non communiqué
Val de TamiéNon communiquéNon communiqué
SemnozNon communiquéNon communiqué
Sur-Lyand - Grand ColombierNon communiquéNon communiqué
SalèveNon communiquéNon communiqué
La Chapelle RambaudNon communiquéNon communiqué
Orange - Pays RochoisNon communiquéNon communiqué
Plateau des GlièresNon communiquéNon communiqué
Les Moises - Habère PocheNon communiquéNon communiqué
Villard de LansNon communiquéNon communiqué
AutransNon communiquéNon communiqué

Good plans to enjoy the resorts

Skiing during the day is always synonymous with pleasure. But what about putting on your ski boots at night, for a nocturne or a full moon? You should know that this is possible in some resorts. This means that you can return home with beautiful photos and memories. Here are some examples of resorts where you can ski after a good raclette:

And Nordic skiing is not to be outdone either, as it is possible to slide on the snow every Thursday evening at the Plateau des Glières between 6pm and 8.30pm. On Wednesdays, it is in Grand-Bornand or Contamines-Montjoie that you can enjoy it.

For those who are too cold, we propose another option: enjoy the slopes after closing time, legally and safely, to take advantage of the sunset. You can do this activity in Grand Bornand or in Flaine for the Haute-Savoie.

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Dynamic pricing, to pay less for your ski pass

Another good plan to enjoy the slopes without breaking the bank is dynamic pricing. If you don’t know what this is, you should know that the concept is simple: the earlier you buy your ski passes before your holiday or your ski day, the cheaper they will be. In France, several resorts have already launched this system, such as Avoriaz and Val Cenis.

Of course, the discounts offered are not the same depending on the period. You will make more savings by taking a ski pass during the week and outside the school holidays. This is a way for the resorts to boost the number of visitors to their ski areas.

Our ideas to keep you busy this winter

We suggest a small selection of activities to try out this winter during your stay in the mountains:

  • The Semnoz Eco-Bivouac. Sleep in an igloo or in an Alti-Dome. A campfire, a Savoyard meal and a snowshoe walk are on the programme for this unique experience. A concept promoted by Alpes Bivouac.

  • Shepherds at La Belle Étoile in Châtel. Leave for a 30-minute walk on the heights of Châtel and join a chalet to enjoy a typical meal. The return journey is by torchlight or Yooner. An activity proposed by the Ski School Academy.

  • White Challenge, escape game in La Clusaz. You will have to save the French mountains using your knowledge. Ideal for learning more about mountain safety, this escape game is available for 25 euros from the ESF in La Clusaz.

  • Ice Floating in Val d’Isère. Equipped with a waterproof suit, you can relax in a frozen lake and let yourself be carried along without the risk of getting cold. An activity proposed by Évolution 2.

Events not to be missed

Every winter, certain events return. They take place all over Haute-Savoie and help to liven up the resorts. Locals and tourists alike go to them every year.

The Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Humour Festival

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It takes place in March and gives pride of place to comedians. The programme is designed to showcase recognised artists, but also emerging talents. The line-up is selected by Arthur Jugnot, artistic director of the festival.

In recent years, spectators have been able to see Dany Boon or Michaël Gregorio on stage. These are special moments that have made this event famous.

The comedians can also win three trophies: the Public Prize, the Jury Prize and the “Coup de Coeur” Prize.

Rock the Pistes

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Rock the Pistes is a pop-rock music festival that takes place on the slopes of the Portes du Soleil, between France and Switzerland. More than 28,000 festival-goers come together every year.

It’s a unique opportunity to end the season on a high note, while enjoying a great programme. Among the artists who have already performed at Rock the Pistes are Skip the Use, Ofenbach and IAM.

For the 2023 edition, which will take place from 12 to 18 March, the headliners will be announced as the winter season progresses.

Glisse en Coeur

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Glisse en Cœur is the charity ski race not to be missed in Haute-Savoie. Every year, an association is highlighted. In 2023, it will be À Chacun son Everest.

For 24 hours, teams race down the slope located on the Charmieux piste in Grand Bornand. The objective? To do as many laps as possible in order to raise as much money as possible for the association.

In 2022, €738,922 was raised for the MeeO association, located in Annecy-le-Vieux.

La Grande Odyssée

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La Grande Odyssée is the event not to be missed when it comes to sled dogs. This race is the most demanding and brings together the best mushers for over a week.

On average, 32 km are covered every day by the crews. La Grande Odyssée also involves 600 dogs, all of which are considered to be top-level athletes.

In 2023, it will start from Megève on Saturday 07 January and will pass through La Chapelle d’Abondance, Bernex or Val Cenis and Pralognan-la-Vanoise.