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The major ski areas of the great Massif Central, a range of long-extinct volcanoes that crumple the map of France between the Rhone River and Toulouse, lie in the Auvergne region. Possibilities for snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing are endless; perhaps the most outstanding route leads from the purpose-built ski resort town of Le Lioran to the Col de Prat de Bouc, a glacial pass. The main downhill ski areas are at Le Lioran (2000 feet vertical served by lifts), Le Mont-Dore (2800 feet) and Super Besse, where the trails on Puy de la Perdrix are considered by many skiers to be the Auvergne’s best. Nearby Chastreix is smaller, more ...

The major ski areas of the great Massif Central, a range of long-extinct volcanoes that crumple the map of France between the Rhone River and Toulouse, lie in the Auvergne region. Possibilities for snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing are endless; perhaps the most outstanding route leads from the purpose-built ski resort town of Le Lioran to the Col de Prat de Bouc, a glacial pass. The main downhill ski areas are at Le Lioran (2000 feet vertical served by lifts), Le Mont-Dore (2800 feet) and Super Besse, where the trails on Puy de la Perdrix are considered by many skiers to be the Auvergne’s best. Nearby Chastreix is smaller, more intimate and perfect for families (it is also quite inexpensive). Along with traditional skiing, the region offers dog sledding, kite skiing and Nordic skijoring, with a horse pulling skiers across the snow-covered landscapes. Le Mont-Dore is a spa town, built on the site of ancient Roman baths. The two main resorts are connected by rail to the TGV line from Paris in Clermont-Ferrand.

Juliette Rogers
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Juliette Rogers is coauthor of the guidebooks Eating New England: A Food Lovers Guide to Eating Locally, Secret Providence and Newport, and two Thomas Cook guides on France.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Ski season is from late December through late March.