Les Saises has been a resort since 1935 and was a leader in the skiing boom of the 1960s. The area’s role in hosting the Winter Olympics in 1992 cements Les Saises as a leading part in creating what is known as “the big estate” which links Espace Diament with Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe. This flexibility of experience makes living in Les Saises an enticing prospect.
Living in Les Saises and things to do
Our Les Saises area guide has to begin with the magnificent skiing. Property in Les Saises enjoys access to 61 runs that make up 77km of pistes. The majority are suitable for intermediate and advanced skiers, with 13% of runs designated for beginners, and 12% black runs for expert skiers. The ski area is served by 31 lifts. Described as the “breadbasket of Savoyard snow”, the area boasts exceptional snow conditions.
As one of the hosts of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Les Saises is a leader in Nordic Skiing, and its 140km trail is one of the highest in Europe. Beginners are well catered for too, and the ESF has a dedicated ski school which tailors’ lessons for all ages from 3 to adult.
Children can enjoy a host of activities as well as learning to ski. Kids’ clubs, workshops and the incredible Mountain Twister mean buying property in Les Saises will delight the whole family.
Away from the slopes, there are plenty of other things to do in Les Saises. An aquatic centre, indoor sports facilities and even a bowling alley are in Les Saises itself. Another major attraction is Les Saises mountain bike park, which has 170km of cross-country routes and 13 downhill runs.
For a less energetic break, there is no shortage of things to do in Les Saises. 360° exposure means you can enjoy sunshine from morning to evening, so even a day relaxing in your property in Les Saises will be a delight. You could enjoy time at the spa, alpine walks or even drinking the charm of this traditional village whilst taking a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh.
Les Saises boasts 27 restaurants, offering everything from a simple snack to a gastronomic feast. There are plenty of cosy bars to enjoy a relaxing evening, and the village occasionally hosts live music.
Les Saises and culture
Outside of the ski season, as well as breath-taking hikes and mountain biking, you can explore the culture and history of the region. The museum of Hauteluce gives a fascinating insight into the local area, and there are plenty of charming churches to discover. You can even take a trip to see the famous Beaufort cheese being made.
Investment potential in Les Saises
Les Saises has a population of 794. This rises during ski season which typically runs from December to April. Buying property in Les Saises gives you access to a charming traditional community, as well some of the best skiing in France. Simplicity is the order of the day, but this doesn’t mean Les Saises skimps on services. Living in Les Saises, you’ll feel part of a village that has all the essentials such as restaurants, shops and bars as well as practical services including health care and childcare. The resort continues to evolve to cater for its residents and visitors, with recent multi-million-pound investment in a lift stretching between Les Saises and Notre Dame de Bellecombe which gives skiers access to a total of 192km of runs and up to 2069m elevation.
Les Saises snow and weather report
The historical snow report for Les Saises in 2017 shows 43 snow days and a total snowfall of 647cm. The average base depth was 185cm, and the average summit depth was 233cm. Maximums show figures of 301cm at summit and 233cm at base. The area has plenty of snow cannons if required too, to keep the area topped up for skiers. For the latest Les Saises snow report, take a look at our resort guide here.
The weather in Les Saises is typically Alpine. Temperatures go down to around -5° in winter reach up to 20° in summer. Access to an up to the minute Les Saises weather report can also be found on our resort guide here.
Transport to Les Saises
With Geneva Airport just 90 minutes away, along with close proximity to the train station at Albertville, reaching Les Saises is simplicity itself. Driving is also an option, and excellent traffic information services mean you can be prepared for mountain conditions. Once in the resort, the ski bus will take you between resorts and there are ample taxis should you need them.