Hauteluce is a popular Winter and Summer Alpine Village with Traditional Italian origins. Connected to the Holiday Resorts Les Saisies/L’Espace Diamant and Les Contamines – it is a real gem.
Ten reasons to love it.
1: Exceptional snow
Les Saisies’ close proximity to Mont Blanc not only provides superb views but also above average snow coverage. Over the years, it’s enjoyed higher accumulated snowfall than all of the surrounding mountain ranges, hence the nickname of ‘Grenier à Neige’ (the Snow Attic).
2: Sunny slopes
In addition having one of the best snow records in the Alps between early December and late April, Les Saisies also enjoys a generous amount of sunshine throughout the season, providing you with the idyllic combination of fresh snow and blue skies.
3: Stunning panoramic views
Les Saisies is located on a hillside and set among forest and alpine meadows. It boasts stunning views of Mont Blanc, the Beaufortain and Aravis mountain ranges. The resort’s ski area runs between the Beaufortain and Val d’Arly, offering really varied terrain.
4: Excellent Alpine and Nordic skiing
Les Saisies, which benefits from 192km of downhill skiing and 120km of cross-country runs, is ranked the top Nordic ski area in France. The Olympic cross-country ski area sprang to international prominence during the 1992 Winter Olympics, held at at nearby Albertville. Les Saisies is also very well equipped, with 71 snow cannons, a snow park, two ‘border cross’ pistes and a brace of slalom runs.
5: A well connected area
The resort is set between Beaufortain and the Val d’Arly is, and belongs to the Espace Diamant ski area, which links seven pretty Alpine villages: Crest-Voland / Cohennoz, Flumet, Hauteluce, Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Praz-sur-Arly and Les Saisies.
6: A multitude of activities
There are a large variety of activities to choose from in Les Saisies, including a well-equipped leisure centre where you can relax in the Jacuzzi, keep fit in the gym or go bowling. Les Saisies also provides an long list of alternative outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, skijoring, dog sledding, the “Mountain Twister” (a toboggan on rails), paragliding and snowmobiling. It’s a large, vibrant village with a great après-ski scene.
7: Authentic atmosphere
Les Saisies sits at 1,650 metres, on the mountain pass at the heart of some of the area’s most splendid scenery. A traditional French Alpine village of wooden chalets and tree-lined runs, it offers a warm and friendly welcome.
8: Great for families
You’ll find ski discovery for all ages at Les Saisies. Three free ‘rope-tows’ are available for children who are too small for the chairlifts. Children can happily ski from three years of age with the ESF Club, Piou Piou. There’s also a nursery, Club Nounours, where a team of professionals offer a range of activities, including play, reading, walks around the garden, and sledging and other snow games.
9: A real French experience
Les Saisies is a unique resort undiscovered by the masses which allows you to enjoy the real French lifestyle and where the locals speak English with a strong Savoyard accent. Embark on a true cultural experience, enjoying the architecture and traditional way of life.
10: Easily accessible
Close to Albertville in the South and Megève in the North, the village is only an hour’s drive from Chambéry-Savoie Airport or 90 minutes from Geneva. If you’d rather use your own car, take the Eurotunnel to Calais and then it’s 563 miles to Les Saisies, which takes approximately eight hours.
Travelling to Hauteluce in Summer
Rail – The total journey from Zurich Airport to Arosa is 2 hours 56 minutes, including two changes – Zurich City Centre & Chur. The Intercity service between Zurich & Chur offers a playground carriage and stunning lakeside views of Zurichsee en route.
Ask for a print out of times and platforms when you buy your ticket on arrival. There are several train ticket deals to make train travel a completely viable option. The Fly-Rail-Baggage Service is recommended. Chur is a medieval pedestrianised walled City, home to a bustling network of shops and entertainment, and gateway to the mountains of Arosa.
The Arosa Express departs hourly from Chur and takes you up the stunning Schanfigg Valley to 1800m altitude.
Arosa is at the end of the line. One hundred years of the Arosa-Chur Rail Link was celebrated in 2014 with a new station, shops and carriages.
The closest airport is at Zurich (Basel-Mulhouse is one hour further, Geneva, three hours to Zurich) and with direct rail links to Arosa, the transfer time is three hours.
Road – For Self-drives, the motorway stops at Chur and then 30km of a steady yet winding road to 1800 metres altitude (30 minutes – 1 hour).
Filling Up – Arosa has two garages, one filling station, and there is another half way up from Chur.
There are several Helipad landings in Arosa.
In Summer, we have Classic Car Enthusiasts, Motor-bikers and Cyclists choosing us as a holiday destination. Ask about our garaged parking.