Les Saisies

Les Saisies is one of the six ski resorts that make up Espace Diamant. The resort is often compared to Scandinavian ski resorts due to its Nordic sports offering. One of its advantages is that on average it has more snow, more sunshine and more light during the winter, and isn’t as cold, as most resorts in Scandinavia. The slopes run through pastures and forests, taking advantage of the natural beauty and making the run down the slopes all the more interesting.

Les Saisies offers easy access to novice and ski-school slopes, with multilingual instructors, making it a great choice for families. This is also reflected in the village, with a newly built Le Signal, an aquatic sports centre, and a new bowling bar restaurant, Le 1650. For that reason, the nightlife scene is not the most exciting, but there is a bar or two if you want to stay out a bit later.

Not only does the area provide a haven for skiers, it is beloved by paragliders and hot air balloon enthusiasts alike. The summer season is as exciting as the winter, with activities such as canyoning, mountain boarding, quad biking all taking place, as well as a recent growth in mountain biking popularity.

This is not a village for the glamorous and the elite. The area thrives on the beauty of its nature and on the wide range of outdoor activities it offers for families, so if you are looking for a more down-to-earth, typical Alp resort experience, Les Saisies is for you.

The experts say

Les Saisies is renowned for its Nordic activities, making it one of the most versatile winter resorts in France and Europe.

The property market in Les Saisies

The resort attracts families, and those looking for the best value for their money. This is confidently reflected in the prices and the value of a property of Les Saisies for sale.On average, a Les Saisies property for sale ranges from €3,000 per sq m to €5,700 per sq m for a three-bedroom chalet in the main part of town. A newly built three-bedroom en-suite duplex is sold for about €440,000, where a one-bedroom apartment goes up to €275,000, but with recent developments in the surrounding areas it is only a matter of time before prices start to increase.
  • The current Ambassador, Franck Picard, was an Olympic champion in alpine skiing
  • The area hosted the Nordic events for the Winter Olympics in Albertville back in 1992
  • The ski lifts in Les Saisies are among the most efficient in Espace Diamant

How to Get There

By Train

Getting to Les Saisies by train is possible, although it is much more common to go by air. Albertville station is around 40 minutes (30km) from Les Saisies and you can transfer by bus or taxi, though it is wise to prebook either way.

By Air

Geneva airport is the closest main international airport to Les Saisies at 90km (1hr 45). Grenoble and Lyon airports are slightly further at 160km and 190km respectively, so around 2 hrs by car.

Three insiders tips for Les Saisies

GET - a drink at Le Dava, a popular spot in Les Saisies where ski instructors meet and locals hang out. It is the preferred après-ski address.
DO - drive up to Hauteluce, a village only 7km away from Les Saisies where you can take a chair lift up to the Contamines Montjoie Ski area and be struck by the awe-inspiring view.
SEE - the mountain’s rivers and lakes in the high altitude of Beaufortain, only a short drive away from the main village.    

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