Skiing in Les Saisies

Country: France

In a nutshell: A well-kept secret of a ski resort that’s perfect for beginners. Intermediates will love the big ski area too

We like:

  • The pretty setting, gentle novice slopes and small vertical drop make Les Saisies a perfect place to learn to ski
  • The Espace Diamant ski area is large with loads for intermediate skiers to enjoy
  • Good snow record, despite the lack of high-altitude skiing

We don’t like:

  • Very little on offer for advanced skiers
  • The Les Saisies ski area still has too many drag lifts which isn’t great for snowboarders
  • Not much in the way of apres ski


  • Resort altitude: 1,650m
  • Highest lift: 2,070m
  • Lowest piste: 1,150m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva – 1h 45m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Les Saisies: 27
    • Espace Diamant: 82
  • Number of runs:
    • Les Saisies
      • Green: 9
      • Blue: 23
      • Red: 14
      • Black: 6
    • Espace Diamant
      • Green: 31
      • Blue: 67
      • Red: 50
      • Black: 10


  • Family friendly
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates


Les Saisies ski resort is nestled in the Beaufortin valley close to glitzy Megeve. It’s a charming resort, with a noticeably welcoming atmosphere when compared to the French mega-resorts.

The ski resort is located at the snow-sure altitude of 1650m, and the resort receives above-average snowfall thanks to its proximity to Mont Blanc. However, the highest point doesn’t extend much beyond 2000m, so in a bad snow year the early and late season snow quality can suffer.

A Les Saisies ski holiday is perfect for beginners and families. It has a small vertical drop (which will disappoint advanced skiers) so it feels like a very safe place to learn to ski. Combine that with lots of gentle slopes and a lack of advanced skiers charging around and you have what we think is one of the best resorts to learn to ski.

It’s not just for beginners though; intermediate skiers will love exploring the extensive Espace Diamant ski area. There are lots of cruisey blues and red runs, and the layout of the area means you can ski a full circuit and end up where you started without having to go back on yourself. The area also connects lots of traditional alpine villages, such as they gorgeous Hauteluce and Flumet, so it’s possible to stop for a delicious French lunch in a different, charming village each day.