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Barely one and a half hours to the north of Nice, snow-covered peaks rise up into the sky until deep into Spring. One of the top ski areas in the Maritime Alps is Auron, where, in addition to the magic of the slopes, the village atmosphere is just right.
Auron offers 135 km of pistes, a colourful mix of beginner's pistes to steep and sporty slopes, which are a joy for ambitious skiers. After the rainy late autumn, the snow conditions are ideal this season: even if - as is typical for the south of France, sunny days dominate but the white ground should last until the end of the season on 19 April. After all, the village is 1,600 metres above sea level and the highest peak is 2,450 metres.
The welcoming village atmosphere also attracts many overnight guests to Auron, where cosy restaurants and bars provide the perfect end to a day of sports. In addition, the varied ski area on the edge of the Mercantour National Park regularly offers events that are not only about fun on the slopes.
Every February, top chefs from the region invite you to the village. In March, the Snow Day Challenge is held, and in April, the "Festival du Bien-être en Montagne" is held for four days of wellness and relaxation.
By the way: even those who have been longing for the beach season shouldn't put away their skis yet! A sunny day in the glistening snow is at least as beneficial for body and soul as relaxing by the sea. Auron also entices you to the end of the season with interesting prices! Throughout April, a children's pass (up to 11 years old) is free of charge for every adult who buys a ski pass.
For beginners there are attractive offers all winter long: New this season is the free use of the Nabines chair lift and the Eterlou plate lift. Tickets can be picked up at the ticket office for 1.50€.
If you don't want to explore the whole ski area in one day, you can buy a "forfait découverte" (21.20€), which gives access to the lifts in the "Las Donnas" area which includes: Télériou, Nabines, Eterlous, Riou, Ubac, Blainon, Las Donnas, Les Prés, Les Abris.
The 7th of March will be marked by a sporting competition in aid of the Le Ligue contre le cancer (help for cancer patients and their relatives). There will be a "Trail des Neiges", a 9.2 km run through the snowy winter landscape (at 10 am) and two guided snowshoe hikes (10 am and 2 pm). The day is rounded off by numerous activities.
Festival du Bien être en Montagne
From 10 to 13 April, the Salle Rovery will be all about relaxation and alternative medicine. Topics of workshops and lectures will include Shiatsu, homoeopathy, essential oils, sophrology, autohypnosis as well as sports activities such as snowshoeing, moonlight walks with meditation, Pilates and yoga, Qi Gong etc.
Day entrance fee: 10 €.