Stay in Saint François Longchamp
We discovered the resort of Saint François Longchamp during one week. In addition to the ski area, there are many activities in Saint François Longchamp! The village being relatively small, we feel very quickly at home. This is what we appreciated the most during our stay: the family and intimate atmosphere.
Saint Francois Longchamp
How to get to Saint Francois Longchamp?
✧From Lyon or Geneva: Saint Francois Longchamp is only 2 hours away. If you cannot go for a full week, its proximity makes it a real asset to spend a short stay there.
✧Count 1h drive from Chambéry, 1h30 from Grenoble.
Why choose Saint François Longchamp for your ski trip ?
Saint François Longchamp is a family resort with lots of activities for everyone! Compared to some of the more mediatized resorts, we really appreciated the mentality and the kindness of the inhabitants. We are far from the glitz and glamour. Here, we find a sincere atmosphere, warm and welcoming, that we look for in the mountains.
The resort is separated in several parts. Historically, it was three villages that joined together to gain in attractiveness. To get around Saint Francois Longchamp, free shuttle buses are available. In the evening, you can book a free night shuttle that will take you to the place of your choice. Please note: The night shuttle is available from Monday to Friday from 7:30 pm to 11 pm. All information is available at the Saint Francois Longchamp tourist office. Everything is done to make life easier for holidaymakers!
Saint François Longchamp : activities
You are sure to find what you are looking for among the many activities to try:
- A wellness center – Balneotherapy
- Sledding on rails (La Comète)
- Dog sledding
- Fat bike and BDD
- A cinema
- Many restaurants
Visit the Saint François Longchamp website to find out about all the activities.
And of course… skiing!
The 165 km of slopes, including the link with Valmorel, will also satisfy the fans of skiing. There is something for all levels! Fun runs have been created for children and teenagers.
For a weekend, we recommend you the Grand Domaine package, because there are interesting prices. Indeed, the Grand Domaine package is 22,70€ instead of 45,50€ every Saturday except school vacations. So, the price is very interesting! Moreover, it is very pleasant to be able to ski in the sun all the time thanks to the southern exposure of the domain.
Once on the slopes, you must absolutely go to the Labell’aire. It is an en-route area designed for relaxation, with deckchairs, swings and picnic facilities!
Beyond the skiing, we were able to test several activities and restaurants in the resort. Thus, we can propose you different ideas for your stay in Saint François Longchamp.
Activities in Saint François Longchamp
Tour in Dameuse / Pisteur for a day :
The resort offers to some privileged people the possibility to discover the domain on board a snow groomer, or to follow the ski patrol during the opening and the checking of the slopes. For this, you just have to register to the draws which takes place every week. Go to the tourism house to register.
↠The experience ” Monte dans ma Dameuse “ : every Wednesday at 5:30 pm. To try to win, you must have a 6-day pass and fill out an entry form before Tuesday at noon. We had the chance to go there for the sunrise, we leave you with the photos of this moment out of time:
↠The “Tracker for a Day” experience: every Tuesday at 8:40am. To try your luck, you must have a valid ski pass and a good level of skiing. Registration must be done before Monday evening (it is not a draw). Attention: limited to 10 places so register as soon as possible.
A big advantage of Saint François Longchamp, the balneotherapy center allows you to occupy yourself in case of bad weather or after a good day of skiing. On site, you will find 7 balneotherapy pools, a whirlpool, a treatment area, a gym, a solarium and sauna / steam rooms. In short, it is 2 500m2 dedicated to your well-being! On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can also enjoy aquagym and aquabike classes.
Fat Bike and BDD :
For thrill seekers and nature lovers, you can discover these activities with Smooky Bike. We tested the BDD, a bike with huge wheels to ride down the slopes. To get to the top of the slopes, the instructors accompany you with the bikes, just before the Lune Bleue chairlift closes. The descent takes about 45 minutes. This activity is original and the atmosphere is very fun!
↠Practical information : meeting at 4:15 pm at the foot of the slopes. Price : 20€ for the initiation.
Sledding : La Comète
At the bottom of the slopes, you will find the sled on rails La Comète. For those who love the sensation, you must try it! It is possible to do it in duo or solo. The attraction is 900 m long, enough to have fun. Prices and opening hours on the site.
Dog sledding :
Unfortunately, we had no luck with the weather conditions. So we could not do this activity.However, we were able to talk with Greg, the owner of the dogs and visit them. All the dogs come from the SPA. With Greg, they start their second life. Each season, new dogs are collected in December. They are then available for adoption at the end of March. This is a very nice way to give a chance to abused and/or abandoned animals.
↠Practical information: from €60 per adult and €40 per child. This price is particularly low because the dogs are only present for 3 to 4 months a year. They are therefore less expensive to maintain. Reservation here.
↠Please note : make sure to book as soon as you have your dates of stay. The schedule for the sled dogs is full months in advance!
Voir cette publication sur Instagram
Where to eat in Saint François Longchamp ?
We tested several restaurants in Saint François Longchamp. Here are the ones we recommend for you to enjoy!
The restaurants in the resort
- Le Slalom : this restaurant, located in the Saint Francois Longchamp 1450 area, is run by Bretons and is very warm. Every Monday, Brittany is honored with a menu composed of a kir breton, two galettes with 3 ingredients to choose from, a crêpe and two desserts. We enjoyed ourselves ! Price : 22,50€ per person.
- La Perelle :this hotel-restaurant offers a magnificent setting. For meat lovers, we advise you to go there on Tuesday evening: beef rib cooked in the fireplace at will, with starters and desserts buffet. Of course, you can choose something else from the menu if you do not like it.
- La Godille : it is the ski instructors’ place. The atmosphere is very nice, whether you want to eat or just have a drink. Relaxation and smiles guaranteed !
- Le Troll Gourmand : very good address to taste local products. The fondue and raclettes are excellent. The wine list is selected with love!
- Le Plancher des Vaches : very warm restaurant located in the Mollaret district. The prices are reasonable and the meals are excellent! We love the mountain and modern decoration at the same time.
- The restaurant of the hotel of the Blue Lake: it is here that we discovered the truffle fondue. Not only we enjoyed it, but we also liked the setting. The restaurant has been renovated this year, so the decoration is sublime.
To eat on the slopes
Tested and approved : The restaurant les 2 Mazots, which is located at the col de la Madeleine. It has a sunny terrace, with a view on the Mont-Blanc. The prices are reasonable for a restaurant at the top of the slopes. The quality is there.
We hope to have given you the desire to choose Saint François Longchamp for your next stay in the mountains. We really liked the resort and the activities it offers. This stay and this blog post are the result of a collaboration with the Saint François Labellemontagne ski area. This does not affect our feelings and our opinion shared on this blog.