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Skiing, snowshoeing, escape games, sensational activities … this winter, each with their Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme)

Skiing, snowshoeing, escape games, sensational activities … this winter, each with their Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme)

After the first descents on December 4 and 5 in Mont-Dore, powder snow fans will be able to enjoy the Super Besse and Chastreix slopes, but also the Nordic area from this Friday, December 10.

Where, what, for whom, for what, we tell you everything (or almost) here.

Three seasons

Le Sancy are three stations:

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  • The Mont-Dore, with its 3 chair lifts, 9 lifts and cable car. It includes 15 green slopes, 8 blue, 6 red and 2 black, more than 33 km of slopes and 60% of the area equipped with snow cannons;
  • Super besse with 5 chair lifts, 13 chair lifts, 2 covered carpets and a cable car. There are 5 green slopes, 9 blue, 9 red and 4 black. All about 40 km of slopes and 70% of the field equipped with snow cannons. At night, 13 tracks are lit up;
  • Chastreix-Sancy, with 1 covered mat, 7 lifts and a snowpark. There are 6 green slopes, 5 blue, 5 red and 2 black, more than 16 km of slopes equipped with 28 snow cannons.
    Do you fancy cross-country skiing? (photo Francis Campagnoni)

Ski schools

Ski schools offer activities dedicated to young children, including the piou-piou club for children aged 3 to 5, cross-country skiing, biathlon, group and individual classes.

After strong demand for two years, Ski schools are also developing products around safety., such as technical skiing and mountain discovery.

They also offer Nordic ski touring with wider than cross-country skis, including scales instead of sealskins, with half-day, full-day or weekly hikes. Not to mention the departures that are offered during the full moon.

Nordic areas

The Sancy Nordic area is one of the largest Nordic areas in the Massif Central, with 250 km of slopes. conditioned and signposted distributed in two areas, 6 municipalities, 8 cross-country ski sectors and 46 slopes. As for snowshoes, there are 20 routes spread over 160 marked km. Tours can be found in the Sancy Explorer app.

Thirty mountain guides organize snowshoe hikes During the day, noon or at night, to observe the fauna and discover volcanism, in the direction of the little ones with the trappers, walk to the most demanding hike in the mountain ranges, to enjoy 360-degree landscapes.

What better than a good breath of fresh air in the sun (photo Franck Boileau)

Outdoor activities

On the Super Besse side, families can enjoy the Fantasy toboggan run and its 3 km descent from the top of La Perdrix, on Mondays and Thursdays during the holidays, on Saturdays outside the holidays (€ 13); du Yooner, that is, 3 climbs to the Falaise chairlift, on Wednesdays outside of public holidays and on Tuesdays during public holidays (€ 13); Snake gliss, this articulated sleigh train with guaranteed sensations from 12 years old (€ 17); the 2,600 m long Xtrem Aventure de la Biche combining zip lines, footbridges, via ferrata, monkey bridge, and jumping (€ 24.40 for 12-15 year olds; € 28.40 for adults); of the Fantasticable zip line, alone or in duo, from € 32.50.

cousin The Massif du Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme) resorts start their season

On the Mont-Dore side, powder snow fans can take advantage of the Airboard, a true snow bodyboard; du Mont-Dore ventures into the heart of the Capuchin forest with 9 tree runs, a free toboggan run and the exploration game.

What’s new?

Several new features will also be discovered with the Mont-Dore side:

– the 700 m long zip line with 360 degree twists and turns that will open in February and, if possible, at Christmas;

– the Snooc, a hybrid machine between toboggan and ski touring that was inaugurated last winter;

– Sancy park, with “motoneigix”, electric snowmobiles for children from 8 years old; the Infernal Tower, a tubing track and carpet-covered toboggan runs for climbing.

Thrills guaranteed with the Xtrem Aventure de la Biche in Super Besse, like the 360 ​​degree zip line in Mont-Dore! (photo Rémi Dugne)

Indoor activities

After the success of the summer, the escape game will return to the Perdrix gondola in Super Besse, when the ski is closed. The participants must solve the puzzles and thus save the station from an eruption, all in light of its front. € 79 per cabin; duration 45 minutes, Wednesday at 4:45 pm, during the Christmas holidays and outside the holidays; at 5:15 p.m. during the February holidays.

cousin The resort of Lioran (Cantal) ready to open this weekend

Instead of or in addition to the downhill slopes, visitors and locals alike can take advantage of the Hermines water sports center and the sports center at Super Besse, or the Mont-Dore ice rink and bowling alley.

Non-ski activities

You may have discovered it in Aydat, the Forest of Arboris will take its winter headquarters in Mont-Dore. This place designed by Jacques Flores is cooperative, eco-responsible, educational, intergenerational and fun, with laser wood, a game experience with 6 scenarios (from 3 years old) and a cabinet of flavors that offers local products.

What awaits you for this new season at the top of Sancy (Puy-de-Dôme)

“We are going to try to remodel an abandoned ski lift station to create a third tourist destination in the next few years,” says Jacques Flores. The idea is to bring together several providers who can work together around responsible tourism. »A project that will last several years.

The Super Besse station will once again offer its Escape game in its cabins at nightfall or a candlelight dinner on its cable car for Valentine’s Day (photo illustrative Thierry Lindauer)

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Gaelle chazal

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