The welcoming ski resort of Notre Dame de Bellecombe, in the heart of the l’Espace Diamant ski area, is one of the most beautiful French resorts there is. As the oldest reduce in l’Espace Diamant, Notre Dame de Bellecombe’s impressive history stretches all the way back to the 15th Century, and its roots are still visible in the form of the typical bulbous spire of the village church, and the architecture of the centre of village, situated at an altitude of 1150m. Huddled all around this are traditional houses, featuring typical Savoyard architecture, which gives the entire resort an authentic and charming atmosphere. The original village has, over the years, expanded to include 2 further areas: Notre Dame de Bellecombe (Le Mont Rond/Le Planay) at 1350m, and Notre Dame de Bellecombe (La Boulangère/Les Frasses) at 1450m.
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With its three ski stations set on three separate peaks (Mont Reguet, Mont Rond and Mont Vorès), which range from an altitude of 1150m right up to 2070m, it could be said that Notre Dame de Bellecombe forms the central axis of the whole l’Espace Diamant ski area. As you would therefore expect, skiers in Notre Dame de Bellecombe are within easy reach of all the huge variety of runs at Praz sur Arly and Flumet to the north, Crest-Voland and Cohennez to the east, as well as Les Saisies and Hautluce to the south. Notre Dame de Bellecome is therefore perfectly situated as a base from which to explore the full 185km of runs in l’Espace Diamant ski area, which surround it on all sides.
Even just the 70km of runs in Notre Dame de Bellecombe’s own ski area offers a great variety of skiing experiences, suitable for all levels of expertise, from spacious beginners’ runs through to challenging runs at higher altitudes for the more experienced visitors. The facilities on offer also include designated areas for beginners, as well as a slalom run. All of this is set against the spectacular backdrop of Mont Blanc.
Mont Rond is the place to be for both snowboarders and cross-country skiers. On the northern side of the peak there is a snow park, complete with a “boardercross” run, and at the foot of the mountain, in the area surrounding Notre Dame de Bellecombe at 1350m, visitors will find an 8km cross-country route winding through the beautiful landscape.
To ensure a stress-free stay, guests of Notre Dame de Bellecombe have access to free shuttle buses, which not only connect the three ski stations of Notre Dame de Bellecombe with each other, but also connect Notre Dame de Bellecombe Village with the neighbouring resort of Crest Voland.
Notre Dame de Bellecombe is well equipped to provide its guests with the classic après-ski experience, with many fine restaurants. On Tuesdays and Thursdays visitors have the opportunity to experience something unforgettable, as night time skiing and torch-lit runs take place on the Quart-Piste, which ends in Notre Dame de Bellecombe Village.
The range of activities on offer around Notre Dame de Bellecombe is complemented by snowshoe hikes, which also sometimes take place after dark, dog-sled rides, whereby visitors have the option to just sit back and enjoy the ride, or try taking control of the sled for themselves, an ice rink in the centre of the valley station and 2 toboggan runs in the “Village” section of the resort and in Notre Dame de Bellecombe 1350.
A highlight for the younger holidaymakers is the “Maison des contes de fées”, the “House of French fairytales in Notre Dame de Bellecombe Village, which entices young and old alike into the world of French fairytales with its small restaurant and museum.