Auron, ski in the Mercantour Valley

At only one and a half hours from Nice and at 1,600 meters of altitude in the Mercantour Valley is the Auron ski station, a favorite weekend and winter holiday destinations for Riviera residents, and a family friendly and sunny station.
By Emma Sebbag

The original village Saint-Etienne de Tinée, at 1,100 meters of altitude, provides a welcoming stopover or starting point for skiers. Linked to the station by a cable car, it offers all the charm of a typical mountain village in the Italian style, and is home to authentic historical treasures and magnificent and admirably decorated chapels. It’s also a good departure point for cross-country ski or snowshoe hikes.

For the athletes among you, wishing to be right at the foot of the ski runs, the high-altitude station proposes all types of accommodation, from traditional studio apartments to family homes, and including apartment hotels; everything has been designed to make the most of the 135km ski area.

“Après-ski” here is also particularly complete, with a variety of activities on offer: paragliding, snowmobile, ice-skating, sledding, a spa and swimming center… You will also be tempted by an adventure in the footsteps of one of the most feared, but also the most mysterious, inhabitants of the Mercantour National Park, and the luckiest among us, on a guided hike, will perhaps glimpse the wolves that have returned to the region over the last few decades! Whatever the case, wanders through this Park, listed since 1979, provide without fail the grand spectacle and magic of Alpine panoramas, and hundreds of animal and vegetable species to observe and protect.

Don’t forget that Auron station is also accessible and open in summer, with very many activities and walks permitting wonderful and refreshing escapades when the heat wave beats down on the coast.

In the meantime, the snow is there, and in abundance, so be tempted!

Office de Tourisme d'Auron
04 93 23 02 66

Auron, ski in the Mercantour Valley
Ski in Provence
Photography José Nicolas

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