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Risoul is a purpose built French Alpine ski resort in the south east of the country. Lying at eighteen fifty metres Risoul has a good snow record and has an enviable average of three hundred and twenty days of sunshine. The resort is linked to Vars and together they form the Foret Blanche ski area which provides almost two hundred kilometres of pistes. Although Risoul is not the prettiest resort with many large nineteen seventies accommodation blocks, more recent developments include traditionally styled chalets dotted around the tree clad slopes. Over fifty lifts provide easy access to the slopes that cater for all levels of ability. Risoul has good facilities for snow boarders. There are ski schools offering tuition for adults and children from three to twelve years. There are also crèche facilities for babies from three months. A current vaccination certificate is required. Evenings are fairly relaxed with a variety of bars, restaurants and a night club.
Risoul offers good snow conditions and, situated in the southern Alps, also long days of sunshine. It is a reasonably priced family friendly resort offering value for money. Risoul has a relaxed atmosphere where evenings are spent in restaurants and bars enjoying the company of family and friends.
Although Risoul ski holidays accommodate all levels of ability, the resort is very popular with families and first time skiers. It also attracts many snow boarders.
Risoul ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Being high in the mountains it usually has good snow conditions. Risoul's mountain scenery attracts many summer visits including hikers, mountain climbers and mountain bikers.
Risoul, in the south-east of the French Alps, is a pleasant family friendly resort usually offering good snow conditions and many days of sunshine. There are snow canons to supplement snow if it becomes sparse. Together with neighbouring Vars, Risoul forms the Foret Blanche ski area and provides one hundred and eighty kilometres of pistes. A cable car and over fifty-five lifts service the area and provide easy access to the slopes. Risoul has become a popular centre for snowboarders with the Surfland snow park providing terrain that suits all levels of ability. Though novices, family groups and intermediate skiers will enjoy the many kilometres of tree-line skiing, there are fewer runs for advanced skiers. There are however good opportunities for off-piste skiing and there are mogul runs down to Vars. There is ample tuition with ski schools for children as well as adults. The resort also offers crèche facilities for babies from six months. Vaccination certificates are a requirement.
Hotels, apartments and chalets provide a range of accommodation that caters for most budgets. Risoul shopping is limited to supplying essential provisions and equipment. The restaurants serve a variety of menu from traditional mountain food to pizzas and fast food, all at very reasonable prices. Nightlife is generally understated with evenings spent in the bars, cafés and restaurants. All in all, a Risoul ski holiday is considered to be very good value for money when compared with other, more popular resorts.
Risoul nightlife is fairly low key with cafés, bars and restaurants providing the evening entertainment. There is also a cinema.
Risoul shopping is rather limited providing only essential provisions. There are sports shops where equipment can be hired or bought.
Risoul has almost twenty restaurants and cafés serving a variety of menu, many of which are low cost. The diversity of food, from traditional Savoyard raclette to pizzas and burgers enables Risoul to satisfy most tastes. A family night out in Risoul will not break the budget.