Massif des Vosges - Ski au lever du jour
Massif des Vosges - Ski au lever du jour
Experiences Winter getaways

Night and day on the slopes

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Skiing during the day is already great fun, but skiing at dawn or in the dark of night is especially exciting.

In the Vosges Mountains, you can strap on your skis before sunrise at 6 a.m. and continue the fun until 9:45 p.m. on secured slopes. We try out these unusual options during our stay.

Le Hohneck - Lever du jour
Le Hohneck - Lever du jour

Breakfast is free for all early-morning passes bought before 8:30 a.m. at the resort of La Bresse-Hohneck

The calm of daybreak

At La Bresse-Hohneck, we’re far from the bustle of the overcrowded resorts. But it was still really enjoyable to get in some early morning runs at a time when most skiers have barely opened their eyes and others are only halfway through their night. To top off this divine moment, the sky puts on a show of beautiful colours.

La Bresse Hohneck - Descente ski nocturne
La Bresse Hohneck - Descente ski nocturne

La Bresse-Hohneck was the first resort in Europe to offer night-time skiing on its slopes.

Hit the slopes from morning to night

The weekends are short, and we don’t want to miss a moment of our skiing holiday. So, we decide to take advantage of the night-time hours at La Bresse-Hohneck. As dusk falls slowly on the mountain, we stop to admire the soft light taking over.

Massif des Vosges - Skier aux aurores
Massif des Vosges - Skier aux aurores

All the resorts of the Vosges Mountains have original ski packages in the winter season.

Ski under the stars

The resorts of Lac Blanc and Markstein also have night-time passes on certain evenings of the season. Equipment rental is available in the evening at the bottom of the ski lift.

La Bresse - Descente aux flambeaux
La Bresse - Descente aux flambeaux

Check out the calendar for the dates of the torchlight descents

Fired up

The torchlight descent on the slopes of Gérardmer is a pure moment of merriment. We finish off this one-of-a-kind evening watching the firework display and the laser show.

From slope to slope

In the winter, skiers can take the snow shuttles for easy travel in the resorts of the Vosges Mountains. They connect the city train stations to the main resorts and also run during events like the torchlight descent.

Massif des Vosges - Navettes Hiver
Massif des Vosges - Navettes Hiver

Feels like Scandinavia

While its rare to see Aurora borealis in the Vosges Mountains, the Scandinavian way of life definitely has its place. By candlelight, cuddled up next to the chimney, we try to unlock the secrets of hygge, the Danish art of well-being and relaxation. A welcome evening of unplugging.

Massif des Vosges - Randonnée Raquettes Hiver
Massif des Vosges - Randonnée Raquettes Hiver

Daring adventurers can also climb icefalls with instructors from the ESF ski school.

Walking on thin ice

We walked on water! Or, to be precise, we walked on the frozen rivers of Gérardmer. ESF organises ice-ruisseling outings, a hike through frozen streams for a different way to discover the Vosges Mountains.