The good point in coming to study at Ifalpes in winter is of course the proximity with the mountains. The closest to Annecy is called the “Semnoz” where it’s possible to do many activities.
As every winter, shuttle buses take you from Annecy train station to the Semnoz ski resort in 40 minutes. These shuttles are available every 30 minutes on Wednesdays and weekends outside school holidays and every day during school holidays. The journey costs 1.50€ per trip.
Unfortunately, at the moment the ski lifts for downhill skiing are closed but other activities are available !
Cross-country skiing and skating
The Nordic ski slopes are open at the moment. The Semnoz offers 30 km of groomed slopes for alternative skiing and skating.
If you do not have your equipment, it is possible to rent it in one of the two rental chalets available on site.
For beginners, you can also book cross-country skiing lessons with an instructor.
Snowshoes are an excellent way to discover the mountain and marvel at the magnificent alpine scenery. It is an activity that does not require any particular knowledge or physical condition. Just put on the snowshoes and start walking!
The Semnoz offers various signposted routes that you can use free of charge. You can also simply make your own way through the powder snow in the forest !
The summit of Semnoz is situated at an altitude of 1700 m, up there a large plateau allows you to admire, on a clear day, a view of the 3 lakes (Annecy, Aix les Bains and Lake Geneva). You will also see many kite skiers and snowboarders using the force of the wind to glide and project themselves into the areas!
No more reasons to hesitate to come to Ifalpes this winter !