Cross-country skiing

When it comes to winter sports, many people immediately think of downhill skiing. But why not try strapping on the cross-country skis for a fantastic winter sport vacation?

The Vallée d’Abondance is one of the loveliest cross-country regions in the Haute-Savoie. There are trails totaling 35 kilometers in length that connect Abondance, Châtel and La Chapelle d’Abondance . Along the La Dranse river, you will discover the gorgeous winter scenes and vistas on at Les Dents du Midi and Les Cornettes de Bise. There is also a small area near Lac des Plagnes above Abondance.

Cross-country skiing pass

If you already have a ski pass for La Chapelle d’Abondance, you have free access to the trails. You can also use the bus in the villages for free.

If you do not have a ski pass, you can buy your cross-country skiing pass at the lifthouses in Braitaz or Crêt-Béni, the tourism office La Chapelle or at the ski school ESF La Chapelle d’Abondance.


  • 1 day – Adults: €8.80
  • 1 day – Kids (ages 6 to 16): €4.60
  • Weekly pass: €37 / €20 (for use at all cross-country skiing areas affiliated with Nordic Haute Savoie)

Cross-country skiing lessons

Have you never tried cross-country skiing before and do you want to start off in the right way? If so, try cross-country skiing lessons at the Ecole de Ski Français in La Chapelle.

For more information, go to the ESF La Chapelle website.