We love

  • Direct access to the runs and chair lift
  • Access to the heated pool and hammam
  • Fully-equipped apartments
  • Pets permitted (add-on fee applies)
This winter, book with peace of mind:  Free cancellation up until 21 days before you arrive, or two days before you arrive for Covid-related reasons:  find out more
  Located in the Vars Sainte Marie resort, the three-star Résidence Pra Sainte Marie boasts charming fully-equipped apartments to sleep up to 6 guests.

Make the most of the direct access to the runs (chair lift just across from the residence) and set off to explore the Forêt Blanche skiing area, one of the southern Alps’ most popular thanks to its pristine surroundings, slopes that snake nearly 3,000 metres high, gorgeous sunshine and excellent snow conditions.

Relax after an action-packed day in the great outdoors with the residence’s fun water centre, featuring a heated covered pool, a hot tub, a hammam, and a gym.


Vars and its surroundings

  • Vars: the Vars resort encompasses four villages: Saint Marcellin, Sainte Marie, Sainte Catherine and Les Claux. Welcome to a place brimming with history, ancient traditions, and breath-taking vistas.
  • Le Queyras: from authentic little villages like Saint-Véran to the Parc Naturel Régional, Le Queyras is a stunning combination of nature, art and tradition.
  • Ubaye: surrounded by mountains that tower as high as 3,000 metres, the valley is home to a number of side roads such as Barcelonnette.
  • Serre Ponçon: Europe’s second largest artificial lake offers a huge range of different water sports and activities.
  • Val d’Escreins: known as ‘ Little Canada’, this nature reserve is packed full of botanical nature trails and orienteering routes for the perfect family day out. 

The Vars skiing area

The Forêt Blanche: Elevation of 1,650 m/2,750 m • 185 km of runs • 116 ski runs (21 green, 45 blue, 40 red, 10 black) • 42 ski lifts.

Winter activities in Vars

Vars, a super sporty resort
A range of different activities await: downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, monoskiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, mountain climbing, snow biking, ice-rink, snowshoe hiking, hang-gliding, dog-sledding and speed-riding. Enjoy the Varspark while you’re here, too: one of Europe’s top snow parks complete with a chill-out area (terraces, barbecues, open stage)

Vars, a one-of-a-kind resort
Try something different this holiday: enjoy an overnight ‘Inuit’ stay in an igloo in incredible conditions deep in the Peynier forest.

Sweet treats & regional delicacies

Fish soup, tapenade and Provencal tart are on the menu here in Vars.

New at Ateya Vacances: Pick-and-mix your way to your dream ski trip

For your skiing holiday this year, you now have the option to book a bunch of add-ons at the same time as your trip: 

-  Budget-friendly ski passes for the Forêt Blanche skiing area (Vars-Risoul) ski lifts, valid from the day after you check in: save money and time with ski passes ready for you to collect along with the keys to your apartment upon check-in at the residence.

- Your  SKISET ski gear  with up to 40% off in-store prices! The Orain Sport and Atelier Skiset stores are a five-minute drive away from the residence and offer a quick and easy click & collect service. 

-  Group ski classes with the ESF Vars school: want to upgrade your ski skills this winter? Look no further. The meet point is just 150 metres away from the residence!

To book your classes, pick your dates and the type of apartment you’d like and head on to the next step.

Feel free to contact us at  +33 (0)4 82 98 36 42 with any questions you may have. We’d be happy to help!

More information:

Conditions de vente des cours ESF
Conditions d'utilisation des forfaits de ski

Getting there 

Pra Sainte Marie ***
Sainte Marie 05560 Vars

By car
Direct motorway from Lyon, Geneva, Paris, Marseille to Grenoble, followed by the RN 91 (1h) heading to Briançon up to the Le Chambon, followed by the D 213.

By plane
Montdauphin-Guillestre train station (15 km).

By train
Marseille-Provence (242km), Grenoble (211 km), Lyon-Saint Exupéry (293 km) airports.

Latitude : 44.594Longitude : 6.689650000000029

Check-in & Checkout

Check-in:  From 5:00pm on Saturday
Checkout:  Before 10:00am on Saturday


Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 11:00am and 4:00pm to 7:00pm - Closed Wednesday
Saturday: 8:00am to noon and 2:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am to 11:00am and 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Check opening hours on-site

Payable on site

Tourist tax payable on site: €1.50/night/per person over 18.
Deposit: €300/apartment by pre-authorised card payment.

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