Guillestre is an ideal location for those who want to visit more than one ski station during their stay.
From the front door of the chalet you can see Risoul 1850, and high above some of the links over to Vars. Together; these resorts offer nearly 200km of pistes and excellent off-piste opportunities in the open bowls of Vars and the forests of Risoul. Well maintained roads allow you to reach Risoul in fifteen minutes or Vars in about twenty. At both Risoul and Vars you can park next to pistes and lifts, so no need for long walks in tight boots.The local bus company runs a free navette service from Guillestre to Risoul & Vars
Puy St Vincent 1400 can be reached in under 30 minutes and the lifts there give fast access to the whole resort. Whilst not as large as Risoul, this north facing resort holds its snow well and offers well over a 75km of piste and off-piste enjoyment. Snow cannon keep the main pistes open allowing the last run of the day to be the full top to bottom 1350m descent.
At Briancon, about 35-40 minutes drive, you can park beside the Pralong gondola which takes you up into the huge Serre Chevalier ski area. Or continue on and turn left uphill towards Italy where Mongenevre and Claviere sit on the col. These resorts are on the edge of the Via Lattea (Milky Way) linking some 400km of piste and the resorts that helped host the 2006 Torino Olympics.
To the south lies Embrun and the road up to the resort of Les Orres. This small but beautiful resort has many tree lined runs amongst its 88km of pistes; this makes it a great alternative for the occasional low visibility days.
Guillestre lies at the gateway to the Queyras and this mountain area offers a taste of simple skiing. No big resorts and developments; just six areas with a few lifts and a handful of pistes, fantastic views and tiny restaurants. These high valleys offer some of the finest cross country skiing (ski de fond) in France with over 200km of trails. The surrounding summits are accessed by immaculate ski mountaineering opportunities and tours.