Just 90km (56 miles) north of the Mediterranean and the city of Nice lies Auron, the skiing capital of the Maritime Alps. An historic ski centre within easy driving distance of the Mediterranean. Good variety of terrain, all within the tree line and a wide-ranging list of non-ski alternatives.
People have been skiing for pleasure in the valley of the Haute Tinee since the beginning of the 20th century but there has been a settlement here for hundreds of years. Although the resort amenities are up-to-the-minute for 21st century holidaymakers, the little town has managed to retain many interesting old features, most notably its 13th century church which is well worth a visit. Since opening its first lift in 1937 Auron has developed not only the extent of its lifts and amenities but also its reputation until today it is known as a fairly glamorous resort. It is indeed very French and not surprisingly, given its proximity to the French Riviera, the resort boasts many celebrity patrons, including Jacques Chirac, Sacha Distel and Marc Chagall. And despite its southerly location and plentiful sunshine, its northly aspect ensures Auron has reliable snow; skiing usually lasts well into the month of May. Quite apart from skiing, Auron, along with its sister community St Etienne de Tinee, has a vast array of non-ski activities, including sports, shops, restaurants & bars, museums and sights. The locals of Auron love a party and have several festivals during the year.