Vars shares the giant Foret Blanche ski area with neighbouring Risoul, one of the most affordable of the giant French ski regions. Whilst Risoul is a major British destination, Vars has a longer history and a predominantly French feel. Vars is situated on the other side of the Pic de Chabrièresr to Risoul and claims to enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year. The resort is divided in to four bases, although the original centre, Les Claux (often just known as Vars), is by far the largest and has the lion's share of facilities. Its 1900m altitude makes it one of the higher resorts in the Alps too, a particular strength given the southerly latitude of the area compared to many of the other well known French resorts. Les Claux is made up of a mixture of concrete blocks and traditional chalet designs. Smaller settlements are at Sainte Catherine, Sainte Marie and Saint Marcellin, all but Sainte Catherine have lifts and runs down to the edge of the village.
Vars has been a predominantly domestic destination resort until recently, it shares the largest ski area in the Southern French Alps with neighbouring Risoul, and has the more interesting part. The main Vars station is made up of a mixture of concrete blocks and traditional chalet designs. There are many good restaurants and the nightlife can be very lively, especially at weekends.