Super-Besse first saw the light of day in December 1961, after a group of locals set up an SEM (a limited company), which grouped and started managing all lifts in the region. In Super-Besse, these were three ski lifts and a two-seater gondola, which started at 1350 m altitude and reached as its highest peak, the Puy de Perdrix (1850 m).
During the 1970s and 1980s, the resort continued to expand with ski lifts, accommodation, shops, bars and restaurants and became popular, especially with French winter sports enthusiasts, mainly thanks to its high snow security.
Incidentally, this did not go unnoticed by foreign winter sports enthusiasts! British ski enthusiasts in particular were increasingly finding Super-Besse to be a great alternative to the traditional ski resorts in the Alps. And it was closer too! Belgians and Dutch also started to see Super-Besse more and more as a fine alternative to the Alpine countries.
This snow security is also enhanced by the use of artificial snow. This was experimented with on a trial basis in 1992, thanks in part to the nearby lake. In 2008, the existing Perdrix gondola lift was replaced by a more modern gondola lift, and more traditionally-built residences emerged alongside the large apartment buildings, mainly for rental purposes. Now Super-Besse has a full winter season from late December to early April and boasts 40 km of slopes, spread over 26 runs.