Superbly signposted walks around Le Mont-Dore are marked on good trail maps such as IGN's 1:25,000-scale map Massif du Sancy (€12.50) or Chamina's Massif du Sancy guidebook (€9.50), which outlines 36 hikes in the area. Both are sold at the tourist office.
Le Mont-Dore isn't as high, nor as snow-sure, as similar-sized resorts in the Alps. But 4km above town extend 84km of downhill ski runs at the Station du Mont-Dore, with terrain to suit beginners through to intermediate skiers (hardened snow-heads venture off-piste). You can also reach the ski fields of Super-Besse from here (weather and lifts permitting).