Located at altitudes of 1,000 to 1,800 metres Fancy a little fresh air?10 villages and 6 resorts
Haute Maurienne Vanoise

High valley

Haute Maurienne is a high valley that begins on the Alpine south-eastern edge of France, at the foot of the Sources de l’Arc glacier. Maurienne is one of the three main valleys of department 73, that of Savoie, the other two being the Tarentaise and Beaufortain valleys. The River Arc flows through the valley all the way to the River Isère.
Legend has it that the word “Maurienne” comes from the Piedmontese patois “Mo riu” which means “bad stream”. Indeed, this capricious river has caused some devastating floods in the past, in Modane in 1957, for example. Channelled by several hydro-electric dams, nowadays the Arc is a gentle, beautifully clear river in which we invite you to discover the pleasant pursuit of trout fishing.
Another legend attributes the word “Maurienne” to the valley’s invasion by the Moors during the 10th century. Moreover, on the Valfréjus side stand the Pointe des Sarrasins (Saracen peak), the Col des Sarrasins (Saracen pass) and the Crête des Sarrasins (Saracen ridge) which reach heights of nearly 3,000 metres.

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Our roots elevate you

Take to the heights!

From Modane (1,000 m) to Bonneval-sur-Arc (1,800 m), Haute Maurienne Vanoise is truly a valley with altitude.
Its villages and hamlets are an Alpine concentrate with peaks in excess of 3,000 metres and a 360° view (Mont Thabor, Rateau d’Aussois, Dent Parrachée, Albaron, Bessanaise, Grande Casse, Mont-Blanc and Grand Paradis).

Feast your eyes, explore, fill your lungs with fresh air and your head with great memories!

Prolong the experience by following the many mountain footpaths and take advantage of our mountain refuges to take a break and contemplate the landscape! Quite simply, Haute Maurienne Vanoise boasts the Alps’ highest concentration of refuges where you can spend the night and enjoy the delicious local dishes! Don’t forget to indulge in a wellbeing experience, as you’ll also find several mountain spa centres in Haute Maurienne Vanoise. Make the most of them!

Our villages are

inhabited all year round

It makes all the difference!

Life in the mountains

In Haute Maurienne Vanoise, the inhabitants have several occupations: ski patrollers, ski lift attendants or ski instructors in winter, carpenters, machine operators or guides in summer.
The farmers work all year round, tending to their animals while also having a winter job in the ski areas. This effort invested by each inhabitant is what gives Haute Maurienne Vanoise that little extra soul: Haute Maurienne Vanoise has less than 10,000 inhabitants, with the two villages of Modane-Fourneaux and Val Cenis Lanslebourg-Val Cenis Lanslevillard accounting for half the population. Yet from Villard to Ecot, virtually every little village is inhabited all year round.

For example, in summer, go hiking in Le Villaron in Bessans. At the end of the trail, you will discover a postcard image of stone houses with stone-slate roofs, and busy locals making the hay to be fed to the animals in winter! Because even here, in this magical place far from the world, people actually live all year round. An attachment to their hamlet, village and valley is what makes each inhabitant a true ambassador of Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

Here holidaymakers are welcomed by professionals who can tell them the secrets of each village, valley and trail. It is not uncommon to have the opportunity to share their way of life or to be told the legends and history of this high valley. In Valfréjus, La Norma, Aussois, Val Cenis, Bessans and Bonneval sur Arc, sharing and hospitality are part of the heritage, all year round.

Respirez la vraie montagne, flânez dans un village aux toits de lauze, aux murs de pierres. Bonneval sur Arc est le 6e village préféré des français et l'un des plus beaux villages de France. 😍🏚🏔www.bonneval-sur-arc.com

Publiée par Haute Maurienne Vanoise sur Dimanche 11 juin 2017

Pluriactivité : moniteur et agriculteur à Val Cenis

Suivez la journée de Yoann moniteur de ski ⛷️🥇 et agriculteur 👨‍🌾🐮🧀 à Val Cenis Il vous raconte ses 2 métiers avec passion ! 👇 Posez-lui vos questions ?

Publiée par Val Cenis sur Samedi 17 février 2018

Découvrez la vie de Céline, gardienne du Refuge de la Leisse a…

🏕 A 2487m d'altitude, découvrez la vie de Céline, maman et gardienne du Refuge de la Leisse au coeur du Parc national de la Vanoise. 👩👶▶ Lire l’article de France Montagnes : http://www.france-montagnes.com/webzine/nature-et-decouverte/la-rencontre-de-celine-maman-et-gardienne-de-refuge-en-vanoise

Publiée par Haute Maurienne Vanoise sur Lundi 11 septembre 2017

Thomas nivoculteur/vetetiste d'Aussois sur la ligne de départ de la #tmv2018 GO ! 🙌

Publiée par Aussois sur Vendredi 27 juillet 2018

La légende du diable de Bessans

🎃 En ce jour d'halloween 👻, laissez nous vous conter l'histoire du Diable de Bessans 😈

Publiée par Bessans sur Mardi 31 octobre 2017

Between France and Italy

A passageway frequented for centuries

High valley of the kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia

Haute Maurienne was annexed to France in 1860. There are still strong ties of friendship, including twinnings with our Italian neighbours (between Bramans and Giglione, Modane and Bardonecchia) and various events organised at the top of our mountain passes and peaks.

From the Vallée Etroite Pass in Valfréjus to the Carro Pass in Bonneval sur Arc, the border with Italy stretches across all the peaks. At the bottom of the adjacent valleys there are many trails that will take you from France to Italy without you even noticing!

The Fréjus road and railway tunnels allow year-round access, but don’t forget to take the Mont-Cenis pass (road built by Emperor Napoleon at an elevation of 2,000 metres) and to visit the Maison franco-italienne (French-Italian centre) to get a feel for this outstanding historical context!

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