Bessans

Nordic spirit

Wide open spaces of the Far North, with steep slopes as a bonus! An invitation to travel between Vanoise and Italy, up where the glaciers culminate, the valley beckons. In the heart of this wilderness, Bessans offers a real breath of fresh air on a high plateau dotted with hamlets and criss-crossed all winter long.

Welcome to

Bessans

in Haute Maurienne Vanoise

A mountain village

Located at an elevation of 1,750 metres, Bessans is a traditional village, typical of Haute Maurienne Vanoise, on the Italian border and at the edge of the Parc National de la Vanoise.

This authentic village with a family feel perpetuates its traditions through unspoilt nature, religious celebrations (costumed festival on 15th August) and sculpture.

Bessans boasts a rich cultural heritage with its hamlets, mountain cabins, engraved stone and religious buildings including Saint Antoine chapel and its famous frescoes.

Cross-country skiing is a way of life in Bessans. Many of the inhabitants have competed more than once in the marathon that takes place here at the beginning of each year.

The course varies from year to year, naturally, but the sporting achievements are always there alongside the pleasant memories shared between family and friends.

Not convinced yet? Well, there’s also the international biathlon stadium where you can have a go yourself, guided by an instructor, at this sporting discipline that the French are so fond of.

 

In fact, it’s not unusual to see top athletes training in the exceptional setting offered by this beautiful plateau.

The Nordic spirit

• A winter paradise with 133 km of groomed trails for classic-style cross-country skiing and ski-skating.

• A superb playground for snowshoers! The Bessans plateau is also a back-up sector for snowshoeing when the avalanche risk is high.

• Groomed tracks for ski-joering or simply to ski in the company of your dog.

• Regular dog-sledding excursions to explore the plateau.

• An ideal site for trying Nordic skiing for the first time, with 15 km of freely-accessible discovery trails (waymarked and secured) available for relaxing walks.

Nordic capital of the Alps

Boasting the Nordic France quality label, Bessans has 133 km of groomed slopes to take you to the heart of a high plateau that has nothing to envy of the Far North: immaculate valleys, glaciers and peaks reaching altitudes of over 3000 metres!

In the heart of nature

This vast high plateau, which is technically challenging, very pleasant and perfectly equipped, offers skiers, walkers and snowshoers a real change of scene surrounded by the majesty of nature.

History and legend

Explore the alleys to discover the fascinating stories, unusual anecdotes and little secrets that make the resort of Bessans such a popular and enchanting place.

Guide

If you want to know more and explore our resort, check out our winter resort guide for all the information you need for your stay in Bessans.

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