Nordic spirit

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

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in Haute Maurienne Vanoise

A high-altitude 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 featuring unspoilt nature, religious celebrations (costumed festival on 15 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.

Yes, Bessans embodies 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. In free access: 15 km of discovery trails (marked and secure) are available for relaxing walks.

Nordic capital of the Alps

Labelled Nordic France, Bessans, it is 133 km of groomed slopes that will lead you to the heart of a high plateau that has nothing to envy the Far North: immaculate valleys, glaciers and peaks peaking at an altitude of over 3000 m!

In the heart of the nature

On skis, on foot or on snowshoes, this vast high altitude plateau, which is at the same time technical, pleasant and perfectly equipped, will delight you with its change of scenery and its natural majesty

Heritage and legends

Go through the alleys to discover fascinating stories, unusual anecdotes and little secrets that have made the resort of Bessans a popular and magical place.


Want to know more and discover our resort, find all the information you need for your stay in Bessans in our winter resort guide.


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