Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Vanoise National Park

Enchantment and emotion, this is the Parc National de la Vanoise. Explore this remarkable space in the company of a ranger or mountain guide. We guarantee you’ll be awe-struck!

1st France’s National Park

This protected area, much of which stretches across Haute Maurienne Vanoise, was established in 1963, notably thanks to Gilbert André (1927-2018) who was mayor of Bonneval sur Arc at the time. The central part, or “heart”, is a protected space that benefits from regulation to encourage the biodiversity of its landscapes, habitats and species, and to preserve its cultural and alpine heritage.

During this winter period, nature everywhere seems to be asleep. But wild animals are definitely present, adopting various strategies to survive the harsh winter months: the marmot hibernates, the black grouse spends the night in an igloo, and the birds that stay puff up their feathers to make their own winter jacket, while the others migrate to the south of France or to Africa… to return again when the temperature rises.

Our feathered and furry friends require colossal amounts of energy and courage to stay warm and find food in winter, so it is important that skiers and walkers avoid disturbing them as far as possible; any extra effort to move in the snow can be fatal to them.

The tasks of national park ranger guides are extremely varied. They also propose throughout the winter various encounters to present their work and help you understand the secrets of the surrounding environment.
Don’t hesitate to call upon our certified “Esprit Parc” mountain guides. As well as ensuring your
safety on the snowy trails, they’ll also stimulate your curiosity and ensure you pay more attention to the mountain environment and want to find out more.
For example, this is the best time of year to observe the ibex, when the males come down from the peaks to find food more easily.

Worth noting… A particularity of Haute Maurienne Vanoise: the Vallonbrun refuge is the only refuge in the Park that is open and tended throughout the winter. Don’t hesitate to contact the guardians!

You can learn more about the Parc National de la Vanoise
on its website or by visiting the free exhibition at the Maison de la Vanoise in Val-Cenis Termignon.

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