High‑altitude valley

of Haute Maurienne Vanoise

10 villages and 6 resorts located at elevations of 1,000 to 1,800 metres. Oxygenation guaranteed!

Fly with us to the heights!

 

From Modane (1,000 m) to Bonneval-sur-Arc (1,800 m), Haute Maurienne Vanoise is truly a high-altitude valley.

Its villages and resorts are an Alpine concentrate offering peaks that exceed 3,000 metres (Mont Thabor, Rateau d’Aussois, Dent Parrachée, Albaron, Bessanaise, Grande Casse, Mont-Blanc and Grand Paradis) and dominate the slopes and resorts and the mountain wilderness.

From the top of the resorts unfurl 360° views, from Punta Bagna (Valfréjus) to the Pointe d’Andagne (Bonneval-sur-Arc) not forgetting the Canopée des Cimes (Val Cenis), feast your eyes, fill your lungs with fresh air and your head with great memories.

To have one’s head in the clouds

 
For a prolonged experience, you’ll have a number of mountain refuges to choose from!

Quite simply, Haute Maurienne Vanoise boasts the highest concentration of refuges in the Alps. As for high-altitude restaurants, they propose local specialities and can be found at the heart of the resorts.

Our

6 resorts

of Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Not to be missed!

Haute Maurienne Vanoise is a concentrate of the Alps. Between nature, heritage, exceptional sites or a gastronomy your stay among us will be filled with unforgettable moments!

The

gates of the Haute Maurienne

valley

Freney and Saint-André

From the A43 motorway, the first village you reach is Le Freney, the gateway to Haute Maurienne Vanoise.

Saint André boasts a wealth of both natural and built heritage with its hamlets, churches, Chappe telegraph and restored water mills, as well as a dense network of paths that are open to walkers and snowshoers.

Discover the valleys of Polset and l’Orgère at the gates of the Vanoise National Park.

The

border cities

of Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Fourneaux and Modane

These 2 villages constitute a commercially dynamic village. The TGV train station, the motorway and the Frejus tunnel to Italy make this a key transit zone.

Rich in history, the town of Modane emerged quite suddenly in the late 19th century, with the opening of the Fréjus tunnel. It has an atmosphere reminiscent of the Far West with its military forts (Replaton fort), the Maison Penchée (leaning house), the submarine-like Saint Gobain fort, the Museobar which tells the town’s history, the underground laboratory where you can learn about the research on neutrinos and black matter carried out inside the Fréjus tunnel, and the monumental Mont Cenis tunnel mouth where an old locomotive and its carriages now serve as exhibition rooms.

Vibrant

villages

of Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Avrieux and Villarodin-Bourget

Avrieux boasts a wealth of religious heritage, including the noteworthy St Thomas Becket church, one of the most splendid Baroque churches in the valley.

The Marie-Thérèse Redoubt also stands here, along with other forts making up the impressive Esseillon Barrier. Together with its neighbouring village, Villarodin-Bourget, Avrieux was also behind the development of La Norma ski resort at the beginning of the 1970s.

It is also in Avrieux that you’ll find the Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales (ONERA) and the hydroelectric power stations whose turbines run on water from the Aussois and Mont Cenis dams. Just like Saint-André and Val-Cenos Sardières, Avrieux has a Chappe telegraph that has been entirely restored (2018). 

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