Altitude valley

Alpine and Nordic skiing

Downhill or cross-country skiing? Carving or skating? Impeccably groomed or powdery trails?

The family resorts of Haute Maurienne Vanoise offer all types of skiing for all skiers!

Why choose when you are offered everything?

Together, Valfréjus, La Norma, Aussois, Val Cenis, Bessans and Bonneval-sur-Arc make up the Haute Maurienne Vanoise area offering 350 km of Alpine ski slopes and 200 km Nordic trails. Something to suit every wintersports lover. Wide slopes for family fun in the sun, long descents with a 1,000-metre elevation drop, technical cross-country circuits, a biathlon stadium, specially-equipped ski-joering tracks, specific areas for dog-sledding, etc.

And why not try a morning of ski-skating at Bessans before climbing to 3,000 metres at Bonneval-sur-Arc for an afternoon session skiing the powder?
The mountain resorts of Haute Maurienne Vanoise offer
slopes to suit the whole family, with long green runs (including the famous Escargot at Val Cenis, the longest green slope in Europe) and some beautifully groomed blues, but also some technical red and black slopes for a more challenging descent.

Not only that, but here you can swap more than just colours; you can also switch from one discipline to another in the same day.

In fact, cross-country skiing fans will find ideal conditions in Haute Maurienne Vanoise. Bessans is, of course, a must for Nordic skiers, with kilometre upon kilometre of never-ending trails, an international biathlon stadium and an ice-climbing spot just a few minutes away.
You can also enjoy traditional or skate-style Nordic skiing at Le Planay, above Val-Cenis Bramans.
Or you can also explore the sector on skis and discover Saint-Pierre of Extravache church, one of the oldest churches in the valley.
Then there’s the Nordic skiing area known as the Monolithe, between Aussois and Val-Cenis Sardières, which stretches across a sunny plateau. Heading into the forest of the Parc National de la Vanoise, the cross-country trails take you to the Monolithe of Sardières, which lends its name to this area.

These 3 Nordic skiing areas offer a number of paths and itineraries for walkers and snowshoers. Ask for details at the tourist offices.