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Alpine and Nordic skiing

Downhill or cross-country skiing? Carving technique or skate-style? Impeccably groomed slopes or powdery trails?

The family resorts of Haute Maurienne Vanoise offer all types of skiing for every type of skier!

Why choose when you can have it all?

Together, Valfréjus, La Norma, Aussois, Val Cenis, Bessans and Bonneval-sur-Arc make up the Haute Maurienne Vanoise ski area offering 350 km of Alpine ski slopes and 200 km of Nordic trails. Something to satisfy every wintersports lover.

Wide slopes for family fun in the sun, long descents with a 1,000-metre elevation drop, technical cross-country loops, a biathlon stadium, specially-equipped ski-joering tracks, specific areas for dog-sledding, etc.

The Alpine ski 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 run 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 never-ending trails stretching for miles, 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 Ambin ski area, above Val-Cenis Bramans. Or you can also explore the sector of Le Planay on skis and discover Saint-Pierre d’Extravache church, one of the oldest churches in the valley.

Then there’s the Monolithe Nordic ski area, which stretches across a sunny plateau between Aussoi and Val-Cenis Sardières. 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 the ski area.

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

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