The

Village and resort

of Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Haute Maurienne Vanoise is a coherent array of complementary villages and resorts.

Haute Maurienne Vanoise is an Alpine concentrate. Between nature (Parc National de la Vanoise) and heritage (Esseillon Forts, baroque churches and painted chapels), outstanding sites such as the Mont-Cenis plateau at an elevation of 2,000 metres, and gastronomy where Beaufort cheese is the star, your holiday in Belle-and-Sebastian country (yes, this was the shooting spot of the three films that so beautifully portrayed nature, friendship and adventure!) will be full of moments you’ll never forget.

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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