Pioneering spirit

Valfréjus opened in 1983 and is one of the newest resorts in France. We’re pioneers in alternative wintersports; skwalling and speedriding were invented here. It takes its name from the Franco-Italian mountain range of Fréjus.

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Valfréjus, a pioneering spirit!

Right from the beginnings of skiing in the early 20th century, the pioneering people of Modane took to ski-jumping, ice-skating, and even bobsleigh competitions!

The local club, called Sports d’Hiver Modane, was established as early as 1920.

Very quickly, the Arrondaz plateau became well-known for the quality of its snow and the Charmaix slope, an ancient point of passage to Italy and Dauphiné, began to attract tourists eager to have a go at skiing.

Chairlifts were installed at the end of the 1960s to facilitate access.

At that time, the bottom station was at Fourneaux, and the resort’s state-of-the-art lifts took skiers from the town straight to the snow-covered slopes.

Then, with improvements to the Le Charmaix road, a proper resort eventually emerged at Valfréjus.

Easily accessible by motorway or high-speed train via Modane station, the location of this resort makes it ideal for wintersports, of which it has a long tradition.

Quality lifts and snow cover

• A resort that still offers alternative wintersports and new disciplines.

•  For example, it was here at Valfréjus that Patrick “Thias” Balmain, a ski and snowboard instructor at the time, launched the skwal (a single board on which one foot is placed in front of the other).

•  And this is also the cutting-edge resort that invented speedriding, a spectacular combination of skiing and paragliding.
Nowadays, dozens of sails unfurl in the skies of Valfréjus, the only resort in the world where you’ll find a speedriding school.

• Constantly motivated by new projects, Valfréjus is also one of the first resorts to have optimised its ski lift system by investing in modern, high-performance installations and thus limiting the number of lifts.




The chapel of CharmaixReligious heritage

Torchlight visit with a guide of the Savoy Mont-Blanc Heritage the sanctuary of Notre-Dame du Charmaix built in the 15th century and sheltering a black virgin.

Speedriding and other winter sportsHéliski

We’re pioneers in alternative wintersports; skwalling and speedriding were invented here. Helicopter drop-off for freeride skiing between France and Italy.

13 minutes to the top13 km of descent!

The piste of Jeu is a concentrate of pure skiing: 13 km of blue piste, 1200m of vertical drop, accessible to skiers of all levels on a natural slope.


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