Although a purpose built resort, La Norma was built in harmony with the surrounding tree-covered mountain. It is well designed and traffic free. The active Tourist Office organises entertainment for all - find out what at the weekly Sunday evening get together - and the informal après ski in the relaxed bars and restaurants, is excellent.
La Norma is situated at 1350m on a picturesque tree covered plateau. It has magnificent views of the Vanoise Massif, high above the river Arc.
La Norma village is at the base of the slopes so there is no need for the car and if there is enough snow you can jump on skis and ski down to the lifts.
Non-skiers can enjoy snowshoe outings and dog-sledge rides to outdoor baths. Popular with French families, La Norma holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its superb children facilities.
On the edge of the Parc National de la Vanoise, La Norma is an incredibly easy resort to reach. La Norma is less than 10 minutes drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Modane (4 hrs from Paris by train), it is just opposite the Fréjus tunnel to Italy.
Voted one of the top resorts for Children
La Norma was rated by clients amongst Peak Retreat’s top 3 resorts for value for money
in 10/11. It’s easy to see why when taking price of accommodation, lift passes, ski school, local bars & restaurants.
Rated by Peak Retreats’ clients in 10/11 amongst the top 10 resorts that they would recommend a friend.
Why La Norma?
Very easy access with other resorts and Orelle within a 20mn drive
The ideal family resort with the emphasis on child safety and enjoyment – peaceful and uncrowded
Small and friendly resort offering great value for money
Good altitude and good snow on north-facing slopes
Wooden chalets and apartments at the foot of the slopes, at the heart of the pedestrian centre
Family ski resort with a kindergarten accepting children from 3 months old
Free parking of which one is covered
View here for La Norma virtual visit/tour
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- Apres Ski/Eating
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- Other Amenities
La Norma opens late December 2014 and closes mid-April 2015
La Norma has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label.
PLEASE NOTE PLACES ARE LIMITED AND BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE BELOW CHILDRENS CLUBS (not pre-bookable).
Tel. +33 (0)4 79 20 40 71
The “Lutins” crèche:
3 months - 4 years
The crèche welcomes your children from 3 months old from Sunday to Friday from 9 am to midday and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm Monday to Friday (in January the kindergarten will only be open from 1:30 pm to 5 pm and not all day long): indoor activities, fresh air and snow related activities… Don’t forget to bring health
(immunisation) records for your children with you!
The “Diablotins” kid’s club:
Monday to Friday from 9 am to midday (during French term time*) and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm (all winter season): and offers all sorts of activities: manual, sporting, walks, snow shoe touring, theme weeks… It is possible to subscribe for your 4 year old child during school time.
Guide Prices 14/15
Prices for Lutins
Prices for Diablotins|
Lunch break midday noon-1hr30 (1)
6 half days
5 half days
(1) During French school holidays the lunch break is possible every day if booked.
During school, lunch break is only on Tuesday and Thursday if booked.
* French term: from 20/12/2014 to 03/01/2015 and from 07/02/2015 to 07/03/2015
2 children and more from the same family signed up for the club = 10% discount on 5 or 6 half days
PLEASE NOTE! Places are limited and bookings must be done either online by secured payment or by e-mail and post.
Situated on the snow front with swings, slides… open to the public and free of charge.
Childrens Ski Lessons in La Norma
Children can ski from 3 years old in La Norma with ESF Club Piou Piou.
Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details.
La Norma Ice Rink
Little outside icerink of 216m2 situated by the ski lift Les Avenières. It is a synthetic outside icerink.
From 20/12/2014 to 10/04/2015.
Adult: from 5€ Child: from 5€
La Norma Bowling
2 tracks Bowling with games room, on the bottom slopes.
La Norma hiking at a higher altitude
Casual walkers can take the Mélezet cable car and La Repose chair lift up the mountain to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of La Vanoise massif. For your own safety: please stay on the marked paths.
La Norma Cultural escapade
Every week the Tourist Office in La Norma organises a visit of the Museobar, the church in Avrieux followed by a visit to the glass blower. Departure from La Norma. The workshop and display room are open everyday except for Saturdays from 10 am to midday and from 2.30 pm to 7 pm. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 20 44 49
La Norma art trail
Discover La Norma’s artistic and cultural side. International sculptors have expressed their vision of the mountains through works set in the natural environment.
A free map of monumental marble sculptures may be collected at the tourist office at the “Maison de La Norma”.
La Norma Snake gliss
650 m of vertical drop. Hit the ski tracks in an attached sledge from the top of the cable car to the resort village (on the Green Ste Anne run). From €15 per person.
La Norma Xbike
The pleasure of a bike and the stability of a scooter, with motocross wheels. Powerful disc brakes help you control your speed. Race down the runs from the top of the cable car to the bottom of the resort via the green St Annerun.
Information at Maison de La Norma. From €30.
La Norma Sledding
Two secured and lit sledge runs are equiped on the bottom of the resort. A first run in the Monk area is for the children younger than 6 and the second one for the older ones.
The Monk’s world Floodlit sled run
Sledding zone: a specially marked floodlit area designed to offer optimal safety conditions is open to adults and children wishing to enjoy a uniquely winter activity.
Open to the public and free of charge.
La Norma Cinema
“Le Grand Air” cinema:
See the latest films in an amphitheatre, seating 200, with Dolby Surround Sound. From Sunday to Friday.
Visit the brewery Sources de la Vanoise
Enjoy the organic beer tasting during this visit. Look at the production of a home-made beer made with saffron (white, blonde and amber beer) drawing its strength from the Vanoise spring water.
From Thursday 25 of December 2014 to Thursday 16 of April 2015, every Thursdays between 5 PM and 7 PM.
Adult: 3 € Child: free of charge
All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally
Office Du Tourisme - Maison De La Norma
0033 4 79 20 31 46
3 Bars, 12 restaurants (plus 2 altitude), cinema, 1 nightclub.
Restaurants in La Norma
(C5) Chez Eliane (specialities , pizzeria) 0033 4 79 20 39 71
(D5) Le Cairn (snack, specialities ) 00 33 4 79 20 34 51
(D6) Le Dahu 00 33 4 79 05 18 12
(G6) L’Eterlou (mountain restaurant) 00 33 4 79 20 35 46
(E9) Le Grizzli (mountain restaurant) 00 33 6 60 17 64 00
(C6) Le Savoy (specialities & pizza) 00 33 4 79 20 35 66
(D5) Le Tao (bar, world specialities) 00 33 4 79 20 39 34
(C5) Le Télémark (specialities, pancake inn) 00 33 4 79 20 32 72
Auberge de la Cascade (Avrieux 4 km) 00 33 4 79 05 83 7
Nightlife at La Norma
(D5) Bar/Cocktails La Bodéga 00 33 4 79 05 18 12
(D5) Bar Live Le Tao 00 33 4 79 20 39 34
: Driving distance from Calais to La Norma 582 miles (8 hrs 25 mins)
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit no30 (Modane Haute-Maurienne). Follow signs to La Norma (9 km from the motorway exit).
: Modane (5km)
There's a regular bus service Transavoie* (www.altibus.com
) between the railway station and La Norma during winter time. Taking a taxi is also possible. Taxi Marius La Norma (official taxi 24h/24h 7d/7d):
+33 (0)6 15 19 13 55 - +33 (0)4 79 83 33 20.
Chambery Airport is 116km from La Norma (1 hour)
Turin Airport is 127km from La Norma (1 ½ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 183km from La Norma (1 ½ hours)
Geneva Airport is 194km from La Norma (2 hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 193km from La Norma (2 hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:
Lyon Airport - La Norma via Modane (www.lys-altibus.com
). Saturdays from 19/12/14-29/03/15 (1 per day per only). Adult return €115.
Chambery Airport - La Noma via Modane (www.lys-altibus.com
). Saturdays from 20/12/14-18/04/15 (up to 3 per day). Adult return €60.
La Norma Transfer
Pre-book your La Norma airport taxi transfer with Peak Retreats
From Chambery Airport to La Norma – from £103 per person return based on 4 people sharing. We can book from Grenoble, Lyon, Turin and Geneva airports too.
For all other transfer prices please view here
On SATURDAYS shuttles from the airports of Lyon Saint-Exupéry, Grenoble and Chambéry to La Norma are available.
Airports' shuttle Price: 70€ per person round trip ticket. Free for children under 4 years old.
For your La Norma transfer from the airport (which will be a private taxi transfer), please enquire.
Getting around La Norma and nearby areas
Inter-resort shuttles to nearby Ski Resorts
Round trip tarif: 6,50 €
• Tuesday: La Norma/Valfréjus :
Departure (from the entrance of La Norma): 9:25am
Return (from the parking lot in Valfrejus): 5:45pm
• Wednesday: La Norma/Aussois :
Departure (from the entrance of La Norma): 9am
Return (Maison d’Aussois): 5pm
• Thursday : La Norma/Orelle - Val Thorens
Departure (from the entrance of La Norma) : 9am
Return (from the parking lot in Orelle): 5:30pm
Your place on the bus must be booked before noon, the day before your departure, AT THE LATEST at the tourist office.
There is a free underground parking garage of 450 places (C6) at the entrance to the resort of La Norma.
Events in La Norma 14/15
Father Christmas is coming to town
Look out at the arrival of Father Christmas in front of Maison de la Norma.
hohoho, Father Christmas is coming into your apartment with your presents. Information and inscritpion at the Tourist Office Maisson de La Norma.
Wednesday 24 of December 2014 at 5.30 PM
Wednesday 24 of December 2014 between 6.40 PM and 10.30 PM.
New Year's dinner at the Cairn
Restaurant Le Cairn is offering New Year's evening dinner with music and fireworks. Finish 2014 in style and start 2015 in joy. New year's evening dinner
Menu Savoyard: 55€
Gourmand Menu: 75€
Music from the 80's
End of the evening at 4 am
2000 watt sound system, firework in front of the terrace
Child: 15 €.
Wednesday 31 of December 2014, every wednesdays at 7 PM|
Every day there is something to do…|
• Welcome drink: every Sunday
Tourist information will be given to you about the entertainment week and all type of excursions you can do around La Norma. Taste Beaufort cheese, bread and Chartreuse...From Sunday 21 of December to Sunday 5 of April, every Sunday at 5.30 PM.
• Moonlight skiing: every Tuesday evening accompanied by music (free of charge)
• On the snow front: team sledding with Timo, torchlight descents, Frisbee games, snake gliss, snow volley ball, snow hockey, snow football, “Grand North evening” with a musher and his dogs. Snow sphere (running in bubbles), and Timo’s party (dance with the mascot)
• At the heart of the resort: processions, snow sculpting, wooden traditional games, fire show.
• In the recreation hall: astronomy evenings, family shows, sumo wrestling, folktales, badminton and ping pong tournaments, fauna and flora conference, karaoke, Bingo, family and wii challenge...
Mini-supermarket, cash point, bakeries, shops, doctors, physiotherapist, pharmacies and dentists (in Modane)…
Local products and arts and crafts
(D6) Le Grenier
Tea-room, bakery and pastry shop
(C5) Le Petit Four
Bakery and pastry shop
(C5) Supérette “Utile”
8 hot spots, 2 computers (accessible at Maison de La Norma). Access with a card that can be bought at the Tourist Office. Wifi covers 75% of accommodation in La Norma. €5 for 1 hour.
Located on a north-facing slope, La Norma has long lasting snow and has artificial snow making facilities so everyone can ski from the peak back to the village. Nursery slopes are next to the centre while higher up the mountain, a very long green run through the forests will delight beginners and even more experienced skiers.
LA NORMA SKI AREA
La Norma being of North-west orientation combined with good snowfall and careful maintenance of the ski area and creation of artificial snow allows for good skiing conditions until the end of the season.
The Mélezet gondola & chairlift débrayable de La Repose in La Norma allow pedestrians to easily access the high altitude areas for a magnificent panoramic of the Massif de la Vanoise.
La Norma is a great family resort with lots of easy runs to learn to ski or snowboard on. On the flip side there are plenty of red runs to keep intermediates happy at the same time.
You can ski in La Norma but also close by you can ski at Aussois
, Valfrejus, Orelle
/Val Thorens & 3 Valleys.
There are regular connections via a shuttle coach to the 3 Vallees via Orelle cable car on Thursdays, to Valfréjus on Tuesdays and to Aussois on Wednesdays. Book the previous day before noon at the tourist office. Ski Safaris to Val Thorens and La Grave are also organised.
LA NORMA BEGINNERS
Beginners are well looked after with a short green nursery run on the snow front and 2 further blue runs to progress on all at the base of the main lifts. Also you can take either of the main lifts from the centre to access plenty more green slopes. The gondola Melezet takes you to 2000m where there are a couple of green and blue runs. One of the runs links to the Repose area. From the centre the Repose chairlift takes you up to 1800m to Plateau de la Repose where again there are various blue and green runs. There is a very long treelined run called Ste Anne which is a green run that takes you right back down from 1800m to the snow front at resort level. La Norma is very well laid out for beginners. And you don’t have to stay at resort level to learn, which is bonus as from 1800m or 2000m there should be great snow conditions and some great views across the valley too.
LA NORMA INTERMEDIATES
Intermediates will find good wide blues and challenging red runs. The majority of red runs are located above 2000m.
LA NORMA EXPERTS
For the advanced although there is only 1 black runs (and lots of red runs), off-piste opportunities are extensive. La Norma has a slalom stadium and for ‘free-style’ enthusiasts, its own snow park.
LA NORMA SNOWBOARDERS
will enjoy the conditions and rides through the forest of La Norma.
To get back to the resort from 1800m or 2000m you have a choice of the green Ste Anne run on the Repose side or the Foret red run on the Melezet side.
ORELLE – FAST ACCESS TO THE 3 VALLEYS SKI AREA
There are connections on most days via a shuttle coach from La Norma to the Orelle cable car (15km).
This new high capacity gondola linking the Maurienne Valley to Val Thorens and the 3 Vallées is perfect for all advanced skiers who want to enjoy top level skiing in the largest and certainly one of the best ski domains in the world with 600km of pistes.
Between Saint Michel and Modane - and only 6km from the Autoroute - Orelle could not be easier to access and has an excellent free parking facility.
Other ski outings
There are connections via a shuttle coach to Valfréjus on Tuesdays, Aussois
on Wednesdays and to Val Throrens via the Orelle
cable car on Thursdays.
Other Accommodation In: La Norma
- Ski Hire
- Ski Passes
- Ski School
SPECIAL LIFT PASS EASTER OFFER: from 28/03/15 (La Norma only)2 ADULT PASSES BOUGHT = 1 FREE CHILD
LIFT PASS LA NORMA 14/15 6 Day Hands Free
La Norma 65km of pistes
NOTE: Your hands free lift pass cannot be reused annually - NO PHOTO NECESSARY - Proof of age required for children and seniors. |
Adult (born 1951-2002 incl)
Child (born 2003-2009 incl)
Senior (born 1939 - 1949 incl)
Child (under 6-born 2010 and after)
Senior (over 75-born 1939 and before)
*Eski-Mo: allows you to ski 1 day max in Val Cenis, 1 day max in Valfrejus and 1 days max in Aussois, please bring ID when collecting lift-passes. Please note lifts close on 11/04/15 |
Holders of La Norma pass can ski in Orelle - Val Thorens (3 Vallées) for an extra €20. |
Children under 6 and seniors over 75 receive a FREE
Note: Proof of age will be required for reduced price passes.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
For complete beginners 14/15 prices
(adults and children):
Front de Neige (lower slopes) day - €12 children, €15 adults
La Norma ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15 prices
½ day - €18 children, €22 adults
Day - €22.50 children, €28 adults
Pedestrian day pass 14/15 prices:
SKI SCHOOL ESF 14/15 LA NORMA
Lessons only **|
** lift pass not included
All group lessons
Ski 6 half-days
Ski 'Competition' 6 half-days (level 3 +)
Snowboard 6 half-days lessons (PM only)
TIMES GIVEN FOR INDICATION ONLY & TO BE CONFIRMED|
Piou-Piou (3-4yrs) - Ourson (5yrs old)|
21/12-7/2 + 29/3-10/4: Sunday 13.45-15.15, then Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00|
8/2-28/3: Sunday 13.45-15.15, then Monday-Friday 9.00-11.30|
Afternoon lessons only: 21/12-3/1 + 7/2-6/3: Sunday 15.30-17.00, Mon-Fri 14.30-17.00|
Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply|
Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
La Norma Individual Tuitions
(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
1 person 40,00 €
2 person 45,00 €
3 person 50,00 €
4 person 55,00 €
5 person 60,00 €
Private lessons: ski, snowboard, telemark and ski touring
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
Ski school La Norma contact numbers for private lessons:
ESF La Norma - Tel: + 33 4 79 20 33 10 Fax: + 33 479 203 424
Mountain restaurants in La Norma
2 - Le Grizzli, l’Eterlou
Snowshoeing in La Norma
Accompanied or alone, with or without snowshoes, all walks on the marked paths in the resort or at a higher altitude allow you to discover the mountains at your own pace and keeps you fit! A free map is at your disposal at the Maison de La Norma. 3 paths are proposed on the site of La Norma. The begenning of the altitude trails are accessible from the repose chairlift and gondola that is open to pedestrian.
The Gulli slope in La Norma
An easy obstacle course with a tunnel, a slalom, jumps and a ski, speedtraining radar... At the Repose area.
Les Balcons d'Anais
Apartments. Sleeps 2-8
Foot of slopes
Ideally located in the heart of the resort of La Norma, at the foot of the slopes and lifts, by the ski kindergarten.