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In the heart of the French Alps, the Maurienne Valley was the ancestral passage between France and Italy, running from east of Chambery to the 'Arc' water springs and glaciers just pass Bonneval.


A traditional area for winter sports, it enjoys the best of both worlds, the snow of the northern Alps and the sun of the southern Alps, as well as spectacular unspoilt landscapes. In the Haute Maurienne, the Parc National de la Vanoise is one of the largest protected areas in Europe and offers raw natural beauty on a grand scale.

Most of the Maurienne's 24 resorts have tried to retain their small and friendly character. The 120 km valley offers great motorway access and unlike its northern neighbour the Tarentaise it does not suffer from massive road congestion at peak times.


Those who enjoy skiing in superb settings, far from the madding crowds, will appreciate the Maurienne.


The area is easily accessed via main trunk Motorway network from Chambery.

Built around a 17th century Baroque style church, Valloire has retained the charm and authenticity of days gone by with friendly welcoming residents. Restaurants will suit all tastes and budgets and range from the much-praised 'Le Gastilleur' to the cosy Crêperie.
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Val Cenis
In the heart of the scenic and unspoilt Haute Maurienne and bordering the stunning Parc National de la Vanoise, Val Cenis comprises two traditional villages - Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard - which have been combined into one resort. It has retained its charm and tradition and visitors are guaranteed a genuinely warm welcome from the local people who run the resort themselves - so there is no need for uncommitted seasonal labour here!
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A little known gem for lovers of traditional French villages in stunning surrounds, Termignon is a small resort that oozes ambience at the gateway of the Vanoise national Park.
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Aussois is a charming and easily accessible resort situated on a wide sunny plateau at the foot of the 3697m Dent Parrachée in the Maurienne Valley. This historic village with its traditional stone-and-slate houses, shared in winter by man and beasts, is built around the central 'place' with its fountain and communal oven.
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La Norma
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.
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St Francois Longchamp
So far it’s still largely undiscovered by British skiers, but Saint-François-Longchamp has plenty to appeal to families, who will appreciate its reassuring pistes, down-to-earth pricing, and easy road access from the nearby Maurienne Valley.
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Saint Sorlin d'Arves
Saint Sorlin sits on a high, sunny plateau above the Maurienne Valley surrounded by majestic peaks such as the 3500-m Aiguilles d'Arves and L'Etendard.This is a quaint mountain village of carefully-preserved Savoyard farmhouses and long-established shops built around a early 17th century Baroque church.
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Saint-Jean d'Arves
Saint-Jean d'Arves is located in the valley of the Aiguilles d'Arves, surrounded by truly majestic peaks. This is an ideal family resort with a traditional outlook. The charming rural village, which takes its name from the local dialect word 'Arva' (running water), is still imbued with local traditions. The Tourist Office invites you to a welcome glass of wine every Sunday in order to present the entertainment programme and the activities for the week.
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La Toussuire (NEW)
If you prefer small, traditional resorts, but long for the wide open spaces… La Toussuire can now offer one of the largest ski areas in France. The ski area has grown, but the village remains as friendly as ever.
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Bessans (NEW)
Bessans 1750m is a truly exceptional destination with an international biathlon centre… discover hamlets and their legendary devils carved in wood. For visitors seeking a peaceful atmosphere, and authentic encounters.
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Albiez (NEW)
One hour from Chambery (direction Turin), overlooking the Maurienne valley, Albiez-Montrond is split into 4 sectors and various hamlets - the main 4 are Montrond 1500m, Col du Mollard 1600m, Chef-Lieu 1500m and Albiez le Jeune 1360m. The accommodation we feature is in Col du Mollard.
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Orelle (Val Thorens)
Orelle is located within the Maurienne Valley region of the French Alps. Orelle is divided into 10 little hamlets - Francoz is home to the 3 Vallees Express gondola that connects Orelle to Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys ski area.
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