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Ski area: Val Cenis Vanoise
Resort height: 1400m
Resort top height: 2800m

Val Cenis
(Val Cenis, Termignon)
Km piste: 125
Lifts: 27 (2 gondolas, 13 chairs, 12 drags)
Snow cannons: 200
Snow parks: 2

No. of slopes: 55

Green slopes 9 Blue slopes 18
Red slopes 23 Black slopes 5

Beginners starstarstarstar
Intermediates starstarstarstar
Experts starstar
Boarders starstarstar

Driving distance from Calais: 595 miles (8hrs 40)

resort info

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!


Val Cenis is the largest resort in Haute-Maurienne Vanoise.


Older ones can visit the centre des Glieres in Lanslevillard (near Les Balcons du Village residence) which has an ice rink, swimming pool and whirlpool, and is great value for money. You get free access with the Val Cenis accommodations Les Balcons du Village & Les Balcons en Haut.


Off the piste in Val Cenis, enjoy a visit to the fromagerie or the 12 chapels culture trail. The weekly welcome drinks, street animation and torchlight descents are not to be missed. The après ski in Val Cenis is quiet but the many restaurants and bars, 2 cinemas, should keep everyone happy. A good variety of shops and supermarkets ensure that those self-catering will find all they require. Val Cenis ski resort is only half an hour's drive from Modane and the motorway exit.


Val Cenis Aerial Views - Lanslevillard and Lanslebourg


View here for our blog on Val Cenis (part 1)

View here for our blog on Val Cenis (part 2)



  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
  • Access
  • Resort News
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates


Val Cenis opens on 22/12/12 and closes on 21/04/13

Child Care


Childcare is not pre-bookable by Peak Retreats. Please book direct.


ESF have 3 gardieres for the little ones, no ski (HALTE GARDERIES DES P’TITS LOUPS) under 6 years:

Foot of the chairlift la Ramasse at Val Cenis Lanslebourg.
At the residence les Chalets de Flambeau at Val Cenis Lanslebourg.
Opposite gondola at Val Cenis le Haut.


Up to 6 years
From Sunday to Friday from 9H00 - 12H30 (during school holidays from 16 Feb - 14 March 2014 from 8H45 - 12H30). Afternoon from 13H30 - 17H15

Indoor and outdoor activities -snow games, togoggan, farm visits etc


13/14 prices:

1/2 day garderie AM or PM - €22

6 half days consequetive AM or PM (9.00-12.30 or 13.30-17.00) - €110

Garderie 12.30-13.30 plus meal - €15


Details and reservation for all ages at
With the ESF - Tel: +33 (0)4 79 05 92 43


For children 6-12 years

Open from 22 December 2013 to end of the season.
Activity programme every afternon from Mon-Fri from 13H30 - 17H15, activities by the day or week.

13/14 prices:
Price from 18 € per afternoon

5 half day afternoons and activities from Mon-Fri €110.

12h30-13h30 with meal €15

Details and reservation for all ages at
With the ESF - Tel: +33 (0)4 79 05 92 43




Paragliding, outdoor ice-rink, dog-sledging, snowshoeing, donkey rides, ice-climbing… in Val Cenis villages.

Les Glieres leisure centre with indoor ice-rink, swimming-pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor climbing wall… Located just a few minutes walk from Les Balcons du Village residence.


Val Cenis Bowling

BOWLING LE 1480 Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Tél: +33 (0)4 79 05 21 87

6 bowling lanes, bar, sports TV, restaurant, terraces, pool tables, WiFi. Open 7 days a week.

Val Cenis Cinema

CINÉMA CHANTELOUVE Val Cenis Lanslevillard
2D and 3D films
CINÉMA LA RAMASSE Val Cenis Lanslebourg
2D and 3D films

Agence Montagne
Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Tél: +33 (0)4 79 05 80 97   

Off piste skiing, snowshoeing, Heliski, via ferrata, taxi ski, ice climbing...


Val Cenis Parapente
Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Mob. +33 (0)6 07 12 25 34
Tél. +33 (0)4 79 05 27 26
From 6 years old.


Val Cenis Ice Rinks

Natural ice rink in Val Cenis Lanslebourg
Situated by chairlift «La Ramasse»

Artificial ice rink in Val Cenis Lanslevillard
From Sun-Thurs from 15h - 20h and Fri from 15h - 18h30. Closed on Sats.
Adults from 4,60€

Val Cenis Snow Zone - Big Airbag, snowtubing and Air Tubby
New in Val Cenis Les Champs! 
Big airbag! The Big Air Bag is an inflatable structure to perform jumps and receive safely. For all age groups, this large mattress can be used by both skiers and snowboarders, beginners or experienced in  freestyle. This variant of professional cushion fall can also be practiced in Snow-Tubing.

Snowtubing Air Board. All aboard buoys "snow tubing" or "Airboard" and zip down a slide track specifically designed for  these types of skiing.

Air Tubby. Fasten your seat belt. Land gently on the Big Air Bag.

Open from 14h to 20h - From 3 €


Val Cenis Horse-drawn carriage

Pulled by one or two donkeys. Maximum 5 people. € 20 per carriage. Afternoon only. 
Val Cenis Lanslebourg


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website


Val Cenis Tourist Office

Val Cenis Tourist Information

Tel +33 479 05 23 66


2013-2014 hours:
From 21/12/2013 - 31/03/2014 (9h-12h and 14h-18h30)
From 31/03/2014 - 20/04/2014 (9h-12h and 14h-18h)

Apres Ski/Eating


Bars and resrtaurants -  21 restaurants/bars in Lanslevillard, 18 in Lanslebourg, 2 cinemas



By Road:

Driving distance from Calais 595 miles (8 hrs 45 mins)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit Modane. Follow signs to Val Cenis via the N6 (24 km from the motorway exit). Attention winter Iseran Pass and the Col du Mont Cenis are closed to traffic.


By Rail:

Modane station (24km)

There is a regular coach service to Val Cenis from the forecourt of Modane station.

Information, timetables and bookings
From outside France: 00 33 479 68 32 96



Chambery is135km from Val Cenis (1 ½ hours)

Turin Airport is 145km from Val Cenis (2 hours)

Grenoble is 202km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 212km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)

Geneva is 213km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)


See Airport websites for details on bus transfers to resort.


Val Cenis Transfer

Pre-book your Val Cenis airport taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Chambery Airport to Val Cenis – from £118 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 


Access around Val Cenis

There is a free regular coach service that runs between the villages of  Val Cenis Lanslebourg and Val Cenis Lanslevillard during the winter season.


A large car park (suitable for coaches) is opposite the Vieux Moulin cable car.



A bag room (no charge) is available at the top of the Vieux Moulin cable car.


Getting to other resorts in Maurienne

Ecomobility Skibus

Open to skiers and non skiers. Service not intended for groups. Limited to the capacity of the vehicle seat. It connects all villages and resorts of the valley. Admission is free.

LINE 1: Bramans - Bonneval sur Arc (including Val Cenis)
LINE 2: Termignon - Sollières-Sardières - Aussois
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Resort News



Events in Val Cenis







La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc
 La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc. Racing sled dogs taking the most beautiful routes of seven villages of Haute Maurienne Vanoise. With 375 km and 12,500 m of ascent, an unusual adventure for mushers and their dogs. From scratch, it has become the largest sled dog race in the world stage. It meets annually 20 of the best mushers in the world.

18th January - 23rd January 2014
9th National Meeting of Ice Climbing
Rally icefall Alpine Club. Initiation and advanced ice climbing sites of Bonneval sur Arc. Conferences with big names of the mountain, films, exhibitions, concerts.

31st January - 2nd February 2014

This is the Spring Val Cenis Concerts and shows, under the artistic direction of Laurent Gerra. The Festival "This is the Spring Val Cenis" is held in the auditorium Laurent GERRA Val Cenis Lanslebourg, from 22 to 25 March 2014.

22nd March - 25th March 2014

 - All information is provided by the Val Cenis tourist office.


 Other –


Other Amenities


Welcome drink, weekly child torch-lit descents during school holidays, shows, sports tournaments, visit to cheese-producing farms, Carnival in February… all organised by the Val Cenis Tourist Office.

ski info

With more than 80kms of marked piste and a vertical drop of 1400m, Val Cenis has a varied ski area. It is perfect for beginners and intermediates with green and blue runs down through the trees as well as opportunities to access even the highest runs at 2800m.



Among the forests of larch and cembra pine, 125 km of trails offer something for everyone with the link to Termignon. Below 2000m the slopes are beautifully treelined.


A fleet of comfortable lifts, groomed trails every night, snow culture that guarantees good snow ... and ultimately, a ski resort high quality, ideal for all types of skiers.


At the top of the slopes of Val Cenis, at 2 800 m above sea level, enjoy a splendid view over Lake of Mont Cenis and the Parc National de la Vanoise.


Other ski resorts in the valley are Bramans, Sollieres-Sardieres, Bessans & Bonneval, although you’d need to buy additional lift passes if you wanted to ski these areas. These are all within a 10-20min drive from Val Cenis.



Val Cenis is ideal for beginners with just short of 10 green runs to practise on. There are many green runs between resort level 1500m and 2000m. The majority of the resort runs are green back into either of the Val Cenis villages. There are some long blues to progress on. The green Escargot run is a total of 6 miles, plenty of slope time to practise on this one! Access it via the Ramasse chairlift in Lanslebourg.



75% of Val Cenis’s ski area is blue and reds. Above 2000m you will find many reds to keep you occupied, some quite challenging. If you want to explore further, try the red runs above Termignon and take the blue forestiere run right the way down to Termignon village.



Although there is limited advanced skiing, there is great north-facing off-piste terrain and 2 free-ride circuits. From the top of M.Jacot sor Moraine Slopes, draw your own tracks or challenge the moguls. There, the mountain is raw and not groomed. Reserved for experts!



Val Cenis Snowboarders will enjoy the park and natural half-pipe.



  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
Ski Hire


Ski hire in Val Cenis prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Val Cenis ski hire prices.

Ski Passes


SPECIAL LIFT PASS EASTER OFFER: from 28/04/15 (Val Cenis only)

2 ADULT PASSES (18-64yrs) BOUGHT = 1 FREE CHILD (5-11yrs)


7 days

6 days


Adult (12-64yrs) 




Child 5-11 years old*




Senior 65-74 years old*




Under 5 years and 75+ are FREE *Proof of age will be requested

NOTE: Compulsory €3/pass for hands-free pass to pay locally (can be reused annually or refunded at the end of your stay). NO PHOTO NECESSARY

Eski-Mo pass allows you to ski 1 day in La Norma, Valfréjus and Aussois (linked by free shuttle bus, to book day before by 12 noon at lift pass desk)

Holders of 6 day Val cenis pass have unlimited access to Termignon-la-Vanoise ski area (link to Termignon closes on 11/4/15; from that date, only Val Cenis area is open, 30% off above prices. This pass allows you to ski in Val Thorens (3 Vallées) for €22/day via the Orelle cable car.


Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):


For complete beginners 13/14 (adults and children):

“Beginner” pass Village 1400 – covers TK St Pierre, TSD La Colomba, Télécabine de Val Cenis Le Haut, TSF de Pré Novel,TSF de Pont des Chèvres, TK de Pont Noir: €19.50/day

“Beginner” pass Village 1300 – covers TK des Tannes, TK des Marmottons, TSD La Girarde: €15/day

6 days Beginners Village passes (1400 and 1300): 98 €


Val Cenis ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 13/14:

½ day - €22.50 children, €28 adults

Day - €26.50 children, €33 adults



TK - téléski (draglift)

TS - télésiège (chairlift)

TC - télécabine (gondola)


Ski School



Group lessons only / Lift pass not included

All season (excl 8/2-6/3)

5 or 6 mornings or afternoons

6 days

Adults (12+)



Children (5-11)



Ski Kindergarten (3-4)



Half-Term 8/2-6/3

6 mornings/midday

6 afternoons

6 days

Adults (12+)




Children (5-11)




Ski Kindergarten (3-4) 




6 half-days lessons are Sunday-Friday - TIMES: All season (except 8/2-6/3): Ski/Snowboard Adults, Children & Kindergarten: Mornings 9.30-12.00 or/and Afternoons 14.30-17.00 (NO AFTERNOON/FULL DAY CLASSES 4/1-6/2 + from 8/3)- 8/2-6/3: Ski/Snowboard Adults, Children & Kindergarten: AM 9.00-11.00 or 11.15-13.15, PM 15.15-17.15


Childcare with or without lunch options (3-12yrs) - please enquire for details and prices

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.


Val Cenis Individual Tuitions

(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable)


12pm-2.30pm (1-2 pers) Xmas and outside school holidays

1h - €38

1hr30 - €57

2hr - €74

1.45pm-3.15pm (1-2 pers) During Feb school holidays

1hr - €43

1h30 - €64.50


4 meeting points:

• Val Cenis Lanslebourg chairlift Pont des Chèvres
• Val Cenis Lanslebourg chairliftPré Novel
• Val Cenis Lanslevillard chairlift de la Colomba
• Val Cenis le Haut near to gondola Val Cenis le Haut


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 Val Cenis contact numbers for private lessons only:

Tél. +33 (0)4 79 05 92 43




Val Cenis Mountain restaurants

La Fema, Creperie des Glaces, Le Refuge.


Cross-country in Val Cenis

6km of marked tracks in Val Cenis but others areas nearby:

Bramans 1230 m - 1800 m (30km of piste)
Open 21/12/2013 to 30/03/2014 

2 nordic domains at 1250m and 1700m

1/2 day from €4, full day from €6


Monolithe de Sardieres-Aussois (30km of piste)
Open 21/12/2013 to 30/03/2014 

1/2 day from €5, full day from €8

200 m of area (1 500 m à 1 700 m)
6 pistes - 2 green, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 violet, 1 black
Label Nordic France: 3 firs

Bessans (80km)

Open from 16 November 2013 to 18 April 2014 from 9h to 17h (subject to snow conditions)

1/2 day from €7.40, full day from €9.95


Children’s torchlight descent

Thursdays at the foot of the slopes in Val Cenis Lanslebourg (Pont des Chèvres) and Val Cenis Lanslevillard. Organised by the Val Cenis ESF.


Snoeshow Outings in Val Cenis

A special track (both pedestrian and snowshoe) starts from the top of the Val Cenis Le Haut cable car; the Mont Cenis Pass and lake can be reached from the top of the La Ramasse 6 man chairlift.


Pedestrian/snow show lift rates

TC du Vieux Moulin et TSD du Solert,

TSD de La Ramasse ou TSD de la Turra,

TC de Val Cenis Le Haut ou TSD de la Colomba,

TSD de l’Arcelle, TSD Girarde et TSF Les Roches Blanches

Above lifts €7.50.

Télécabine de Val Cenis Le Haut - €5


1/2 days during all the winter season
- Mountain and inheritance discovered (for all levels)
- Special slope initiation "free-ride" for all amateurs of surfing and small jumps
- Great slope "free-ride" for the enthusiasts of great feelings. Cool environment
- Panoramic outing in front of Vanoise glaciers
- Panoramic outing about the story of Mount Cenis Pass and its lake
Price - Adult: 18 €, or including snowshoe hire 23€

Great evening snowshoe with complete meal in restoring altitude of Termignon
Outing at sunset with a superb panorama in front of Vanoise glaciers, good assured environment and slope in the valley after the "Génépy"...
Price - Adult: 28€ - Child under 12 years: 18€

Evening "refuge and astronomy" in the heart of the Vanoise
The only outing like that in the region. Unforgettable outing in snowshoe to "Vallonbrum" refuge where we will take a Savoyard meal with Fred, the guard of the refuge.

We will continue the evening after the "génépi", the digestive savoyard, with the observation of planets and constellations thanks to the electronic telescope and a laser placed at our disposal. The return in the valley will be done in snowshoe through mountain pastures and forests of spruce. Imperishable emotions and greetings.
Price: 40€ including the snowshoe outing, the material loan, the complete meal, animation astronomy. From 16 years.
Damien Soyard
Hammeau de la neige
73480 Bessans
Phone: 00 33 6 87 38 53 64
Phone/Fax: 00 33 4 79 05 12 11


Togogganing in Val Cenis and local areas


2 pistes (unsecured)



1 piste near to chalet nordique de Sardières



1 piste secured at foot of slopes


Val Cenis Le Haut:

900m long open same time as the gondola Val Cenis le Haut at it is located at summit of the lift. Skier and pedestrian access. 1620m-1500m.


2 luge pistes - one at foot of lifts and other at the nordic chalet by the depature for nordic slopes. Tracks lit at night.

Night Ski in Val Cenis 

Every Thursday from 20h to 22h on the chairlift Colomba at the foot of the slopes in Val Cenis Lanslevillard.

From mid-December to late March


Free-ride* in Val Cenis

From the top of M.Jacot sor Moraine Slopes, draw your own tracks or challenge the moguls. There, the mountain is raw and not groomed. Reserved for experts!

* Off piste skiing can be dangerous, be informed, equipped and follow the security rules.


Other Accommodation In: Val Cenis

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Les Chalets de Flambeau
Luxury MGM Apartments
Indoor Pool
Les Chalets de Flambeau prestige residence is ideally located in a sunny setting at the foot of the slopes, by the Pr Novel chairlift and the ski school meeting point.

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Les Balcons de Val Cenis Village
Apartments. Sleeps 2-11
Foot of Slopes
Ideally located at the foot of the slopes and within 200m of the gondola and ski school.

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Les Balcons de Val Cenis Le Haut
Sleeping 4-15
Les Balcons en Hauts location could not be more convenient for the slopes with the Val Cenis du Haut gondola only 100m away.

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Les Alpages de Val Cenis
Apartments. Sleeps 2-8
Outdoor heated pool
Les Alpages enjoys an ideal location at the foot of the slopes at the end of the village of Lanslebourg, 50m from the Pre Novel chairlift.

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Le Criterium
Sleeps 2-8
Le Criterium enjoys an ideal location for ski enthusiasts as it is located at the foot of the slopes, by the Pre Novel chairlift.

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Au Bonheur des Pistes
Apartments. Sleeps 2-10
Ideally located in Lanslevillard next to the Vieux Moulin gondola and just 500m from the shops, the residence Au Bonheur des Pistes in Val Cenis offers unrivalled ski convenience.
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