Bourg St Maurice
Bourg St Maurice is ideal for cycling with legendary routes such as cols de l’Iseran and the classic pass into the Italian Val d’Aosta – the cold u Petit St Bernard (2188m height) – is nearby.
It was the only route around the Mont Blanc massif until the Mount Blanc tunnel was opened in 1965.
Bourg St Maurice is easy to reach from the new London St Pancras International rail terminal with a direct Eurostar high speed service likely to be quicker, as well as far more pleasant and convenient, than arriving by air.
Bourg St Maurice is sometimes known as a white-water mecca as it has held the World Kayaking Championship in 2002 and is a World Championship Course where professionals come to train. The 268km Isere River flows through the town and hosts many major water sports events. The river is supplied by mountain snowmelt and controlled by the hydro-electric dam in Tignes. Centron, 22km from Bourg St Maurice, is popular area for water activities with rafting from class II – IV and is available to experience by families through to experts.
For hikers, nearby Val d’Isere is the entry point for hiking in the Vanoise National Park – France’s premier wildlife reserve.
In Les Arcs shuttle buses run from 7.30am-7.30pm.
Summer lift opening times in Les Arcs/Peisey (approx):
End of June to end of August:
Funicular – 7 days a week – 8hr – 19hr
Cachette Chairlift – 7 days a week – 9h15-12hr45 and 13hr15-16hr50
Combettes Chairlift – Thurs/Fri/Sat - 9h15-12hr45 and 13hr15-16hr50
Transarc 1&2 Gondola – Sun to Fri - 9h15-12hr40 and 13hr20-16hr40
Arcabulle Chairlift – Sun to Fri - 9h30-12hr45 and 13hr15-16hr40
Beginning of July to end of August:
Cabriolet Gondola – 7 days a week (FREE) - 9h15-12hr45 and 13hr15-17hr
Varet Gondola – Sun/Wed - 9h30-12hr45 and 13hr15-16hr30
Aiguille Rouge Cable Car – Sun/Wed - 9h45-12hr45 and 13hr15-16hr20
Vallandry Chairlift – Sun to Fri - 9h-12hr45 and 13hr15-16hr50
Lonzagne Gondola (FREE) – Sun to Fri - 9h-12hr15 and 13hr15-18hr
Vanoise Express Cable Car – Mon to Fri - 8h45-12hr15 and 13hr30-17hr45