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.