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Maurienne Valley

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.

The best resorts in Maurienne Valley

  • Val Cenis

    Val Cenis is the largest resort in Haute-Maurienne Vanoise. In the heart of the scenic and unspoilt Haute Maurienne region and bordering on the stunning Parc National de la Vanoise.

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  • Aussois

    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.

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  • St Francois Longchamp

    So far it’s still largely undiscovered by British skiers, but Saint-François has plenty to appeal to families, who will appreciate its reassuring pistes, down-to-earth pricing, and easy road access.

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  • La Toussuire

    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.

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  • St Sorlin d'Arves

    Saint Sorlin d’Arves 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.

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  • St 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 ambience.

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  • Albiez

    On a plateau at the foot of 3 stunning and majestic needles of the Aiguilles d’Arves, Albiez-Montrond (pronounced with silent ‘t’) is accessed from the town of Saint-Jean de Maurienne (18 km away).

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  • Valloire

    Built around a 17th century Baroque style church, Valloire has retained the charm and authenticity of days gone by with friendly welcoming residents.

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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.

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  • Termignon

    A little known gem for lovers of traditional French villages in stunning surroundings, Termignon-la-Vanoise is a small resort that oozes ambience at the gateway of the Vanoise National Park.

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  • Bessans

    Bessans 1750m is a truly exceptional destination with an international biathlon centre… discover hamlets and their legendary devils carved in wood.

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  • Orelle (Val Thorens)

    Orelle is located within the Maurienne Valley region of the French Alps. It’s divided into 10 small hamlets.

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