Aussois is first and foremost a charming and friendly village, which has retained its traditional appeal.
Over the centuries, the village has conserved its cross-shaped radiating disposition, with the square's fountain as its centre. All through the summer season the Tourist Office, Maison d'Aussois, organises a varied choice of events as well as themed walks, concerts, nature treks, exhibitions, discos, shows for young or older audiences... and numerous sports activities...
At the foot of the ‘Dent Parrachée’, one of the highest summits in Vanoise, Aussois is on a vast sunny plateau offering a magnificent panorama of the surrounding massifs and direct access to the Vanoise National Park. All through the summer season the Tourist Office, Maison d'Aussois, organises a varied choice of events as well as themed walks, concerts, nature treks, exhibitions, discos, shows for young or older audiences... and numerous sports activities...
Once a week Aussois's musher invites you to discover the world of Siberian huskies and Greenland Eskimo dogs. Visit the doghouse, and learn about dog care and breeding.
Approved by the French Cycling Federation, there are 200km of marked and maintained trails. A quad chairlift runs all summer for cyclists and walkers.
A must ‘do’ is a visit to the restaurant in the fantastic setting of XIXth century Fort ‘Marie-Christine’.
It is a very accessible resort, only 10 minutes drive from the motorway exit near the TGV station of Modane (4 hrs from Paris by train).
Places of interest
· The Aussois Museum - Exhibits of objects and tools give a vivid image of daily life for Aussois's inhabitants in yesteryear. Complemented by the "Bread Museum", in the former and recently restored communal oven in the heart of the village. A permanent exhibition explains the making and uses of bread in the mountains. The communal oven is at times still used on special occasions.
· The Esseillon Forts - Built for military purposes, these fortifications testify to a rich and eventful historical past. Built by the Sardinians between 1817 and 1834 to protect Piedmont and Europe from French invasions, they illustrate Marquis de Montalembert's defensive theories.
· The stone engravings of Aussois - The engravings, discovered in 1977, testify to human occupancy on the passageways to Italy between the Neolithic era and the Iron Age. They were made on glacier-eroded stone slabs by pecking or chiselling the rock with stone utensils.