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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.

The Maurienne Valley is also home to the 4th largest ski area of France, Les Sybelles. This skiable domain is one of the most beautiful that the Maurienne Valley has to offer. Find out about the linked ski area of Les Sybelles in our Les Sybelles resort guide.

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

    Thinking of skiing in Val Cenis? Located in the heart of the scenic Haute Maurienne region, Val Cenis borders the stunning Parc National de la Vanoise and is ideal for beginners and intermediates.

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  • Aussois

    Thinking of skiing in Aussois? Aussois is an enchanting and sunny ski resort with plenty of history and a great atmosphere for a memorable family ski holiday.

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  • St Francois Longchamp

    Looking to ski in St Francois Longchamp? Still largely undiscovered by British skiers, Saint Francois has plenty to offer families, offering great skiing and affordable prices.

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  • La Toussuire

    Thinking of skiing in La Toussuire? This small friendly resort offers easy access to the largest ski area in the Maurienne Valley - Les Sybelles with 310km of pistes.

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  • St Sorlin d'Arves

    Thinking of skiing in St Sorlin d'Arves? Sitting on a high sunny plateau above the Maurienne Valley, Saint Sorlin is surrounded by majestic peaks such as the 3500-m Aiguilles d'Arves and L'Etendard.

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  • Valloire

    Thinking of skiing in Valloire? Built around a 17th century Baroque style church, Valloire has retained the charm and authenticity of days gone by with plenty of character and friendly locals.

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  • La Norma

    Thinking of skiing in La Norma? This well-designed, traffic-free resort has been built in harmony with its surroundings and is amongst our highest rated resorts for children.

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  • Termignon

    Thinking of skiing in Termignon? This gem of a resort sits on the edge of the stunning Vanoise National Park, providing a great base from which to explore the area by skis, snowshoes or on foot.

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  • Bessans

    Thinking of skiing in Bessans? This quiet and traditional village resort has one of the most famous Nordic areas in the French Alps and home to an international biathlon centre.

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  • Orelle (Val Thorens)

    Thinking of skiing in Orelle? Situated in the unspoilt Maurienne Valley region, Orelle offers great links to Val Thorens and 3 Vallees ski area, providing a lower cost alternative.

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