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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.

Why La Norma Ski Resort?

  • Easy access to other resorts
  • Ideal family resort with anemphasis on child safety and enjoyment
  • Small and friendly resort offering great value for money
  • Good snow on north-facing slopes

La Norma Resort Information

Although a purpose-built resort, La Norma was built in harmony with the surrounding tree-covered mountains. It's surrounding slopes are peaceful and uncrowded.

The Tourist Office organises entertainment for all - find out what at the weekly Sunday evening get-together - and the informal après ski in the relaxed bars and restaurants is excellent.

La Norma is situated at 1350m on a picturesque tree-covered plateau. It has magnificent views of the Vanoise Massif, high above the river Arc. The wooden chalets and apartments seamlessly blend with the surroundings.

La Norma village is at the base of the slopes so there’s no need for a car – and if there’s enough snow you can even jump on your skis and make your way straight down to the lifts.

Non-skiers can enjoy a range of attractions from snowshoe outings and dog-sledge rides to outdoor baths. Popular with French families, La Norma holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its superb facilities for children.

On the edge of the Parc National de la Vanoise, La Norma is an incredibly easy resort to reach. It’s less than 10 minutes’ drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Modane (four hours from Paris by train), and it’s right opposite the Fréjus tunnel to Italy.

La Norma has been rated by clients amongst Peak Retreats’ top resorts for value for money - and it’s easy to see why when you check out the price of accommodation, lift passes, ski school, local bars and restaurants.

Peak Retreats features self-catered apartments in La Norma. The 3* 'Les Balcons d'Anais' offer a convenient location overlooking the slopes and provide the ideal base for a La Norma ski holiday. 

LA NORMA SKI AREA

Located on a north-facing slope, La Norma has long lasting snow and artificial snow-making facilities so everyone can ski from the peak back to the village. Nursery slopes are next to the centre while higher up the mountain, a very long green run through the forests will delight beginners and even more experienced skiers.

New for 2018/19 Unlimited skiing in La Norma and Valfréjus! There are now 135km slopes (instead of 65km in La Norma alone) on this pass that await you using a free regular shuttle bus connection between the two resorts. You also get 1 day of skiing in each resort within the Haute Maurienne Vanoise Area (Aussois, Val Cenis, Bessans, Bonneval sur Arc) PLUS unlimited access to the Nordic ski domains (Aussois-Val Cenis Sardières, Val Cenis Bramans, Bessans).

La Norma has a north-west orientation combined with good snowfall - and careful maintenance of the ski area and snowmaking produces good skiing conditions until the end of the season.

La Norma’s Mélezet gondola and detachable La Repose chair allow pedestrians to access the high altitude areas for a magnificent panoramic view of the Massif de la Vanoise.

La Norma is a great family resort with lots of easy runs for people to learn to ski or snowboard on. On the flip side, there are plenty of red runs to keep intermediates happy at the same time. As well as La Norma, there’s skiing close by at Aussois, Valfréjus, Orelle/Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys.

Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page

La Norma local area (65km) - 13 lifts, 27 slopes, 130 snow cannons

LA NORMA SKIING

LA NORMA BEGINNERS

Beginners are well looked after here, with a short green nursery run at the snow base area and two further blue runs to progress on - all at the base of the main lifts. You can also take either of the main lifts from the centre to access many more green slopes. The Melezet gondola takes you to 2000m where there are a couple of green and blue runs. One of these links with the Repose area. From the centre, the Repose chair takes you up to 1800m to the Plateau de la Repose where again there are various blue and green runs. There’s a very long tree-lined green run called Ste Anne which takes you right back down from 1800m to resort level. La Norma is very well laid out for beginners. And you don’t have to stay at resort level to learn, which is bonus: there should be great snow conditions from 1800m or 2000m, along with some great views across the valley too.

LA NORMA INTERMEDIATES

Intermediates will find good wide blues and challenging red runs. The majority of red runs are located above 2000m.

LA NORMA EXPERTS

Although there’s only one black run (but lots of red runs), off-piste opportunities are extensive. La Norma has a slalom stadium and a snow-park for freestyle enthusiasts.

LA NORMA SNOWBOARDERS

Snowboarders will enjoy the conditions and rides through the La Norma forest.

LA NORMA RESORT RUNS

To get back to the resort from 1800m or 2000m you have a choice of the green Ste Anne run on the Repose side or the Forêt red run on the Melezet side.

ORELLE – FAST ACCESS TO THE 3 VALLEYS SKI AREA

There are connections on most days via a shuttle coach from La Norma to the Orelle cable car (15km). This high capacity gondola linking the Maurienne Valley with Val Thorens and the 3 Vallées is ideal for all advanced skiers who want to enjoy top-level skiing in the largest and certainly one of the best ski domains in the world, with 600km of pistes.

Between Saint Michel and Modane - and only six kilometres from the AutoRoute - Orelle could not be easier to access and has an excellent free parking facility.

There are regular connections via a shuttle coach to the 3 Vallées via the Orelle cable car on Thursdays, to Valfréjus on Tuesdays and to Aussois on Wednesdays. Book the previous day before noon at the tourist office. Ski safaris to Val Thorens and La Grave can also be organised.

La Norma Ski Hire

Pre-book your La Norma ski hire with Peak Retreats.

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

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La Norma Ski Passes

Pre-book your La Norma lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special lift pass EASTER OFFERS:

From 06/04/19 (La Norma only) 2 ADULT passes bought = 1 FREE CHILD.

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

La Norma ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 18/19 prices:

½ day - €20 children, €25 adults
Day - €25 children, €31 adults

Pedestrian day pass 18/19 prices:

€8.50

La Norma Ski School

Pre-book your La Norma ESF ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 13 years, in La Norma, with Peak Retreats. 3-4 year olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons and 5 year olds into Ourson lessons. Children can learn to snowboard from 8 years+.

For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.

Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient.  For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

La Norma Individual Tuition (18/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Around €45 - 55 per hour for 1-2 people.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change. 

Ski school La Norma contact numbers for private lessons:

ESF La Norma - Tel: + 33 4 79 20 33 10 Fax: + 33 479 203 424


La Norma Child Care

La Norma has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label. 

PLEASE NOTE PLACES ARE LIMITED AND BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE BELOW CHILDRENS CLUBS (not pre-bookable).

Tel. +33 (0)4 79 20 40 71

The “Lutins” crèche:
3 months - 4 years
The crèche welcomes your children from 3 months old from Sunday to Friday from 9 am to midday and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm Monday to Friday (in January the kindergarten will only be open from 1:30 pm to 5 pm and not all day long): indoor activities, fresh air and snow-related activities… Don’t forget to bring health
(immunisation) records for your children with you!

1/2 day (morning or afternoon): €24.
5 1/2 days: €109.
6 1/2 days: €120.
Lunch break*: €11 (from 12am to 1.30pm).

The “Diablotins” kid’s club:

5-12 years.
Monday to Friday from 9 am to midday (during French term time*) and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm (all winter season): and offers all sorts of activities: manual, sporting, walks, snowshoe touring, theme weeks… It is possible to subscribe for your 4 year old child during school time. 

Half day (9am - noon or 2pm - 5pm): €17
1 day (9am - 5pm): €28
5 1/2 days: €68
5 days: €119

(1) During French school holidays the lunch break is possible every day if booked.

During school, lunch break is only on Tuesday and Thursday if booked.
* French term: from 20/12/2014 to 03/01/2015 and from 07/02/2015 to 07/03/2015

2 children and more from the same family signed up for the club = 10% discount on 5 or 6 half days

PLEASE NOTE! Places are limited and bookings must be done either online by secured payment or by e-mail and post.

Children's Ski Lessons in La Norma

Children can ski from 3 years old in La Norma with ESF Club Piou Piou.

Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details.

Top winter activities to experience in La Norma!

Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most are payable.

Snowsport activities:

Learn freeride, freestyle, ski touring
Thanks to the French ski school you can learn: freeride, freestyle, telemark, skwal, ski touring.

Toboggan
Minimum age: 4 - maximum age: 12
Have fun with your children on the 2 runs with lighting facilities: one is dedicated to the children under 6 and another one for the older ones. Free access.

Snake glisse
Go down on a 650m vertical drop on a snake made of sledges! It starts at the top of the gondola and ends in front of the Tourist Information Centre.

La norma snowpark la repose
Snowpark with several small beginners’ modules: slide bar, wave, hip and so on, all set in beautiful scenery in the forest! Free access.

Other activities:

Bowling
Come play bowling with your kids on our 2 lanes. You can also play pool and darts. Information and booking on site. Shoe sizes included: from 25 to 48.

Escape games
From 8 years. Along with your team-mates, you have 1 hour to escape the room! Escape game only in French!

Visit a local brewery
Visit a local brewery and taste organic beers with saffron. During the tour, you will learn more about the production of home-made beers. Runs one evening a week.

Paragliding
Discovery flights, descent, prestige to realize your dream of Icarus accompanied by O2 paragliding. Ruiz Paulo, professional youth and sports graduate, will accompany you and guide you to realize your dream of Icarus or to reiterate a flight but this time, of duration, for an aerial hike.

Le grand air cinema
The cinema is located on the 1st floor of "Le Grand Air" building, at the entrance of the resort near the underground parking lot. All the films are dubbed in French! 2D and 3D films.

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally.

Office Du Tourisme - Maison De La Norma

La Norma
0033 4 79 20 31 46
www.la-norma.com

La Norma Resort News and Events 2018/19

Resort news:

  • New lift pass - Unlimited skiing in La Norma and Valfréjus! There are now 135km slopes on this pass that await you using a free regular shuttle bus connection between the two resorts. You also get 1 day of skiing in each resort within the Haute Maurienne Vanoise Area (Aussois, Val Cenis, Bessans, Bonneval sur Arc) PLUS unlimited access to the Nordic ski domains (Aussois-Val Cenis Sardières, Val Cenis Bramans, Bessans)

Further details can be found on the tourist office website: www.la-norma.com

La Norma Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants

3 Bars, 12 restaurants (plus 2 altitude), cinema, 1 nightclub.

Restaurants in La Norma 

Restaurants
(C5) Chez Eliane (specialities , pizzeria) 0033 4 79 20 39 71
(D5) Le Cairn (snack, specialities ) 00 33 4 79 20 34 51
(D6) Le Dahu 00 33 4 79 05 18 12
(G6) L’Eterlou (mountain restaurant) 00 33 4 79 20 35 46
(E9) Le Grizzli (mountain restaurant) 00 33 6 60 17 64 00
(C6) Le Savoy (specialities & pizza) 00 33 4 79 20 35 66
(D5) Le Tao (bar, world specialities) 00 33 4 79 20 39 34
(C5) Le Télémark (specialities, pancake inn) 00 33 4 79 20 32 72
Auberge de la Cascade (Avrieux 4 km) 00 33 4 79 05 83 7 

Nightlife in La Norma

(D5) Bar/Cocktails La Bodéga 00 33 4 79 05 18 12
(D5) Bar Live Le Tao 00 33 4 79 20 39 34


La Norma Amenities

La Norma is served by a range of amenities including: mini-supermarket, cash point, bakeries, shops, doctors, physiotherapist, pharmacies and dentists (in Modane)… 

Groceries
(D5) L’Alpage
Local products and arts and crafts
(D6) Le Grenier
Tea-room, bakery and pastry shop
(C5) Le Petit Four
Bakery and pastry shop
(C5) Supérette “Utile”

Getting to La Norma, France

By Road:

Driving distance from Calais to La Norma 582 miles (8 hrs 25 mins)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit no30 (Modane Haute-Maurienne). Follow signs to La Norma (9 km from the motorway exit).

By Rail:

Modane (5km)

There's a regular bus service Transavoie* (www.altibus.com) between the railway station and La Norma during winter time. Taking a taxi is also possible. Taxi Marius La Norma (official taxi 24h/24h 7d/7d): 
+33 (0)6 15 19 13 55 - +33 (0)4 79 83 33 20.

Airports:

Chambery Airport is 116km from La Norma (1 hour)
www.chambery.aeroport.fr

Turin Airport is 127km from La Norma (1 ½ hours)
www.aeroportoditorino.it

Grenoble Airport is 183km from La Norma (1 ½ hours)
www.chambery.aeroport.fr

Geneva Airport is 194km from La Norma (2 hours)
www.gva.ch/en

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 193km from La Norma (2 hours)
www.lyon.aeroport.fr

Public shuttle bus transfers from airport

Lyon Airport - La Norma via Modane (www.lys-altibus.com). 

Chambery Airport - La Noma via Modane (www.lys-altibus.com). 

La Norma Airport Transfer

For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here

Getting around La Norma and nearby areas

Inter-resort shuttles to nearby Ski Resorts

• Tuesday: La Norma/Valfréjus:
Departure (from the entrance of La Norma): 9:25am
Return (from the parking lot in Valfrejus): 5:45pm

• Wednesday: La Norma/Aussois:
Departure (from the entrance of La Norma): 9am
Return (Maison d’Aussois): 5pm

• Thursday : La Norma/Orelle - Val Thorens
Departure (from the entrance of La Norma): 9am
Return (from the parking lot in Orelle): 5:30pm

Your place on the bus must be booked before noon, the day before your departure, AT THE LATEST at the tourist office.

Parking

There is a free underground parking garage of 450 places (C6) at the entrance to the resort of La Norma.


La Norma Opening Dates

The La Norma ski area (La Toussuire, St Jean d'Arves, St Sorlin d'Arves, Les Bottieres, Le Corbier) is open: 21/12/19 17/04/20.

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* Special offers applicable to accommodation cost only, not to travel or ski extras

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