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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.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for La Norma 2018/19

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

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for La Norma 2018/19

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.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for La Norma 2018/19

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.

Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) 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 (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

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

Around €40 - 50 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!

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, snow shoe touring, theme weeks… It is possible to subscribe for your 4 year old child during school time. 

Guide Prices 15/16

Prices for Lutins

Prices for Diablotins

Half-day**

€19.5

€19.5

Lunch break midday noon-1hr30 (1)

€10

€10

6 half days

€97.5

/

5 half days

€82

€82

(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.

Playground

Situated on the snow front with swings, slides… open to the public and free of charge.

Childrens 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.

La Norma Resort Activities

La Norma Ice Rink 

Little outside icerink of 216m2 situated by the ski lift Les Avenières. It is a synthetic outside icerink.

La Norma Bowling

2 tracks Bowling with games room, on the bottom slopes.

Hiking at a higher altitude

Casual walkers can take the Mélezet cable car and La Repose chair lift up the mountain to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of La Vanoise massif. For your own safety: please stay on the marked paths.

La Norma Cultural escapade

Every week the Tourist Office in La Norma organises a visit of the Museobar, the church in Avrieux followed by a visit to the glass blower. Departure from La Norma. The workshop and display room are open everyday except for Saturdays from 10 am to midday and from 2.30 pm to 7 pm. Tel: +33 (0) 4 79 20 44 49

La Norma Art trail

Discover La Norma’s artistic and cultural side. International sculptors have expressed their vision of the mountains through works set in the natural environment.
A free map of monumental marble sculptures may be collected at the tourist office at the “Maison de La Norma”.

La Norma Snake gliss

650 m of vertical drop. Hit the ski tracks in an attached sledge from the top of the cable car to the resort village (on the Green Ste Anne run). From €15 per person.

La Norma Xbike

The pleasure of a bike and the stability of a scooter, with motocross wheels. Powerful disc brakes help you control your speed. Race down the runs from the top of the cable car to the bottom of the resort via the green St Annerun.
Information at Maison de La Norma. From €30.

La Norma Sledding

Two secured and lit sledge runs are equiped on the bottom of the resort. A first run in the Monk area is for the children younger than 6 and the second one for the older ones.

The Monk’s world Floodlit sled run

Sledding zone: a specially marked floodlit area designed to offer optimal safety conditions is open to adults and children wishing to enjoy a uniquely winter activity.
Open to the public and free of charge. 

La Norma Snowshoeing

Accompanied or alone, with or without snowshoes, all walks on the marked paths in the resort or at a higher altitude allow you to discover the mountains at your own pace and keeps you fit! A free map is at your disposal at the Maison de La Norma. 3 paths are proposed on the site of La Norma. The begenning of the altitude trails are accessible from the repose chairlift and gondola that is open to pedestrian.

La Norma Cinema

“Le Grand Air” cinema:

See the latest films in an amphitheatre, seating 200, with Dolby Surround Sound. From Sunday to Friday.

Visit the brewery Sources de la Vanoise 

Enjoy the organic beer tasting during this visit. Look at the production of a home-made beer made with saffron (white, blonde and amber beer) drawing its strength from the Vanoise spring water.

La Norma Big Air Bag

Try some new sensations! Jump with snow tubing, ski or snowboard on a big air bag (depending on weather conditions)

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 Ski Activities

Mountain restaurants in La Norma

2 - Le Grizzli, l’Eterlou

The Gulli slope in La Norma

An easy obstacle course with a tunnel, a slalom, jumps and a ski, speed training radar... At the Repose area.

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: Saturday 22/12/2018 - Friday 19/04/19.

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

Accommodation in La Norma

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