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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.

Why Val Cenis Ski Resort?

  • Ideal for beginners and intermediates with green and blue runs down through the trees
  • A good variety of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars
  • Very friendly and charming resort
  • Easy access - only 30mins drive from the motorway
  • Great off piste for experts, especially above Bonneval
  • Great ice rink, swimming pool and whirlpool facilities

Read 'five reasons to ski Val Cenis this (or next) season' by's Felice Hardy! 

Val Cenis Information

Val Cenis is the largest resort in Haute-Maurienne Vanoise and comprises two traditional villages - Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard - which have been combined into one resort. It has retained its charm and tradition and visitors are guaranteed a genuinely warm welcome from the local people who run the resort themselves - so there’s no need for uncommitted seasonal labour here!

Seasoned travellers can visit the Centre des Glières in Lanslevillard (near Les Balcons du Village residence) which has an ice rink, swimming pool and whirlpool. It’s great value for money! You get free access when you book accommodation with the Val Cenis Les Balcons du Village and Les Balcons en Haut.

Away from the slopes in Val Cenis, enjoy a visit to the fromagerie or the 12 chapels culture trail. The weekly welcome drinks, street animation and torchlight descents are not to be missed. The après ski in Val Cenis is quiet but the many restaurants and bars and two cinemas should keep everyone happy. A good variety of shops and supermarkets ensure that those self-catering will find all they require. Val Cenis ski resort is only half an hour's drive from Modane and the motorway.

Peak Retreats offers a range of Val Cenis accommodation options. All of Val Cenis' ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Val Cenis ski holiday.

Read Fraser Wilkin's weather review on where he says Val Cenis has "good snow reliability, good sunshine record and (last but not least) plenty of trees to play in should it decide to be stormy."


With more than 80kms of marked piste and a vertical drop of 1400m, Val Cenis has a varied ski area. It’s ideal for beginners and intermediates with green and blue runs down through the trees as well as opportunities to access even the highest runs at 2800m.

Among the forests of larch and cembra pine, 125km of trails, including the link to Termignon, offer something for everyone. Below 2000m the slopes are beautifully tree-lined.

A fleet of comfortable lifts, trails groomed every night, snow culture that guarantees good snow ... and ultimately, a resort of high quality – is ideal for all types of skiers. At the top of the Val Cenis slopes at 2,800 m, you can enjoy a splendid view across the Mont Cenis lake and the Parc National de la Vanoise.

The other ski resorts in the valley are Bramans, Sollières-Sardières, Bessans, and Bonneval, although you’d need to buy additional lift passes if you wanted to ski these areas - all within a 10-20min drive of Val Cenis.



Val Cenis is ideal for beginners with 12 green runs to practise on – many of them between resort level (1500m) and 2000m. The majority of the resort runs back into either of the Val Cenis villages are green. There are some enjoyably long blue runs to progress to. The green Escargot run is a six miles long - plenty of slope time to practise on this one, even if you don’t ski at snail’s pace! Access it via the Ramasse chairlift in Lanslebourg.


About three-quarters of Val Cenis’s ski area is dominated by blue and red pistes. Above 2000m you’ll find many red runs to keep you occupied - some of them quite challenging. If you want to explore further, try the red runs above Termignon and take the blue Forestière run right the way down to Termignon village.


Although advanced skiing is limited, there’s some great north-facing off-piste terrain and two free-ride circuits. From the top of the ungroomed Michèle Jacot or the Moraine slopes, you can enjoy powder and bumps!


Val Cenis Snowboarders will enjoy the park and natural half-pipe.

Val Cenis Ski Hire

Pre-book your Val Cenis ski hire with Peak Retreats.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Val Cenis 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.

Find out more about Peak Retreats ski hire

Val Cenis Ski Passes

Pre-book your Val Cenis lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Val Cenis 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 OFFER: from 30/03/19 (Val Cenis Vanoise only)

2 Adult passes (12-64yrs) bought: 1 Free child (5-11yrs)

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


Val Cenis ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2018/19:

½ day - €25 children, €31 adults
Day - €32 children, €38 adults


TK - téléski (draglift)
TS - télésiège (chairlift)
TC - télécabine (gondola)

Val Cenis Ski School

Pre-book your Val Cenis 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 11 years, in Val Cenis, with Peak Retreats. 3-4 year olds will go into the Ski Kindergarten lessons.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Val Cenis 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.

Val Cenis Individual Tuitions (2017/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

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

Around €39 per hour for 1-2 people.

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

Ski school Val Cenis contact numbers for private lessons only:

73480 Lanslevillard
Tel. +33 (0)4 79 05 92 43

Val Cenis Child Care

Childcare is not pre-bookable by Peak Retreats. Please book direct.

Haltes Garderies Les P'Tits Loups
For children from 3 months - 6 years

Indoor and outdoor activities -snow games, togoggan, farm visits etc., educational activities and crafts. 

Guide prices for 16/17

1/2 day - 23 €
6 half days - 115 €
Garderie from 12h30 to 13h30 + meal - 15 €

Le Club Enfants Les P'Tits Durs En Hiver
For children 6-12 years

Guide price for 2016/17

6 afternoons Sun-Fri from 115 €

Chez ESF
Rue des Rochers
73480 Lanslevillard
Tel. +33 (0)4 79 05 92 43 -

Val Cenis ESF Ski Lessons

Children can ski from 3 years old in Val Cenis with ESF Val Cenis. See ski school tab. For 3-12 year olds, we can book lessons with childcare with or without lunch as an add-on to lessons.

Val Cenis Resort Activities

Paragliding, outdoor ice-rink, dog-sledging, snowshoeing, donkey rides, ice-climbing are all available in the Val Cenis villages.

Les Glieres leisure centre has an indoor ice-rink, swimming-pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor climbing wall… Located just a few minutes walk from Les Balcons du Village residence.

Val Cenis Bowling

BOWLING LE 1480 Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Tel: +33 (0)4 79 05 21 87-

6 bowling lanes, bar, sports TV, restaurant, terraces, pool tables, WiFi. Open 7 days a week.

Val Cenis Cinema

CINÉMA CHANTELOUVE Val Cenis Lanslevillard
2D and 3D films
CINÉMA LA RAMASSE Val Cenis Lanslebourg
2D and 3D films

Val Cenis Parapente

Val Cenis Lanslevillard
Tel. +33 (0)4 79 05 27 26 -

Val Cenis Ice Rinks

Natural Ice Rink
Val Cenis Lanslebourg
Tel. +33 (0)6 15 52 46 42
Situated by chairlift La Ramasse

Artificial Ice Rink
Val Cenis Lanslevillard

Val Cenis Snow Zone - Big Airbag, snowtubing and Air Tubby

The Big Air Bag is an inflatable structure to perform jumps and receive safely. For all age groups, this large mattress can be used by both skiers and snowboarders, beginners or those experienced in freestyle. This variant of professional cushion fall can also be practised with snow-tubing.

Val Cenis Horse-Drawn Carriage

Pulled by one or two donkeys. Maximum 5 people. Afternoons only in Val Cenis Lanslebourg.

'The Life of an Inuit' 

Throughout the winter season, come along and enjoy a new adventure. Hike for an hour into the wilderness of snowshoe, in a stunning landscape. Once you are arrived in the igloo camp, enjoy a traditional dinner (tartiflette and blueberry pie) and spend the night huddled under duvets and deer skins.

Ski Touring Trail

“Escapades” is a new ski touring slope on the downhill ski area, ideal for the beginners or those who wants a safe and gentle introduction to the discipline. You can enjoy the trip with a mountain professional every Thursday during winter season.

Enquiries at the ESF in Val Cenis.
Tel. +0033  4 79  05 92 43

Val Cenis Snowshoe Outings

There's a special track (both pedestrian and snowshoe) starts from the top of the Val Cenis Le Haut cable car; the Mont Cenis Pass and lake can be reached from the top of the La Ramasse 6 man chairlift.

Great evening snowshoe with complete meal in restoring altitude of Termignon. Outing at sunset with a superb panorama in front of Vanoise glaciers, good assured environment and slope in the valley after the "Génépy". 

Evening "refuge and astronomy" in the heart of the Vanoise - an unforgettable outing in snowshoes to "Vallonbrum" refuge, where you have a Savoyard meal with Fred, the guard of the refuge. The evening continues, after the "génépi", with the observation of planets and constellations thanks to the electronic telescope and a laser. The return to the valley will be done in snowshoes through mountain pastures and forests of spruce.

Hammeau de la Neige
73480 Bessans 
Tel. 00 33 6 87 38 53 64 

Val Cenis View Point

At 2800m, discover a unique viewpoint from La Canopee des Cimes on the new suspended footbridge built in 2015. Accessible by the chairlift of the Met, also find a panoramic orientation table and thematic panels on the hydroelectric works of Mont Cenis.

Togogganing in Val Cenis and local areas

2 pistes (unsecured)

1 piste near to chalet nordique de Sardières

1 piste secured at foot of slopes

Val Cenis Le Haut:
900m long open same time as the gondola Val Cenis le Haut at it is located at summit of the lift. Skier and pedestrian access. 1620m-1500m.

2 luge pistes - one at foot of lifts and other at the nordic chalet by the depature for nordic slopes. Tracks lit at night.

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 in resort.

Val Cenis Tourist Office

Val Cenis Tourist Information
Tel. +33 479 05 23 66

Val Cenis Ski Activities

Val Cenis Mountain Restaurants

La Fema, Creperie des Glaces, Le Refuge.

Val Cenis Cross-country

6km of marked tracks in Val Cenis but others areas nearby:

Bramans 1230 m - 1800 m (30km of piste)
2 nordic domains at 1250m and 1700m

Monolithe de Sardieres-Aussois (30km of piste)
200 m of area (1 500 m à 1 700 m)
6 pistes - 2 green, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 violet, 1 black
Label Nordic France: 3 firs

Bessans (80km)

Val Cenis Tuesday Night on the Slopes

Snowtubing from 1pm - 4pm and Sledge by Night from 5.30pm - 9.30pm. 

Val Cenis Night Skiing

Every Thursday from 8pm to 10pm on the Colomba chairlift (Lanslevillard sector) and Monday school holidays from 6pm to 8 m on the Tannes ski lift (Termignon sector).
Accessible to all holders of a valid ski pass or tickets are on sale at the start of the chairlift (5 € the evening).


News and Events 2017-18


Val Cenis X-Perience 
Choose between evening sledding, airboarding or snowzone and get 2 hours sled rental at a reduced price. See the Tourist Office for more information. 


Tous en Piste: 16th December 2017
Major ski launch event in the valley that starts off the ski season. It gets locals to share their know-how with skiers on the slopes and après-ski.
On skis, skiers discover activities and food & drinks stands. At night, Olivia RUIZ, one of the nation’s fastest rising stars and also a popular pioneer of "nouvelle chanson", will be performing in an open-air concert at the ski front. 

The Savoie Mont-Blanc Grand Odyssey: 20 - 24th January 2018
The most spectacular international dog sled race in the world. Every year, twenty or more Mushers gather to compete, racing across more than 670km of stunning Alpine scenery.

National Accordion Festival: 27th January - 2nd February 2018 

C’est’L’Printemps à Val Cenis: 17th - 20th March 2018
A French comedy and music festival

Val Cenis Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants

Bars and restaurants -  21 restaurants/bars in Lanslevillard, 18 in Lanslebourg, 2 cinemas.


Val Cenis is served by a range of amenities including: welcome drink, weekly child torch-lit descents during school holidays, shows, sports tournaments, visit to cheese-producing farms, Carnival in February… all organised by the Val Cenis Tourist Office.

Getting to Val Cenis, France

By Road:

Driving distance from Calais 595 miles (8 hrs 45 mins)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit Modane. Follow signs to Val Cenis via the N6 (24 km from the motorway exit). Attention winter Iseran Pass and the Col du Mont Cenis are closed to traffic.

By Rail:

Modane station (24km)

There is a regular coach service to Val Cenis from the forecourt of Modane station.

For information, timetables and bookings:
Tel. 00 33 479 68 32 96


Chambery is 135km from Val Cenis (1 ½ hours) 

Turin Airport is 145km from Val Cenis (2 hours)

Grenoble is 202km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 212km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)

Geneva is 213km from Val Cenis (2 ¼ hours)

Public shuttle bus transfers from airport

Lyon Airport - Val Cenis via Modane ( 

Chambery Airport - Val Cenis via Modane ( 

Val Cenis Airport Transfer

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

Access around Val Cenis

The shuttle bus is running between Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard every day, for free, from 8:30 to 19:00 during the all season. In French ski school holidays this coach runs until 22:30 but there's only one per hour. In addition, on Thursdays of the season (until end of March) one bus is runs from 20:00 to 22:00. 
A large car park (suitable for coaches) is opposite the Vieux Moulin cable car.


A bag room (no charge) is available at the top of the Vieux Moulin cable car.

Getting to other resorts in Maurienne

Ecomobility Skibus: Open to skiers and non skiers. Service not intended for groups. Limited to the capacity of the vehicle seat. It connects all villages and resorts of the valley. Admission is free.

LINE 1: Bramans - Bonneval sur Arc (including Val Cenis)
LINE 2: Termignon - Sollières-Sardières - Aussois 

Val Cenis Opening Dates

Val Cenis ski area is open: Sunday 16/12/18 – Monday 22/04/19.

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

Accommodation in Val Cenis

Les Chalets de Flambeau

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Directors' Choice | Luxury

In a few words... These luxury apartments are in sunny position at the foot of the slopes, by the Pré Novel chairlift and the ski school meeting point. Facilities include indoor pool, children's pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room and spa.

Directors' Choice | Luxury

Les Balcons de Val Cenis Village

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14

In a few words... The generous sized apartments in this 4-star residence are ideally located at the foot of the slopes, less than 200m from the gondola and ski school, and a short walk from the village centre. Facilities include an on-site restaurant, bakery and free access to the pool at the Glières leisure centre.

Les Balcons de Val Cenis le Haut

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 14

In a few words... This 3-star traditionally-built residence is well-located for the slopes, just 100m from the end of a green slope and the gondola. Facilities include sauna and free access to the pool at the Glières leisure centre.

Le Criterium

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8

In a few words... These comfortable, spacious apartments are in a great position at the foot of the slopes, and very close to the ski school and ski lift.

Les Alpages de Val Cenis

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Superior

In a few words... These 3-star superior standard apartments are in a great location for the slopes, ski school and ski lift. Facilities include an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness area.


Bonheur des Pistes

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

In a few words... These apartments are ideally located in Lanslevillard next to the Vieux Moulin gondola. The views from the apartments are superb.

Hotel St Charles

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4

In a few words... This 4-star hotel is very conveniently located in the village of Lanslebourg, 100m from of a choice of three ski lifts. Facilities include indoor pool, restaurant, bar, room service and spa.

What our clients say

The Sherpa shop, Pizza du Bois and Fromagerie cheese shop on main street were excellent. We were 3 families in separate apartments and used the free hire service to have a fondue night and a raclette night, which the children enjoyed.

Mr C March 2017
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