Known for being one of the greatest valleys in the French Alps, Haute Maurienne Vanoise lies along the Italian border and is a highly popular ski destination for many winter sports enthusiasts. Haute Maurienne Vanoise Valley has around 20 different ski resorts and sees a population of 15,000 during the winter months. It is part of the Vanoise National Park, which provides some great hiking trails in the summer months, and the nearby towns offer some traditional restaurants and amazing accommodations.

In this post, we will explore the area around Haute Maurienne, uncovering: where to go, what to see, what to do and which of the many chalets and apartments offered by Alpvision Residences is best for you on your trip!

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Discovering Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Depending on the season, the activities available and recommended change, making it a very diverse destination for tourists. In the summer months, you can enjoy many different sports activities and cultural events within the many villages and towns in the region. However, the main attraction to Haute Maurienne is, of course, the mountains! The French Alps provide the perfect place for so many winter sports and activities.

Let’s have a look at the different things available in Haute Maurienne Vanoise throughout the year.

What to Do in Haute Maurienne Vanoise by the Season

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, who loves skiing and snowboarding, or someone who prefers to cosy up in a luxurious chalet by a fireplace and jacuzzi, there is something for everyone to be found in this region of the French Alps.

For Winter Sports Enthusiasts:


Haute Maurienne transforms into a winter wonderland during the snowy months of December through April, offering some of the best skiing experiences in France. The area is famous for resorts such as Val Cenis, known for its diverse range of slopes, perfect for beginner and more advanced skiers. You can also enjoy snowboarding, snowshoeing, and even dog sledding!

Summer Fun:


As the spring rolls around and the snow begins to melt, Haute Maurienne Vanoise reveals a lively and lush green landscape, perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Trails like the GR5, which go through the Vanoise National Park, offer breathtaking views of the valley and mountain ranges. The Vanoise National Park was the first of its kind in France, created in 1963, and is home to a variety of wildlife. For the more adventurous risk-takers, try rock climbing or paragliding in the region!

Enjoy Local Culture:


In Haute Maurienne Vanoise, you are not just limited to outdoor adventure. It’s an area full of history and culture. You can visit the Baroque Trails, also known as Les Chemins du Baroque in French, to explore ancient churches and chapels filled with Baroque art and paintings. The local museums, like the Muséobar in Modane, display the history of the region’s wars and Alpine life throughout its history.

Fun for the Whole Family:


For families, Haute Maurienne Vanoise offers a wide range of activities that are fun and educational. There are animal parks, like the Esseillon Forts, ski slopes and even cheese-making workshops. You can also try a traditional Savoyard meal in one of the many family-friendly restaurants in the area.

In Haute Maurienne, there is always something to do, no matter the season! From the slopes to the relaxing and beautiful hiking trails, the region promises an unforgettable experience for all! 

Exploring the Area of Haute Maurienne Vanoise: Val Cenis

Haute Maurienne Vanoise is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in southeastern France, as part of the Savoie region. The area is mixed with high mountain peaks, valleys, glaciers and meadows,  with the Arc River running through the valley. 

Although there are plenty of fun things to do all year round, the main activity in the Alps is, of course, skiing. Val Cenis is one of the area’s most popular ski resorts, well-known for its variety of slopes available for many different levels. Adapted for beginners and experts, you are bound to find the ideal slope for you. If you are tired of skiing or snowboarding and looking for something else to do, you can also try snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice skating. 

If you want a break from outdoor activities, Val Cenis is near the Alpine towns of  Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard, where you can visit some of the most traditional restaurants, offering typical dishes from the region, such as Savoyarde Fondue, Raclette and Bilberry Tart.

The Local Secrets of the Region

Dating back to the Neolithic period, Haute Maurienne Vanoise is a historic place. You can visit the Fort Victor-Emmanuel in Aussois, which dates back 5,000 years and even participate in an archaeology workshop at the museum, ideal for children and groups. Beer and cheese making are local specialities and you can take part in learning about the process of making them by visiting local breweries and factories. Christianity also plays an important part in the history of the area and every August 15th in Bessans, a festival is held to celebrate the Assumption of Mary. This festival is celebrated with traditional costumes, dances and a procession through the village.


Your home in Haute Maurienne Vanoise

Haute Maurienne is a breathtaking location and must-see region of the French Alps! It is the ideal place for many different holidaymakers, including couples, friends and families. The surrounding area and landscapes are stunning, with unbelievable views of the mountain ranges. The nearby towns offer cultural experiences for food lovers to history buffs, giving a real taste of the Alpine to all who visit! 

Alpvision Residences offers the perfect accommodations for you on your trip to Haute Maurienne Vanoise. From cosy chalets that offer a romantic getaway for couples to spacious apartments ideal for a group of friends or families, each accommodation is designed to enhance your experience. Discover the many options offered by Alpvision Residences, including stunning mountain views. 

Visit Alpvision Residences to find your ideal alpine accommodation and start planning your unforgettable escape to the French Alps.