Val Cenis


Val Cenis is the largest ski resort in Haute Maurienne. It is nestled in the heart of the Vanoise National Park and is and also a great base from which to explore other Haute Maurienne resorts like Valfrejus, Aussois, La Norma, Bessans,  and Bonneval sur Arc. 

Discover a vast, natural, modern and varied domain where simplicity is combined with authenticity, there is no doubt that all your mountain expectations will be met and exceeded.

Val Cenis is a warm welcoming great value family ski resort with the village at 1400m rising to 2800m at the peak of the mountain.  

Val Cenis has an excellent snow record and has the advantage of north facing slopes and has the world's largest green slope  'Escargot' which runs for 10km.  There are also great range of on piste trails for beginners and intermediates. Off piste terrain includes some good fun mellow bowls, glades steep trees and gullies.

Vertically the mountain splits into three distinct zones, the valley (perfect for beginners);  mid mountain (a full range of trails and steep off piste gullies and trees); and alpine (broad, mellow rolling pitches). 

There are 125 km of marked trails including 8 km of free cross-country skiing, 62 slopes including 16 green, 19 blue, 22 red, 5 black.

In addition to fantastic skiing there are a wide range of activities to enjoy which include ice skating, swimming pool, trampolining, mini moto, spa and much more ! 

Getting there

Val Cenis is close to the Italian border and from Calais 988km (8.5 hours) the resort village of Val Cenis Termignon is only 17km (20min drive) from Modane. The largest Val Cenis resort town of Val Cenis Lanslebourg is a further 6km (8min drive) and the third village, Val Cenis Lanslevillard is an another 3km up the valley. Val Cenis Lanslebourg is 220km (2.5hours) from Geneva, 230km (2.5hours) from Lyon and 128km (1hour 45) from Turin. Gateway airports to the region are Geneva (GVA) & Lyon St Exupéry (LYS) for all travellers.

Public transport to the region is excellent. Modane has a railway station served by TGV high speed trains on the Paris-Lyon-Turin-Milan line. A major bus terminal is next to the station and regular buses head to all five Haute Maurienne ski areas, including Val Cenis (the M12 line). Alternatively, a private transfer from the train station to just about anywhere in the Haute Maurienne will be relatively inexpensive.

Fun times at Val Cenis by our friend Philippe!