NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies from this website.
I understand
More Info


Established in 1971, La Norma has a reputation for reasonable prices and great views over the Maurienne valley to the Vanoise National Park. This is a car-free resort in the midst of birch and larch trees. There's a very steep mountain with a speed skiing course.

Overview

Established in 1971, La Norma's has a reputation for reasonable prices and great views over the Maurienne Valley to the Vanoise National Park. As yet still undiscovered by the bigger tour operators so queues are unlikely apart from school holidays when teams of young future champions are in training.

The lack of cars in the heart of the village creates a relaxed pedestrian shopping area where street entertainers add a lively atmosphere. Close to the world famous Trois Vallées (Three Valleys Region) and Val Thorens, Europe's highest resort.

There were plans back in the 1970's to lift link Valfréjus with Valmeinier, Valloire and Bardonecchia just over through the Fréjus Tunnel in Italy. The River Arc, so called because of its arc shape, runs through the valley providing summer visitors with a venue for many of La Norma's summer activities.

The Maurienne Ski Pass allows you one day's skiing in a choice of 23 nearby resorts of the Maurienne Valley and with a ski pass of two days or more you can "get away" to the Trois Vallées, Vallee des Belleville or Val Thorens. Dominated by its peak 2917m, La Norma offers 700 hectares of ski slopes, stretching from an altitude of 1350m to 2750m.

There are 65km of runs with 18 different ski lifts - a cable car, six chairlifts, 10 button lifts and a toddler lift). The ski area starts at 1350m up to 2750m. The resort has its own Sports Club which owns an FIS authorised permanent slalom stadium on La Fontaine aux Oiseaux and has hosted major competitions including the French Military Championships and the French Surf Alpine Trophy. The Club trains local juniors as well as running a weekly "Visitors Race".

Mountain

Dominated by its peak 2917m, La Norma offers 700 hectares of ski slopes, stretching from an altitude of 1350m to 2750m. There are 65km of runs with 18 different ski lifts - a cable car, six chairlifts, 10 button lifts and a toddler lift). The ski area starts at 1350m up to 2750m. The resort has its own Sports Club which owns an FIS authorised permanent slalom stadium on La Fontaine aux Oiseaux and has hosted major competitions including the French Military Championships and the French Surf Alpine Trophy. The Club trains local juniors as well as running a weekly "Visitors Race". La Norma has a 6km cross-country ski circuit. The nearest cross-country ski resort is Bramans, with 50km of trails for all abilities. Shuttle bus runs from La Norma to Bramans, a good area to discover by snow shoes, there are several footpaths leading out of La Norma, in particular the 34km Le Petit Bonheur footpath along which you can discover the Esseillon fortress, the baroque church of Avrieux and the villages of the Haute-Maurienne.

Families

La Norma has received the French "P'tit Montagnand" award for its child friendliness. Children Club Les Lutins welcomes children from the age of 3 months up to 6 years with a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. Building snowmen, drawing, painting, sledging and once a week the children are taken up the gondola to bake a cake with Georges at the Eterlou high altitude restaurant. The Childrens' Club Team are all trained in childcare and full of ideas to make the childrens' stay as enjoyable as their parents. Minimum age for ski school is 3 years and the ESF have a special chalet and ski lift specifically for the tiniest tots who are supervised by trained staff in the Ski Kindergarten. Children are grouped together according to age and ability with lessons arranged both morning and afternoon if required. The Hanouck excursion for children offers them a chance to experience a half day of hiking and camping accompanied by dog-sledge Huskies and their guides. An unforgettable day in the wilderness and they'll even learn how to put up a tent!

Eating Out

The traditional Savoyard way of cooking is based mainly on cheese and potatoes. During the long winter months when the valley was cut off from other food supplies these were the ingredients most people had plenty of. Raclette and fondue both originate from this area and most French restaurants have them on offer. The raclette is basically lots of melted cheese poured over boiled jacket potatoes, very simple and delicious with a selection of local pickles and cured meat. Traditional desserts include laTarte aux Myrtilles (Bilberry tart) and Creme Catalan - creamy custard with burnt sugar topping.

Apres

Numerous activities in La Norma from sledging and walks to cinema, shopping, discovery of the traditional "art baroque" and savoyard cooking.

Boarding

This Maurienne resort has a terrain park at 2350m and boarding is permitted on "almost every slope."

// HIGHLIGHTS //
Vertical drop
1400m
Ski area
65
Resort height
1350m
Airport
Lyon Satolas
Train station
Modane
beginner
21.5%
intermediate
57%
expert
21.5%