Ski Holidays in Val Cenis, France
Val Cenis is a charming ski resort comprised of traditional villages, Lanslebourg, Termignon and Lanslevillard which are nestled in the Haute Maurienne mountains in the Vanoise national park. They both offer excellent value for money and a good range of skiing.
- Off piste
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Skiing in Val Cenis
With its 1,400m of height differences and 80km of marked slopes between Siberian pines and larch trees, it is a highly rated ski area suitable for all abilities.
Both villages in Val Cenis have beginner areas with nursery slopes but Lanslevillard has the largest. From here you can progress onto the green runs that are within easy access of the chairlifts or gondola.
Intermediates will be able to make the most out of the area as the three linked villages make up a vast selection of superb blue and red runs with some up to 10km in length. Under the full area pass, the Maurienne pass, intermediate skiers will also be able to explore Val Cenis’ neighbouring resorts.
On piste options for advanced skiers are pretty limited in resort but the best options that many will enjoy is the Michele Jacot which turns into a red for the remaining two thirds of the piste. This is also a good area for off-piste terrain. Hire a guide to get the most of the upper area’s steep sections. Visit Bonneval-sur-Arc, part of the Maurienne area pass, which is a 30 minute bus journey away. It is a great spot for freeriders as it opens up possibilities of skiing huge verticals.
The valley has 120km of cross country trails, 12km of which are situated in the local resort. It also has 2 snowparks and snowboarder cross’.
Snow conditions in Val Cenis
Snow conditions in Val Cenis are good for a non glacier village with much of its terrain lying above 2000m. Plus its lifts stretch to high altitudes for reliable snow coverage and is enhanced by its north facing orientation.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Val Cenis
The atmosphere in the villages is warm and friendly with low key nightlife. It does have a small range bars and restaurants including the Lanslevillard , Sports Bar and Howard’s Pub for an after ski drink and for eating out, the Lanslebourg and the Napoleon are good choices for local dishes and pizza too.
Val Cenis also offers a whole range of activities organised by enthusiastic professionals, so that everyone can experience the natural wonders of the valley. You will be able to discover different sports and activities that don’t involve skis: such as snowshoe outings, winter canyoning, ice climbing, paragliding, tobogganing, ice skating, sled dog rides, escape rooms, a leisure centre with an indoor and outdoor pool, an indoor activity centre with trampolines, a cinema and a library - the choice is vast!
Transfer times to Val Cenis
Chambery (CMF) - 1 hr 30 mins
Grenoble (GNB) - 2 hrs 15 mins
Geneva (GVA) - 2 hrs 30 mins
Lyon (LYS) - 2 hrs 30 mins