Val Cenis ski resort overview
Open: 10 Dec 2017 – 20 Apr 2018
Val Cenis is a ski and mountain resort situated in the Haute-Maurienne region of the French Alps, close to the Italian border.
Val Cenis is composed of five villages; Lanslebourg, Lanslevillard, Termignon, Sollières-Sardières and Bramans
The villages sit between 1300m and 1500m, respectively, and lifts climb to a maximum altitude of 2800m. The resort attracts mainly French and Italian tourists each winter. It is a lot quieter than larger ski resorts in the French Alps and does not normally suffer from long lift queues. It is ideally located in the Maurienne region with good transport links in and out of Modane, Lyon, Geneva and Chambery.
At the top of the mountain lays Lac du Mont Cenis; in the summer or the winter this is a beautiful sight. In the winter the lake freezes and allows for beautiful pictures from the Canopée des Cîmes, a suspended boat shaped platform.
One of the major attractions of Val Cenis is the existence of blue pistes from top to bottom, which allows beginners to enjoy the heights of the mountain which they may not be able to reach at other resorts.
Amongst its pistes Val Cenis boasts the longest green run in Europe; the 10km l’Escargot, which doubles as a road in summer, winds down from 2100m to 1400m.
The lower section of the slopes are through trees, which means they are not exposed to wind and sun and tend to have better snow cover, although the scope for off-piste skiing is limited.
Above the trees, from 2100m upwards, there is an abundance of off-piste skiing to be found. Impressive backcountry skiing can be found past the slopes at the Lanslevillard end of the resort, with several wide gullies within a large forested area. From the top of the TSF4 de la Met lift to 2800m there are panoramic views of the Lac du Mont Cenis almost 800m below, as well as several pistes running down to the lake’s shore.
There is now even more skiing available from Val Cenis as the resort makes one with neighbouring Termignon offering 125km of pistes.
Where to stay in Val Cenis
Stats & info
- 125km of slopes, from 1300m to 2800m altitude
- 260 snow cannons
- 57 slopes: 12 green, 19 blue, 21 red, 5 black
- 28 lifts: 2 gondolas, 13 chair lifts (including 7 high speed), 13 draft lifts
- 1 sledge slope
- 3 boarder cross
- 2 easy parks
- 1 stop watch zone
- 2 spots photo
From beginner to expert
The ski area offers an access for free to 5 draft lifts for those who ski for the first time:
- Marmottons at Termignon
- Madeleine at Lanslebourg
- Sablons at Lanslebourg
- Pont Noir at Lanslevillard
- Terre Grasse at Val Cenis le Haut
The top of the ski area is accessible to everyone, even beginners. From the top of the chairlift Met at 2800m, they can go downhill to the resort by blue and green slopes without difficulty.
From 1300 to 2100m, the slopes are mostly in forest. Trees provide a natural ski experience and a good protection in case of bad weather.
Above 2100m, good skiers can go through many red and black slopes and accessible off-piste areas.
Accessibility and Comfort
Move without car for free from a village to another:
- Shuttle from Termignon to Lanslevillard
- Ski bus from Bramans to Bonneval sur Arc
6 ski departures:
- Termignon: chair lift of Girarde
- Lanslebourg: chair lift of Ramasse
- Les Champs: chair lift of Pré Novel
- Lanslevillard: gondola of Vieux Moulin
- Lanslevillard: chair lift of Colomba
- Val Cenis le Haut: gondola of Val Cenis le Haut
8 lifts accessible to pedestrians Parkings near the lift pass offices and ski departures Picnic areas and picnic rooms on the ski area
ESKI-MO : 1 Lift pass, 5 ski resorts, 300km of slopes, FREE shuttle
Eski-Mo is a large and varied domain created by the cooperation of 5 ski resorts with the aim to propose a better offer to the lovers of large and open spaces:
- Bonneval sur Arcs
- La Norma
The Eski-Mo ski stations are complementary; giving you a great choice gets out: ski opportunities, service to places and accommodation possibilities. The purpose is to let you discover a protected space where you can relax, sports and just relax.
The Eski-Mo ski pass gives you the opportunity to stay in one of the 5 ski resorts and to ski 1 day in each other resort.
Free bus service between the 5 ski resorts with your Eski-Mo ski pass
Ski & Fun
Easy Park (Termignon and Val Cenis le Haut)
Family friendly version of the Snow Park to discover freestyle ski or improve your skills: boxes, rails, mini tables. Ski level: intermediate to good skiers
Stop watch zone (Termignon)
Measure your speed as the real speed-skiing champions (world record beyond 250km/h)! Ski level: intermediate to good skiers
Boardercross (Termignon, Val Cenis le Haut and la Met)
Fun slopes to go downhill alone or with others. Try your hand at the banked turns and whoops! Ski level: 1 slope for beginner, 1 for intermediate, 1 for good skiers
Kid areas with “Le Journal de Mickey”
The Mickey Mouse Magazine and all your favourite Disney characters spend the winter season in Val Cenis. Find them on the ski area along children areas with figurines, bumps, slalom and tunnel… to learn while having fun!
Every Wednesday of the school holidays, take part to the Mickey Mouse Magazine party: music, photos and goodies.
Entertainment/Discovery (free access with the ski pass)
The Eski-Mo Village brings together the activities accessible by the gondola of Val Cenis le Haut:
- Toboggan run: 900m long with bumps and banked turns
- Picnic camp: picnic and playground area
- Boarder cross
- Spot Photo
The Eski-Mo Village is accessible for free with a valid ski pass (Val Cenis or Eski-mo) during the opening hours of the ski area. The sled run is accessible from 5 years old and reserved for sledges equipped with metal brakes, possible rental on the spot with the Pas Val Cenis X-perience.
Canopée des Cimes
At 2800m, discover a unique viewpoint on the pass and on the Lake of Mont Cenis on our brand new suspended footbridge.
Accessible by the chairlift of Met, find also a panoramic orientation table and thematic panels on the hydroelectric equipment of Mont Cenis.
Base 2500 – Snowtubing
Over 2500m high, enjoy a trip on our 60m long buoy toboggan run. Accessible to pedestrians and skiers, on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 13:00 to 16:00, from 6 years old. Helmet required
Night skiing on lightening slopes:
Every Thursday from 20:00 to 22:00 on the chair lift of Colomba (Lanslevillard)
On Monday during the French school holidays from 17:30 to 19:30pm on the drag lift of Tannes (Termignon)
Create and share your personal digital post card thanks to 1 of the 2 spots photo set on the ski slopes! Connect your smartphone to the WIFI hotspot. Strike a pose and shoot the photo from your smartphone. Recover the photo on your smartphone and share it via social networks