If you haven’t heard of the Tarentaise Valley you will certainly have heard of its towns and villages because the area is internationally known for its ski resorts. These include the likes of Les Trois Vallées, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Tignes and Val d'Isère. In fact the Tarentaise Valley hosted most of the events for the 1992 Albertville winter Olympics and for good reason. The valley has 1,400 km of slopes, 600 ski lifts and world beating snow reliability, with skiing available through the summer months. As a result hundreds and thousands of winter sports enthusiasts descend upon the region annually.
But the valley is not just a series of ski resorts. It is varied, diverse, with stunning natural beauty and individual resorts all offering something different - from the purpose-built super resorts to authentic villages with local farming cmmunities.
The Tarentaise Valley is becoming increasingly popular as a summer destination. Skiers and snowboarders can still enjoy the Grand Motte glacier in Tignes but as the snow melts elsewhere the Tarentaise National Park reveals itself offering an altogether different adventure. There are rare and beautiful flowers, birds and other wildlife. There is an extensive and varied range of hikes many of them single track built by hand years ago to allow local farmers and animals to pass to summer grazing pastures. In July and August ski lifts are open to allow walkers and mountains bikers access to the vast mountains area. There is also the possibility to swim in mountain lakes, rock climb, paraglide, sleep in mountain refuges, kayak or go fishing!
The valley as a whole has a huge amount to offer, as individual resorts and as its collective mass requiring years of adventuring to discover all that’s on offer.
It also has great transports links with several airports servicing the region including Geneva, Chambèry, and Lyon. There are also a number of shuttle bus operators providing transfers up to all the major ski resorts. The Eurostar from London has a direct service to Moutiers / Brides les Bains and there is of course the option to drive.
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