Aussois Ski Resort

Aussois ski resort's highest lifted point (2750m) is in spectacular surrounds
Aussois ski resort France as viewed from across the valley at La Norma
The wonderful Balmes ski run is one of several top to bottom marked trails at Aussois
Aussois ski resort base area & world class ski-out, ski-in day car park
Aussois has plenty of freeride powder ski opportunities for the adventurous
Aussois combines a traditional French Alps village with newer resort style lodgings up the hill
The Fournache chair at Aussois is to be replaced in the near future.
Mid-mountain at Aussois ski resort
Deep powder out wide at Aussois ski resort in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise France
Three mid-mountain restaurants provide the sustenance at Aussois
The base area at Aussois is wonderful for novices.
Aussois ski terrain in the Fournache sector
Aussois slack-country powder turns
The Choulliere piste heading into Aussois village with La Norma in the background
Aussois powder skiing
Aussois ski resort village
Leap into Aussois if in the Haute Maurienne France
Aussois ski resort village accommodation
Historic Fort Victor-Emmanuel is one of many local attractions near Aussois
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Aussois Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resort

Bonneval sur Arc
La Norma
Val Cenis

    Aussois Ski Trail Map
  • Aussois Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,500m – 2,750m (1,250m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (8)
    4 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 55km
    Longest run – 7km+
    Advanced - 12%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 48%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – €32
    Child – €27
    Child u/5yr - Free

Aussois Ski Resort France

Aussois is the sunniest & most family friendly of the wonderful Haute Maurienne Vanoise ski resorts but still has plenty for the powder seeking freerider fraternity! The lift pass price is so low at Aussois, that any day on snow here is a good day.

Aussois is one of five local ski resorts that combined offer some of the best value big mountain skiing in the Alps. All within easy driving distance of each other, Aussois’s opposite is the north-aspect Powderhounds Gem of La Norma. Further up the valley, expansive Val Cenis is the largest in the region & further still is the other local certified Powderhounds Gem of Bonneval sur Arc. Back past Modane, Valfrejus makes up the quinella - a ready-made ski safari week.

Pros & Cons for Aussois Ski Resort

Pros

  • Amazing value, family friendly ski resort
  • Entire 1250m skiable vertical can be skied on blue/green, red, black, or off-piste runs.
  • Efficient lift system, slowly being modernised.
  • No lift lines.
  • Excellent range of piste trails for all novices, beginners & intermediates, but less for advanced – perfect for families.
  • Interesting variety of freeride terrain on the eastern side of the resort.
  • A real French Alps mountain village at its base.
  • Ski-in ski-out accommodation available.
  • Super cheap day lift pass.
  • Amongst the world’s best ski-out, ski-in day car-parks – and its free!
  • Easy public transport access by train/bus.
  • Amazing scenery & local history, including historic forts.
  • Loads of snow-shoe, toboggan & cross-country ski action.
  • Perfect base for a ski safari of the entire valley.

Cons

  • Predominantly south-facing terrain means snow can get sun-baked.
  • Not a whole lot for advanced skiers on-piste (but Balmes & the adjacent off-piste have lots to offer).
  • The Plan Sec surface lift & associated terrain is a nonsense.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Sunny south-facing location – with all the pluses & minuses that come with it at a ski resort!
  • Limited hotel accommodation & few (if any) luxury accommodations (mostly apartments).

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

What is not to love about a place with 1250m of skiable vertical, highest lifted point of 2750m, 55km of piste trails, runs over 7km long in a sunny reliable natural snow location? Why then haven’t you heard of Aussois? So many questions, but it is probably because the Haute Maurienne resorts are amongst the most 'off the radar' Alps ski resorts. Its skiing & snowboarding on-piste terrain is fabulous for novices to intermediates. The sunny base area is a perfect learn to ski/board environment. Progression is up at mid-mountain via the Grand Jeu chair. A wonderfully long novice trail from the top of the Eterlou chair has a short section of blue/red trail, which whilst annoying from a trail perspective, doesn’t present too many challenges for anyone learning to slide. Intermediates & advanced riders can revel in the wide super-fast intermediate runs with the top to bottom combination of Bellecôte-Cochette-Choulliere, the pick of them. Experts will need to search the off-piste & backcountry for inspiration, if any is needed amongst the stupendous landscape.

See the Aussois ski trail map here.

Off-piste wise, Aussois has one massive drawcard – Balmes & its surrounding freeride terrain. East of the main ski area, it is best accessed by a short walk up from the top of the Fournache chair at the resort's summit. The run itself can be tracked out quickly once it opens & has a long but beautiful ski out that may challenge snowboarders in sticky snow conditions. But between the marked Balmes route & the rest of the resort, a vast bowl with varied features plunges down to join the exit trail. The bowl can be accessed further down the mountain, providing new fresh lines at every entry, but the exit remains the same. This zone does have avalanche risk (observed by us during our visit & despite its alluring nature, as with freeride terrain, should not be taken lightly.

The ski lifts at Aussois range from the ancient to ultra-modern. The two main chairs (Grand Jeu & Armoise) are new, & a third, the important Fournache is being replaced for season 20/21. Some lifts, like the Plan Sec surface tow, are bemusing. Its trails lead to nowhere of any merit & the lift leads similarly to nowhere of any use. Dropping below the lift & hooking up with the sledding trail makes far more sense!

Where is Aussois France?

Aussois ski resort is on the sunny side of the Haute Maurienne valley in the French Alps. Close to the Italian border, Aussois is only 8km east of the transport hub town of Modane. The drive via the narrow road takes less than 15min. Aussois is 205km (2¼hr) drive south of Geneva, 215km (2¼hr) drive east of Lyon & 113km (1½hr) west of 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. Regular buses head to all five Haute Maurienne ski areas, including Aussois (on the M11 line). Alternatively, a private transfer from the train station to just about anywhere in the Haute Maurienne will be relatively inexpensive.

Search & book train tickets to Modane here.

Driving to Aussois can be super quick when compared to other French ski resorts, but that speed will come at a price. The motorways leading to Modane from both France & Italy are all toll roads. From Italy, the Frejus tunnel at the French border costs significantly more than a day ski lift pass one way – so day trips to the region from Bardonecchia or the Via Lattea are generally out of the question! If already in the valley, Aussois can be approached from several different directions. From Lanslebourg, Bonneval-sur-Arc, Bessans or Termignon, a beautiful road leads to Aussois via Sardieres, but care is required in snowy conditions (which goes without saying!). From La Norma, a short cut can be taken via Avrieux, but the road is narrow so take your time.

Aussois Accommodation

Amongst one of the most authentic valleys remaining in the French Alps, with villages ranking amongst the most beautiful in France, Aussois has the sunniest disposition of them all and with wide ranging views & accommodation options. Aussois sits comfortably on a wide bench above the valley & retains its old town centre. The ski area & associated lodgings stepping up the hill above it. The Résidence Goélia Les Flocons d'Argent apartment hotel is a great ski-in option close to the Aussois ski lifts. Many other self-contained apartment lodgings are lined up directly below the ski lifts. In the old village centre, the Hotel du Soleil will provide an authentic experience plus relaxation from its sun terrace hot tub.

Search & book all Aussois ski accommodation here.

If wanting to stay in the largest centre of the Haute Maurienne, it is best to head to the Val Cenis base villages including Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis. There is usually availability at short notice, particularly in the lower elevation village at Termignon (closer to Aussois!). For those with a car wanting to ski the entire Haute Maurienne Vanoise the transport hub of Modane always has budget hotel rooms available, plus a full range of services including several large supermarkets (something lacking in all the upper valley towns).

Ski Rentals

Ski rentals are available from our partners in a ski-in location at the resort village just below the Grand Jeu chairlift. Receive a discount when you search & book via our Aussois ski or snowboard rentals page.

Activities

Aside from downhill skiing & snowboarding, the Haute Maurienne Vanoise has a festival of winter activities to distract you. The great Alps tradition of parasailing is popular in Aussois & other ski areas in the region. Aussois (& Val Cenis) has some extended Swiss-like toboggan slopes plus winter walking & cross-country ski trails near the resort & further along toward Sardieres. Up the valley in Bessans is an incredible cross-country ski & winter walking trail network that goes all the way to Bonneval. Lovers of ‘old stuff’ (like us) will enjoy wandering around the forts either side of the deep defile spanned by the Pont Du Diable (crampons needed for the climb down to access the bridge in winter!) below Aussois. The Fort Victor-Emmanuel, Fort Charles-Félix & Redoute Marie Thérèse make for an interesting distraction from the slopes. Look out for the weekday street market in the village. The vendors move through all the Haute Maurienne villages through the week.

Review

The Powderhounds visited Aussois in January & March 2020. We had a great time exploring this exceptionally good value resort & skiing the advanced Balmes ski run in deep powder. Click on the review link in the left column (or top of the page if on a mobile) to read all the reviews.

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