Bourg St Maurice - Tarentaise Valley

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Bourg St Maurice is the Upper Tarentaise Valley
Bourg St Maurice is the Upper Tarentaise Valley's most important town.
Ski 10 of France
Ski 10 of France's best ski resorts from Bourg St Maurice.
Bourg St Maurice has regular TGV fast train services direct from Paris.
Bourg St Maurice has regular TGV fast train services direct from Paris.
Ski powder in the best ski resorts, like Sainte Foy, from Bourg St Maurice.
Ski powder in the best ski resorts, like Sainte Foy, from Bourg St Maurice.
Ski Les Arcs ski resort via funicular direct from Bourg St Maurice train station.
Ski Les Arcs ski resort via funicular direct from Bourg St Maurice train station.
Ski Tignes, only a short bus trip or drive from Bourg St Maurice.
Ski Tignes, only a short bus trip or drive from Bourg St Maurice.
The road from Bourg St Maurice up the valley ends at fabulous Val d
The road from Bourg St Maurice up the valley ends at fabulous Val d'Isere.
Tarentaise powder at Sainte Foy ski resort, close to Bourg St Maurice.
Tarentaise powder at Sainte Foy ski resort, close to Bourg St Maurice.
Mont Blanc looms over La Rosiere family ski resort near Bourg St Maurice.
Mont Blanc looms over La Rosiere family ski resort near Bourg St Maurice.
Bourg St Maurice.
Bourg St Maurice.
The Tarentaise has fine dining in mountain huts at Sainte Foy and other resorts.
The Tarentaise has fine dining in mountain huts at Sainte Foy and other resorts.
Les Arcs is a fantastic ski resort directly accessible accessible from town.
Les Arcs is a fantastic ski resort directly accessible accessible from town.
Expect quality and reliable snow in the Tarentaise ski resorts.
Expect quality and reliable snow in the Tarentaise ski resorts.
Tignes ski resort in the Tarentaise is vast.
Tignes ski resort in the Tarentaise is vast.
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Val d'Isere rightfully has a reputation of being one of the best in the world.
Party time at Tignes-Val d
Party time at Tignes-Val d'Isere.
Bourg St Maurice station - integrated train, funicular, bus and taxi transport.
Bourg St Maurice station - integrated train, funicular, bus and taxi transport.
Bourg St Maurice station is the Tarentaise Valley
Bourg St Maurice station is the Tarentaise Valley's best access point.
Bourg St Maurice town centre is a short walk from the station.
Bourg St Maurice town centre is a short walk from the station.
Ski the Tarentaise from Bourg St Maurice.
Ski the Tarentaise from Bourg St Maurice.

Bourg St Maurice - Tarentaise Valley

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Bourg St Maurice

Bourg St Maurice in the heart of the French Alps might be at the end of the railway line, but it is at the start of one of the most fabulous valleys in the world of skiing.

Part of the famed Tarentaise Valley, Bourg St Maurice is the largest town & prime transport hub to some of France's best ski resorts.

Tarentaise Skiing & Snowboarding

The Tarentaise valley's reputation for awesome ski resorts is a reasonable boast in anyone's book. However, the six main ski resort areas accessible from Bourg St Maurice encompass everything that is good (plus bad & ugly!) about skiing in the French Alps.

The Paradiski area, essentially comprising Les Arcs and La Plagne, is the most accessible of the ski resorts in the area. A funicular to Les Arcs leaves directly from the Bourg St Maurice train station. One of France's mega ski resorts, the Paradiski area represents excellent value for money considering its 425km of quality piste trails & vast freeride terrain. You will even find the challenging architecture grows on you……….. eventually! Les Arcs is our Powderhounds pick, whereas La Plagne is wonderful for beginners & intermediates.

Further up the valley is the sunny south-facing La Rosiere family ski resort. La Rosiere has a wonderful consistent snow=record, but predominantly gentle terrain. It is lift & piste linked with Italy's favoloso La Thuile. Recent lift expansive has opened new terrain & added some challenging freeride options to the resort, changing its face forever!

Next along is the quiet & discrete, powder-laden paradise of Sainte Foy ski resort. Both Sainte Foy & La Rosiere get the most snow in the region plus have far & away the cheapest lift pass prices & least crowded slopes. Sainte Foy is the most difficult of the Tarentaise - Bourg St Maurice resorts to get to by public bus, but well worth the mission.

Toward the end of the valley are the 300km of piste trails & 10,000 hectares of freeride terrain of Tignes Val d'Isere. The busiest ski resorts in the upper Tarentaise, Tignes and its direct neighbour Val d'Isere are still worthy of a visit to pay homage to two of the world's most incredible ski areas.

A short distance down the valley near Moutiers (30min by car or train), the world's largest lift interlinked ski resort (& the arguably the best ski resort in Europe) resides, the behemoth that is the 3 Vallees. An amalgam of several ski resorts, Les Trois Vallèes comprises Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens. Its 600km+ of trails has with it the writhing mass of humanity during peak season that one comes to expect at the supersize ski resorts. Everyone should visit though; it is simply amazing.

The sneaky secret stash of Pralognan la Vanoise ski resort deep in the Vanoise valley past Courchevel is close to Moutiers as well. Sash, don't tell anyone!

See how the Tarentaise ski resorts compare to the rest of the European ski resorts on the Europe ski resort ratings page.

Summer Skiing near Bourg St Maurice

Summer skiing in France is limited, but Bourg St Maurice is the gateway to 66% of it! Both Tignes and Val d'Isere have summer skiing for a short time on their highest glaciers. In Val d'Isere from early June to mid to July (depending on snow), 2 lifts access piste trails on the Glacier du Pissaillas. Tignes has more extensive summer skiing from late June to early August. 6 lifts access 20km of piste trails on the Grande Motte glacier.

Where is Bourg St Maurice France?

Bourg St Maurice is in the Savoie (pronounced Savwa) region of France on the banks of the Isere River in the famed upper Tarentaise Valley. The town is 55km (45min) east of Albertville. With its major railway station terminus, the train is the recommended mode of travel to get the town & the region’s ski resorts.

By road the town is 2-2½hr southeast of Geneva (GVA) airport and a similar driving time east of Lyon-Saint Exupéry (LYS) airport, both of which are the best gateway international airports. In winter, weekend flights from the UK and within Europe arrive at Chambery, the closest airport to the Tarentaise.

Bourg St Maurice is the terminus for trains travelling from as far away as Paris & London. Trains are also accessible from airports at Lyon and Geneva. Buses meet the trains to transport skiers to the nearby resorts of La Rosiere, Tignes & Courchevel, plus Sainte Foy via the Tignes-Courchevel bus lines. For Les Arcs, the funicular leaves from a station just a few minutes’ walk from the train platform.

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Bourg St Maurice Accommodation

Bourg-St-Maurice accommodation can be utilised by skiers, but most visitors tend to stay in the nearby villages & ski resort lodgings. The town does have a lovely & authentic centre, plus every type of service & store on its expanding fringes. Staying in Bourg St Maurice is particularly attractive if one has a car & intends skiing all the local resorts. Rent a car here.

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More Reasons to Visit Bourg St Maurice

A visit to Bourg St Maurice & the Tarentaise opens a plethora of ski opportunities unrivalled anywhere else in the world. The access to world class ski resorts in the beautiful upper Tarentaise valley is simply unparalleled. Something in the mix of traditional villages, architectural oddities & modern resort complexes will appeal to everyone. The freeride powder opportunities & ski touring routes in the area are sensational.

Tours in or near the Tarentaise Valley

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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AUD 3,445
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Tarentaise Valley Star Ski Tour
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
3 - 4 Days | 3 - 4 Nights | 3 - 4 Skiing Days | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 4 people on a 3-day tour
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AUD 1,714
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