Aussois is located in the Maurienne valley, southern Vanoise massif, 8 kilometers northeast of Modane on a plateau at 1489 meters above sea level.
The resort is managed by the local authority: it has 21 trails among 1530 and 2675 meters above sea level, a total of 55 km of slopes at the base of the Dent Parrachée (3697 m). The resort, exposed to the south, sometimes suffers from a lack of snow, which however is compensated by a modern artificial snow network and the chance of skiing from the intermediate resort, located at about 2150 meters.
History of the Aussois ski resort
In 1970 the D 215 road was built from Modane, leading directly to the village and avoiding the old road (D 215e, f & g) on the Esseillon forts ledge, closed during winter.
In 2005, the resort rearranged a significant par of its altitude domain by replacing one of the longest ski lifts in France (550 meters of vertical drop and 2 km long) with a detachable 6 seater chairlift. With a different itinerary, the maximum altitude of the resort was reduced by about 20 meters. The summit nowadays (2675 m) can be easily reached by a 2-seater lifter called Fournache.
Special agreements have been approved among nearby ski resorts, allowing ski in La Norma, Valfréjus, Val Cenis and Val Thorens thanks to the Orelle cable car. The resort benefits from a very positive economic development through the construction of several luxury residential tourism facilities, in the immediate vicinity of the slopes.
Aussois is perfect for a family ski vacation
Formerly a traditional mountain village, Aussois has been converted into a winter and summer sports resort.
Varied ski area, no waiting on the ski lifts, modern chair lifts, everything practical, significant fall, excellent artificial snow, children’s area in the snow front, snowpark, boardercross, picnic area, forest, views to the most beautiful peaks of Vanoise … When weather conditions are favorable, it is possible to ski in Aussois from December to April.
- 1250 m of vertical drop for 55 km of slopes between 1500 m and 2750 m above sea level.
- Lifts: 4 chair lifts, 4 ski lifts, 130 snow cannons, 21 marked and maintained slopes.
- Ski trails: 5 green, 6 blue, 7 red and 3 black.
A snow front specially adapted for children and beginner skiers. Space dedicated to children (sled runs, ESF snow garden, ski lifts for beginners, kindergarten, games, terrace, entertainment …).
The Nordic area of Monolithe stretches from 1500 to 1600m between Aussois and Sardières (4 km from Aussois). Unfortunately the Nordic area closes in late March (depending on snow conditions).
The resort is facing to the south
Well exposed to the south but also snowy, Monolithe has everything to seduce. Admire le Monolithe, 93 meter Cargneule spire; a unique corner. Leaving the village, trails of all levels run through clearings and forests. Departures from La Croix (800m from the Aussois exit towards Sardières) or from Sardières to the Nordic Chalet (recommended for beginners).
The 30 km of slopes are marked, maintained and laid out to slide or practice freestyle.
- 1 red track with 15 km that connects the two villages.
- 2 green slopes
- 1 blue trail
- 1 cross-country ski slope
The Aussois ski area stretches from 1500 to 2750 meters above sea level and has 55 kilometers of marked slopes. Relatively small, however, it is varied and accessible to almost all visitors. Most of the trails do not represent major difficulties (with the exception of some black tracks, which are more difficult). The ski area, sunnier than its neighbors, offers a definite advantage to spend excellent days on the slopes and make the most of the panorama on the surrounding peaks; Dent Parrachée stands out.
Beginner areas of the resort
Most of the trails are placed high enough in the domain. This guarantees a more than acceptable layer of snow throughout the season, accessible since the 2017 winter by a new Grand Jeu chairlift. Which has gone from a 4 to a 6 seater, and is allowed to speed up exits to the main part of the ski area. For the most veteran skiers, we find:
Artemisia Blue trail. The highest and easiest slope in the area winds under the ski lift of the same name. It allows skiers, even beginners, to enjoy skiing at altitude in the midst of an exceptional panorama. Although considered a red trail, Bellecote is relatively easy and allows the whole family to try different routes; or even have fun at the ski resort’s border crossing.
Ortet. Blue track. Considered an unmissable route to return to the resort. It starts from a plateau at 2150 meters, crossing the forest, and offers a nice ride for skiers. Its location under the new Grand Jeu chairlift makes it a great track for learning. Its numerous snow cannons allow skiing with guarantees throughout the season.
Astonishing sun and advanced areas
Stella. Red trail at the end of the ski area. Served by the Fournache chair lift, the Stella trail offers uncompromising skiing. In a relatively unspoilt area, a bit far from the rest of the area. The incredible panorama it offers, including the view of Pointe de l’Echelle, is worthwhile on its own. It should be noted that this trail located to the south, requires good snow to be open. Which unfortunately does not happen throughout the season.
Balmes Black trail. Magnificent black trail, the longest in the valley. It offers skiing in a preserved environment, a magnificent valley at the edge of the ski area. It starts at the top of the area, and ends down at the resort through the Côtes and Choullière slopes at the bottom.
With a significant insolation per year, it is just a matter of how and when are you going to enjoy it. Because at the end of the season, it unfortunately closes. This is the slope not to be missed in Aussois for all experienced skiers.