Together with the neighbouring Gran Paradiso National Park, the area of the Vanoise encompasses more than 1000 square kilometres, the largest protected site in Europe. |
Archaelogical rock carvings reveal that the area was first inhabited during the Neolithic period - the most impressive of these finds, the Pierre des Pieds (Rock of Feet) has been designated an ancient monument. Sharing space with these ancient finds are protected animal and plant species, and the 28 alpine villages around the periphery add to the cultural and culinary enjoyment of the area.
The 2 visitor centres provide a wealth of information and advice about the history and geography of the Vanoise, and can provide maps of nature trails and alpine footpaths, many of which are suitable for families with children.
Other outdoor pursuits include rock climbing and scrambling, fishing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing, and mountain biking (only on designated routes).
For nature lovers the diversity of flora and fauna is impressive. The best-known animals you may catch sight of are the chamois, ibex and golden eagles, although you are likely to see many more, such as pine martens, snakes and snow voles.
The black grouse is particularly endangered and the park tries hard to protect these amongst other species by monitoring habitats and recording numbers. If you're lucky you may spot the extremely rare bearded vulture. It is hoped that a breeding pair may take up permanent residence in the park before long.
All in all the Vanoise National Park is an expanse of wilderness which is teeming with wildlife and beautiful scenery - well worth a visit. Following an energetic day in the Vanoise, return to the comfort of your luxurious catered chalet to soothe your aching limbs. Soak in the hot tub whilst gazing at a magnificent sunset before an evening of fine dining with our sumptuous five course meals.
ski chalets are in an ideal location for exploring an area of outstanding natural beauty.
If you would like us to help you arrange a special outing or activity, please email us and we will be more than happy help using our extensive
local knowledge of Val d'isere and the surrounding area.