The villages exude the charm, spirit and a friendly ambience of traditional Savoyard hamlets. The ideal choice for a family holiday. Choose your destination from one of the distinctive villages linked to the Paradiski domain.
A mountain village and tourist resort with a “sparkling” name that promotes its differences. Why stay in Vanoise? Because it’s a warm welcoming village resort ideally situated at the heart of the Savoy region. To stay in Vanoise is to enjoy magnificent panoramas, to stroll through an unspoilt valley, to discover typical mountain villages and to rejuvenate your body and soul while hiking or skiing through the unspoilt landscape of Vanoise National Park. In summer as in winter, a stay in Vanoise is packed with activities for all the family to enjoy – skiing, hiking, and walking, to name but three.
The shops and main services are situated at the centre of the village resort.
The Valley of Champagny le Haut
Superb valley, listed as one of the "natural sites and monuments of France" for the beautiful protected landscape and architecture of its villages. It is the gate of Le Parc National de la Vanoise (France’s oldest national park, established in 1963) and one of the most beautiful places to enjoy cross-country skiing and the other Nordic activities of the region.
At the end of the 1960s, the hamlet of Montchavin was deserted by its barely twenty inhabitants. The decline of agricultural and local industry affected everyone. In search of new incentives for his village, the mayor, Auguste Mudry, came up with a visionary initiative aimed at exploiting a dynamic and expanding niche: winter and summer tourism.
Architects Michel Bezançon and Guy Champ were commissioned to renovate Montchavin. New buildings were built around the edge of the village (next to the pistes, on the snow front, on the slopes ...). The centre of the village was also renovated, replete with shops. The new buildings stick closely to the style of traditional Savoyard architecture (chalets in stone and wood) and none of them are more than 5 storeys high, which highlights the village’s natural charm and its friendly, family atmosphere.
Welcome to Les Coches
Ten years after the transformation of Montchavin, it was the turn of Les Coches. Once again, the Bezançon agency was called in to oversee the building, this time on untouched alpine pastures. At the inauguration in 1981, the first building was baptized “La Clef” (The Key). As with Montchavin, Les Coches has a traditional mountain village look (slate roofs, dark wood cladding) with its residences dotted around the mountainside.
Fast-forward forty years, and Montchavin has established itself as one of the major resorts of La Plagne, and since 2003 home to a station of the famous Vanoise Express cable car with access to the fabulous skiable area of Paradiski.
On the edge of a forest, 1,350 metres above sea level, discover the charms of Montalbert, a village that retains its authentic character and its warm hospitality. Get back to the basics.
This typical village is lovingly built from time-honoured materials like stone and wood that please the eye and raise the spirits. You’ll rediscover a taste for the simple things in life. From the village to the wide open spaces, it’s just one step – one chairlift ride away from the high altitude ski area, where skiing is guaranteed throughout the season by a battery of snow cannons. Along the edge of the side of the ski area, you can ski through the forest, an awesome way to get closer to nature.