|The Vanoise, the rugged massif rising up to the southeast of Albertville, and over to the Italian border is a superb area for skiing and Hiking. The dramatic range, whose highest peaks rise to altitudes in excess of 3500 metres, is roughly diamond-shaped, hemmed in by the valley of the Isère to the northeast, where Bourg-St-Maurice is the best base for exploration, and the Arc Valley in the southwest. The glacier-capped southeast quadrant of the Vanoise, where both of these great rivers have their source has been incorporated in the Parc National de la Vanoise, across which lonely and spectacular GR trails offer unparalleled opportunities for seasoned hikers. Easiest road access to the region is from Chambéry or Grenoble, although driving the winding and precipitous old highways from Annecy or Chamonix is an adventure in itself.|
Pages in section ‘Vanoise’: Isère valley, Tignes and Val d'Isère, Col de l'Iseran, Parc de la Vanoise.