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Maison de la Vanoise – Vanoise national Park Visitor Center

maison du parc de la vanoiseThe Visitor Center includes an information desk.

Outings and information
A tour guide will provide you with information on the flora, fauna, and the actions underway to save and protect the environment. Free access to permanent exhibits on the “Salt Road” and the local fauna that you may encounter in the park.

Salt Road Exhibit
Learn about the history of the Salt Road, which stretches from Pralognan-la-Vanoise to Termignon.
In the 13th century, crossing Col de la Vanoise Pass (now in the heart of the National Park) was the shortest route for transporting salt from the Moutiers salt mines to Italy. Thus, the "Salt Road" was born. A trade route first used by merchants, and then pilgrims, vendors, the military, and mountain climbers…
The exhibit starts with a 8-meters wide aerial map. The tale is interspersed with 11 stations each focusing on a specific aspect of life on this road, such as the chapels, chalets, flora and fauna… The hands-on model of a mountain, with different figures to place, is a learning tool for children to enjoy the exhibit as a family.
Local personalities provide video testimonials of their experience and their professions connected to the Salt Road. For those who would like to learn more, in-depth sheets provide more details on the themes of the exhibit. displays with local fauna everyone to see close up what a ptarmigan, a black grouse, a marmot, or even a snow hare looks like. 

Temporary exhibits
All season long, photos expos and a chance to meet the artists.
Photo expo on the bearded vulture.
Photo expo and exhibit on climate change.

Nature game workshops
Every Tuesday afternoon enjoy a workshop that builds greater awareness about nature through games and other national park goodies.

Film night

Every day at the end of the afternoon participate in a film-discussion (check the Petit Journal for exact times).

Wild animal watching

On Tuesday afternoons, meet with park rangers on the ski area trails to observe local fauna.

2019-2020 information

Opening hours in winter:
Every day from December 22, 2019, through March 29, 2020 from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 (except on holidays).
Address: 169 avenue de Chasseforêt | 73710 Pralognan la Vanoise | +33 (0)4 79 08 71 49

Hydraulica Gallery

galerie hydraulica

In Villard du Planay, located at the foot of a giant pressure pipeline, which draws its water from the surrounding glaciers, Galerie Hydraulica reveals the secrets behind hydroelectricity and its use in metallurgy and chemistry. It allowed the valley to develop in the 19th century, well before the advent of modern skiing.

A captivating visit punctuated with films, models, and slideshows, as well as fun and educational games for kids.

Self-guided tour
(during opening hours)
3.00 €
3.50 €
2.00 €
9.00 €
Guided visit «La force de l’eau, le travail des hommes» (in French)
Tuesdays at 15:00, reservation required*
Min: 5 pers. - Max : 20 pers.
4.00 €
4.50 €
2.50 €
12.00 €

Reduced : students, the unemployed, combined Glacialis/Hydraulica ticket holders | Child : 7 to 16 years old | Family: 2 adults + 2 children.

Temporary exhibit:
« Instantanés, Moments, volé de l’Hiver » (“Instantaneous, Stolen Winter Moments”) by photographer François Garet. A series of photos that capture winter’s magic from 2015 and 2016. An incredibly enlightened amateur approach, abstract while capturing the brilliantly ethereal as clouds dance across the peaks of the 3 Valleys.
Free admission to this exposition with your ticket to Galerie Hydraulica.

2019-2020 rates & information

Opening hours in winter: January 20 to April 12, 2019, from 14:00 to 18:00
Address: Le Villard | 73350 Planay (FR) | +33 (0)4 79 22 19 68

Espace Glacialis

espace glacialis

Glaciers are ever-present in our local mountains, and Espace Glacialis reveals their secrets. The interpretive center is located in Champagny-le-Haut’s beautiful hanging valley.
Learn everything you need to know about these giant rivers of ice, from the science to the historical role they have played, through a fun and interactive exhibit (movies, models, photos, hands-on displays…). All winter long: a temporary exhibit on the “TEMPS DES 1ERS ALPINS”.

Games are available for families as fun way to explore Espace Glacialis and to learn more about climate change: 12 challenges, Climatic Pursuit, etc.

Self-guided visit
2.00 €
3.00 €
1.50 €
Guided visit
3.00 €
4.00 €
2.00 €

Reduced: student, the unemployed, combined Glacialis/Hydraulica ticket holder | Child: 6 to 13 years old| Groups: 10 person minimum, ask about rates.

2019-2020 rates & information

Opening hours in winter: from December 23, 2019 to April 24, 2020 From Monday to Friday: 14:00-18:00.
Address: Le bois | Champagny-le-haut | 73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise (FR) | +33(0)4 79 55 06 55 or +33(0)4 79 01 40 28

Landscapes and heritage

Guided tours around the village. The tour follows the sunniest aspects of our destination and offers you the chance to visit a wide variety of local relics and ruins. Jean-Baptiste Voisin knows the ins and outs of Pralognan, and will show you a variety of local relics that illustrate how the landscapes have changed since the early 20th century, prior to the two world wars.

Per person7,00 €

2019-2020 rates & information

Register at the Tourist Office

Goat Farm Tour

chaviere goat farm

Audrey & Sylvain warmly welcome you to their farm, with a new dedicated area for baby goats, to take part in milking and enjoy tasting local cheeses.

Every Tuesday throughout the winter (except during Christmas vacation*). Visits start at 17:00 through February 8, 2020, and then at 17:15 starting on February 9, 2020.
*During Christmas, visits will be held on Mondays, December 23 and 30, 2019.

Child (4-11 years old)
Visit and tasting
8.00 €
2.00 €

Free for kids under 4 years old

2019-2020 rates & information

Register at the Tourism Office | For this tour, please leave your dogs at home

Winter backstage


The Mont-Bochor aerial tram (free)

Discover the aerial tram behind the scenes with our guided tour.
Register at the Tourist Office.

Beneath the ice! (free)

During school-holiday periods, venture beneath the ice and behind the scenes at the ice rink (see the Petit Journal).
Register at the Tourist Office.