A legendary destination in the French Alps

A cradle of mountaineering and a pioneer winter sports resort, Pralognan-la-Vanoise has proved itself, over the last 150 years, as one of the French Alps' most emblematic destinations.

150 years of history and passion for the mountains


The salt road and road to Beaufort made Pralognan-la-Vanoise a major stopover between France and Italy.


On August 8th, William Mathews, Michel Croz, and Etienne Favre reached the summit of the Grande Casse, the 3855m high point of the Vanoise Range and the Savoie.


The first hotel in Pralognan-la-Vanoise opens its doors. The wealthy come to spend their vacations in the village.


The Compagnie des Guides (Guide Service) in Pralognan-la-Vanoise opens its doors.


The name Pralognan earns national fame when French president, Félix Faure, traverses the Vanoise Range on a mule to observe military training exercises.


Inauguration of the Félix Faure hut (today referred to as the Col de la Vanoise hut) in honor of the deceased president.


Pralognan opens its first Tourism Office.


Skiing becomes a part of everyday life: M. Rey, the postman, uses skis to distribute/pick up the mail and kids use them to get to school.


The number of visitors in winter continues to grow; Hotel de la Vanoise welcomes its first wintertime guests.


Pralognan is officially recognized for the health benefits of its pure mountain air. It becomes the oxygenation center for patients undergoing heat treatments at the thermal baths in Brides-les-Bains.


The legendary north face of the Grande Casse, aka the "Italian Couloir," is first climbed by Aldo Bonacossa and L. Binaghi. It is considered one of the major ice routes in the Vanoise Range.


The aerial tram connecting the village to the top of Mont Bochor (2023m) is built. At the time it is considered to be the fastest lift in the world.


Vanoise National Park is created, the very first national park in France, and covers 70% of the township's land. Several trails are developed for hikers. In the park's central zone, strict regulations protect both the flora and fauna.


Pralognan native, Michel Vion, current president of the French Ski Federation, becomes world combined champion in alpine skiing.


Pralognan becomes an Olympic site for the Albertville Winter Olympics and hosts the curling event at its brand new ice rink.


Surya Bonaly, who had been living in Pralognan-la-Vanoise for the prior 2 years, places second in the World Figure Skating Championships, the first in a long series of podium spots in world and European competition.


Pralognan native, Sébastien Amiez, places first in the overall World Cup Slalom rankings. He went on to win silver medals at the 1997 World Alpine Skiing Championships and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.


Pralognan native, Cédrik Tomio, wins the relay race at the World Ski-Mountaineering Championships, and finishes second as a team at the legendary Pierra Menta.


The first edition of the Vertical Transvanoise, a spectacular ski-mountaineering race in teams of 3, the only race in France that takes place on glaciers and the only authorized race in winter in Vanoise National Park.


Vanoise National Park celebrates its 50th anniversary. Praglognan-la-Vanoise hosts the Danilo Ré Memorial, a trophy for protected alpine areas that brings together 150 individuals from 6 countries to participate in 4 events: ski mountaineering, cross-country skiing, giant slalom, and target shooting.


A new logo and a new dynamic for Pralognan-la-Vanoise, which both embody a rich alpine history and culture.


Renovation and construction on the Pralognan-la-Vanoise recreation center is completed. More than 8000m² are now dedicated to sports, leisure, and relaxation...