La Norma

La Norma

Overall Rating

La Norma

La Norma4.5/52
La Norma4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
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Wagner Custome Skis

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Valfrejus

    La Norma Ski Trail Map
  • La Norma Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,350m - 2,750m (1,400m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (12)
    1 Gondola
    5 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to mid-April
    9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 65km
    Longest run - 8km+
    Advanced - 10%
    Intermediate - 65%
    Beginner - 25%

    Incl. Valfrejus - 135km
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 21/22
    Adult - €34
    Child - €28
    Child u/5yr - Free
    Valid at Valfrejus
    Valfrejus Ski Trail Map
  • Valfrejus Ski Trail Map

La Norma - Reviews

La Norma - Reviews

Certified Powderhounds Gem

07/06/2020

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    5

Certified Powderhounds Gem

07/06/2020

Sometimes one just has a special day in the mountains. La Norma provided us with just that. A sensational vertiginous feel from the top, it is as though one is skiing right into the centre of Modane, far, far below. From first to last turns were on sensational fresh powder at La Norma. Riding untracked powder inbounds on the last run of a weekend day is indicative of the quality of experience here. A certified Powderhounds Gem, La Norma is one for the ‘must-do on a powder day’ list.

La Norma benefits from having most of the ski terrain up high above 1800m elevation. Also, whilst the village below is shaded, the ski terrain has a more westerly aspect, attracting some sunshine, even in mid-winter, on most slopes. On-piste, several long zig-zagging trails from top to bottom are dreadful for anyone except beginners and families, but make for superb off-piste returns allowing descents from just about any point on the mountain with an all-but guaranteed exit onto a groomed trail. Nearby Val Cenis has a similar set-up.

With fresh snow on the ground, we spent the morning cutting amazing laps from the highest lifted point off the Norma II chair. Slashing through couloirs & gorgeous rolling alpine terrain before plunging into gullies & intricate tree runs, there was way more whooping, yipping & laughter than we could have ever anticipated. Worth remembering that much of the mid-mountain forest (which we enjoyed immensely) is out of bounds for skiers as it is protected wildlife habitat.

Exploring La Norma is such fun. After a well-deserved lunch at the hut on Plateau de la Repose, we changed to the Clot side of the mountain & were not disappointed. Following our nose across a short wind-affected entry to the skiers’ right of the Clot chair led into sensational freeride terrain with jumps, pillows, meadows, steeps and trees. Crossing the Arlette piste trail, more trees were as perfect as one gets in the Alps, before ending abruptly onto another obligatory piste. This beautiful high-alpine zone is the go-to area for fresh snow, days after an event.

Aside from amazing skiing, La Norma is also soooo easy to get to. Just off the motorway (though it is a pèage toll road), it is only 2km off the main Haute Maurienne Vanoise road and a simple 5-minute drive from Modane. La Norma advertises itself ‘the Cosy Ski Resort’ (they call it Cosy Station – but it amounts to the same thing!). On first appearances that is absolutely true. Ample free parking & toilets at the bus stop (thankfully becoming more usual in France) are a good start. The free undercover parking for day visitors is nice, but if the weather is clear, park outside in the first area on the left as you enter the village and enjoy the short walk to the lifts. The compact village splendidly overlooks the Haute Maurienne valley & has everything one would need for a few days stay. Ski lifts are within 200m of just about all accommodation & include a chairlift, aging gondola, two surface tows & numerous conveyors providing useful novice slopes in the sheltered location. The Repose chair and Melezet gondola (an older-style clunker that you will probably only ride once in a day) go up to separate mid-mountain bases. A wide variety of ski rental/retail outlets, bars, restaurants & shops (including bakeries, markets, clothing etc) are arranged usefully around the base area. Lots to like in this simple family-friendly arrangement.

The ‘not so cosy’ thing about the village is that the sun’s rays do not reach it for almost the entire day in mid-winter, so it’s cold – just the way we like it. Thankfully, there is only one set of totally eyesore apartments in the village, with the remainder being reasonably pleasing to one’s peepers. Nevertheless, our German ski partner remained unimpressed by the village. It is fair to say that very few French ski resort villages impress the German ski fraternity. The main reason is that their usual haunts are in Austria or Switzerland. Most French Alps ski villages simply cannot compete with classic Swiss & Tyrolean alpine style!

La Norma’s combination of sensational off-piste, numerous family friendly novice trails, lifts & super cheap lift pass makes for a cracking ski destination. It is by no means perfect, but what is? Combined with the other local resorts at Val Cenis, Aussois & Bonneval, every ski & snowboard permutation is covered. To say we loved it is an understatement. And we didn’t even leave the resort boundary …… wonder what the backcountry is like?

You can see our thoughts on the pros & cons on the La Norma overview page and also see our European ski resort ratings regarding how we score it compared to other skiing areas.

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So Much F@#!ing FUN!

07/06/2020

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    4

So Much F@#!ing FUN!

07/06/2020
I REALLY liked La Norma. It was so much f@#!ing fun. Amazing how many fresh untracked lines were available all day.... and it was a Saturday. So surprising how many options there were. Technical, cruisy, gullies, trees, couloirs & a mixture of all four in one run. Snow quality held all day. Deep, dry powder until the last run. Enjoyed the on-mountain eateries. Don't think this is a mountain for anyone that only skis on-piste. Stayed in Val Cenis because its central to everything, but La Norma is an easy drive. Free undercover parking, cheap lift pass, fresh snow, endless terrain options & practically no one skiing off-piste. That's f#*@ing fun! See our video here