Demi Chalets (93 & 94)
Chalet | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Downstairs – semi basement:
Large double bedroom with 2 (long) single beds, large wardrobe, one bedside table and patio doors;
Small double bedroom with 2 (normal) single beds and a chest of drawers;
Bathroom with toilet, washbasin, bath and over bath shower;
Hall with a chest for clothes storage and staircase;
Outside patio area with ski locker at side of demi - chalet.
Ground Floor – Entrance level:
Lounge area with settee, chair, coffee table (with storage), corner cabinet with TV and DVD (nb DVD is AF3 channel!), extendable dining table and chairs plus patio doors leading onto balcony with fabulous views over the Maurienne valley and also up to the forts of Essilon. The lounge area also has an interconnecting door to the adjoining demi-chalet in case both demi-chalets are hired together:
Kitchen area comprises dishwasher, electric hob, small table top oven, microwave, fridge, sink, coffee maker and the usual range of utensils including a pressure cooker;
Second bathroom behind the kitchen with shower, toilet and washbasin. Just outside the bathroom is a cupboard for ironing board, mop, brushes, foldup chairs etc;
Outside there is a large balcony with the main entrance at the side.
There is a 3m x 3m mezzanine above the kitchen, bathroom and stairs and accessed by a retractable loft ladder out of the kitchen area. This has 2 (normal) single beds, 2 bedside tables. It also has a hatch cover which can be shut when the ladder is in use to prevent children falling through the hatch.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chambery 117 km, Nearest railway: Modane 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Keys, bed linen and towels cab be picked up from Sogenor, the resort manager and rentals agency, which is located above and to one side of the main underground car park in the centre of La Norma. They can also provide baby cots, a laundrette, ski passes in winter and activity passes in summer. I believe a ‘half board pass’ is also available for purchase if required and a handy man (Patrick) is also available for anything that might need fixing. Cleaning at finish of stay can also be provided at a cost of about €60.
Note that the resort is open during the winter season from mid December to mid April and during the summer months from July to end September. Outside these periods the resort is closed except for the resort management office at Sogenor. However both demi-chalets are available for hire in these closed periods although a car will be essential.
Also note that an outdoor unheated swimming pool is available in the resort during summer months.
The Rhone/French Alps region
Located in the Alps in the peripheral area of the Vanoise National Park in Haute Savoie in the east of France. Skiing of course is the main attraction in winter but the region has so much more on offer especially in summer when it is a great walking area with unforgettable breath-taking views. There are many forest walks and long distance footpaths cross the mountains and the Vanoise National Park giving the opportunity to take in the fresh mountain air with the magnificent peaks rising against the skyline, beautiful lakes and the high alpine pastures, not to forget the alpine wildlife. The whole area is synonymous with rest and relaxation. For the more adventurous there is a large local ‘zip wire’ park including one across the 150m deep gorge plus the ‘via ferrata du diable’ along the cliffs of the gorge near the Forts of Esseillon (see http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/index_uk.asp and http://pistehors.com/backcountry/wiki/Ski-Areas/Maurienne)..
La Norma prides itself as being the ‘cosy resort’ and is very family friendly. It is set in a forested area with plenty of forest walks. The village itself is pedestrianised and has several restaurants and bars plus several small shops and one supermarket. Very French and not overrun by Brits!
Sogenor the resort manager and rentals agency is above and to one side of the main underground car park. From here you collect and return the keys and pick up bed linen (about €48 per week) and towels.
If you have a car you will find 2 larger supermarkets in the town of Modane, Casino on the La Norma side of Modane and Les Trois Mousqueteers on the far side plus several restaurants in between. Modane unfortunately is not a pretty town and has always been a frontier army town. Other restaurants can be found at Villadron-Bourget a few hundred metres from the bottom of the road to La Norma where there is a pleasant restaurant called Chez Adrienne and also at Avoriaz in the bottom of the valley.
Access to La Norma from the motorway and main road is short and usually snow free with snow chains rarely needed. La Norma has some 65km of piste ranging from greens through challenging red runs to two nasty black runs and generally has a good snow record as it is north facing. La Norma has all the advantages of a small ski resort with un-crowded pistes and short lift queues. A one week 'Eskimo Pass' also gives you access for one day in each of the neighbouring resorts of Aussois (55km piste), Val Frejus (65km piste) and Val Cenis (125km piste). One upside of staying at La Norma is that is in the ‘Fourth Valley’ and a 15 minute drive through Modane and down the valley to Orelle (http://www.orelle.fr/activites-hiver-uk.htm) gets you to the express lift up to Val Thorens in the Three Valleys for an add on price of €20 per day to your La Norma pass. Also both down and up the Maurienne Valley (http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/index_uk.asp) there are many other small resorts and some larger ones notably at Termingnon-Val Cenis with a ski area of some 120km. At Bessans up the Maurienne Valley there is also a very large cross country area in the floor of the valley.
If you are feeling even more adventurous you could cross into Italy via the Frejus Tunnel by car, train or bus (via Modane) and try the Italian resorts of Bardonecchia and Sauza d’Oulx.
The demi-chalets are about 100m from a green piste down to La Norma, which is situated behind the chalets on the other side of the road but involves some up hill walking. Otherwise it is about 400m walk down the road to the nearest piste, which you can ski down to the chairlifts.
For non skiers in the winter months there are plenty forest walks and snow shoe tracks to provide some alternative exercise or alternatively just walk down to the village and watch the world go by!
Much to my surprise La Norma is even nicer in the summer. Temperatures are in the 20’s often with a refreshing breeze. There are many local forest walks plus some very adventurous cliff hanging rope walks in the gorge near the forts of Esseillon and many mountain walks in the surrounding area (see http://www.maurienne-tourisme.com/index_uk.asp and http://pistehors.com/backcountry/wiki/Ski-Areas/Maurienne).
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5 Feb 2014
"VOYAGE LA NORMA"
Je recommande cette station de ski, très conviviale est idéale pour les familles. La location correspondait à nos attentes mais il et vrai qu'elle était assez éloignée des pistes. Donc un … More
Thanks for the review. Its only a 5 minutes uphill walk through a short- cut between the chalets on the other side of the road, up to the green run - you must have got lost! Its possible to ski back that way between the other chalets but you have to be good skier, not for beginners.
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