• Nordic activities

Savoie Mont Blanc, a nordic destination

Savoie Mont Blanc is one of the top 10 French resorts and a major destination for a whole range of activities: cross-country skiing of course, but also snowshoeing, biathlon, dog sledding or just hiking the snowy paths. 

Skieur nordique sur les pistes du Bois du Bouchet à Chamonix
The Far North near at hand

Take the plunge with cross-country skiing

People can often be mistaken in their view of cross-country skiing, seeing it as too hard core, or too old-fashioned. Yet it is open to all abilities and very much in keeping with the current trend towards a return to nature and the outdoors. Savoie Mont Blanc has some great spots.

Cross country skiing is fun and energising

We have one of the most beautiful cross-country skiing sites in France.

Justine Braisaz

Biathlete and Les Saisies Resort Ambassador

Are you a beginner?

Ready to take to the classic or skating tracks? Here’s our advice to pick the right kit.

Get kitted out for nordic skiing 

Tir à la carabine - Biathlon aux Saisies
And why not

Biathlon, a winning combination  

The biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and precision shooting, has become the must-try Nordic sport over the last few seasons, thanks to the inspiring performances by some great French champions. 
In Savoie and Haute-Savoie, there are some forty sites where you can take a taster session to try out this activity requiring both mental concentration and physical fitness. What’s more, it’s accessible to all ages, even kids, thanks to the use of laser rifles. 

Biathlon spot on for winter
La meilleure façon de marcher

La raquette à neige

Rien de plus facile que de pratiquer la raquette : il suffit simpement de mettre un pied devant l'autre. Sur terrain plat ou dans la pente, seul ou guidé par un accompagnateur en montagne, à vous les grands espaces !

Where to go snowshoeing

Ski...

With animals

A horse on snow? This unusual image is a regular sight at resorts offering skijoring, where you are pulled along on skis by a horse at a walk, a trot or a gallop, depending on your skiing ability and preferences.   
It is more common to see dogs on snow, yet just as captivating. The dogs are harnessed together to a sled and guided by a musher. You can also learn to drive an individual dog sled, and to guide the dogs.    

Ski de fond alternatif sur le domaine nordique des Saisies
Where to go ?

78 nordic resorts

You are spoilt for choice in Savoie and Haute Savoie when it comes to Nordic activities.

All nordic resorts

Marathon international de ski de fond de Bessans

Dates for the diary throughout winter 

Popular events and local champions

Key events spotlight Nordic activities throughout the winter: There’s the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc, the classic long-distance dog sled race over several stages involving 600 dogs and their mushers.

Savoie Mont Blanc is home to some well-known champions, who train at local resorts. 
These include biathletes like Julia Simon et Justine Braisaz, and cross-country skier Jean-Marc Gaillard, who train at the Plateau des Glières.  There’s also Lucas Chanavat, a cross-country skier based in Grand-Bornand, and biathlete Marine Bolliet, who trains at La Féclaz. They all fire the imagination and inspire others to have a go.