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View of the town of Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in the Maurienne
The Marie-Christine Fort of the Barrière de l'Esseillon
Logo of the 2008 Summer Biathlon World Championships

As Maurienne an area in the French is Western Alps referred that the Valley of the Arc includes and its side valleys.


The Maurienne corresponds to the arrondissement Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne of the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region .

Between the Col de l'Iseran and Modane one speaks of the Haute-Maurienne , to St-Michel-de-Maurienne of the Moyenne-Maurienne and to the confluence with the Isère of the Basse Maurienne .

The Maurienne covers the southern part of the Vanoise massif and is part of the Parc national de la Vanoise founded in 1963 .


The A43 motorway , which connects Lyon with Turin , runs through the Maurienne from the start of the valley at Aiton to the Fréjus tunnel at Modane on the Italian border.

The major Alpine passes through which the Maurienne can be reached are:


Ski areas


Hiking trails

The high alpine long-distance hiking trail GR 5 leads from Col de l'Iseran to Modane through the Haute Maurienne.

Coming from the Tarentaise , three stages of the new cross-border long-distance hiking trail Via Alpina lead through the Haute Maurienne.


In the Haute-Maurienne, competitions in the Biathlon IBU Cup take place every winter . In summer 2008 the Summer Biathlon World Championships 2008 took place there.

Web links

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