Vanoise massif

The Vanoise massif is a mountain range of the Graian Alps, located in the Western Alps. After the Mont Blanc Massif and the Massif des Écrins it is the third highest massif in France, reaching a height of 3,885 m at the summit of Grande Casse. It lies between Tarentaise Valley to the north and the Maurienne valley in the south. The range is the site of France's first National Park in 1963, the Vanoise National Park. The ski resorts of Tignes and Val-d'Isère and the 2,770-meter-high Col de l'Iseran are located in the eastern part of the range.[1]

Vanoise Massif
The south-west side of the Grande Casse
Highest point
PeakGrande Casse
Elevation3,855 m (12,648 ft)
Coordinates45°24′19″N 6°49′39″E
Map with subvisions of the French Alps
Parent rangeGraian Alps

Principal summits

The principal summits of the Vanoise massif are:

Principal glaciers

  • Glaciers de la Gurraz
  • Glacier de la Savinaz
  • Glacier de la Grande Motte
  • Glacier de Prémou
  • Glacier des Volnets
  • Glacier de la Grande Casse
  • Glacier de la Leisse
  • Glacier des Fours
  • Glacier de Méan Martin
  • Glacier du Vallonnet
  • Glaciers de la Vanoise (Glacier du Pelve, Glacier de l'Arpont, Glacier de la Mahure)
  • Glacier de Gébroulaz
  • Glacier de Thorens
  • Glacier du Bouchet
  • Glacier de Chavière
  • Glacier de Polset
  • Glacier du Geay


  1. "Vanoise - summitpost". Retrieved 27 January 2015.
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