Hidden between the world famous ski resorts such as Tigne and Val-Thorens located valley Peisey Vallandry, which most people are fairly unknown. It is not only France’s highest winter campsite, but also a gem one never forgets.
Just 14 km challenges
Campsite in high location, the caravan will be 100% ready for winter driving, to arrive safely. The trip to and from Norway, from November to March by the extreme winter roads. It may surprise many, but if the equipment and the vehicle combination is in order, there is nothing wrong to seek the adventure. There is a motorway from the Danish border to exit the N90 at the town of Landry. From here it is 14 km demanding mountain run with gradients of up to 8%. It requires both good traction in the car and the right tires at the whole equipage. There is a campsite in Landry. If necessary, stay there an overnight, if the going is too poor to drive up the mountain. If in doubt, one can also make the trip without the caravan first. So one gets a clear sense of the terrain, before driving with the caravan.
Statement of carriage
The caravan stays on the vehicle as it is difficult to push the stroller in the snow. Once it is in water and the outriggers are spun down, conn heat and power. Check how many amps space has, before all energy consuming appliances connected. Heat is most important. Central heating on this type winter camping trip is clearly preferable, because it may be powered by gas and electricity, so that you achieve very high power. Feel free to bring a winter awning, which can be used as additional space for example. ski, while it seems like heat lock for caravan. It is important, that there is a proper winter tent or 4 season family tent, where the roof slopes so that snow slides off easily and tent poles are more powerful.
A true gem
The campsite is absolutely wonderful with mountains on both sides and right by an open forest area, where there are plenty of opportunities for cross-country skiing and hiking on snowshoes. A half kilometer from the square ends road and here begins the Vanoise National Park , which is unspoiled and beautiful.
A huge contrast to the valleys on the other side of the mountains, where the big noisy and crowded ski resorts are located. Here there is peace and quiet. If you want to ski, you can take the ski bus to three smaller places in Peisey Vallendry. There are small nice ski resorts, which are ideal for children and beginners. The campsite has its own small restaurant which is highly recommended, because it has a good local cuisine.
More than skiing
The Vanoise National Park offers many activities other than skiing and therefore you need not to be ski enthusiast to go on winter camping. Dog and sleigh rides are a true idyll in the beautiful valley. It provides appetite and if one wants to satisfy his hunger with local specialties, so visit the Beaufort local farm, where cows can be folded, before driving home with the tasty cheese. And then there’s the sun, who kindly looking forward quite often and then it’s just taking up deck chair and soak up. Enjoy life, the fresh and clean mountain air and silence. A camping gem out of the ordinary.
Facts about Les Lanchettes
Camping Les Lanchettes is 1470 m.
The campground has 10 amps.
Ski room, drying room and restaurant.
Distance from Norway via Geneva, Annecy, Albertville: 1915 km.
14 km mountain drive from the motorway / Landry to the campsite Les Lanchettes.
Calculate 3 ½ day trip each way.
Remember snow tires on all vehicle combination. Chains accepted the whole equipage.
A little tip
You should go to the area in late March or early April. When the roads are snow-free and dry and it makes the challenge a little easier. In return, it is not so much snow, but you can still go skiing or go snowshoeing. Have one good time, you can continue south and experience a French spring.
Good advice for winter camping
Test your car before the long trip.
The water system should be isolated so it does not freeze.
Gas Rate – Test consumption at home, when there is different amount being used. Depends on factors such as outside temperature, other sources of heat, cooking and more.