Vanoise National Park

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The Vanoise National Park was created in 1963, the oldest of the national parks. In 1969, the National Park was threatened by plans for a ski resort. After a national protest movement, President Pompidou decided in favour of the integrity of the Park. In 2013, the Vanoise National Park celebrated its fiftith anniversary.
Nine years after the new national parks law, it has entered fully into a dynamic of sustainable development based on solidarity between the protected heart and the optimal surface for growth.
To the east, it has 14 km of common border with the Great Paradise National Park. The French park and the Italian park have been twinned since 1972 and form a protected space of 1,250,000 ha.

HERITAGE: five natural reserves are adjacent to the heart of the Vanoise National Park. It includes a common border of 14 kilometers with the Italian Great Paradise National Park (70300 hectares). The two Parks have been twinned since 8th July 1972. Concerning flora, 1200 species are listed, of which 91 are protected. As far as fauna, the park is home to 1900 ibexes, 4100 chamois and 125 species of nesting birds - 28 couples of golden eagles, four of bearded gypaetus.

The national park in a nutshell

Vanoise National Park 
135 rue du Docteur Julliand
BP 705
73000 Chambery Cedex
Tél. :+33(0)4 79 62 30 54

Chiffres clés

Date of creation

6th July 1963

Location

Rhône-Alpes Region in the Savoie (73) department 

Heart of the National Park

53 500 ha

Optimal surface for growth

146 500 ha
29 municipalities