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Auron - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Alpes-Maritimes

In old provencal, Aura refers to the wind and air. This name is probably the slight breeze which prevails almost continuously on the board. For centuries, the plateau Auron was an area of cultivation and grazing for the inhabitants of Saint-Etienne-de-Tinée. In the early 20th century, the only "foreigners" to come there were soldiers on maneuvers and a few skiers. It was not until 1931, for a wagon trail connects Saint-Etienne to Auron. At that time, two major stations began to be equipped with cable: Megeve, France and in Sestriere, Italy. This example inspired the Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes who decided to finance equipment Beuil-Valberg and Auron. In 1934, Auron received his first ski race.

His first cable (the third in France) was inaugurated January 30, 1937. It was carrying 25 people at the extraordinary speed of 2 meters per second! In 1938, Auron greeted the 27th Championships of France, but the war began so the station can sleep it woke quite thirty years later. Its customers had tripled since 1960, but its equipment had not kept pace.

In 1971, the launch of the resort of Isola 2000, near, led the revival of Auron. And this revival was so dramatic and effective since 1979, the station has hosted three times the championships of France Alpine skiing, men and women. Today the station Auron offers 135 km of track.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.2270960 (N 44° 13’ 38”)
Longitude6.9313580 (E 6° 55’ 53”)
PrefectureNice (57 mi, 1h33)
TerritoryAlps, French Riviera
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée4.7 mi (12 min)
Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage9.4 mi (24 min)
Isola11.7 mi (23 min)
Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée20 mi (35 min)
Roure26 mi (50 min)
Roubion27 mi (52 min)
Rimplas28 mi (57 min)
Ilonse31 mi (1h00)
Beuil35 mi (1h11)

Things to see and do

Chapel St. Erige: Former place of pilgrimage, they came to ask St. Erige (historical figure who was bishop of Gap) and St. Denis, healings and even resurrect the dead children without baptism, the time to be baptized . Chapel St. Erige houses frescoes are among the most beautiful murals in the country of Nice.

The ski resort.

Places of interest

Information points


Cable of Auron
Cable of Auron
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See photo
La Chapelle Saint-Erige
La Chapelle Saint-Erige
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See photo
Snow Child
Snow Child
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The rink Auron
The rink Auron
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See photo


Wednesday 27 may
Min. 10°C - Max. 16°C
Thursday 28 may
Min. 9°C - Max. 21°C
Friday 29 may
Min. 10°C - Max. 17°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Col de la Bonnette - 2802 m altitude: the highest road in Europe, linking Nice to Briançon. At the top of Bonnette, the views are spectacular, the view of the northern Alps and Mount Viso in Italy is beautiful ... At your binoculars!

The Mercantour National Park: This area is home to a place of harmony between protection, discovery, development and respect for local traditional activities. Everywhere, nature deserves attention and respect is better than picking admire, quietly observed that disturbing ...

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Haut Verdon adventure park
Entertainment22 € Beauvezer (18 mi)
Sporty or family rafting, kayaking or aqua trekking
Sports sensations35 € Puget-Théniers (18.8 mi)
Sportive Canoe Rafting (on your own or with a guide) on the Var River – 1 hour from Nice
Sports sensations25 € Villars-sur-Var (21 mi)
Mountain hike at the heart of Hautes-Alpes
Nature and the great outdoors21 € to 45 € Vars (27 mi)
Mountain bike lessons in Hautes-Alpes
Sports sensations37 € to 55 € Vars (27 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Vens Lakes
HikeIntermediate6h30Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (1.9 mi)
Rabuons Lake
Village visitAthletic7h00Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (1.9 mi)
Tour of the lakes
HikeIntermediate3h30Entraunes (9.4 mi)
Plateau of St. Barnaby
HikeEasy1h00Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes (10.3 mi)
Col de la Madeleine
HikeIntermediate4h00Valdeblore (17.4 mi)


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