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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 labels
Latitude44.2270960 (N 44° 13’ 38”)
Longitude6.9313580 (E 6° 55’ 53”)
PrefectureNice (92 km, 1:33)
TerritoriesAlps, French Riviera
RegionProvence-Alps-French Riviera

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée7.5 km (12 min)
Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage15.1 km (24 min)
Isola18.9 km (23 min)
Saint-Sauveur-sur-Tinée33 km (35 min)
Roure41 km (50 min)
Roubion44 km (52 min)
Rimplas45 km (57 min)
Ilonse49 km (1:00)
Beuil56 km (1:11)

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


Wednesday 6 december
Min. -10°C - Max. 2°C
Thursday 7 december
Min. -11°C - Max. 2°C
Friday 8 december
Min. -4°C - Max. 0°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
Equestrian activity in the Ubaye valley
Sports sensations65 € Jausiers (25 km)
Two-day survival course in Ubaye
Nature and the great outdoors180 € Faucon-de-Barcelonnette (27 km)
Sporty or family rafting, kayaking or aqua trekking
Sports sensations35 € Puget-Théniers (30 km)
Sportive Canoe Rafting on your own on the Var River – 1 hour from Nice
Sports sensations30 € Villars-sur-Var (34 km)
Rafting in Ubay in the Alps
Sports sensations45 € Méolans-Revel (40 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lakes Vens
HikeIntermediate6:30Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (3.1 km)
Rabuons Lake
Village visitAthletic7:00Saint-Étienne-de-Tinée (3.1 km)
Tour of the lakes
HikeIntermediate3:30Entraunes (15.1 km)
Plateau of St. Barnaby
HikeEasy1:00Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes (16.5 km)
Col de la Madeleine
HikeIntermediate4:00Valdeblore (28 km)


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