A mid- to high-altitude mountain area with conifer forests, dry meadows, alpine meadows, scree and cliffs, glaciers and permanent lying snow.
The site holds important populations of mountain, forest and raptor species. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Crex crex (irregular breeder).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Development of ski-stations in the areas surrounding the IBA is a threat.
National Partial International Partial53,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Parc national de la Vanoise, 53,900 ha). 1,112 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Plan de Tueda, 1,112 ha). 2,230 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Sassières, 2,230 ha). 52,800 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (La Vanoise, 52,800 ha).