What a delightful place Valmorel is on the forest's edge, with Alpine chalets, a village square and court yards creating a picturesque backdrop for a winter ski break.
It's the ideal option if you like somewhere picturesque and traditional to stay when you're on a ski holiday and sits an eight hour drive away from Calais if you fancy a road trip through the French countyside.
Alternatively, the transfer time from Chambery is around an hour or you could even take the train to Moutiers before jumping on a shuttle bus. Could the options be any wider?
However you travel, you can expect to find a huge variety of runs to cater for skiers of all levels, providing the opportunity to progress from the beginner slopes onto more challenging runs as your time in the resort goes on
Up the Altispace chairlift you have access to great intermediate skiing and you could pop over to St François, Longchamp or Doucy and come home to a few red runs down the Gollet. Snowboarders can piste-ride to their heart's content.
If you want your hair raised there's always Mottet with awesome moguls, or Combe du Riondet, and mile upon mile of wonderful powder snow for off-piste and boarders.
Off Piste Skiing in Valmorel
There is plenty of opportunity to head off-piste if you're a more experienced skier with a sense of adventure, with the main off-piste areas being easily accessible from the lifts and guided trips available that will help you find your way through the remote landscapes.
Family Skiing in Valmorel
Valmorel is a great option for a family ski break, thanks in no small part to the fact that there are a couple of areas that are reserved exclusively for children - including a family snowzone with snowpark.
For the really young, there are nursery facilities within the resort with a highly-rated ski school for those who are old enough to take to the snow for the first time.
The fact that the resort is car free is also appealing to families.
Apres-Ski in Valmorel
This is a charming pedestrianised village which always makes for a relaxed feel and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and bistros to hang out in. You must have a fondue at some point - try Le Petit Savoyard. Have a quiet drink at La Cordee, Hotel du Bourg or, if you're feeling lively, choose Jimbo Lolos and go on to L'After discotheque.
If you're short of something to do simply walking along to Les Avanchers, parapenting, airboarding and tobogganing should keep you occupied and then you could relax in the fitness centre and have a sauna and massage.
Non-Skiing Activities in Valmorel
There's plenty of non-ski activities within Valmorel - a number of which are offered by the local ski school.
That includes airboarding, dog sledding, ice climbing, sleigh rides, snow shoeing and the Snake Glisse - a popular kind of sledge that you ride as a group.
Gary's Little Gems in Valmorel
"Ideal for families as the resort is pretty and traffic free and you can ski back to the accommodation in most cases. The skiing is ideally suited to beginners and early intermediates. There's a good range of apartments, hotels and a lovely Club Med property where everything is included in the price. And how about the evening floodlit skiing for something magical?"
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Accommodations in Valmorel
- Resort Altitude: 1400 m
- Highest Lift: 2550 m
- Total Piste: 152 km
- Longest Run: 4 km
- Directions of Slopes: N, NW
- Uphill Capacity: 51475
- Total Lifts: 52
- Gondolas/Cable cars: 2
- Chairlifts: 14
- Drag Lifts: 36
- Snow Parks: 1
- Good for Families
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Approx flight time:
Geneva Cointrin International Airport