In The Spotlight: Valmorel

Quick facts on Valmorel

There’s a good reason why this ski-resort is known as ‘Valmorel la Belle’. It’s a simply beautiful little village which has retained its charm, thanks in part to being located off the radar of many holidaymakers.

Set in the Tarentaise Valley, if you prefer authentic over concrete then you’ll spend a happy week or so enjoying brilliant sport and a place that combines modern convenience with old fashioned Alpine warmth.

Valmorel Fast Facts

Domain altitude: 2,500m
Lowest slope: 1,400m
Lifts: 33
Runs: 61

  • Green 14 (25%)
  • Blue 25 (45%)
  • Red 11 (20%)
  • Black 5 (10%)

We Love

  • The easy accessibility
  • Family friendliness
  • The heavy snow

The Downsides

  • Drag-lifts might not suit snowboarder
  • Not the most challenging terrain
  • Long-stay parking costs money

Getting There

Valmorel is well situated for travellers. Fly to one of six airports that are only two hours’ drive from the resort with Chambéry Airport the closest at only an hour away. The more ambitious might try the nine hour drive from Calais.

Use the high speed TGV to arrive at the Moûtiers-Salins/Brides les Bains train station then book a transfer by taxi or bus.

See our resort in Valmorel

The Domain

Take a trip with us to the edge of a forest on the side of the Cheval Noir Mountain. Here you’ll find Valmorel, a mini-time machine of courtyards, side streets and chalets, made from traditional materials rather than steel and glass.

The resort itself was created in 1976 based on a classic Savoyard design without a high-rise in sight. The village is sleepy but stimulating with a full street of modern shops and places for you and the family to picnic. The lack of cars makes it a refreshing break from the worries of modern life.

Cyclist may recognise the area, with the local Col de la Madeleine being a perennial favourite climb in the Tour De France. Needless to say, there’s plenty of glorious Alpine scenery to be explored for those wanting to get away from the main slopes.

The Ski Area

The ski area around Valmorel is generally family-friendly and suited for those who see skiing as a relaxing pastime rather than an Olympic sport. With plenty of green and blue runs, you can share enjoyable moments with the family together on the slopes. But that’s not to say the red and blacks of Valmorel aren’t worth your time.

Want to combine a relaxed ski with a little sight-seeing? Take a tour down a tree-lined route to the small village of Doucy and explore its olde worlde charms before heading back up the incline to carry on with your fun.

Le Grand Domaine has a mix of levels for all skiers and offers sport all round the mountain which means you can chase the powder to find the best conditions every day.

If you’re looking for something more challenging then ask an expert to accompany you to the Massif de la Lauzière. You’ll pretty much have the slopes to yourself as its daunting reputation puts off all but the bravest skiers.

You’ll find Valmorel to be a resort that has really focused on the needs of the skier in recent years. A reliance on drag-lifts is gradually being replaced with fast and modern chairs. But above all, you’ll find Valmorel to be your type of ski resort and cross your fingers more people don’t discover its secrets.

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