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Valloire & Valmeinier   Resort Information
Season December to April
Nearest Airport Chambery & Geneva
Ski Area 150km
Ski Lifts 32
Ski Runs 88
Longest Run 7km
Resort Height 1500m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 5 / 5
Nightlife 3.5 / 5
Affordability 4.5 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Located in the sunny Maurienne-valley, the skiing areas Valloire and Valmeinier are interlinked with Valmeinier being a charming, typical Savoyian mountain village with its old, traditional stone houses. Valmeinier 1800 is just as sympathetic, if even if it newly built, being the youngest winter sports village in the Maurienne-village. All buildings of this modern area were ideally adapted to the surrounding mountain region and built in the authentic chalet style with much wood alowing easy ski in ski out access.

Valloire is a pretty traditional French village with some great skiing and wonderful scenery. It’s built around a 17th-century baroque-style church and is family orientated with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The resorts together have an excellent ski area with 150km of piste, particularly well suited to beginners and intermediates. A little off the beaten track, Valloire has a great setting for those who want a real French experience to their ski holiday and at good prices compared to its better known neighbours. Valloire is a large town with a pretty centre located right next to the slopes, making it easy to access the pistes in the morning.

In the town itself you’ll find a glut of restaurants as well as several bars and a good selection of shops. For a special evening out with high quality French dining check out Le Hameau Gourmand. The resort also has a variety of traditional French hotels such as the Christiania, Grand and De La Poste as well as some good self-catering options for you want to explore the town a little more.

With 150 kilometres on 88 slopes is at your disposal in the mutual area of the skiing regions of Valloire and Valmeinier, there is a versatile offering of different slopes and off piste snow options, spread over an altitude of 1.500 and 2.600 metres with approximately 70 percent of all slopes located above 2.000 meters, enhancing its reputation of having guaranteed snow. In addition, snow is ensured in the lower regions and on the valley slopes by more than 400 snow canons. Over 30 lifts provide convenient skiing pleasure for skiers of all levels. All three valleys between the three peaks of the skiing region, Gros Crey, Crey du Quart and La Setaz, offer the perfect tour for every skier from easy to difficult slopes. Among the numerous options of the generous snow slopes above Valmeinier, "Génépi“ is especially recommended, leading all the way to Valmeinier 1500 and providing a unique view of the Arc valley. The next valley of the skiing region of Valloire offers mostly easy to medium pistes on its broad western slopes. The eastern side however surprises with great deep snow options and the longest slope of the skiing region. The „Selles“ with a difference in altitude of 1050 meters is still good for beginners. A true challenge for experts can be found on the slopes of the third mountain of Valloire/Valmeinier where truly ambitious black slopes like the „Cascade“ and the "Olympique“ wait for advanced skiers.

Snowboarders are also well catered for not only because of the deep snow conditions of Valloire/Valmeinier. The huge „Snowpark du Lac de la Vielle“ at the Crey du Quart offers several zones on different difficulty levels, a skicross as well as a halfpipe, and is prepared daily. Not without reason was the unit certified with the French quality seal of the snowboarder association AFS, and is among the five best Snowparks of France.

The skiing areas of Valloire and Valmeinier also offer the best around for children. Easyparks in Valmeinier and Valloire that were specifically built for children, allow a playful approach to skiers and such and make for easy learning. Kindergarten and children’s ski school in Valloire and Valmeinier have an excellent reputation too.

For non skiing activities, there are 20 kilometres of prepared trails for winter hikes or Nordic walking tours, daily guided half-and full day hikes and night hikes with snowshoes, dog sledging and three toboggan runs.

 

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