Valmorel is a perfect family resort with a traffic free village centre and doorstep skiing from all areas. The ski area itself is a real intermediates' playground with 152km of wonderfully groomed pistes. Furthermore beginners benefit from the specially reserved beginners' ski area. Although the resort itself is purpose built, the village is designed in a traditional style with pretty wood clad buildings and is made up of several 'hameaux' or hamlets.
Valmorel is an ideal resort for first time skiers with many English speaking instructors at the ski school and our superb value First Time packages. There are 15 acres of piste exclusively reserved for beginners in the ski school. Gentle, tree-lined runs leading back to the resort are perfect for building up confidence at the same time as enjoying spectacular mountain scenery.
The Altispace 4-man chairlift will give you fast access to the skiing from the village. Excursions can be made across to the villages of St. François, Longchamp or Doucy for lunch and you can still make it back in time for a couple of red runs down the Gollet before the lifts close.
Often underrated by British skiers looking for more challenging terrain, Valmorel offers a number of testing black descents. These include the Riondet and the steep Mottet run with its hair-raising moguls to test your skills as soon as you get off the chairlift. For off-piste enthusiasts, there are literally miles of wonderful powder, to be skied for many days after fresh snowfall, with mind-blowing couloirs and steep faces to challenge even the professionals.
Valmorel offers some great piste riding and is a superb place for beginners to introduce themselves to the sport. The area has an abundance of mellow pistes. For freeriding head for the Mottet chair and the black runs. This is a great place to master basic techniques with plenty of off-piste powder to find. There is also a board park at the top of the Pierrafort cable car.
Approx Transfer Time Chambery 2 hrs 15 mins, Lyons & Grenoble 3 hrs 15 mins, Geneva 3 hrs 15 mins. Ski Train (Moutiers) 30 mins Village Height 2,550m (8,415ft) Highest Lift 2,550m (8,415ft)
Friendly, fun-loving resort with lots of atmosphere. La Cordée, Hôtel du Bourg bar for a cosy drink around an open fire. L'After discothèque, Café De La Gare with occasional dancing on the tables and Jimbo Lolos for tequila slammers.
Parapenting - Airboarding - Torchlight descent - Ice-climbing - Tobogganing - Fitness centre with sauna, steam room and massage - Marked walking trails
A wide variety of tempting restaurants and cafés - Set 3-course menu for around ¿20 - Fondues from ¿25 including wine and dessert - La Cordée or Skiroc for French cuisine, Pizzaria du Bourg, Le Petit Savoyard for fondues and traditional dishes
Cinema with occasional English films - Beautiful walks through old Savoyard villages to Les Avanchers - Small open market once a week - Occasional pageant evenings - Music festivals and recitals - Children's festivals