Ski Holidays in Valmorel, France
The car-free, Alpine village of Valmorel is an ideal base for all levels of skier, particularly beginners and intermediates, and caters especially well for the family skier. The resort is part of Le Grand Domaine ski area and is connected to the neighbouring resorts of Longchamp and St Francois. Valmorel is set at a high altitude, yet it still offers some of the shortest transfer times to the nearest airport.
The resort itself is stylishly designed with a cobbled, traffic-free main street featuring traditional local wood and stone buildings. It is in this main street where one can find many of the shops, bars and restaurants. Après ski venues range from quiet bars and restaurants, to busier venues complete with live music and a vibrant atmosphere.
For those interested in freestyle skiing and snowboarding, Valmorel offers a dedicated snowpark. You can also expect to find boardercross and snowzone areas for those looking for something a little different to the usual runs.
Snow conditions in Valmorel are usually very similar to the nearby Three Valleys and visitors can enjoy views of the striking Mont Blanc mountain range in the distance. The resort is not however as popular as many of its neighbours, therefore you can expect to experience good quality food and drink at cheaper prices.
Beginners are extremely well catered for in the excellent local ski school, having their own reserved area of piste, and gentle tree-lined runs back down to the village making for picturesque enjoyment. There is plenty of opportunity for intermediate skiers, with many blue and red runs to occupy even the most mileage hungry of skiers. As well as the slopes around the village, there are some great opportunities for day long trips to St Francois, Doucy or Longchamp, all on varied blues and reds. The area is often underrated by hardcore advanced level skiers, but the resort actually offers some steep black runs, notably under the Mottet chair, and various off piste opportunities with good snow down towards the Madeleine area.
For 2006/07 season there is a new 6 seater easy access chairlift at La Madeleine. The resort introduced also hands free support which lets you recharge your ski pass on the Internet.