Valmorel in France Resort Guide
Marketed primarily as an intimate ski area, proud of its architecture and layout, it comes as a pleasant surprise to find that the Ski area incorperating St.Francois, Longchamp, and Valmorel is so big, with 165km (103 miles) of runs stretching across the Maurienne and Tarentaise Valley. Such a ski area is not huge by the standards of the French super resorts but it's certainly as big as anywhere else you will find in the world. Known as the Grand Domaine area, it inevitably links to neighbouring resorts, in this case St Fran�ois-Longchamp, as well as the smaller traditional villages of Doucy and Les Avanchers en route. The two major resorts are at each extreme of the skiing area so there's a good sense of travelling to get from one to the other and its best to allow a full day to make the return trip. More than 100 snow guns help to ensure that the link stays complete throughout the season. Naturally the ski area has been well designed as the village is. Pistes run right down in to the village itself. Beginners have an excellent purpose designed area, separate to the main skiing and allowing first timers to build up confidence before hitting the greens (very easy runs) out in to the great white yonder. There is even a slow chairlift so you can get used to going up, as well as down, in an unintimidating way - an idea common in North America but invariably ignored or forgotten elsewhere in Europe. Intermediates will have the most to enjoy in Valmorel's skiing, with the vast majority of trails graded blue or red to suit their standard. You get an enjoyable sense of travelling by taking the half dozen series of lifts and runs across to St Francois Longchamp and with slopes facing in all directions it's possible to stay in the sunshine all day by moving around the mountain. Expert skiers are most likely to head for reds and blacks of the Col du Mottet and the Massif de la Lauzi�re above Longchamp. Powder fans will find huge expanses within easy reach of the lift system. The smartest thing to do is to hire a guide who'll lead you on a long run down the Belleville Valley to St Jean below Les Menuires. The ski school employs ninety instructors able to instruct in all major languages and all the snow sports including competition skiing, powder snow, snowboarding or 'surf' as the French prefer to call it, cross-country skiing, skwall, parabolic skiing and telemark. For group lessons there is a single meeting point in front of the ESF (French ski school) building in the hamlet of Mottet. Courses of lessons are normally for two and a half hours per day, six days a week, commencing Sundays or Mondays.
Accomodation & Après Ski
Valmorel’s traffic free main street is filled with restaurants, bars and shops suitable for the whole family. Restaurants include Le Petit Savoyard, Le Chalet du Mottet, Le Ski Roc, La Marmite and Le Perce Neige. Bars include Le Cade de la Gare, Le Jimbo Lolo, Hotel du Bourg and L’Albi nightclub which is open until 4am!
|RESORT HEIGHT||1400||VERTICAL DESCENT||1300||OPENS||Dec - April|
|TOP STATION||2500||DRAG LIFTS||25||EXPERT RATING||5|
|BOTTOM STATION||1400||CHAIR LIFTS||8||INTERMEDIATE RATING||6|
|GONDOLAS/CABLE CARS||2||BEGINNER RATING||7|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : €47
- Adult Six Day Pass : €239
- Child One Day Pass : €38
- Child Six Day Pass : €196
- Group and family discounts available