Valmorel is an attractive purpose built ski resort that is comprised of several small villages. The resort was carefully designed to blend with its surroundings and most holidaymakers are housed in chalet style accommodation. At an altitude of fourteen hundred metres, Valmorel can at times suffer from paucity of snow but a good number of snow cannons are available to supplement nature. Although the resort caters for all levels of ability, the majority of the slopes are more suited to novice and intermediate skiers as, apart from off-piste skiing and mogul fields, Valmorel has little to stretch the expert skier. Almost forty lifts give quick and easy access to the slopes. There are ski schools for adults and children from five years, offering tuition in boarding as well as skiing. Crèche facilities are available for babies from six months. As places are limited, booking well in advance is recommended. A Valmorel ski holiday offers good value for money, where accommodation, eating out and après ski activities will not break the bank. It is a very relaxed family friendly resort very popular with first time skiers.
Why Go To Valmorel?
Valmorel is a picturesque resort set amid stunning scenery. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and offers great skiing and snowboarding for novice and intermediate skiers and boarders. Much of the resort is traffic free making it ideal for families with young children.
Who Is Valmorel Popular With?
Although there is some good off-piste skiing for advanced skiers, Valmorel skiing mainly accommodates beginners and intermediate skiers. It is therefore very popular with family groups and first time skiers.
When To Go To Valmorel
Valmorel ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Owing to its low altitude, it can at times suffer from poor snow cover at lower levels. However there are snow cannons to remedy this. The highest slopes are at two thousand five hundred metres.
Valmorel - The Place
Valmorel, constructed in the mid seventies is a charming resort of several small clusters of chalets resembling a traditional alpine village. Valmorel and its neighbour form the Grande Domaine provide over one hundred and fifty kilometres of marked pistes. The accommodation is mostly self-catering and there are supermarkets supplying all essential holiday provisions. Valmorel lies at an altitude of fourteen hundred metres with the highest skiing at a little over two thousand five hundred metres. In this virtually traffic free resort you can don your skis on the doorstep and head off to the hills. A variety of lifts gives quick and easy access to the slopes. Novices have a separate area where they can practise their skills before progressing to the many green runs. Intermediate skiers have a wide choice of runs as the majority of slopes are geared to their needs with lifts connecting to St. Francois Longchamp. Advanced skiers will find good off-piste terrain for which a guide is recommended. Snowboarders have a snow zone near the Creve Coeur lift with boarder cross and rails which cater for all ability levels. There is also a snow park. A large number of instructors give both group and individual lessons to adults and children in skiing and boarding.
Valmorel restaurants serve a varied cuisine which caters for most tastes. It is possible to enjoy good food at reasonable prices in Valmorel. Après ski is fairly low key with relaxing evenings spent in restaurants and bars in the company of family and friends. A livelier time can be spent in the nightclub where there is dancing until the early hours of the morning. Valmorel also has a cinema and a fitness centre.
Valmorel is a pleasant, relaxed family resort offering a good value skiing holiday.
Valmorel nightlife is fairly understated reflecting the resort’s popularity with families. Restaurants and bars provide relaxed venues where evenings are spent in the company of friends. There is a disco and nightclub for those who prefer a livelier time and have energy to spare.
Valmorel shopping is fairly limited with a supermarket for essential holiday provisions and the occasional ski shop for the purchase or hire of equipment and clothing. There is a weekly outdoor market.
Even though the choice of restaurants in Valmorel is less than twenty, they serve a good variety of food from traditional raclette and fondue, to international cuisine including the ever popular pizza.