France Ski Accommodation in Valmorel, France

Description

Set in a pretty location among the trees beneath the peak of the mighty Mont Cheval Noir, Valmorel is a carefully designed ski resort with bags of charm and character. Constructed entirely in local timber, slate and stone, it offers a good range of traditional chalet-style accommodation – with none of the unattractive high-rise blocks you tend to find in many of the other purpose-built resorts across the French Alps. 

Ski access is reassuringly easy, with huge swathes of mostly self-catered accommodation located within easy reach of the lifts and slopes, and the car-free resort centre makes it a safe place for skiers and boarders of all ages. 
Up on the slopes, the groomed runs range in altitude from 1,215 metres to 2,250 metres above sea level, with good snow coverage from December through to April. A total of 50 lifts service a pisted area of 152 km, with extensive intermediate-level slopes stretching through Valmorel to the nearby villages of St-François-Longchamp and Doucy Combelouvière.

Valmorel works wonderfully well for learners and intermediates, with a good nursery sector and gentle terrain for easy progression. The ski schools run a wide range of programmes for learners, improvers, and experts – with classes and clinics for everything from basic snowplough turns to moguls, park and powder. On the down side, many of the lifts could do with an upgrade and the snowmaking facilities are a little thin on the ground. 

Away from the slopes, visiting skiers and snowboarders can engage in a range of activities including ice-climbing, hiking, snow-shoeing, and tobogganing. If bad weather closes in, the local cinema screens a wide range of movies and recent releases. 


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Apres

Valmorel has a great deal to offer visiting skiers and snowboarders, from easy ski access to gentle learner terrain and car-free town centre. But if you’re hitting the Alps in search of lively après ski, it’s not a great ski resort to choose. 

This peaceful purpose-built resort is home to a small but welcoming selection of friendly bars, cafes and restaurants and there are good options for places to stop in for a drink. But overall, the après ski scene is relaxed and sedate. 

Most of the options can be found along the pretty Rue de Bourg, and here’s a run down of a few good bars and cafes to seek out for a refreshing drink. 

Le Petit Prince, La Source and Le Petit Savoyard all sit side-by side with welcoming terraces for thirsty après skiers, and they do stay open later for a little evening revelry. The outdoor heaters available at the Bar Perce Neige make it a great place to snuggle with your certain someone and enjoy a drink off the slopes, and the Sound Pub & Club is a popular spot among party animals and ski seasonnaires alike. Jimbo Lolo is perhaps Valmorel’s liveliest après ski venue, and services up a tasty menu of tapas and tex-mex to a wide ranging clientele of hungry visitors. 

Le Café Alpin takes pride of place at the base of the slopes, and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere for an après ski bevvy. Also worthy of note, the Hôtel du Bourg’s pub offers pool tables plus an open fireplace ideal for relaxing by during the depths of winter. For a slightly more upmarket experience, Le Ski Roc is a great place to go for a refreshing glass of wine. 

Aside from the cafes and bars, visitors to Valmorel in search of a little après ski action can turn to the Valmoforme facility – which hosts a wide range of hammams, hydro-massage, saunas, massages and gym rooms. There’s also the Spa Cîmes centre, which focuses on health and wellbeing, and takes pride of place in the heart of town. Here, a fine selection of hammams, treatments, and saunas offer rest and relaxation away from the bars and slopes.


Eating out

Both up on the slopes and down in town, Valmorel is home to a good range of restaurants, with dining options to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets. 

On the mountain

Atop the Altispace chairlift, restaurant les Voices du Nant focus on burgers and fast dining, catering to hungry skiers and snowboarders eager to fuel up and hit the snowy slopes. At the top of the Pierrafort lift, a restaurant called l’Altipiano makes the perfect piste-side stop for hungry visitors in search of fresh, traditional and tasty tartiflette.

Nestled at the top of the Altispace lift, Restaurant l’Alpage sits at the link-point with Saint François Longchamp, and offers fine cuisine and breataking views over Mont Blanc. Visitors can dine in comfort with stunning valley views, before skiing off to explore further. Also worthy of note, restaurant l’Altipiano takes pride of place at the top of the Pierrafort gondola, and offers a welcoming lounge area. For hungry visitors with young kids in tow, there’s a lovely play area where youngsters can charge around in safety. 

Restaurants in Town

In and around resort centre, Valmorel offers around 20 different eateries, restaurants and cafes – both in town and at the bottom of the groomed pistes. La Marmite offers up tasty Savoyarde specialities, while visitors to the remote Aigle Blanc have to undergo an adventurous snowshoe hike through the snowy wilderness to reach the front door. Inside, a traditional, warm and welcoming alpine chalet awaits – with a traditional French menu worthy of the special setting. 

For something a little less local, Le Jimbo Lolo brings a South American feel to Valmorel’s dining scene – with a wide range of tex mex dishes to leave you feeling full. For pizzas, burgers, fries and things, La Table du Berger is also well worth a visit. 

Down in Le Bourg, Ski Roc is widely considered among the finest eateries in the resort, serving up the delicious Savoyarde fayre that France’s alpine towns and villages are famous for. Innovative touches such as ravioli pepper the menu, making Ski Roc a fine choice for diners in search of something special. 



Activities

• Parapenting • Airboarding • Torchlight descent • Ice-climbing • Tobogganing • Fitness centre with sauna, steam room and massage • Marked walking trails • Cinema



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With a respectable base-altitude of 1,400 metres above sea level, and groomed slopes running up to an impressive 2,550 metres, Valmorel offers typically lovely skiing conditions – but the snow making facilities could be better, especially when compared to other larger French resorts. With a great nursery area and plenty of gentle blue pistes to explore, Valmorel is perhaps best-suited to groups of learner skiers or snowboarders and families with youngsters in tow.

Up on the slopes, Valmorel could use a few lift upgrades – so if you have any group members not used to drag or tow lifts, perhaps look elsewhere. Ski schools offer a diverse programme of tuition to groups of learners of all ages, and you’ll also find a good range of hits and kickers in the resort’s diverse terrain park – ideal for groups of freestylers in search of big air.

Away from the groomed slopes, Valmorel has little to offer by way of après ski or nightlife. You’ll find a smattering of après ski venues for a thirst-quenching beer at the end of your ski day, but for lively nightlife, this isn’t the place to go!


Childcare

Valmorel’s ski area, Le Grande Domaine, is expansive, with plenty of piste-side accommodation to choose from – another big plus point for families with kids. The town centre is almost exclusively car free so groups of youngsters can feel safe, and overall there’s a wonderfully family-friendly feel here. 

Valmorel itself is a purpose-built resort and lacks the traditional charm and character of destinations like Morzine or Chamonix, but with that said it’s generally considered a warm and welcoming place with plenty to offer bigger groups. The scenery is beautiful, and the lifts and slopes lie within easy reach of the resort. 

For young visitors aged between 18 months and 6 years, there’s the local Piou-Piou Club which offers all the childcare features and facilities parents need. An expansive snow garden offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure, with a wide array of amusements and activities on the snow. Nearby, the indoor nursery boasts colourful playrooms, an indoor sports area, arts and crafts rooms, plus spaces set aside for those all-important naps. 

The all-inclusive Club Med Valmorel is perhaps the resort’s most comprehensively family-friendly accommodation option, with transport, accommodation, all meals, lift passes, ski lessons, and kids clubs all rolled into the price. Here, parents can book the kids into 4 different childcare clubs, according to their age.

For infants aged from 4 months, qualified nannies and childcare assistants offer all the care and attention little ones need.

Toddlers aged from 2 to 4 can join in the fun with the Petit Club Med, where adventures include outdoor activities, music performances, and more.

For kids aged 4 – 10 years, Mini Club Med is the place to go, with play centred around group experiences, arts and crafts, and outdoor fun in the snow – including ski or snowboard lessons.

The Teens Club welcomes youngsters from the age of 11 to 17, with a wide range of activities and excursions to suit requirements. On top of this, there’s also the ski and boarding lessons – with classes aimed at this specific age group, from beginner level to expert.   

Elsewhere in Valmorel, child-friendly facilities and activities include dog-sled ding, snow-karting,air-boarding, snake-gliss toboganning, and snow buggies. Many of these activities can be booked at the tourist office, with others bookable directly through the activity organisers and sports outlets themselves. 


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Valmorel, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 2° C
Wind: 12mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 2cm
Snow Depth
Top: 200cm
Base: 105cm

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