The ski resort of Valmorel is situated near the National Park of Vanoise, in the center of the French Alps in the southeast of the country. Located in the Maurienne Valley, Valmorel, together with the resort of St. Francois-Longchamp combined the Grand Domain skiing area.
Valmorel ski area
This area is great for beginners and intermediates, with plenty of greens and blues to help progress your level of skiing.
With the Grand Domaine ski pass, you have access to 165 kilometres of piste for various categories, covering a difference in altitude of 1300m. The ski area lies below the Col de la Madeleine, between the Massif du Cheval Noir and the Massif de la Lauzière. An attractive ski area has developed due to the connection between the ski areas of Valmorel and St. François-Longchamp, which is perfectly developed with 56 lifts.
The 165 km of piste are primarily easy to intermediate, but there are also many demanding runs, moguls and countless deep snow variations. There are a couple of blacks and some great freeride around the Mottet area for advanced skiers, however it should be noted that the areas on the piste will quickly be completed by the best skiers. The most difficult run in the ski area is the 3 km long "Le Mottet" with an altitude drop of 600 m. The large beginners' terrain, Cheval Blanc is known to be representative for its kind.
Valmorel is snow-sure right through to mid-April, due to its location and numerous snow-making systems.
Valmorel's house park "Snow Zone" is located directly at the tow lift "Le Gollet", in the ski area "Grand Domaine". Beginners and advanced skiers can practice their tricks and let off steam on the tables, slides, boxes and kickers. A boardercross route is available for speed junkies and the pros among you can go crazy on the 120 m long park-own half pipe.
Those looking for additional freestyle adventures will find a further snow park, right next to the ski lift "Le Rocher Blanc", in St. Francois-Longchamp.
Valmorel apres ski
Valmorel has a relaxed après scene but there are a few places to go for a beverage after the lifts shut. Jimbo Lolo is a trendy bar that is a popular spot during the post-skiing rush, serving great tex-mex style food. Le Café de la Gare is a cosy bar that is good for relaxing with a wine or beer in the evening. For night-owls, Le Sound Pub & Club will have music playing up until the early hours.
Valmorel is a village resort with its authentic architecture (typically Savoyard chalets) in a beautiful setting at 1320m altitude. The small village is built around a pedestrian thoroughfare, creating a relaxed and friendly ambiance.
Everything you need is only a short walk away, and the architecture is easy on the eye due to strict development restrictions: buildings must have wood and stone facades, slate roofs and they cannot be more than four stories high.