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Ski area: Grande Domaine
Resort height: 1400m
Resort top height: 2403m

Grande Domaine
(Valmorel, St Francois Longchamp, Doucy Combelouviere)
Km piste: 165
Lifts: 50 (3 gondola, 16 chairlifts, 29 drag lifts)
Snow cannons: 315
Snow parks: 7

No. of slopes: 90

Green slopes 24 Blue slopes 39
Red slopes 19 Black slopes 8

Beginners starstarstarstar
Intermediates starstarstarstar
Experts starstarstar
Boarders starstar

Driving distance from Calais: 590 miles (8hrs 20)

Resort Info

It’s easy to see why they call it ‘Valmorel la Belle’, for the setting alone, in the heart of the Massif de la Tarentaise, is in any season simply beautiful. Better still, the purpose-built ski village has been developing steadily since the late 1970s, as a result of which important lessons learnt elsewhere have been put into practice here, particularly in the architectural style used.

 

Low rise chalet-style developments have a pleasing, premium look, are well proportioned and incorporate stone, timber and attractively painted stucco, with traditional Savoyard design features. The end results therefore integrate successfully into the surrounding unspoilt high-mountain landscapes, whose aspect is softened locally by the presence of extensive tracts of forest.


The compact heart of the village has most essential services located conveniently around a single, car-free street. Elsewhere development has been mostly in clusters, taking account of return runs and thus taking full advantage of the ski-in/ski-out potential. Getting around is easy, with free half-hourly shuttle buses serving outlying accommodation. Road access is straightforward, too, and there are direct TGV high-speed rail services from Paris, plus Eurostar Ski Trains from London, into nearby Moûtiers (15km). Car parking in the traffic-free village is payable, although there are 180 free unsecured parking spaces in nearby Crey (1.5km).


For non-skiers, or for anyone with the urge to add a bit of variety to their stay, the range of outdoor activities includes snowshoeing, ice-climbing and Segway hire.

 


  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Eating
  • Access
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates

 

Grand Domaine opening times:

Saint Francois Longchamp: 20/12/14 – 18/4/15
Valmorel: 14/12/14 – 18/4/15 but will be partially open the first week (14/12-18/12) and the last week (11/04-18/04)
Doucy: 19/12/14 – 11/4/15

Child Care

 

Valmorel has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here to view more information on the Famille Plus label.

 

The Piou-Piou children's club - Valmorel

From December 20th to April 21st
From 8.45 to 12.30 and 1.45 to 5.30

From 18 months to 3 years.

Contact: 0033 479 09 84 45

Out on the snow garden, a playground extends to the forest and allows many snow activities. Inside, rooms are bright and cheerful. Lounge is also available for children to take a nap in peace.

 

Guideline prices 14/15:

1/2 day - €38  

Meal - €19

6 half days without lunch
8:45 to 12:15 or 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m - € 156.00

6 half-days with lunch
8:45 to 1:45 p.m. or 11:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m - € 270.00

6 days without lunch

8:45 to 12:15 and 1:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m - € 274.00

6 days with meals

8:45 to 5:15 p.m - € 369.00

 

Activities

 

Gyropode Segway - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

 

Ski safari - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

Ski safari on the most beautiful off piste in theTarentaise, leaving fromValmorel. 2, 3, 4 days or à la carte.

 

Speed flying - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/1 : open daily.

 

A new activity derivative of paragliding.

Stage "Pour vous Mesdames" - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

 

Discovery walk - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

2 hours in which you can begin with and discover all the different sides of snow shoe walking and all the other possibilities of walks in the valley either on foot or on snow shoes.

 

Trappers evening - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

Daniel and Arnaud accompany you on a snow hike into nature, with head lamps and torches, in the heart of the Morel Valley. This will be followed by a Savoyard meal in warm and welcoming surroundings.

 

Yesterday Outing - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

Outing with donkeys or workhorses through snowy paths, food stopover in old chalets around the fire.

 

Tandem flights paragliding - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

A team of state qualified professionals share their passion for free flying with you : during the flight, man's dream becomes reality.

 

Spa des Cîmes - Valmorel

Well being and relaxation in the heart of Valmorel's pedestrian street.

 

Igloo outing - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

Set off on snowshoes to learn how to construct your shelter.

 

"Evening outing" - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

At the end of the day, a walk of one hour will take you up to the Aigle Blanc restaurant where a Savoyard meal will be waiting.

 

Airboard - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

An unforgettable descent from the top of the pistes right down into Valmorel in Airboard (a sort of individual inflatable toboggans). A super activity for having fun with the family.

 

Snowshoe - Aperitif - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

An easy walk to discover the joys of snow shoeing as well as little known Savoyard flavours.

 

Ice waterfall - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

For a really fun activity in the heart of the ski area on a natural waterfall. Come and try it out for yourself.

 

"Resto-gliss" evening - Valmorel
Vamorel organises ‘resto-apéro-gliss’ which takes place every Wednesday. After a delicious dinner of local specialties in a mountain restaurant, guests slide down in the resort on a Snakegliss. This is from €26 to €50 per person.

 

Quad Outings - Valmorel

Discover the pleasure of driving on snow in superb surroundings, all around Valmorel,

 

Ski touring - Valmorel

From 12/21/12 to 04/21/13: open daily.

A team of committed professionals ready to help you get the best out of your holiday.

  

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website

               

Valmorel Tourist Office       

0033 479 098 555

Website: www.valmorel.com

 

Eating

 

Various restaurants and bars within Valmorel.

 

RESTAURANTS & BARS

Le Ski Roc – Valmorel
33 Bourg-Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 83 17
Quality food - Wine bar - Chalet style

 

Le Prariond - Valmorel
Open daily from 9.30 AM to 10 PM.
Phone: 06 09 88 44 05
Quality cuisine - Evenings - View of Mont Blanc

 

La Source - Valmorel
3 Bourg-Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 06 31 46 88 47
At the bottom of the pistes - Cocktail - Grill - Ambience

 

Les Marmottons - Les Avanchers-Valmorel
La Charmette
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 81 80
Refined and savoyard cuisine - Open fireplace

 

Les Voiles du Nant - Valmorel
Top of télésiège de l'Altispace
Open daily.
Phone: 06 12 32 27 71
Pedestrian access, view of Mont Blanc , on the liasion with Saint François Longchamp. Every Tuesday lunchtime: tasting of regional products+ diots. Every day from 3pm: ice bar.

 

Hôtel du Bourg - Pub - Valmorel
Bourg Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 86 66
Terrace - Open fireplace - Billiards - Internet

 

L'Aigle Blanc - Les Avanchers-Valmorel
l'Empyré
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 83 76
In the heart of the forest - Savoyard specialities

 

Table du Berger - Valmorel
22 Bourg-Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 83 19
Savoyard cuisine - Grill - Pancakes - etc...

 

Le Jimbo Lolo - Valmorel
29 Bourg-Morel
Open daily from 8 AM to 2 AM.
Phone: 06 86 97 37 14
Bar tapas & Tex Mex - South america atmosphere

 

La Flambée - Valmorel
Bourg-Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 81 61
Pancakes - Raclette - Specialities

 

L’Ecuelle - Valmorel
Hameau de Crève-CÅ“ur
Open daily from 8 AM to 11 PM.
Phone: 04 79 09 80 84

 

L’Altipiano - Valmorel
Top of Télécabine de Pierrafort
Open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Phone: 06 60 85 85 22
Pedestrian access - Lounge - Play area - Live music

 

Le Café Alpin - Valmorel
5 Bourg-Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 06 03 11 62 51
At the bottom of the pistes - A la carte - Specialities - Pizzas

 

Le Petit Prince - Valmorel
7 Bourg-Morel
Open daily.
Phone: 04 79 09 81 71
Savoyard specialities - Pierrades

Access

    

By Road: Driving Distance from Calais to Valmorel 570 miles or 8hrs20. Go to Albertville on the A43 from Chambéry or the N 212 from Annecy. Take the dual carriageway RN 90 in the direction of Moûtiers. Take exit 37 for Valmorel.

 

By Rail:

Quick access with the TGV which arrives at the Moûtiers-Salins/Brides les Bains train station.

Transdev Savoie

Transfers: Train station - Valmorel - Airports correspondances

Phone: 0820 205 330 - Website: www.mobisavoie.fr

 

Buses from the Moutiers bus and train station to the resort, meet trains and coaches throughout the weekend. Click here for timetable and traffic conditions. http://www.valmorel.com/images/stories/PDF/moutiers_valmorel_2012.pdf

 

Airports:

Chambery Airport is 90km from Valmorel (1 hour)

www.chambery-airport.com

Lyon St Exupery is 180km from Valmorel (1 ¾ hours)

www.lyonairport.com

Geneva Airport is 125km from Valmorel (1 ¾ hours)

www.gva.ch/en

   

Car parking

PLEASE NOTE: In Valmorel, all the car parking is payable. Depending on what you are looking for, there are 530 underground parking spots and 1200 outdoor parking spots. http://www.valmoparc.com

 

Access around Valmorel

The "Valmobus" shuttle buses are free and provide links to and from the resort, every day from 8 am to 8 pm (about every 20 minutes). Click here for the schedule -  http://www.valmorel.com/images/stories/PDF/valmobus_19.01.12.pdf

   

Airport Transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats to Valmorel.

For transfer prices please click here

 

Other Amenities

 

Sherpa supermarkets:

Le Bourg - 07.30-13.00 and 15.30-20.00

Creve Coeur - 07.30-19.30

 

Cake shop, cheese shop, regional products, Spar, sports shops, doctors, pharmacy, vet (in Moutiers)


Ski Info

Considering the convenient, accessible location and the extent of terrain on offer, it’s perhaps surprising that Valmorel seems so far to have slipped below the radar of most British skiers. The main village begins at around 1400m and is lift-linked to Celliers, Doucy Combelouvière and (beyond the famous Col de la Madeleine) Saint François Longchamp. The resulting 165km of pistes are spread across an impressive 3600 hectares, whose combined terrain is known as le Grand Domaine. Currently there are 50 ski lifts, skier capacity having received a major boost last season by the addition of two powerful new high-speed installations – a 6 seater chairlift and an 8 seater gondola.

 

Additional ski info facts, main ski info in panel above

Valmorel 

Km

100

Lifts

34 (3 gondola, 9 chair, 20 drag)

Slopes 56

 

 

 14

 

 

 26

 

 

 11

 

 

  5

 

175 snow cannons on 11 pistes totalling 13km.

 

Despite the altitudes on offer (1300-2550m) being relatively modest, the geographical location attracts dependable snowfalls, and by way of further assurance, 315 snow canons help maintain snow quality on key runs.


VALMOREL SKI AREA
The Grand Domaine’s real strength is its suitability for families, early intermediates and beginners, and Valmorel makes a fine base from which to explore it.

 

VALMOREL BEGINNERS
There are beginners areas for gentle ski learning. The areas are specially designed, reserved and made safe for learning and improving in complete confidence.

 

3 mini zone areas for beginners and skiers who want to make a few turns:

 - The sector Charmette-Bois de la Croix (Valmorel): 4 drag lifts and 1 treadmill are available to learn and develop confidence. 
 - On top of the gondola Pierrafort (Valmorel): the drag lift Malatrai and Roches Blanches carpet are perfect for families with young children. Also accessible to pedestrians.
- In the area of ​​Combelouviere, the easy and sunny "Echappeaux-Charmettes" zone is in an enchanted forest.

There is 1 free draglift in Valmorel, the Blanchot, for first time skiers.

Novices can also get a safe, sheltered foretaste for the blue runs on the green graded Chantemerle, which drops through the trees into Doucy Combelouvière. Crossing over into Saint François Longchamp adds a sense of covering some distance (you’re now in the Maurienne Valley) and a different perspective on things, without the risk of getting out of your depth, ability-wise. In fact, the additional 57km of pistes on this side are even gentler, being mostly greens and blues.


VALMOREL INTERMEDIATES
The local runs are mostly blue graded. The blues are well linked, to offer some enjoyable cruising. There are some gentle blue runs in Saint Francois Longchamp too.

 

VALMOREL EXPERTS
At first glance the flattering, mostly undemanding terrain might put off advanced skiers, but there’s worthwhile off-piste to explore and a handful of black graded pistes includes some highly rated runs with dependable snow quality. Not surprisingly, they’re accessed above Valmorel via higher drag lifts like Mottet (2394m), Riondet (2262m) and Gollet (2000m), or above Saint François Longchamp via Schuss (2099m). More experienced skiers will enjoy the red graded pistes which depart from beside the blacks described and the descents from either side of the Col de la Madeleine. There are also ‘Virgin areas’, like the Lauzière mountain range, with its numerous gulleys for evasion skiing.

 


  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire

 

Valmorel ski hire prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Valmorel ski hire prices.

Ski Passes

 

GRAND DOMAINE LIFT PASS 14/15 VALMOREL

Covers Saint-Francois Longchamp + Valmorel ski areas 165km

Grand Domaine* lift pass

6 Days

7 Days

8 Days

Adult (13-64yrs)

£184

£205

£231

Junior (8-12) + Senior (65-73)**

£157

£176

£199

Child (5-7)**

£121

£135

£154

Family 2 adults + 2 children (5-20)

£594

£673

£750

Children -5yrs**, Senior +74yrs** are free Proof of age is compulsory; bring ID when collecting lift-passes.

NOTE: a €3/pass for hands-free pass is included in the price (refundable when pass handed back to lift company at the end of the stay)

 

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

 

Grand Domaine ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €27.80 children, €32.00 adults

Day - €36.10 children, €42.40 adults

 

Valmorel ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €25.80 children, €30.20 adults

Day - €33.70 children, €40.30 adults

 

The Blanchot draglift in Valmorel is free.

 

Ski School

 

Contact ESF Valmorel

Opening Hours from November 2014

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9.00 to 12.00                                                          

Contact:

00 33 4 79 09 81 86

 

Private lessons 14/15 (not pre-bookable): 

February holidays - du 08/02/15 au 06/03/15

Booking in advance is only possible from 4 consecutive ski lesson

1hr 30 mins lesson (12.30 to 2.00) €69.00 for 1-2 pers and €79.00 for 3 pers 

 

Every Saturday, Sunday and every day except February holidays

1 hr 30 mins lesson (10.30 to 12.00 or 2.00 to 3.30) €69.00 for 1-2 pers and €79.00 for 3 pers

1 hr 30 mins lesson (12.30-2.00 ou 3.30-5.00) €58.00 for 1-2 pers and €68.00 for 3 pers

 

Activities

 

In addition to the downhill terrain there are seven snowparks, some 50km of groomed routes for cross-country skiers and walkers, plus opportunities to try parapente and speedriding.

 

On foot or on snowshoes, the 50km of marked and maintained trails discover another side of Grand Domaine. Via the chairlift Altispace, Lanchettes or Combelouviere easily access to altitude range to enjoy a unique panorama.


Nordic skiing at Valmorel
20 km of marked-out itineraries leave from Les Avanchers and go towards the Empyrée and Pierre Laron. The style here is more Alpine and access is free. From Valmorel, access to the pistes is by free shuttle buses.

 

Snowparks in Grand Domaine

Charmettes boardercross (blue category)

The Valmocross (blue category) and Mini snowpark (green category): Sector Arenouillaz.

The Snowpark Gollet (red category): modules, boardercross and a Big Air Bag.

Snowcross Gollet (red category), the Snowcross Noire du Mottet (black category) and the Snowcross Riondet (black category): Secured Zones ungroomed.

 

Historical Snow

 

Valmorel Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)

 

Here is the snow record data for Valmorel. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.

 

10 year ski season average:

 

Month

Nov

Dec

Dec

Dec

Dec

Jan

Jan

Jan

Jan

Feb

Feb

Feb

Feb

Mar

Mar

Mar

Mar

Apr

Apr

Apr

Week

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

Upper Slopes (cm)

n/a

56

50

67

105

107

118

131

143

146

153

162

166

171

173

174

174

174

167

133

Lower Slopes (cm)

n/a

29

23

34

42

50

53

61

72

74

80

82

79

74

69

62

48

38

33

22

 

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Sleeps 6/7 (3 bedrooms)
La Lauziere apartment is located in the quiet Crve Coeur area of Valmorel and enjoys an ideal ski in/ski out position just 30m from the Pierrafort gondola and piste.

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Teppes 4
Apartment
Sleeps 7 (3 bedrooms)
Located in the Bourg area of Valmorel, it enjoys a prime position at the foot of the slopes directly opposite the Altispace chairlift and just 50m from resort centre.

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Jardin d'Hiver 2
Apartment
Sleeps 6 (2 bedrooms)
Located in the Planchamp area of the resort, and just 30m from Planchamp red piste leading down to the central Altispace 4-man chairlift. 5 mins walk to centre.

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Jardin d'Hiver 16
Apartments
Sleeps 7/8 (3 bedrooms)
Located in the Planchamp area of the resort, just 30m from the Planchamp red piste leading down to the central Altispace 4-man chairlift. 5 minute walk to centre.

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Coming Soon 14/15
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