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It’s easy to see why they call it ‘Valmorel la Belle’ - the setting alone, in the heart of the Massif de la Tarentaise, is simply beautiful in any season.

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 integrate successfully with the surrounding unspoilt high-mountain landscapes, whose aspect is softened locally by 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). You’ll need to pay for car parking in the traffic-free village, 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 little variety to their stay, the range of outdoor activities includes snowshoeing, ice-climbing and Segway hire.

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Valmorel ski facts:

  • 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 4 stars
    • Intermediates 4 stars
    • Experts 3 stars
    • Boarders 2 stars
  • Driving distance from Calais: 590 miles (8hrs 20)

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