Built around a XVIIth century Baroque style church, Valloire has retained the charm and authenticity of days gone by with friendly welcoming residents. The pretty village lies between the mythical Télégraphe and Galibier passes which are crossed by the Tour de France. It is a mountain bike centre with 135 km of path leaving from Valloire and 11 mountain-bike itineraries.
In Valloire, you will benefit from mountain advantages: three rivers, the Aiguilles d'Arves summit, mountain lakes, forest, the impressive Grand Galibier summit...
At the foot of the famous Galibier Pass, Valloire is accessed via the motorway exit and TGV station at St Michel de Maurienne (17km and 4 hrs from Paris by train). The Col du Galibier in 1911 was made famous by Tour de France between Southern Alps and Northern Alps. In the summer Valloire being at the foot of the Col du Galibier boasts many beautiful mountains such as the Aiguilles d’Arves, the Cerces, the Thabor peaks and National Parks of Ecrins and the Vanoise nearby.
Top summer activities to experience in Valloire
Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.
Valloire E-pass Loisirs
If you choose an accommodation who subscribes to the e-pass loisirs, you can benefit from this offer for 2,50 € per day per person (minimum 3 consecutive days).
How does the e-pass loisirs works?
- UNLIMITED ACCESS: SWIMMING-POOL - CABLE-CAR - ICE-RINK - By booking an accommodation with the E-pass logo, you can benefit from the access to the swimming-pool, ice-rink and lifts for 2,50 €/day/person. (minimum 3 consecutive days).
- AN ELECTRONIC PURSE TO BENEFIT FROM TONS OF ACTIVITIES - Whether you booked an accommodation subscribing to the e-pass loisirs or not, you can credit your card with an amount allowing to easily enjoy lots of activities: zip-lines, fishing, airbag, swimming-pool, tennis, golf, Val Form' fitness center...
You have the choice to use the e-Pass loisirs for unlimited pool access, ice-rink and lifts, for the electronic purse or for both! The electronic wallet is rechargeable only:
- at the lifts,
- at the Base de Loisirs,
- at the restaurant Alp 'de Zélie,
- online at www.valloire.com
Walking and mountain biking
A map is on sale at the Tourist Office: 6 €
It will allow you to discover, on foot or by mountain-bike, the Golden Valley, and its most beautiful sites: the Galibier, the Aiguilles d’Arves, Mount Thabor…
Poingt-Ravier thematic path: an educational and marked path in the forest
Health Circuit along the Valloirette stream: 2 km – 5 exercises
“La Séa” path: Reach the top of the mountain in less than 10 minutes. Thanks to the cable-car “Crêt de la Brive” (2100 m) and the chairlift "Lac de la Vieille", have an access to the mountain. Sip a drink at the restaurant “L'Alp de Zélie” or go for a stroll on the thematic path “La Séa”. Then you have the choice to go down on foot or by the cable-cars.
Given its unique position at the foot of the col du Galibier, near the col du Télégraphe and in the heart of the prestigious Route des Grandes Alpes: Valloire is the kingdom of the bicycle. The site is accredited by the French Cycling Federation.
The Galibier Pass
Culminating at an altitude of 2642m, the Col du Galibier connects St Michel de Maurienne and Briançon via the Col du Télégraphe (north) and the col du Lautaret (south). Halfway through, Valloire is an essential stage! The first Tour de France run through the Galibier on July 10th, 1911. The road is closed from late October to late May.
The Galibier pass climb from Valloire:
Departure: 1430 m - Arrival: 2642 m
Length: 17 km - Elevation in level: 1212 m
Average %: 7.2% - maximum %: 12%
La route des Grandes Alpes
This is a legendary route providing an excellent way of meeting locals, nature and having a look at the high peaks. It is a beautiful itinerary from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean sea through the wild Alps. Valloire and the Galibier pass are a major stopping place on this road. The route meanders along mountain roads for almost 600 km. Crossing 16 passes, this road is one of the most famous in Europe.
Valloire mountain biking
Enduro - Downhill - Freeride
- 17 slopes including 1 international DH and a 10 km itinerary
- 33 km of slopes fitted with: North shore, curves, jumps...
- 2 lifts between 1430 and 2300 m high
- 5500 m of cumulated difference in level
- Bike wash
- Free downhill circuits map
- 2 specialised shops (rental, selling, repairs)
Lac de Vielle chairlift and Brive gondola
Thanks to the cable-car "Crêt de la Brive" (2100 m) and the chairlift "Lac de la Vieille", one has access to the mountain pastures. Open daily in July and August.
Climbing and Via Ferrata
In Valloire, 3 Via ferrata introduce you to a world of verticality, in complete safety, with cables and rungs. There are also a hundred climbing tracks!
Poingt Ravier Via Ferrata:
Graded PD (not very difficult), for every levels from the age of 7.
Length: 500 m - Variation in level: 200 m (from 1430 m high till 1630 m)
Rocher St Pierre Via Ferrata:
1st part: sporting and elevated circuit, for those who practice regularly climbing or mountaineering - easy variations. Graded TD ( Very difficult)
Length: 400 m - Variation in level: 150 m
2nd part: elevated circuit with many footbridges. Graded AD (fairly difficult)
Télégraphe Via Ferrata:
Graded AD to D (Fairly difficult to Difficult)
Variation in level: 900 m - Departure from St Martin d'Arc: 6h return.
Rock climbing sites
Valloire proposes a hundred tracks.
12 tracks (difficulty: 4 to 6)
via ferrata area: 26 tracks (difficulty: 3 to 6b)
"La Chapelle" area: 69 tracks (difficulty: 3 to 7b)
Valloire outdoor swimming pool
Heated outdoor swimming pool 25m at Base de Loisirs. Slide, padding pool, lessons, water aerobics, bar, fast food, toilets. Open daily in July and August.
Valloire covered ice rink
Ice rink at Base de Loisirs. Open daily in July and August.
Golf des Verneys
Two kilometers from Valloire. A 6-hole circuit. Open to everyone! In Les Verneys hamlet.
Located behind the tennis courts next to the campsite! Booking compulsory.
Valloire Adventure Parc - Forêt de l'Enfer
An acrobatic circuit in the trees. For each person a degree of difficulty. Minimum height: 1,30 m. For those less than 1,30 m: kids and Super kids circuits, from the age of 2. Length of circuit: 2h30.
An unforgettable 1 hour downhill from the restaurant "Les Mérergers"!
La Séa games
Access by Brive gondola: Big Air Bag, tubbing, panoramic view... Big airbag: from 55/56 lbs. Tubbing: for children between 2 and 6 years old.
The Eagle and Eaglet ziplines
At an altitude of 2300m, fly away on the zip-line! Fly over the lake for great sensations!
Access by the Lac de la Vieille chairlift.
Eagle Zip-line for + 25 kg
Eaglet Zip-line for children between 4 and 12 years old
In the garden behind the Town-hall. Each Monday in July and August, a sand sculpture will be made by a professional sculptor.
Other activity contact details
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Valloire Tourist Office
Tel: 0033 479 59 03 96
Restaurants and bars in Valloire
Various bars and restaurants plus mountain restaurants. A vast choice is available to you.
Mini-supermarkets, several cash points, doctors, pharmacies, physiotherapist and dentists. Library, fitness centre, beauty parlour, 3 hairdressers, launderettes/dry cleaning, bakeries…
Valloire is one of the first resorts to benefit from a fiber optic network! There are a dozen WiFi hotspots spread across the resort:
- TOWN-HALL place
- In front of the TOURIST OFFICE
- Place Claude Pinoteau (in front of the Cultural Center)
- Brive and Sétaz SNOW FRONTS
- VERNEYS: skilift desks - Camping Car Park - Golf course
- Thimel and Brive restaurants (at the top of both gondolas)
- Departure of Les Verneys chairlift
- Arrival of Cornafond and Brive chairlifts
- Col du Télégraphe
- Base de Loisirs
Available on iOS and Android, the app includes all the information you need during your stay:
- weather forecast
- calendar of the events
- practical information
- shuttle timetable
Try the walk, trail or mountain-bike circuits! Many audio-guided tours are available in the app. Download maps, activate geolocation and off you go!
By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Driving distance from Calais to Valloire 580 miles (8hrs30)
From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, then A43 Motorway Exit no9. Follow signs to Valloire (17 km from the motorway exit).
By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Saint-Michel Valloire station. Transfer by bus or taxi.
By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Chambery is 118km from Valloire (1 hour)
Grenoble is 179km from Valloire (1 ½ hours)
Turin Airport is 147m from Valloire (1 ¾ hours)
Geneva is 190km from Valloire (1 ¾ hours)
Lyon Saint-Exupery is 189km from Valloire (2 ½ hours)
A shuttle connects different hamlets. Shuttles are free and available from Monday to Friday.
- Valloire - Les Verneys - Plan Lachat
- Valloire - Le Col du Télégraphe
Valloire Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and availability.