Valmorel is a purpose-built family ski resort set around a charming pedestrian-only village and decorated with fairy lights at night.
Built in the 1970s, it consists of five villages – Valmorel, Doucy, Nâves, Celliers and LaLéchère-Les-bains – which are connected by shuttle buses and a cable car.
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Info & Stats
December 19, 2020 – April 11, 2021
Linked to St François Longchamp to form the Grand Domaine ski area, the altitude ranges from 1,400 to 2,550 metres and is best suited to intermediates.
50 lifts provide access to 165 kilometres of trails, including 14 green runs, 25 blue, 11 red and 5 black.
Linked ski area
Le Grand Domaine (4 resorts):
Valmorel, Doucy, Celliers, St-François-Lonchamp
- 165 km of slopes
- 90 runs (24 greens, 39 blues, 19 reds, 8 blacks)
- 50 Lifts
Non-ski activities and experiences
As well as thermal baths, spas and a cinema, activities include snow shoeing, dog sledding, sledging and paragliding.
Location & Trail Map
Transfer time to Valmorel from:
- Moutiers train station (closest): 20min*
- Chambéry airport: 1hr 15min*
- Geneva airport: 1hr 45min*
- Lyon airport: 1hr 50min*
Resort altitude: 1,400m
*Transfer time is approximate, by private transfer vehicle and subject to weather and road conditions. Shared shuttle/bus transfers have set departure times, take much longer to travel and don’t offer door to door service which is why we recommend private transfers only.
Valmorel Ski Resort Video
Valmorel is a charming ski-in ski-out pedestrian-only village built with local materials – wood, stone and slate. It is the only ski village in France with this type of beautiful architecture. This ski resort is made for families!
Watch this video to find out more…
- Valmorel is a charming ski-in ski-out pedestrian-only village built with local materials – wood, stone and slate. It is the only ski village in France with this type of beautiful architecture.
- It is perfectly suited for families with the majority of slopes being blue runs (perfect for beginners and intermediate skiers).
- It stages the world famous dog-sledding race event, La Grande Odyssée
- Valmorel ski resort is the first one in the Tarentaise valley coming from Geneva. This means a shorter transfer time to get to the ski resort from the airport.
- Valmorel hosts the Spartan sprint race on the 30-31 January in 2021. This is a gruelling 5 km, 20 obstacle foot race on rugged terrain to test courage, strength and determination.
- Valmorel is a beautiful, charming little pedestrian village perfectly suited for families with children of all ages. It is one of the best family ski resorts in France for children along with Avoriaz in Les Portes du Soleil.
- Couples or groups of friends wanting a small cosy alpine village experience with ski-in ski-out access
- The ski area suits beginners and intermediates alike with the majority of Le Grand Domaine ski area slopes being blue runs.
- People who love dogs and nature. Valmorel is one of the best dog-sledding destinations in the French Alps which is why it consistently stages an event on La Grande Odyssée (world famous annual dog sledding event)
- Fitness lovers! Valmorel hosts the Spartan Sprint race and is a must do for any fitness athlete wanting to challenge themselves against the best
Stroll through the pedestrian-only village’s main street and drink in the charming village atmosphere with its boutique shops, restaurants and a handful of bars.
Valmorel, along with many other ski resorts in the Savoie and Haute Savoie region provides many winter activities to choose from such as snow shoeing, hiking and Nordic walking, sledging , electric snowmobiling for kids, fat bikes, snake-gliss, groomer rides, paragliding and many dedicated kids activities.
Indoor activities include a cinema, indoor golf (simulator), spas, wellness centre…
Discover dog sledding in a beautifully-preserved setting, between high plateaux and snow-covered forests. Valmorel will be also hosting stage 7 of the world famous “La Grande Odyssée” Savoie Mont-Blanc on 16th January 2021, a must tick on your bucket list for any snow and dog lover.
Valmorel is 1 hr 45 min drive by private transfer from either Lyon or Geneva Airport.
It’s a 20min drive from Moutiers train station, the closest train station in France to Valmorel.
Next winter, Valmorel ski resort is scheduled to open from December 19th 2020 to April 11th 2021.
There are 4 ski resorts which are part of Le Grand Domaine ski area which include: Valmorel, Doucy, Celliers and St-François-Lonchamp.
January 2nd to Feb 6th 2021 is the cheapest and best time to go (low season), followed by 6th March until mid-April 2021 (the shoulder season).
For Australians travelling to France to ski during our January summer holidays, we benefit from the cheaper rates on offer in the French ski resorts’ low season. This happens to be when the French and Europeans go back to work and school after the 2 week Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Europeans and the Brits flock to the resorts through February into March (DO NOT TRAVEL from 6th Feb to 6th Mar 2021 as this is the French school holidays). The slopes are extremely busy, the queues at the lifts are long and the price for accommodation is very expensive during that time. Even all the restaurants are booked out!
Typically, in January, the snow is dry with the largest build up. It is also the coldest time, so you will need to make sure that you dress warmly. It is still wise to choose a high-altitude resort in case mother nature has not been kind earlier in the season. Bear in mind though, that snow-making is used to supplement natural snowfall in high traffic areas.
So, not only is January the cheapest time to go skiing in the French Alps, it is also the best time to go thanks to the weather conditions, the lack of queues, more availability and choice of accommodation and you get to breathe fresh air with your loved ones, rather than with thousands of other people