Posted on 16 March 2012
Valmorel is in the Savoie region in France, and was founded in the 1970s. It is a purpose-built French ski resort with 165 km of marked pistes, and is a well-designed resort comprising of a number of satellite villages, each of which has a good selection of chalets style buildings housing self-catering accommodation, and the location is extremely picturesque.
The resort is 1400 m above sea level, and has an excellent reputation for being family friendly. This is because it’s ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers, and there are a number of areas especially designed for learners. More experienced skiers will also find plenty to entertain them, with mogul fields and a number of good off piste routes. The centre of the village is car free, and it’s possible to ski right to your door.
It’s a relatively quiet resort with just a few good quality restaurants, bars and shops, and definitely wouldn’t be a good choice if you’re hoping for a lively apres ski scene. It’s generally considered to be very good value, and not surprisingly is a popular choice with new skiers and young families. However it has faced criticism for the lack of a free bus service linking the satellite villages, and it can sometimes face a lack of snow due to the lower altitude.
Additional activities include walks and cross-country skiing, and a number of indoor activities. One of the latest companies to develop property in the resort is Club Med with its lease management scheme.