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Overview

This very French resort area developed from a small farming community of the 1930s and has branched out across the Maurienne Valley. A wide variety of terrain is on offer and this helps make the area a popular family destination.

Profile

The resort of Valloire has branched out across the Maurienne Valley. A wide variety of terrain is on offer and this helps make the area a popular family destination. Valloire has twin stations at 1500 and 1800 and retains a rustic village charm and remains excellent value. The pistes are spread over three equal sized wooded valleys. It is regarded as a mainly intermediate area. The lower village nursery areas are vulnerable when the temperatures rise. Otherwise there are good nursery areas higher up, but this requires a full area lift pass. The snow reliability can be good, but Valloire’s Achilles heel is the links which become quite threadbare quickly because they are low and prone to be sun traps.

Mountain Information

The ski area is linked to the neighbouring resort Valmeinier giving 150km of well-groomed runs. The resort is recommended for beginners and intermediates — skiers as well as snowboarders. The skiing conditions are remarkably good throughout the season due to most of the terrain being north facing. Beginners may particularly enjoy the fact that there are nursery slopes at the top of the mountain making them snowsure (and a softer landing). Intermediates have a good choice of runs with many blues and reds including some blacks that may be within the means of a capable skier. You can enjoy the entire area from Valmeinier 1800 right across to Valloire and Les Verneys. For advanced skiers, there are some challenging blacks at Le Crey Rond, which is also well known for decent powder. The extensive off-piste and powder possibilities are wonderful with a local guide; the powder remains untracked for days. A great uncrowded area, offering high calibre skiing.

Apres Ski

Valloire has something for every taste and budget with no shortage of places to eat. For livelier apres ski and great atmosphere visit the sphere bar, the Village Nightclub is open until the early hours. Valmeinier is the smaller of the two resorts, but still encompasses all the facilities one should desire on a ski holiday with quaint French style.

Resort Information • Valloire

Resort Height Resort Height 1430m
Top Station Top Station 2600m
Bottom Station Bottom Station 1430m
Vertical Descent Vertical Descent 1170m
Drag Lifts Drag Lifts 20
Chair Lifts Chair Lifts 13
High Capacity High Capacity 1
Opening Dates Opening Dates Dec - April
Rating Expert Rating Expert 8
Rating Intermediate Rating Intermediate 9
Rating Beginner Rating Beginner 8
Apres Ski Rating Apres Ski Rating 7
Snow Reliability Snow Reliability 8