Valmorel, Rhone-Alpes: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Valmorel (Rhone-Alpes, France)

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Valmorel is a ski resort in the French Alps, part of a group that also includes Doucy Combelouviere, Nâves, La Léchère, Celliers and Saint-Francois-Longchamp and goes under the name 'The Grand Domaine'.

Valmorel ski resort

The region is one of steep forested slopes, and of course mountains, with Valmorel itself on the slopes of the Cheval Noir and surrounded by the mountain ranges of Vanoise, Lauzière and Beaufortain.

The resort at Valmorel is at an altitude of 1400 metres, and has been built in a 'sympathetic' style typical of the more modern ski resorts in the Alps, with a focus on avoiding high-rise buildings and on using traditional building materials, such as wood and stone, to keep an 'Alpine village' appearance where possible. This works very successfully, in particular the large number of small apartment blocks clad in wood, and Valmorel is a very appealing ski station - one of the nicest to be found in the French Alps.

The main ski resort at Valmorel has more than 150 kilometres of ski-runs at altitudes up to 2600 metres, accessed by about 50 cable cars and ski-lifts. There are 56 pistes available (14 green, 26 blue, 11 red and 5 black runs), and several hundred snow cannons to help ensure good skiing conditions

There are also a good number of off-piste routes (predominantly around Nâves).

Children are also well catered for, and there is a good selection of après-ski options. Among the popular activities for families are quad bikes and snow scooters, sledging and airboarding. Slightly more relaxing, there is a also a spa and fitness centre in the resort. Parents with young children will be pleased to learn that there is a childrens club that will entertain children from as young as 18 months old.

In the evening Valmorel is also very lively with numerous bars and restaurants and a night club for those who still have some energy left!

Summer in Valmorel

During the sumer months sports including mountain biking and rock climbing, road biking and hiking are all very popular here in Valmorel - there are more than 150 kilometres of trails on our doorstep, many also open to mountain bikes and several reached using the ski lifts.

Summary

The relatively low altitude mean the season at Valmorel is less extended than in some resorts, but conversely also mean the resort is open for hiking and other activities earlier in the year. The winter season operates from mid-December to mid-April.

Overall, the ski resort at Valmorel is attractive and pleasant and located in stunning alpine scenery that lends itself well to both summer and winter mountain activities.

Where is Valmorel?

Valmorel is situated to the south of Albertville and the Three Valleys region, east of Chambery and south-east of Annecy.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Savoie guide and the Rhone-Alpes guide.

See also:

Map of Valmorel and places to visit

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Address: Valmorel, Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France || GPS: latitude 45.4786, longitude 6.45667

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Albertville: town of art and history (22km)
  • Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne: recommended detour (24km)
  • Massif des Bauges: regional natural parc (34km)
  • Col de la Croix-de-Fer: site of natural beauty (34km)

The French version of this page is at Valmorel (Francais)