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Valmorel, a resort positioned at the top of the range

Valmorel is a ski resort, rather positioned at the top of the rangeand located in the valley of the Tarentaisein Savoie. Created in 1976, the station was initiated by the government snow plan of the time, with a newly created village, but respecting the mountain architectural style.

Valmorel is surrounded by mountains from 2500 m to 2800 maltitude. It is located on the territories of Les Avanchers-Valmorel and it has an altitude of 1,320 meters. Thanks to the association ofAigueblanche and La Léchère, Valmorel was built in 1976. In 1988, the resort is detached from these associations and is connected with the commune of Avanchers.

During the World Snow Awards ceremony in 2014, Valmorel was elected  » best family resort in the world« with its prestigious hospitality and special services provided families. This is not recent, but it still underlines the quality of his facilities . Moreover, many high-end brands, including Club Med,have set up there, with 4 and 5 star accommodation offers.

Cultural heritage and gastronomy

Although relatively recent, Valmorel is a modern resort, with a charm typical . The material architects used local materials, like stones, woods, slates even for the constructionHouses even 4-story buildings. The places are surrounded by covered passages, a pedestrian street, good forecourts and interior gardens.

Side gastronomy Valmorel has its own specialties such as the « Savoy cheeses » which will delight all cheese lovers. There are also the  » Diots « which are spicy sausages with nutmeg. And finally, the «  wines of Savoy« are also remarkable, and available in the village shops.

The ski slopes in Valmorel

The resort of Valmorel is the first resort which is located at the entrance of the Tarentaise with 1300 to 2550 m of altitude. It is connected to Saint-François-Longchamps and Doucy. These stations are called the  » Grand Domaine « . Valmorel is made up of 165 km of ski slopes downhill skiing and t 20 km of ski slopes Nordic skiing.

There are a total of 48 ski lifts provide all these tracks including chairlifts, ski lifts, gondolas, a telebourg (unique in France) and a cable car. The playground is varied and is accessible to all levels of skiers, either with the gentle slopes or steeper slopes.

The Valmorel ski area in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Valmorel
Commune Avanchers – Valmorel
Massif Massif de la Lauzière
Department Savoy
Mountain Northern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 95
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) : 165
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 8
Name of the ski area The big domain
Connected station(s) Valmorel , St François Longchamp, Doucy
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 400
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 550
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 975
Total height of the domain (in m) 1 150
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 45
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 24
Number of blue trails 46
Number of red trails 18
Number of black runs 8
Total number of downhill ski runs 96
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts 23
Children’s treadmill 4
Fixed grip chairlifts 6
Detachable Chairlifts 10
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 3
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 48
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 3
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 20
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa Yes
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 784
Slogan of the station Col de la Madeleine
? Access to the station ?
Nearest train station: Moûtiers-Salins
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 655
? Station price survey ?
Price list of the ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 47.3 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 239 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 100 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 55 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 550 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 750 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transport and food) 1 228 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transport and food) 1 801 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 3 400 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 2 950 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 204 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 295 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 9
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the stay rate / 10 8
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 9
Note on the diversity of activities (except skiing) / 10 8
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 8
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 6
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 7,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 7,9
? Ranking according to ? 40th position on 232 stations in France

Valmorel in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Valmorel?

The resort of Valmorel is a very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities such as:

Cross country skiing : This activity offers 40 km of trails. You will be able to take advantage of the resort’s snow cover and discover the unique sliding sensations offered by the resort’s snow.

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing : this activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort in winter. You will have the opportunity to enjoy all the beauty of its landscapes, its fauna and even its flora.

Sled Dogs This activity is accessible to all and allows you to enjoy the unique sliding sensations offered by a sled pulled by dogs.

Sledding: this activity offers you the possibility to ride your sled down the pierrafort gondola trail. You can have fun with family and friends.

  • What are the summer activities in Valmorel?

The resort of Valmorel also offers many summer activities such as :

HikingThis activity gives you the opportunity to discover the resort as a whole. You will have the opportunity to admire its nature and discover its beautiful landscapes.

Cycling:This activity allows you to enjoy a course that goes from the col de la madeleine to the Tarentaise valley. You will be able to appreciate all the beauty of the landscapes of the station.

Paragliding :This activity allows you to enjoy the unique sensations offered by the height. You can also admire a unique view of the resort.

AccrobrancheActivity to discover the site of accrobranche gathering small and large within a progressive course for new experience.

  • What to visit in Valmorel and its surroundings ?

Among the places that you must visit in Valmorel resort, we can mention : magicadventure, saint martin church, saint stone cathedral , museum of popular traditions moutiers

  • Where to eat in Valmorel ?

The resort of Valmorel offers more than 38 restaurants among which we can mention :jacks , the little prince , restaurant le chalet du Mottet.

The resort of Valmorel offers many different accommodations such as : the Hotel de la cascade, the chalet of Valmorel, hotel inn design moutiers.

  • How big is the ski area of Valmorel?

The ski area of the resort Valmorel has a size of 165 kilometers, divided into 61 trails. Of these runs, the longest is 8 kilometers long. It also has 5 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Valmorel?

This area has an altitude between 1400 meters and 2550 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Valmorel package?

Their packages start at 45 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental in Valmorel?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 550 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 750 euros.

  • Does Valmorel have a bike park?

Yes, it has a Bike Park of 116 kilometers with 15 trails, the longest of which measures 17.8 kilometers.

  • How to get to Valmorel by train ?

You can easily get there from the moutiers-salins-brides-les bains train station. You can take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of Valmorel ?

The zip code of Valmorel resort is 73260.

  • In which department is Valmorel located ?

The resort of Valmorel is located in the department of Savoie.

  • Does the resort of Valmorel have a tourist office?

The resort of Valmorel is part of the tourist office of Valmorel and the valleys of the White Eagles. It is located at 25 Bourg Morel, 73260 Les Avanchers-Valmorel.

  • Are there any webcams in Valmorel ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where can I find information about the weather in Valmorel ?

You can find the latest weather report for the Valmorel resort at

  • What is the opening date of the lifts in Valmorel?

At Valmorel resort, the lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow cover of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in Valmorel ?

Yes, it is at the address 73260 LesAvanchers Valmorel, France .

What is’s opinion about Valmorel ?

In the end, skidata .io gives the resort of Valmorel an average score of 7.92, which puts it in the 36th place in France. Its strong points are : average snowfall 9/10, domain size vs price 9/10, ski area 9/10.

Map of the ski slopes of Valmorel

Valmorel - Map of the ski runs
Valmorel – Ski slope map
valmorel ski map
Valmorel – Saint François Longchamp – Ski slopes map
Naves - Valmorel - Nordic ski area map
Naves – Valmorel – Map of the Nordic area (cross-country skiing)

Access by car, train or plane to Valmorel

Located at the gateway to the Tarentaise Massif, Valmorel and the Aigueblanche Valleys are almost 2 hours drive from Lyon or Geneva, 1 hour from Chambéry and 30 minutes from Albertville.


Take the A43 from Chambéry to Albertville or the N212 from Annecy, then follow the RN90 expressway to Moûtiers (2×2 lanes).

Take the exit 36 for Celliers and Pussy, direction Col de la Madeleine.

Take exit 37 for La Léchère, Saint Oyen, Doucy, Valmorel and Nâves.

Take exit 38 for Aigueblanche, Villargerel and Villoudry.

In winter, it is advised to have snow tires, or to have chains to go up to the station.


The stationsof Notre-Dame-de-Briançon and Moûtiers-Salins are the stationsnearest stations that serve the station ofValmorel and Doucy.

Shuttles from thebus and train stationsfromMoûtiersmake the connection with the station, the weekend at the times of arrivals and departures (paying service).


Three international airports serveValmorel. You can then make the connection by car, train or bus:

  • Chambéry-Aix-les-Bains (90 km – 1h drive)
  • Lyon-Saint Exupéry (180 km – 2h drive)
  • Geneva-Cointrin (125 km – 2h drive)


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