Known in the corporate ski rhyming slang as 'la Belle', Valmorel is located in the shadow of its bigger and higher Tarentaise competitors, and skiers rush past on the way to La Plagne and Val d'lsere. But when you have children with you, then this spot is safe, relaxing and child-friendly for your ski holiday.
Established in 1976 in captivating chalet style, the low-rise ski resort comprises mainly of apartment 'hamlets' having a central area, Bourg Morel, where the restrained off-slope action takes place. The whole area goes along nicely with its natural environment and is geared towards the family market,from its traffic-free main street to the kindergarten and creche facilities in the center of the resort, which are second to none.
Valmorel shares its 'Grand Domaine' lift pass with St Frangois-Longchamp and Doucy-Combelouviere, and was the very first ski area to link the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys. With a max height of just 2,550m and a lot of runs are below 2,000m, good snow is not a sure thing, but heavy investment in snowmaking means that most of the home runs are covered. The low-lying pistes stretch for an impressive 150km through the different sectors and though the area is often as easygoing as its clientele, there are some steeper runs to satisfy more adventurous mums and dads.
Ski beginners both young and old have some great roped-off nursery slopes in the village itself and
Valmorel's most rugged skiing, and its quite reliable snow, rests opposite direction on the north-facing slopes of the Col du Mottet on top of the Pierrafort gondola, and the adjacent Col du Gollet, while experts might rapidly run through Valmorel's on-piste challenges. Fortunately, the resort's family-friendly tag means that there must also be plenty of untracked powder.
© 2012 Athena Goodlight
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