Valloire Ski Resort
Valloire is the best known of the Maurienne resorts internationally. It is an attractive, polished village with a strong summer trade - the Tour de France normally goes through en route for the famous Col du Galibier. It shares an extensive area of slopes with Valmeinier.
Gondolas go up to both local sectors of slopes. Sétaz has nursery slopes and restaurants at the mid-mountain junction of Thimel, on the treeline. Sétaz is essentially of red gradient, and blue as well as green runs have to wind their way down. There are a couple of just-genuine blacks served by a six-pack. The second sector, Crey du Quart, has a six-pack to the top height of 2535m above its gondola, making the link with Valmeinier and serving a much broader area of red and blue runs. At the south end of this sector, long and very gentle blue runs loop away from the lifts to take you down into the valleys that separate it from Sétaz and Valmeinier. One flank of Sétaz and most of Crey du Quart face west, and suffer from the sun. There is lots of off piste terrain.
Valloire has a good range of lodgings with many newly refurbished chalets and apartments. There are lots of highly traditional restaurants, but for lower cheese content the best bet is Chez Fred (or the hotel Patchwork). The resort is a pleasant place to spend time, and there is a reasonable range of off-slope activities, including skating and snowshoeing, alongside a Friday market.
It's a compact village, with its main lifts a short walk from the fine old church and central square. Naturally, modern developments spread away from this central area - pretty much all in traditional chalet style.
Resort website: www.tourism.valloire.net