Built from scratch in the mid-1970s, Valmorel is unlike any of its contemporaries - its central development feels like a tiny mountain town. The resort has gone up in the world recently, in terms of accommodation; but the ski area is more limited - and it is never going to compete with its illustrious neighbours in the next-door Three Valleys. Valmorel is the main resort in 'Le Grand Domaine' - the ski area it shares with St-Francois and Longchamp, across the Madeleine pass (closed in winter).
Pros

A sympathetically designed purpose-built, car-free resort

Largely slope-side accommodation

Extensive easy slopes linked to St-François-Longchamp

Beginners and children particularly well catered for

Cons

Few challenges on-piste

Mostly low, so snow is a worry; and snowmaking is not comprehensive

Still lots of slow lifts and drags

Steep site, with outlying lodgings very separate from the resort core

Good For

Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • No Queues

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