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La Norma Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for La Norma Ski Resort

  • August 25, 2010
    from United Kingdom

    Visited La Norma end March/early April 2010, just a day visit as we were staying at Valfrejus just 20mins up the road and it's on the same 3 resorts pass.

    The village is typical french 1960's built, with a few ugly blocks but the skiing is varied and interesting, although a few of the lifts (older chairs) were very slow. It covers a wide section of the main mountainside and feels like you are travelling a bit rather than covering the same runs as you sometimes feel in other smaller resorts. Lots of stuff for all grades up the mountain including good snow-sure nursery slopes near the top of the gondola. Overall, well worth a visit if you are in the area, especially on the 3 resort lift pass arrangement with Valfrejus and Aussios.

  • La Norma Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 7 votes and 3 reviews. Vote

    Access: 3.7

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of La Norma.

    Public Transport: 3.5

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to La Norma, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 3.7

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 3.9

    (1) No places to stay in/near La Norma, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 2.1

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in La Norma.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.6

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.7

    (1) There are no child care facilities at La Norma, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.1

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) La Norma is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.9

    (1) La Norma relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.3

    (1) There are no snow groomers at La Norma, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at La Norma are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.5

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) La Norma is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 4.5

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at La Norma, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.0

    (1) La Norma usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.4

    (1) The staff at La Norma are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at La Norma are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.7

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) La Norma has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 3.8

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.3

    (1) No intermediate terrain at La Norma, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.4

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.4

    (1) Not even a kicker at La Norma, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 3.8

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.2

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around La Norma, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) La Norma has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.6

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.0

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 3.4

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 2.5

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.3

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.3

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.1

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 4.3

    (1) Overall, La Norma is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 4.4

    (1) Overall, La Norma is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • April 08, 2009
    from Ireland

    La Norma is a very friendly resort with plenty of English spoken to supplment our poor French. The ski school was great for the children: 9 and 7 and the ESF piou piou club for the three year old was very patient.
    Given the resort's compact size there was very little walking to be done, which is important with three children. The coverage is only 65 kms but it is all good skiing with plenty of nice tree lined runs. Watch out for the black that's not rolled; it's a bit of a challange, according to my wife.
    There are two short blue runs served by a drag lift that we could let the children ski on their own. You are able to see the top of the run from the village so we could watch them as we played with the youngest in the little park.
    You will not spend an afternoon shopping here at La Norma, but if you have a hire car, which we picked up in Chambery Airport(1 hour away and a really straight forward drive), you can drive to Val Thorens, Vald'isere or Sestiere which are about an hours drive away. The snow at La Norma was excellent, but most resorts were this year. It is a very family friendly resort with some decent skiing.

  • March 14, 2006
    from United Kingdom

    We were recently disappointed to find that via Orelle we could not get into Val Thorens so instead we ventured a few more minutes up the road to the delightful village of La Norma. We had an excellent afternoons skiing here - tree lined mostly as well. Some excellent snow conditions too. Great for families.