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Visitor reviews for Valmorel Ski Resort
February 10, 2012
Lolk from Denmark
Just been staying at Valmorel. It is our fourth season and we have already booked for next year! That´s how much we enjoy to stay at Valmorel! We buy our holidays at Skitotal and all is going well: travel, ski renting, food, accommodation, etc..
Just love it!
Based on 8 votes. Vote
(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 Valmorel.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Valmorel, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Valmorel, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.7
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Valmorel.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(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.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Valmorel, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(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) Valmorel is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Valmorel relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.4
(1) There are no snow groomers at Valmorel, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Valmorel are groomed daily.
(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) Valmorel is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.2
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Valmorel, 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: 3.9
(1) Valmorel 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: 5.0
(1) The staff at Valmorel are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Valmorel are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(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: 4.4
(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: 4.9
(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: 4.1
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Valmorel has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Valmorel, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 2.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Valmorel, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(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.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Valmorel, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Valmorel has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.1
(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.
(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.
(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: 3.0
(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.
(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: 4.0
(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: 4.0
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Valmorel 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Valmorel 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.
Based on 8 votes. Vote
February 01, 2012
Mieke from Belgium
We stayed at Valmorel for 1 week. We had an excellent stay at the brand new Club Med resort! Valmorel is a little village but very cosy. The staff at the hotel are very friendly and helpful. Club Med has a a children's club for babies through to teenagers. Qualified staff members with boundless enthusiasm ensure parents and children gain maximum benefit, guaranteeing happiness for children and peace of mind for parents. Located at the foot of the slopes, you can literally put on your gear in the ski room and ski from the door. We really recommend this place!!
February 03, 2011
e west from United Kingdom
Valmorel is a lovely family place to start the skiing holiday. Snow is sparse at the moment and can be a bit icy in places. The people are very friendly and helpful. Nice not to have the crowds and lots to do with the children and apres-ski. Would not recommend for advanced skiers only.
February 13, 2009
Ellyp from United Kingdom
Stayed in Valmorel back in March 08 and had a great time in this savoyard sympathetic village. Skiing was great with some lovely runs in Valmorel itself plus some gentle off-piste on the La Frene run down to St Francois which was always great for blasting. Weather was a little variable this time of the year with a combination of snow and rain due to resort height of Valmorel but, overall, it's a great place for good mileage. Good 'apres' and living the dream.
December 17, 2008
asteroguif from France
Valmorel est l'une des plus jolies stations de Savoie et même de toutes les alpes francaises... l'architecture et les matériaux utilisés respectent les traditions et le cadre montagnard. C est vraiment plaisant de s'y balader le soir.
Pour ce qui est du domaine Valmorel est une petite /moyenne station qui se suffit à elle même en terme de pistes et n a pas grand chose a envier à ses grandes voisines de la Tarantaise à part le nombre de Km de pistes. En effet le domaine est varié vraiment très bien pour type de niveau excepter le ski vraiment technique et difficile.Le park est fun et pas disproportionné comme dans certaines stations...Pour ce qui est du freeride, pour ceux qui connaissent y a moyen de se gaver... station à conseiller à ceux qui veulent une pratique assidue mais décontractée de la glisse dans un cadre vraiment sympathique... à déconseiller aux groupes de jeunes anglais qui viennent faire moitié beuverie moitié ski (vous risquez de vite faire le tour des spots nocturnes).
et aux inconditionnels des tignes, trois vallées etc... qui veulent avaler des KM de pistes avec pente à 80 pourcent... en gros faut etre à la cool à valmo!
November 08, 2008
Harry from United Kingdom
This is a great resort and we have been at least once a year since 2003 with the children who have learnt to ski here
The resort centre with no cars is so safe - The kids enjoy the sledge park or ice skating after skiing while there are enough bars to relax in after a hard day on the slopes
Accommodation is basic but comfortable and we prefer the Le Morel apartments in the village centre which are ski in ski out (as is most of the resort)
Fantastic skiing enough to keep all abilities happy, including our friends who board and not ski. Lots of cosy mountain restaurants offering a good range of food and beverages which are not too expensive
Stop with the kids in the Igloo restaurant for lunch or hot chocolate, they will have a great time exploring the igloos
December 08, 2007
Steve from United Kingdom
I thought Valmorel was a really pleasant ski resort. Snow fall was unforthcoming when I was there but if you're lucky you can ski down the main piste and through the high street! Lots of chalet style apartments some of which are large but pleasing to look at nonetheless. Nice place to walk around at night as the pistes pass right through the village and there is little light pollution. The village has a cozy romantic feel to it despite being purpose built. A snowy village so snow boots are a good idea. Ski to door anywhere in the village.
December 07, 2005
Lionel Griffiths from United Kingdom
I learned to ski in Valmorel at the age of 39. The slopes are very forgiving for beginners but are also challenging for better skiers such as my partner who has been skiing since she was 17. A note of caution however, the Planchamp piste under the Altispace chairlift is quite steep for beginners and will take a little courage to tackle, but there is a blue run down to the right of it which is easier. Take a ski trip to Doucy for a coffee at the Blizzard cafe, looking back up the valley to Valmorel - fantastic easy cruising down a snow road.
The pistes at the top of the Altispace chairlift are a playground for all skiers, but ladies beware the draglifts at the base of these pistes as they are very fierce on "take off". Take the chair if you are of a nervous disposition! Other than that, Valmorel is a lovely place, very quiet for families and couples. You can ski for hours then take Les Traverses home to the village in about 10 minutes. We have been twice and will return in the future. Give it a try for Christmas for the huge firework display.
September 19, 2005
Ben from Netherlands
This ski resort is very beautiful. Though it is smaller then, for example Val Thorens, it has similar facilities. There is a wide variety of slopes, so beginning skiers and boarders can also have al lot of fun. For the more experienced skier or boarder there are several difficult slopes. The village itself is very cozy. There are al lot of nice bars and restaurants.
Overall, the resort is very good for both the beginning skier and boarder as well as the more experienced skier and boarder.