The 37th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Friday 12 January 2018 06:50 GMT
Southeast of Chambery and northwest of Turin, the Valloire-Valmeinier ski domaine has 89 pistes totaling 150km that are served by 30 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,170m. Valloire-Valmeinier ski domaine is known as a beginner and intermediates paradise with only nine pistes rated as black. Located within the Maurienne valley, the ski domaine was formed in the mid-1980’s to link the villages of Valloire, Valmeinier and Galibier. The village of Valmeinier 1500 is well known as still being a quaint Savoyian mountain village with stone buildings.
While there isn’t much lift-accessed off-piste routes, there are several exceptional guided routes that include both the Crey du Quart massif and the Gros Crey massif.
For the freestylers, there is Snowpark du Lac de La Vielle which is located on Crey du Quart and accessed by the Chateau Ripaille lift. The ski domaine also has a ski cross course and a regularly groomed half-pipe.
Valloire and Valmeinier are not really known for their apres-ski action or nightlife. For some nightlife, you can try checking out La Brasilia Cafe in Valmeinier 1800.
TIP: if you have an extra day or two, make sure to drive east over to the village of Orelle, which is the lesser known hidden back door into Les Trois Vallees ski domain. While Valloire-Valmeinier is just east of the hardcore ski area of La Grave, the pass to La Grave is usually closed once the snow starts to fly.
Overall, Valloire-Valmeinier is the 37th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France.