Sitting next to the Cheval Noir peak and nestled beside a picturesque forest, the ski resort of Valmorel is one which many are familiar with. Offering a fairly even split of slopes for all abilities, the resort provides the perfect combination of top-quality ski facilities with an extensive selection of après ski options.
Valmorel’s extensive skiing options make it one of the most respected ski destinations amongst those who take regular winter holidays. The pistes cover a total distance of 65km, with the slopes fairly evenly split in terms of ability. One third (33%) are suitable for beginners whilst 39% are aimed at intermediates. Advanced and expert skiers get the remaining 28%, with a balance of 19% to 9% in favour of the advanced skiers.
There are a total of 38 lifts with the highest peak in the resort standing at 2,405m. The toughest run is Riondet and those interested in trying something a little different can always take advantage of the snowboarding park found in the resort.
Skiing holidays aren’t all about action on the slopes though. In many cases, what happens at the resort’s base camp is just as important. For visitors to Valmorel ski resorts, a vast range of après ski options are available, with the resort boasting access to numerous mountain restaurants and even a nightclub for anyone who is looking for something a little livelier. Most of these serve Savoyard specialities such as crepes and raclette – perfect for those interested in sampling local cuisine.
The resort itself is little more than 30 years old, meaning that it benefits from a number of modern facilities. Great care has been taken to ensure it retains a traditional image, however, meaning that it fits seamlessly within its idyllic backdrop. Garish concrete buildings have been abandoned in favour of more traditional ‘picture-postcard’ style chalets. This is perfect for anyone who is after a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere and fits perfectly with the surrounding views of the glaciers of Mount Blanc, the Matterhorn and Vanoise.
Determined to offer luxury within this traditional style ski village, the Club Med resort is a great option for travellers. Club Med’s resort was designed by the same man responsible for the Valmorel resort, Pierre Diener, meaning that it retains the same rustic charms and fits perfectly into the surrounding mountain environment. Construction materials are also in-keeping with tradition, making use of wood, stone and schist.
The welcoming spirit found at all Club Med resorts is transported into a luxurious setting, with plenty of off-slope options. There are children’s clubs for all ages to occupy younger travellers and luxury accommodation offering private balconies and dedicated ski rooms for those in the upper age brackets. Adults can even enjoy a glass of champagne from their balcony, whilst watching the sunset over the imposing mountain skyline.