Valmeinier is a small old traditional French village with a modern satellite centre which is where most visitors stay. Its ... Read more
Valmeinier is a small old traditional French village with a modern satellite centre which is where most visitors stay. Its based at 1800m with a ski range between 1500m to 2600m covering 150km of piste.
Valmeinier shares it ski area with the better know (at least to the British market) village of Valloire and is the largest of the ski areas with the Maurienne region.
Valmeinier will appeal to self drivers; it’s located just 17 miles from the motor way in the Maurienne valley and is an excellent choice for those looking to save money by visiting the less known ski resorts of France.
Ski Line has some very good rates through a German tour operator, particularly so in the half term week in February as the Germans don’t have a half term holiday in February. Ski Line offer hotels, and self catered chalets and apartments in Valmeinier.
Night life is limited in Valmeinier but there is a good selection of bars and restaurants and even now a disco which is open until late.
There are 3 cinemas in Valmeinier which is ideal for families as an evening activity, but for none skiers it’s limited to snow shoeing and ice skating. It’s possible to book sleigh rides via the tourist office.
Beginners will enjoy the gentle sunny slopes around Valmeinier, there are 22 green runs and 24 blue progression slopes available.
The piste are well groomed and the variety of terrain makes Valmeinier an ideal choice for levels of intermediate skiers and snow boarders. With 24 blue and 30 red runs there is plenty on offer to keep most happy all week.
The runs for advanced skiers and boarders is limited to just 9 black runs, some justify the rating. The most challenging runs are along the tree line so ideal if the weather closes in.
The snow park inValmeinier is popular with boarders of all levels, the area is best suited to beginners and intermediates, advanced boarders will find the terrain a little tame and the off piste is limited.