Valloire, France

Valloire is a picturesque French ski resort sandwiched between the Trois Vallées and the Italian border. Valloire is the largest ski resort in the Maurienne region and has something to offer people of all ages and skiing abilities.

How to get there

The nearest airport to Valloire is Chambèry, which is a one hour drive from the resort. If you are interested in finding a bargain flight, you should seriously consider the possibility of flying to Lyon, Grenoble or Geneva, all of which are less than 200 kilometres away from Valloire. Numerous airlines fly to these destinations from airports around the UK. Tour operators will usually be able to arrange transfers from the airport to the resort.

If you do not want to rent a car, you may want to consider the option of travelling to the resort by train. The nearest station to the resort is St Michel de Maurienne and local buses and taxis will be available for the short onward journey to Valloire.

Who does the resort cater for?

Valloire is a family-friendly resort which offers plenty to keep children entertained. Children aged between 6 months and 6 years can be kept amused at the day nursery operated by the tourist office for a reasonable fee. Crèche facilities and baby-sitting services are also available in many hotels in the resort. If you are eager to introduce your kids to skiing and snowboarding at a young age, the ski schools run lessons for children as young as 3.

Away from the slopes, children can enjoy a visit to the Philippe Candelero outdoor ice rink. Skates can be rented and winter games are frequently organised in the stadium. A visit to the adventure park will also keep most children entertained for an afternoon but parents should bear in mind that there is a minimum height restriction of 1.3 metres. A special week for children is organised in April which involves numerous organised activities based around an astronomy theme.

Valloire is also suitable for groups of adults and couples. The resort is particularly well-suited to adults looking for a place to relax. Cultural events are organised throughout the year, including ice and snow sculpture competitions, a popular short film festival, and a Christmas crafts fair.

Numerous other entertainment options are available, including a cinema and bowling alley. Numerous restaurants and bars offer relaxed atmospheres and they are perfect places in which to chill out following a day on the slopes. Adults who enjoy a more exciting nightlife should find enough discotheques and cocktail bars to satisfy their needs.

Adults looking for a wide range of physical activities will be extremely happy in Valloire. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, snow shoeing expeditions, hikes, and off-piste skiing are all readily available. Dog sled rides are an alternative for anyone who would like to explore the region whilst taking a break from physical exercise.

Accommodation

Families, couples, and groups of adults should all be able to find quality accommodation to suit their needs. Whilst families may want to consider renting an apartment or staying in a hotel with crèche or baby-sitting facilities, couples may prefer the atmosphere of a small guest house. Groups of adults may like to rent an apartment or chalet.

Numerous UK based tour companies offer complete packages for holidays in Valloire. However, if you are interested in booking your own accommodation, the Valloire reservation booking website is a great place to start. Visit the website to browse available accommodation. Enquiries can be made by e-mailing resa@valloire.com or calling the office on +04 (0)79 59 0022.

Slope information

The Valloire region is divided into 3 main areas: Le Setaz, Le Creyor Quart, and Valmeiner. This means that skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will find something to keep them happy. Beginners venturing out alone for the first time should head to the Crey du Quart region. Its wide runs and gentle slopes are perfect for inexperienced skiers. Intermediates will enjoy the good range of blue and red runs.

Experts are slightly less well-catered for than beginners and intermediates but even the most experienced skiers should find enough to keep them entertained for the duration of their stay, particularly in the Setaz area. The black runs and off-piste skiing opportunities are bound to put a smile on the faces of the experts.

A visit to Valloire’s snow park is a must for all guests who are eager to do some snowboarding. The park is divided according to ability, so everyone should find a suitable place in which to show off their skills.

Resort Vitals

  • Resort elevation: 1430m
  • 34 ski lifts
  • 150km of pistes
  • 25km of cross country trails
  • 6 black runs
  • 31 red runs
  • 25 blue runs
  • 31 green runs
  • Longest slope: 4km