The central lift out of the village is the Altispace to the top of the main runs heading back to the village. Most skiing is over at Col de la Madeleine where the runs spread out over a number of minor valleys. The Mottet area, served by the Pierrafort gondola, has the highest skiing in resort. Many lower runs are south-facing and suffer in warm weather.
The efficient lift system provides access to a wide range of skiing – both above and below the tree line. There are separate beginner ski and boarding areas close to the centre which need only a Valmorel ski pass. Those whose skiing skills have already developed will buy the whole area pass and jump aboard the Altispace chairlift from the village ready to tackle the vast choice of skiing.
Off-piste enthusiasts will look for a powder day to test their nerve on the choice of couloirs and chutes that are to be found.
The nursery slopes here are equally as good for boarders as they are for skiers, making Valmorel an ideal place to learn. Many runs are accessed by gondolas or chairlifts, and there's a fun park with half-pipe to practice on. The real attraction is the off-piste available – serious freeriders should grab a guide and get going.
All the usual tuition offered, with enthusiastic instructors and a generally good level of English. Children of all ages are looked after at the Saperlipopette. From 6 months to 3 years there's nursery supervision. After 3 years, children are given skiing lessons with groups based on age and ability.
Last Updated: Feb 2010