Le Grand Domaine

165km of piste
52 ski lifts
Base altitude: 1350m
Top altitude: 2400m
Beginner: 40%
Intermediate: 45%
Expert: 15%

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A super family ski resort, particularly suited to beginner and intermediate skiers with 165kms of piste being dominated by blue runs. It is an easy resort for families to navigate too as much of the accommodation is slopeside…..always a bonus!

The pretty village is located at 1400m and is car free with a good number of eateries for a relatively small resort. Whilst the après scene isn’t huge, there are decent options for a post skiing drink.

Valmorel is unlikely to set your world alight if you are looking for couloirs and bold black runs, but we cannot speak highly enough of this authentic French resort for those skiing with young children or those with relatively inexperienced skiers in their group.


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Beginner: 40%
Intermediate: 45%
Expert: 15%


Flying - There are a few options when it comes to your destination airport; but Geneva is the recommended option because of greater flexibility for transfers and car hire to take you onto Valmorel. The transfer is 176 kms and takes around 2 hours.

Train - The Eurostar glides through France directly from London St Pancras to Bourg-Saint-Maurice in a little over seven-and-a-half hours and, from there, it’s 44km on to Valmorel with taxi and transfer options available.

Driving - Drivers will find the roads through France faster and emptier than those in the UK and this is largely down to them being toll roads…so there is a price to pay! London to Valmorel takes around 12 hours without stops and this includes the tunnel crossing.


There's a SHERPA supermarket in resort that also has it's own bakery and you can even order online and have your groceries ready and waiting for you. There's a great boulangerie in town - Boulangerie Pâtisserie Maryan, as well as a number of deli style shops selling lovely local produce.

Family is at the forefront here in Valmorel, and that's true for dining out also. We love Le Petit Prince for its alpine charm and Savoyard specialities and La Casa Pizz is popular for its scrumptious pizzas and ideal if you fancy a takeaway, they even home deliver.

Valmorel is not known for it's happening après scene, but there are a few spots on the main street worth a visit, Le Cade de la Gare in particular is a popular one!


There is of course all the usual activities on offer for a little extra snowy fun. You can take your pick from snowshoeing, dog sledding, tobogganing (we like the snake gliss), fat biking and paragliding. There's even the opportunity to snowshoe from a meeting point and build you own igloo! Great fun and a little bit different.

For those of you who may want something a little warmer......try the indoor golf simulator, open to all from seven years!

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