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Valmeinier

Valmeinier Ski Resort Guide

Valmeinier, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall.
Total Piste Length150km
Highest Lift2,600m
Resort Height1,500m
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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Valmeinier

Small traditional village linked into the huge Valloire ski region since 1974. Purpose built off shoot at 1800m (same name). Good snow record compared to other resorts on the same latitude.

Summary

The French ski resort of Valmeinier is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,500m, with 150km of marked runs.

Valmeinier has direct access to 150km of downhill skiing, with 78 marked pistes, served by a total of 34 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,600m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Valmeinier?

The next notable snow forecast is 5cm, expected on 7 November.

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Ski Area Stats

Valmeinier Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 9 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
30
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
26
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
24
Downhill
Total Length
150km
Cross Country
Total Length
40km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
34

Altitudes

Valmeinier Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,600m
Lowest Piste1,500m
Resort Altitude (Valmeinier)1,500m
Max Vertical1,100m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Valmeinier
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Valmeinier Overview

The small traditional farming village of Valmeinier (known as 1500) and its not unattractive purpose-built, and indeed carefully thought out, off-shoot at 1800m were lift-linked to Valloire in 1974. The resort is a fraction of the size of some of the Alpine giants that neighbour it, giving it an intimate and relaxed feel for most guests. The Valmeinier - Valloire area is largely a recreational holiday destination, but if you want some tough off-piste terrain that's off the beaten track too, it's here to be found.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Valmeinier is 12km long and the most difficult run is the 'Les Grandes Drozes'.

Skiing

Lift linked to somewhat better known Valloire in the Maurienne Valley, Valmeinier 's skiing takes in three sectors of roughly equal size, totalling 150km (93 miles) of runs served by more than 30 lifts. Trails for all standards include wide blue and red 'motorways' and tougher descents such as the excellent JMB down towards Valloire or the mogul field above Valmeinier 1500. Advance skiers will also enjoy the Cascade and Olympique pistes, two of the six blacks in the area.

For freeriders, Valmeinier offers an off-piste area over four sides of the Gros Crey and Crey du Quart mountains. Skiers looking for more tough skiing can consider a day trip to Karellis (less than an hour away) or even to the famous Trois Valleys which is linked from Orelle to Val Thorens by what was until recently the world's longest gondola lift. A heliskiing trip over to Italy is another possibility.

Valmeinier offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

Snowpark with 1 half-pipe, 1 ski cross, 1 slopestyle, 1 medium park. Classed in size Extra large.

Location and Map

Where is Valmeinier?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Savoie, Rhône-Alpes.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Valmeinier is Chambery, 70 minutes drive away.

Grenoble, Annecy, Turin Caselle, Lyon Bron, Geneva, Lyon St-Exupéry, Turin Cuneo and Saint-Étienne airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 34 ski lifts are able to uplift 39,200 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 50km of ski runs, with 400 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Valmeinier open?

 Open from : December 19, 2020.

Usual opening is mid December, and usual closing is Mid April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Valmeinier, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Valmeinier Tourist Office for the latest.

Aprés Ski

Most of the nightlife is based up on the mountain at the Valmeinier 1800 where there half a dozen bars. Le Dannebrog and No Comment are both good bars and later on the only disco, Le Brasilia, opens up. In the traditional village La Taverne is the only true drinkers establishment! The tourist office also organise fun events several times a week. A new bowling alley has recently been added, as well as a new venue for music concerts.

Valmeinier