TRAIN TO VALMOREL

With a convenient pedestrianised village and 165km of slopes, it's surprising that Valmorel isn't better known.

Valmorel and its sister resort, the smaller village of Doucy, sit at the entrance to the Tarentaise Valley, a 40-minute drive from Moutiers station. 

The resort prides itself on complementary activities as well as the skiing, which make it a particularly good destination for families. The setting is wonderful too, because the Grand Domaine ski area, which links with the resort of St Francois Longchamps, has some spectacular scenery.

    • Valmorel village

      What stands out about a holiday in Valmorel is convenience. The small village is built around a pedestrian thoroughfare, creating a relaxed and friendly ambiance.

    • The slopes at Valmorel

      For intermediate skiers, there are some excellent runs to carve and cruise through a variety of different settings and scenic backdrops.

    • Valmorel for families

      The resort has a definite family-friendly feel – helped of course by the car-free village which lets children be a bit more 'free range'.

    • Things to do in Valmorel

      There are some interesting alternatives to downhill skiing and snowboarding here. For a thrill, try airboarding - high-speed sledging on inflatable sledges.

    • Eating out in Valmorel

      The ski area has a number of good mountain restaurants. For a wonderful view over Mont Blanc, choose the terrace of L'Alpage, at the top of the Altispace chairlift.

    • Nightlife in Valmorel

      Valmorel isn't party central, but there is a decent selection of bars.

      When the slopes close you can hit the neighbouring bars of La Source, Le Petit Savoyard and Le Petit Prince - which all have terraces - and all of which are popular in the evening too.

    • Where to stay in Valmorel

      La Grange aux Fées is a new self-catering residence with a fantastic ski-in/ski-out location, while 3-starResidence Athamante et Valeriane, has spacious rooms close to the slopes.

How to get the train to Valmorel

The nearest Eurostar station is Moutiers.

By bus: around 45 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)

By taxi: around 40 minutes; about 100€ for an 8-seater taxi.