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.
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.
For intermediate skiers, there are some excellent runs to carve and cruise through a variety of different settings and scenic backdrops.
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'.
There are some interesting alternatives to downhill skiing and snowboarding here. For a thrill, try airboarding - high-speed sledging on inflatable sledges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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