Valmeinier - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Valmeinier - Ski Resort in French Alps - 150km of Piste (1500m to 2600m)
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.
Key Facts for Valmeinier
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The French ski resort of Valmeinier has direct access to 150km of downhill skiing, with 78 individual pistes, served by 34 ski lifts.
With pistes above 2500 metres, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.
Snowmaking :- Valmeinier is able to augment natural snow, on 50km of ski runs, with 400 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 34 Ski Lifts of Valmeinier are able to uplift 39,200 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are six Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Valmeinier are perfectly feasible. Chambery Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Valmeinier
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.
Snowboarding in Valmeinier
Snowpark with 1 half-pipe, 1 ski cross, 1 slopestyle, 1 medium park. Classed in size Extra large.
Valmeinier 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.
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Valmeinier in brief
Valmeinier Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Valmeinier Season Dates
Open from : December 21, 2013.
Closes : April 12, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Dec.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Valmeinier.