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Valmeinier Ski Resort Guide

Valmeinier, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Valmeinier Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners and Snowboarders.
Total Piste Length150km93 miles
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Resort Height1,500m4,921ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Grenoble
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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.

Valmeinier Summary

The French ski resort of Valmeinier is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,500m4,921ft, with 150km93 miles of marked runs.

Valmeinier has direct access to 150km93 miles of downhill skiing, with 78 marked pistes, served by a total of 34 ski lifts.

With ski lifts as high as 2,600m8,530ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Valmeinier Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Valmeinier?

The next notable snow forecast for Valmeinier is 6cm2in, expected on 25 September, with around 20cm8in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Valmeinier

Ski Area Stats

Valmeinier Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Valmeinier
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
150km93 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
40km25 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Valmeinier Altitudes

Valmeinier Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Valmeinier
Highest Lift2,600m8,530ft
Lowest Piste1,500m4,921ft
Resort Altitude (Valmeinier)1,500m4,921ft
Max Vertical1,100m3,609ft

Valmeinier Rated

Ratings for Valmeinier
Intermediate Skiers

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 12km7 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Les Grandes Drozes'.

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.

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

Snowboarding in Valmeinier

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

Location and Map

Where is Valmeinier?

Valmeinier is in the French Alps in Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France.

Map of Valmeinier

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How to get to Valmeinier

 By Air

The nearest airports to Valmeinier are Chambery, Grenoble and Annecy. There are nine airports within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Valmeinier is able to make snow, on 50km31 miles of ski runs, with 400 snow cannons.

Valmeinier Season Dates

When is Valmeinier open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Valmeinier.

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

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Valmeinier.

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.

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.