SKI VALMEINIER 1800 / VALLOIRE
NEW LAST SEASON: 6-seat Sandonière chairlift which serves two new red pistes starting at 2750m (9075ft) - higher than Gros Crey by 500ft! This lift adds a terrific dimension to skiing in Valmeinier. The vertical drop from this new lift is 1250m (4125ft) in one run all the way down to Valmeinier 1500. To finish the ski day it is 950m (3135ft) vertical directly to the Hotel L’Aigle door! CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIFT.
Want to find out more? The Valmeinier tourist office have put together this video - CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
High in the French Alps at 6,000ft the resort of Valmeinier is a sensational find, an undiscovered 'jewel in the Alps'. Located high in the Maurienne Valley, Valmeinier enjoys season-long snow cover, being only 10 minutes as the crow flies from Val Thorens and its glaciers. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier, this is one of the few resorts which solves the problem of families and groups of different skiing abilities.
Valmeinier/Valloire with its dramatic scenery has varied and extensive skiing encompassing three valleys. This area has all the ingredients to make it a big hit as it offers superb skiing for everyone.You can enjoy skiing above the tree line on wide pistes or take scenic routes through the trees down to the rustic villages of Valloire and Les Verneys.
The excellent nursery slopes are right outside the hotel and the resort prides itself on its quality grooming which will boost the confidence of beginner skiers who can then progress to the leisurely blue runs across the valley chairlift to Valloire.
For confident skiers, the fast chair lift just outside our hotel takes you to a vantage point from where you can ski back to 1800 or head off towards Valmeinier 1500. You can ski directly to le Crey du Quart and Valloire from the piste behind the hotel. You can also ski back to below 1800 directly from Valloire and take the super lift up to 1800.
There are a selection of mountain restaurants and bars which enjoy a good reputation for quality and reasonable prices. Floodlit night skiing is also included in your lift pass.
Our staff are on hand to help you with all of your skiing needs and you may also join in with our SOCIAL SKIING service to enjoy the best that the mountain has to offer, without even having to open up a piste map.
Enjoy another dimension of skiing by taking the opportunity to go ‘off piste’ in a majestic and tranquil mountain environment far away from the rest of our busy world.*
In most of the well-known resorts any fresh snow is tracked out within hours of falling. Valmeinier 1800/ Valloire, located in the Maurienne Valley (just the other side of Val Thorens) is probably the least known major off-piste ski area and you can ski fresh tracks for several days.
Many mountain guides from the best French resorts rate this area as "THE PLACE" to ski off-piste and we are certainly thrilled by our experiences of skiing here. The expertise of a mountain guide is essential and with your guide you can head off for a terrific adventure into the untracked slopes of Valmeinier 1800/ Valloire or from the top of Val Thorens (transport required).
*Please ensure you have adequate insurance cover and are with a qualified mountain guide.
We appreciate that a love of the mountains does not necessarily mean you want to jump into a pair of ski boots, grab your skis and hit the slopes. The resort has a selection of non-skiing activities to offer.*
Sauna/ steam room
Mountain walking /Snowshoe walking:
There are a number of different tours from breathtaking views from the mountain ridges.
to spotting the local Chamois. Optional traditional Savoyarde Fondue can also be booked. Prices start from only 25€ for ½ day including snowshoes. For more information CLICK HERE.
Paragliding/Hang-gliding (by state-certified instructors):
Accessible to everyone from 5 years old.
- 500m vertical drop: 65€
- 700m vertical drop: 80€
- 1000m of elevation gain: 100€
- Video reportage made in flight: 20€ with support SD card provided.
Telephone: 0033 610 82 01 69
Dog Sledding - An unforgettable experience with fully qualified sled drivers. Accessible to everyone from 8 years old:
- 30min ride: 45€ (adult) / 35€ - 12 years old
- 1h ride: 65€ (adult) / 55€ - 12 years old
- Introduction: 1h: 110€ (adult) / 55€ - 12 years old.
Reservations required at 0033 682 75 99 26 or 0033 620 74 03 81
Bowling – A great night out with friends and family at ‘Le Lebowski’, located only a
couple of minutes’ walk from the Hotel L’Aigle. Open every day from 4pm to 2am. Cost - 9€ per person
Cinema - 2 cinema rooms equipped with the latest technological innovations. Cost - Adults 8€, Children (under 14) 6€
Well-Being – take advantage of the various wellness areas in the resort for a relaxing
- Residence Les Hauts de Valmeinier. Wahiba Galvan offers various massages Telephone:
0033 610 52 10 16
- Le Grand Fourchon: spa and well-being benefits. Telephone: 0033 479 59 21 01
Bars & Disco
Sledging - Sledge hire and sales available in all the Valmeinier sports shops
Ride on the gondolas and chair lifts for breathtaking views – Pedestrian walkers passes are available from the lift pass office at a cost of €9 per day.
*Some activities may require special insurance.