The purpose-built, Savoyarde style resort of Valmorel is an attractive proposition for many when considering where to buy a ski property in France. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should consider Valmorel.
Valmorel is one of the most easily accessible ski villages in the French Alps. If you are flying then both Lyon and Geneva airport are just over 2 hours away by car. Even closer are Chambéry and Grenoble airport which are just over 1 hour away by car.
During the ski season the Eurostar ski train travels directly to Moutiers, a 20 minute taxi ride away from Valmorel. There are 2 options. The Friday overnighter arriving in the early hours of Saturday morning so you can be on the slopes for lunch or a Saturday morning train arriving in the early evening.
2. A WELL THOUGHT OUT DESIGN
Because Valmorel is a purpose-built village, it has been designed with its visitors in mind from day one.
Pistes end in the village and most of the accommodation here is not only Ski in/Ski out but also very close to the ski lifts, which makes for an easy end to a hard day’s skiing. Most of the village is centred around Le Bourg, the car-free main street which contains a plethora of shops, cafés and bars. Valmorel prides itself on its family feel and friendliness.
3. THE SIZE OF THE SKI DOMAIN
Valmorel boasts access to the Grande Domaine’s 165km of downhill skiing from the village itself. Not bad for a small village!
The attention to detail for the beginner and young children is a big attraction for Valmorel, the bonus of a well designed layout. Beginners’ lifts and even a specialist beginners’ area are separate from the main ski area. Numerous green and blue runs build up the confidence. But the real boon is that because of Valmorel’s connection to the Grand Domaine ski area, it can cater from the novice to the superior skier from one base. A high kilometres of skiing-to-bed ratio means that the slopes are relatively uncrowded and makes Valmorel a really interesting resort in which to consider a property purchase.
4. APRES SKI
There is a lively après ski scene in Valmorel which centres around the main pedestrianised route of Le Bourg. Situated at the bottom of the ski runs back to the village, the cafés and bars are always lively once the ski lifts close. It’s very easy to slip from the slopes into the bar and then home to change before heading out again for cocktails and late-night dancing.
Also worth noting for the teenagers in your family is a music festival called E-WAX that is hosted in Valmorel every April. Set over 3 days to celebrate the closure of the ski season, this is an attraction unique to Valmorel.
5. PROPERTY PRICES
Our final reason to buy a ski property in Valmorel has to be property prices. You will get more for your money in Valmorel than many other, better known French ski resorts.
Yes, Valmorel is not a resort that trips off everybody’s tongue when they mention skiing in the French Alps, but when you consider accessibility to transport hubs, proximity to the slopes and the quantity of skiing on the doorstep, it’s definitely an attractive option if you are considering buying a ski property in France.