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Of the dozens of hugely popular resorts across the French Alps, Valmorel seems to have a unique pull that keeps thousands coming back like clockwork each and every year. So to make sure you beat the crowds to the punch and don’t waste half your trips trying to get there in the first place, we’ve put together an essential Valmorel ski transfer guide to show you what’s on offer. From the closest airports to the heart of Valmorel to the shortest transfer times and whether or not public transport is a good idea, read on for the ups and down, the ins and outs and generally all you need to now to make the most of your trip to Valmorel.
To say that Valmorel has only been around for about four decades, it’s quite remarkable how far it has come. But then again at the same time, to say it’s a modern resort it still oozes traditional charm and doesn’t in any way feel as purpose-built as it really is – quite a remarkable feat! Along with St François Longchamp, you’ll be privy to a total ski area of 150km boasting over 160 pistes and plenty of high-altitude runs that promise great conditions all through the season. It’s known as a great place for beginners with some of the finest ski schools in the country, though intermediates and pros will also find themselves spoilt for choice with the superb challenges on offer on and off the marked runs.
The good news is that you can get right into the heart of Valmorel in less than 120 minutes from no less than five airports. As such, if you’re planning to enter the resort via Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva, you can have yourself and your companions exactly where you need to be in no time. Valmorel does boast a pretty privileged position though so if you can bear to spread your search out a bit and include airports like Sion, there’s a good chance those elusive budget airline seats will crop up.
Valmorel isn’t a difficult resort to get to, but driving conditions can certainly wreak havoc with transfer times to say the least. We offer the following as guidelines only and in the event that the weather should take a turn for the worse, you can easily add an hour or more onto the estimated transfer time:
Chambery is the closest airport to Valmorel and so of course is your best bet if looking to take public transport into the resort, or hire a car. However, as the roads can be rather dicey to say the least and public transport links are limited for most of the year, it’s always much safer, cheaper and generally more sensible option to book a place on a ski resort transfer service that will take you door to door from the airport.