Winter

This is when Valmeinier comes alive, skiing, boarding, snow shoes, Nordic walking, paragliding, microlight, dog sleigh, and more. With over 70% of the 150 km of runs above 2000 metre and the resorts’ investment in 400+ snow machines to give nature a helping hand when needed, snow conditions are usually good. …

Apartment in Winter

Our Valmeinier ski apartment is located opposite the main ticket office at Valmeinier 1800, above the Spar supermarket. The entrance door to the ski locker area is on the left of the main entrance. This ski locker door should be locked at all times. Inside you will find an individual …

Summer on the slopes

There is a lot to do in the Alps in the summer where the weather is usually comfortably warm. The French do mountain boarding – like a normal skateboard but with a string attached to a brake.  Some years ago we booked our eldest son into mountain boarding lessons which …

Getting there

You can travel by car, train or plane – all have advantages and your choice will depend on your needs and circumstances.  We usually travel via Eurotunnel and calculate that with minimal stops it takes us around 8/9 hours driving from Calais. We have tried numerous autoroutes and the quickest …

Skiing

Our apartment is a great location for skiing, just 80m from the main chairlift Telesiege de Jeux at Valmeinier 1800. The resort links to Valmienier 1500 and Valloire to offer 150 kms of pistes.  The slopes are very well maintained and have an extensive network of cannons to ensure the …

Hiking

Hiking in the mountains is great in the summer. The nearby national park is unspoilt and there are lakes and streams at altitude to visit and have a picnic. There are refuges but these would need to be booked, see the information at the tourist office. I’d like to describe …

Biking

Mountain biking and road cycling are very popular in the Alps and Valmeinier offers both with a good range of challenges for all abilities. Mountain biking There are three chairlifts open during the summer to take bikes (and people) up the mountain and one runs on each day, giving access to …

Other Activities

The village is very family friendly. The main centre is traffic free and there are usually activities for children most evenings in the centre of the village or in front of the main chair lift.  The village also hosts various festivals. This year we were there during 2018 when the …

Summer

The resort is quieter in the summer when the mountains look very different. You might see bikes, walkers,  a paraglider, go-karts, mountain boarding, segway tours and much more going on.  There are beautiful trails up to lakes big and small, some suitable for children to explore and a few restaurants in …