Skiing in Valmeinier

Country: France

In a nutshell:  A quiet purpose-built ski resort with some excellent beginner and intermediate skiing

We like:

  • Lots of gentle runs make it a great choice for a beginner ski holiday
  • A choice between the purpose built resort at 1,800m and the traditional village
  • Some great tree lined runs means there’s good skiing when the weather closes in
  • The lift link to Valloire makes it a fairly large ski area

We don’t like:

  • Limited skiing for advanced skiers
  • The ski area can be a bit confusing to navigate
  • Reasonably quiet apres-ski


  • Resort altitude: 1,430m
  • Highest lift: 2,600m
  • Lowest piste: 1,430m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva, Lyon & Grenoble 2h 10m
  • Number of lifts: 30
  • Number of runs:
      • Green: 20
      • Blue: 28
      • Red: 32
      • Black: 9


  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates


With a Valmeinier ski holiday, it is possible to stay in both a charming, traditional mountain village, or higher up up in a high-altitude purpose built resort. Most of the accommodation is in the purpose built resort, with most of it benefiting from ski-in / ski-out accommodation.

Both bases are quiet and family friendly, offering skiers an alternative from the hustle and bustle of busier resorts. This combined with some wonderful beginner friendly slopes make Valmeinier a great place to learn to ski.

There’s also lots to keep intermediate skiers happy. The lift link to Valloire provides over 150km of intermediate-friendly piste, which doesn’t put Valmeiner in the top flight of ski resorts when ranked by size, but is still big and is plenty for a week long ski holiday. Advanced skiers might find a week too long, but with a handful of challenging back runs and good off-piste skiing, there’s more than enough for a ski weekend.