The Le Grand Domaine ski area around Valmorel is particularly popular with families having excellent provision for beginners and intermediates - all through lovely tree lined scenery. It boasts just over 150km ski slopes which are all well maintained and offers good skiing for all levels. Beginners have their own 15-acre dedicated area where they can practice without worrying about other skiers and snowboarders. Set away from the regular slopes, this area also has the added advantage of having no tricky lifts to navigate. The runs back down to the village are gentle and tree lined and make a very pleasant run at the end of the day for any level of expertise.
With around two-thirds of the slopes classed as ‘easy’, intermediates and confident beginners can choose between around 75 runs on the Col de la Madeleine, made up of long, wide pistes and steeper tree-lined routes. On the other side of the mountain, there are even more blue and red runs at Saint François Longchamp.
However, its great family reputation means that the area is often underrated by more experienced skiers, Le Grand Domaine does actually offer 24km of challenging black runs and some great off-piste trails as well as eight snow parks, including a 120-metre half-pipe, ski cross courses and free ride zones. There are black runs on the Pointe du Mottet as well as an extensive range of off-piste terrain around Vallée de la Lauzière.
If you want to try something completely different then some of the more unusual activities available include airboarding (on inflatable sledges), speed flying (cross between skiing and paragliding) and snake glisse, whereby multiple sledges are linked for a unique way to enjoy the snow.