Why Choose to Ski in Valmeinier?

Situated between the Massif des Écrins and the Vanoise Massif in the Savoie region of France, Valmeinier is a village ski resort with an intimate, authentic, community feel. 

Spread between 1500m and 2750m above sea level, and with slopes spanning over 2 mountain valleys which are connected by a network of ski lifts, Valmeinier offers excellent skiing opportunities for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers alike. 

Located at the base of Mont Thabor, a mountain which extends up to 3207m above sea level, Valmeinier was historically a farming and mining town but was established as a ski resort in the 1970s. 

Connected to neighbouring ski resort Valloire by a system of ski lifts, this exposes Valmeinier visitors to a whole new mountain valley to explore. The village of Valloire has a similarly charming atmosphere, with a tree-lined valley, beautiful architecture and a plethora of activities to keep the whole family entertained both on and off the slopes. These two towns make up the Galibier-Thabor ski area, and can be explored using the Galibier-Thabor ski pass.

The Galibier-Thabor ski area plays host to 160km of ski slopes, with 89 slopes just waiting to be explored by ski and snowboard enthusiasts. You will find 17 green slopes, 30 blue slopes, 34 red slopes and 8 black slopes. 

Named Galibier-Thabor after the two immense summits that envelope the ski area - Le Grand Galibier which stands at 3228m above sea level and Mont Thabor/Pic du Thabor which stands at 3178m and 3207m respectively. 

The high-altitude ski area ensures that Galibier-Thabor visitors can enjoy a long ski season. Since 70% of the ski area sits above 2,000m above sea level, it is a relatively snow sure ski resort, ensuring that skiers can tackle the slopes of Valmeinier well into the springtime.

Find a wealth of non-skiing activities in both Valmeinier and Valloire that can be enjoyed by the whole family, including llama walks, paragliding, dog sledding, snow hiking, and of course, après-ski. As such, you can be sure to have just as much fun on and off the slopes.

Valmeinier is very well connected to transport links, with Grenoble and Turin airports less than 2 hours’ drive away, and Chambéry airport just 1 hour and 20 minutes’ drive away.