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The best known of the Maurienne Valley resorts, Valloire offers some of the most extensive slopes in the Alps, stretching across to the neighbouring twin stations of Valmeinier 1500 and 1800. Valmeiner 1500 is a traditional village while at 1800 the village has been carefully planned to provide accommodation and services with easy door to door skiing. At the foot of the Galibier Pass in the northern Alps, Valloire is snuggled in a hollow only 17km from the motorway N6. These days tourism is the mainstay of the economy but Valloire was originally a small farming community before the ski lifts were established in 1936 and skiing's popularity began to soar. Despite the developments, Valloire has retained the charm of a typically Savoyard village with its 17th century baroque-style church.
Developing from a small farming community of the 1930s, Valloire has branched out across the Maurienne Valley, encompassing 17 hamlets, but remaining "very French". It is located at the foot of the famous Galibier Pass, one of the highest in France, culminating at 2645m and at the heart of the Vallee d'or (Golden Valley). Well known for staging international competitions, including ice-sculptures.
Wide open cruising runs on the Gros Grey 2594m make this area ideal for progressing beginners and intermediates. More experienced skiers have the challenge of the Olympic run on the Grandes Drozes leading down into Valmeiner 1500.
Parapente (skiing off the mountain with a parachute) is very popular with flights taking off from all the ski areas. First timers are taken up by an experienced instructor who rides tandem.
Children under 6 years ski free and the ski school have classes for kids from 3 years and up. A passport photo is required for lift passes.
Cross-country skiers have 10km of trails with routes for all abilities.
Tarte aux Myrtilles (Bilberry tart) made from locally picked fruit is a very typical dessert of this region.