News from the snow
The small traditional farming village of Valmeinier (known as 1500) and its not unattractive purpose-built, and indeed carefully thought out, off-shoot at 1800m were lift-linked to Valloire in 1974. The resort is a fraction of the size of some of the Alpine giants that neighbour it, giving it an intimate and relaxed feel for most guests. The Valmeinier - Valloire area is largely a recreational holiday destination, but if you want some tough off-piste terrain that's off the beaten track too, it's here to be found.
Small traditional village linked into the huge Valloire ski region since 1974. Purpose built off shoot at 1800m (same name). Good snow record compared to other resorts on the same latitude.
For freeriders, Valmeinier offers an off-piste area over four sides of the Gros Crey and Crey du Quart mountains. Skiers looking for more tough skiing can consider a day trip to Karellis (less than an hour away) or even to the famous Trois Valleys which is linked from Orelle to Val Thorens by what was until recently the world's longest gondola lift. A heliskiing trip over to Italy is another possibility.