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Valmeinier

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Resort 8.6
Ski area 8.9
Information about the ski area
Galibier Thabor
Highest point: 2,750 m
Lowest point: 1,430 m
Altitude ski resort: 1,800 m
Lifts in total: 31
Tow lifts: 12
Chair lifts: 17
Gondola lift: 2
Pistes in total: 160 km
Pistes:
75 km
Pistes:
70 km
Pistes:
15 km

Ski area Galibier Thabor

Ski area Galibier Thabor

With the lift pass "Galibier Thabor" you have the choice between 31 lifts and 88 pistes with a total length of 160 km. The ski resorts Valmeinier 1500, Valmeinier 1800 and Valloire comprise the fifth-largest ski region in Savoy (lift pass distribution only in Valmeinier).

Endless snowy slopes with dreamy pistes for carving and skiing spread out above the mountain village of Valmeinier at Les Gros Crey. The largely undeveloped slopes on the opposite side offer fantastic opportunities for deep-snow skiing. Snowboarders will find a daily-prepared snow park with a half-pipe and a boardercross section at Crey du Quart near Valloire. If you just can't part from your skis for the day, you can enjoy some night skiing at Valmeinier 1800. The ski region's altitude (70% lie above 2,000 m) and 400 snow-making machines ensure the highest degree of snow-reliability.

Looking for even more variety? Orelle, located just 18 km from Valmeiner, offers the perfect entry to the Val Thorens ski region, the centre of Les 3 Vallées. This day trip to the largest ski region in the world should not be passed up!
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Night skiing Valmeinier

Night skiing is a popular leisure-time activity in France. Like this, skiing fun does not end in the family-friendly and versatile ski area Galibier Thabor in the evening. On the Valmeinier side of the valley there is a small but nice night ski area that invites you ski outside the regular lift operation times by night-time. In Valmeiner 1800, for example, an approx. 600 m piste is illuminated by floodlight. The 4-person chairlift Pré Aynard goes up to 1,949 m to the start of the intermediate piste that leads all the way down to the valley station. Actually, it nearly ends on the doorstop of the local pubs and bars! From Valloire on the other side of the ski area, night skiing enthusiasts can take a connecting lift to the night skiing piste. The ski bus takes you back to Valloire via the 10 km mountain road afterwards.

Après ski Valmeinier

Valmeinier is a tranquil village where quality is valued more highly than quantity. The cosy mountain huts are therefore somewhat smaller than elsewhere, and rather than goulash you will be served delicious regional dishes. The numerous sun terraces and cafes will invite you in for après ski after a day of skiing, and in the evening you will have a choice of diverse bars, restaurants, cinemas and a disco.

Additionally, there is an open air ice rink and you can explore nature on numerous hiking paths around the villages in your winter boots or - during a guided tour - on snow shoes. Further off piste leisure activities include a bowling alley, a tobogganing run, or ice-fall climbing. And for all those who can't get enough of skiing during the day, can also go night skiing twice a week (depends on season).

Snowpark: Lac de la Vieille Valmeinier

One of the best snow parks in France, both for beginners and pros, lays in the ski area of Galibier-Thabor, and is called "Snowpark du Lac de la Vielle". Located on the Crey du Quart, the park can be found at the "Chateau Ripaille" lift, between 2,200 and 2,400 m altitude - more or less right between Valmeinier and Valloire. The park offers everything a freestyler may dream of. Various rails and kickers of the 4 levels of difficulty: green, blue, red and black.

These offer the possibility to practise and enhance personal skills. Besides the easy and medium zones, the pros can look forward to their expert zone with Big Air and handrails. The standard boardercross run is great for both beginners and pros, but there is also a 120 m long half-pipe in the "Lac de la Vieille" snow park.

If you want to relax a bit between the rides can cool down in the chill zone, with the right music of course. If you're lucky you can pick up something to eat from the BBQ. This snow park is certainly worth a visit!

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