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Nestled at the end of the Chamonix Valley, Vallorcine is a pretty, picteresque mountain village.
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The Geneva airport to Vallorcine (and vice versa Vallorcine to Geneva) transfer time is around 1hr 30mins. The journey sees your traversing the entire Chamonix Valley and culminates in a spectacular climb over the Col des Montets right through the middle of the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve (keep your eyes peeled for Chamois deer as you gaze out of the transfer bus window) before your descent into Le Buet and subsequently Vallorcine.
Only 4km from the Swiss border at Chatelard Frontiere, Vallorcine is a hidden corner that has somehow managed to preserve its authenticity. Driving over there in winter can be challenging, so best leave negotiating an icy, snowy col to the experienced transfer drivers. Once you're in Vallorcine the Mont Blanc Express train terminates here and with a Carte d'Hote, Gens de Pay or Residence Secondaire card travel is free between Vallorcine and Servoz.
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Vallorcine Destination Guide
Vallorcine is a village made up of several hamlets at the far end of the Chamonix Valley, just four kilometres from the Swiss border. This little village of just over 400 inhabitants is a real alpine hideaway, so much so that we like to call it Narnia! If you're looking for peace and quiet and authentic alpine charm Vallorcine has it in bucketloads.
To ski the Balme area you can go from the village of Le Tour (after Argentiere and through the village of Montroc), but Vallorcine also offers direct access to the pistes of Le Tour/Balme ski area with the fast and efficient bubble lift that takes you directly to the Tete de Balme/ Les Esserts side of Le Tour.
For cross country skiers and snow-shoers you'll be in heaven here with a variety of pistes between the Foyer Ski de Fond at the main Vallorcine train station and Le Buet (where the train also stops). Interlaced with the cross country trails are pedestrian tracks and a sunny, bright and col winter's afternoon, a stroll or snowshoe around here can't be beaten.
There is even a small alpine ski area of its own called 'La Poya'. To access it, take the train and get off at Le Buet stop, where there is also a large, free car park. Cross the road just up hill from the Hotel Buet and head up the steep slope. After a couple of minutes' walk (think about bringing a sledge if visiting with little babies/toddler) you arrive at the snowfront.
Here you'll find a jardin de neige with a rope lift for little ones, a small rope drag and two larger drag lifts. There's also the Airstream cafe with bubble lift 'eggs' to hide and eat in. It's a charming little corner and great for a relaxing ski 'en famille'. Snowboarders beware though, it is only drags and the main one is very steep.
ESF Vallorcine has a base here, so you can even book yourself a lesson if you need a refresher and there is Piou Piou kids club too.
Back in the village centre, the Residence Vallorcine Mont Blanc has a free open-air ice rink that the whole family can enjoy in the afternoons and evenings. The residence also offers snacks and hot drinks at the little outdoor mazot.
Life happens at an altogether different pace in Vallorcine, but there are just enough amenities to make it practical and not too many to turn it into a full-on commercial resort. You must visit the village Post Office-cum-bar, the teashop/mini supermarket and make sure you sample the food in the local eateries, namely the Hotel Buet, Moontine snack (where there's also a sledging area in winter and treehouse in summer) in le Buet, La Ferme des 3 Ours in Le Morzay and the Arete Bougnete at Le Cafe Comptoir in the main train station area.
You can also hire skis and snowboards from the Sanglard sports shop located in the Residence Vallorcine Mont Blanc or the ski hire shop at the bottom of the lift.
In summer, Vallorcine has become a Mecca for mountain bikers, with the super-steep purpose-built down hill run, complete with modules to really test your biking skills. There are also bike paths through into Switzerland where you can go to the outdoor pool in Les Marecottes, or even down to Martigny town (and hop on the train back to Vallorcine).
There is also a wide choice of sport climbing and bouldering to be done around Vallorcine and you even go canyoning in Barberine right on the Swiss border. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you will love the walking, especially around the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve of the col des Montets and the pretty hamlet of Trelechamp.
If you want a get away from it all holiday, book your transfer with Mountain Drop-offs to Vallorcine and forget about the hustle and bustle of real life for a while! Vallorcine really is the Chamonix Valley’s best-kept secret…just don’t tell everyone.
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