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Visited Valmeinier first week of Jan 2008. It's a great place - well groomed pistes, excellent lifts and real variety across the three hills to Valloire.
I'm a pretty bad skier and found some of the piste gradings to be wayward - some of the red runs are much easier for people like me than the thin and often busier 'greens'. But don't too fooled because other red runs are truly terrifying for the occasional skier, especially off the top of Crey de Quart! But for all the oterhs in my party who were better than I, they were full of praise. Takes a degree in logistical analysis to work out how to use the lifts and runs to get to where you want to go, but worth going as far afield as you can.
Valmeinier itself? There's not much to do if you don't want to ski, but it's a small, friendly, reasonably priced and not overly dominated by one nationality. Not what you'd call authentic and quaint, but practical. The altitude can make some of your dreams quite weird though as we all reported strange nocturnal visions. Well, that or the wine...