Maybe like us you know the name, but little else about this great ski area in the Maurienne Valley of the French Alps. Well, our knowledge has just expanded considerably, after we spent a day skiing around the varied slopes we’d been itching to try for some time now.
Brilliant sunshine (and a shiny new high-speed gondola lift) minimised the effects of the early morning bitter cold, as we climbed from the village to the Plateau d’Arrondaz. Even before we emerged we knew that we’d found another great snow-magnet, and one which can hang onto what it receives until the next falls.
It didn’t stop there. An onward chairlift haul to the Punta Bagna (2737m) rewarded us with a vast snowy panorama of the surrounding mountains, both French and Italian. If the long-term plan to link to Bardonnechia ever comes to fruition Valfréjus is certain to be one place we’ll all be doing much more than merely hearing about.
As it is, the 65km or so of groomed terrain are varied enough to keep us entertained, and on our toes too – there are some longish steeps to go with the expected Red and Blue-graded cruises. Add a nicely planned (and maintained) village and you see why we’ve come here specifically to add Valfréjus to our expanding list of Independent Resort Reviews.
Next stop: La Rosière – and another foray into Italy.