Vallorcine the 9th French destination in the Alps


The village of Vallorcine is the 9th french destination among the "trendiest" destinations for the Christmas holidays.

According to Tourism figures,Vallorcine is ranked 9th nationally, in a top 10 of the most attractive destinations, this winter 2021-2022.

Vallorcine. Photo source: Office du Tourisme de Chamonix @ Hensli Sage
Ski Lift Le Tour Balme Vallorcine ski area in Chamonix
Skiing at Le Tour Balme Vallorcine ski area


The last village in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Valley, before passing through Switzerland, Vallorcine has retained its character, combining authenticity and nature. Indeed, the village has always appealed to nature lovers in search of tranquility, but according to the classification unveiled, they are more and more numerous.

A Top 10 ranking of the most attractive destinations

According to Le Dauphine, this ranking highlights the municipalities with the highest growth in searches from July to October for stays during the Christmas holidays (between December 17 and January 3) in comparison with the same period in 2020. One methodology which can appeal to a village of only 400 inhabitants per year and with a limited number of beds.

The director of the intercommunal tourist office Nicolas Durochat, who does not give too much importance to this statistic, wonders "If zero research had been done last year and only one was carried out this year, it means that Vallorcine records 100% growth ”,

The mayor of Vallorcine, Jérémy Vallas, was also very surprised to see his municipality appear in this list of the most trendy destinations. "It is well known that Vallorcine is the center of the world," laughs the elected official, who nevertheless wants to see it as a positive signal for the coming winter season.

Vallorcine also called the "Valley of Bears"

Vallorcine, also called the "Valley of Bears", offers many activities: skiing, sled dogs, sledging, cross-country skiing or snowshoe trekking which will allow you to discover unspoiled nature.

Vallorcine has been connected to the Balme ski area by a gondola lift since 2004. For more information on skiing read Le Tour / Vallorcine / Balme Ski Resort Information Area

From Vallorcine are accessible the waterfalls of Barberine and Bérard. You can also head for the Emosson dam in Switzerland.

Immerse yourself in the unique history of the village and the small hamlets that make it up. Architecture enthusiasts will be on the lookout for the ‘raccards’, the traditional granaries that are not found anywhere else in France. They testify to the Valaisan origins of the village. 

Accessible via the Col des Montets, Vallorcine is in fact a series of delightful hamlets nestled at the foot of the Aiguilles Rouges. In winter, the road is often closed due to the avalanche risk. The Mont-Blanc Express train is then the best way to get here. It stops every hour in the high season. 

Whether you are after sport or culture, a stay in Vallorcine has plenty to offer, plus all that breathtaking scenery! 

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