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Hi all, in desperation to get ski ing at half term, saw that snowcoach are doing a short break to Valmeinier in the French alps. Wondered if anyone has any views or info on this resort? Me and my partner are pretty fair weather ski ers who like to cruise around on blues and easy reds looking for nice lunch spots to eat. Also seems that the other choice would be St Gervais, so any advice or info about that resort would be much appreciated. Thanks all in advance
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Went there with Snowcoach yonks ago. The chalet hotel wasn't terrific but it was exceptionally convenient for the Valmeinier skiing. At that point the link to Valloire (much more skiing over there) was a bit awkward but I think it's much improved these days. I think it would suit you very well. St Gervais is a very pleasant town but the skiing quite a lot less convenient - I've not been to the Snowcoach place in St Gervais but IIRC there are some critical comments here on SHs somewhere. There are certainly lots of enthusiastic reports on recent trips to Valloire.
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@pam w,
Thanks Pam, we have been on the coach before to Morzine and though it worked out quite well, so thinking of coaching it again.
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We went to Valloire over Xmas, and I wrote up a short trip report. I think that Valmenier would be a quite acceptable place. As I wrote, the bad weather and our kids' lesson schedule prevented me from going there from Valloire, but the link is easy enough. It's a beautiful part of the Alps. There are indeed lots of cruisy blues and reds; if the Valmenier pistes are like Valloire, and I think they are, then it should be perfect. Be aware that Valmenier is a purpose built ski station whereas Valloire is a "real" town.
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@Pasigal, thanks for taking the time to reply. Appreciate the info thanks
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I've stayed at the Snowcoach hotel in St. Gervais on many occasions (this year will be 9th year) and i've always had a good time. The hotel is located in Le Fayet which is a short minibus ride away to the main lift which means no late starts.(public transport is available if a lie in is needed) The Evasion ski pass covers St.Gervais,Megeve and Les Contamines so plenty of varied slopes. You can also get on the tramway from outside the hotel to ski in Les Houches... Snowcoach will sort out a swap on the lift pass for you. I couldn't say how busy the whole area is over half term though.
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Search for snowcoach reviews which are mixed. They used to be amazing, with very loyal customers and brilliant atmoaphere. Then they went bad and staff practicLly mutinied. We gave up on them because whilst they were great value they had very poor customer service at times. The coach can be terrifying in bad weather.

Valmenier is pretty soulless and the hotel was overrun with drunk idiots when we went. Very convenient and nice slopes though.
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Valmenier is good, and Valorie link is easy
Enjoy
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Valmeineir is great, we have a place there so I know it well. The link to valloire and back is easy. I think snowcoach stay at the eagle hotel which is centrally located in the main village. IMHO the best restaurants are in the upper village at valmeinier 1900. Lots if snow at the moment and most of the skiing is above 2000m so you should be ok on that front. Enjoy!
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Ps compared to Tignes or Les Menuires the purpose built village of Valmeinier is very easy on the eye.
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I went to Valmeinier many years ago with Snowcoach, but the snow was poor and we were bussed to Valloire most days which was fine. Heavy rain destroyed the snow at Valmeinier. Our (very large) group stayed at the Aigle, decent enough hotel in the resort centre. The staff joined in our fancy dress night! It had an outdoor hot tub too, iirc. One day we did an away trip to Val Thorens and the bus dropped us at Orelle.

However the coach journey from the UK and back took forever and was sooooooo uncomfortable, I'd never do that again!
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I did the short half term trip about 4 years ago. It was great! Granted as didnít sleep a wink on the coach, but thatís my problem - Jnr and the OH slept like logs all night both ways. The hotel is a bit tired but perfectly acceptable. The food was good.

Access to skiing was brilliant. About a 50m walk. The ski area is a decent size, perfect for a 4 day trip. The area was relatively quiet too. There didnít seem to be much going on in Valmeinier though it was very quiet.
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I've done Valmeinier and don't forget Valoir the other side of the valley on a number of occasions including the last two years. Sorry if this reply is too late. I have absolutely no complaints with Snowcoach for the money. The most value for money people I have been with. The hotel is fine. I go to ski, not party. Almost straight onto the lift. Medical centre right next door which I had to make use of last year and was grateful for it being so close.

Snowcoach offer ski guiding so very good for solo skiers to get on with others, and you can save the £100 supplement for a single room if you opt to share with someone else (but in all the time i have done this I have not had to share). Food is OK and lots of free wine. Had a problem about 10 years ago when the chef walked out in a hissy, but I have seen worse problems with other tour operators. Not bad in 25 years of going with them.

Snowcoach now use an Irish coach firm which is an improvement on their previous ones. Up to date and quite comfortable. They will organise flying or you can self drive, but I have always coached with them. You get the two extra days of skiing over flying. I catch the coach at Watford, getting straight on the coach, no faffing about, no bother with luggage and skis and such. Leave my car in the Hotel carpark for £40. Easy peasy!

I think they have creches and entertainment for the kids at half term but you'd better check on that. They have heir own equipment to rent and tekkies to fit your boots etc. I have always found the staff very enthusiastic.

I would always recommend Snowcoach, particularly if you are trying skiing for the first time. Also to say that I meet many of the same people every year.
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