In the heart of the Aiguilles Rouges massif, close to Chamonix and the border with Switzerland, the tranquil French village of Vallorcine is full of genuine charm. Its skiing areas (Balme and Poya) and its many hiking trails will delight families and walkers in both summer and winter.enjoys a carefully-preserved natural setting, and has maintained its traditions.
Here, visitor activities focus quite naturally on the mountains, and combine sport with the opportunity to unwind. The Balme skiing area, which can be reached directly from Vallorcine's train station, offers more than 30km of pistes and 9 ski-lifts, on two different slopes, as well as a state-of-the-art snowpark for freestyle fans. At Le Buet, the gentle slopes at the family-oriented Poya ski area make it the ideal place to introduce young children to the delights of winter sports.
Dominated by the Aiguilles Rouges massif, Vallorcine is the ideal starting point for hikes against a spectacular bucolic backdrop. The Loriaz mountain hut, 2 hours' walk away, is a good spot for a break before the zigzag ascent to the Col de la Terrasse, the Cheval Blanc or Le Buet, the highest peak in the Aiguilles Rouges, at 3096m.