Vallorcine is a quiet and charming mountain village in the Chamonix valley, a beautiful landscape with exceptional views. It is tucked behind the Col des Montets at the foot of the Aiguilles Rouges. Vallorcine extends to the Swiss border, and has retained the authentic appearance of a proper mountain village. It is home to a number of friendly restaurants, interesting shops, an ice rink and a spa. La maison de Barberini, a house built in the 18th century, is now a museum open to the public, and exhibits everyday life from times gone by.
The snowy mountains are perfect for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding and snow shoeing, or going on an adventurous trip with sled dogs or horses.The cable car in front of Dormio Resort Les Portes Du Mont Blanc provides direct access to the Domaine de Balme-Poyaski ski resort. La Balme ski resort has well-designed pistes as well as a beautiful off-piste descent which takes you down into the valley. You can then catch the train back to Vallorcine. La Poya ski resort is the perfect place for your children to learn to ski. All the other ski resorts in Chamonix-Mont Blanc can be reached easily by ski lift, bus or train.
The beautiful nature reserves around Vallorcine are ideal for activities such as paragliding, mountain biking, climbing, bouldering, fishing and hiking. The village has an incredible 350 km of well-maintained trails, and 150 different routes. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the lower valley trails for the sweet smells in the woods, or they can go higher up the mountain to search for tasty blueberries, test their endurance and enjoy the fantastic views of the Aiguilles Rouges, Mont Blanc and Swiss Alps.
Prepare to be amazed at the beauty of the gurgling Eau de Bérard river, the Bérard waterfall, the Emosson dam, the Barberini waterfall, Mont Buet and the Tré-les-Eaux glacier. The banks of the Eau Noire river are great places for anglers. The Office de Haute Montagne in Chamonix has more information about all the routes and prevailing weather.
Golf enthusiasts can indulge themselves at the Chamonix Golf Club, a big 18-hole course with small changes in elevation and views of Mont Blanc.