Overall a third (33%) of the slopes in the 4 Vallées are rated blue, just over half (53%) red. There are three special areas dedicated just to beginners so that they can learn in the perfect environment without the distraction of experienced skiers whizzing by.
Experts will find 14% of the terrain graded black, as well as seven ski itinerary routes – marked and patrolled but too steep to be groomed – ski runs – known here as Freetracks.
With the lowest point in the 4 Vallées at 1,300m it is one of just a dozen or so ski areas worldwide offering more than 2,000 vertical metres between the top of its highest lift and the bottom of its lowest one for wonderful long descents.
The Ski Slopes
© Etienne Bornet