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“Really Good Overall but a Little Busy”
Review of Val Cenis

Val Cenis
Ranked #96 of 364 things to do in Savoie
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Owner description: The villages of Lanslebourg and Lanslevillard make up the outdoor resort of Val Cenis, which offers one of the biggest ski areas in the High Maurienne valley.
Reviewed February 7, 2011

A really nice resort with a good mix of ski runs and good value for money. We had a really good week here despite the poor snow season.
Only things I would say is that I was surprised how busy it was at times and we were there on a quiet week! At times the slopes seemed really crowded, which is probably in part because there are so many ski school groups out at all levels and only really one way off the mountain down to Llanslevillard (unless you're patient enough to take Escargot).
Also the gradings seem a bit all over the place, some of the blues seem a bit narrow and steep, but the reds are not as narrow or steep as you might expect, the greens give a great place to learn ranging from narrow and practically flat to wide and steep in places.
I really liked the fact that you could go to the highest point and choose either blue, red or black to get down the mountain. You don't have to be too good or brave to get anywhere! There's also lots of off-piste.
A handy tip - you can get across to Termignon via ski-runs and lifts (covered on your pass), it's a lot quieter there and has better views.

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Reviewed February 18, 2010

Stayed with family and friends at the Hotel le Val Cenis in Feb 2009. This was a fabulous hotel, all inclusive and right next to the piste in lanslebourg. Food was even great for my fussy children, who ate pasta and pizza every day (lunch and dinner) and for the adults there were plain meats or fish as well as stews, pastas and salads. I have yet to find another alpine hotel which can compare to the standard of buffet food suitable for all tastes served at this hotel. Staff also speak very good english which helps for my poor french. Val Cenis is a little gem of a resort, which overall has a very friendly atmosphere, we found the ski holiday very relaxing. The runs are convenient and well maintained. The only negatives I would say is the lack of slope side restaurants for drinks and snacks and the snail run (escargot) which is very flat for the home run. Lanslebourg location can also be windy, however the lift systems can take you to lanslevillard or Termignon quickly and away form the wind direction. Termignon was a great ski area which we often had to ourselves (first week in Feb). Overall I would return to Val Cenis and would highly recommend the MMV club hotel Le val Cenis.

3  Thank Debs039
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

Not too turistic, not too expensive but with good quality of slopes and accomodation. Very good value for money!

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Reviewed March 30, 2008

We spent a week in Val Cenis in March 2008. The resort is smaller than somewhere like Val d'Isere but benefits from being small by having slopes that are not too busy! There are a number of very wide blues which are great for both beginners and intermediates. There is 2 bubble lifts and a good mix of chair lifts and button lifts. There are a limited number of "on-piste" cafes but the ones that are there are large enough to accommodate everyone and good quality. The ski pass is pretty good value too.

The resort itself is small and compactand made up of 2 small towns (Lanslevillard and Lanslebourg), the bus service is regular and does not take long to get anywhere. Evening facilities are limited -- there's a few restaurants and bars but that's about it, great for families and couples wanting a quiet time but not for those looking for nightlife.

Some great bakeries offering super french cakes. There's a few other shops but again it's reasonably limited.

There's another small resort further up the mountain where you can pay a little extra with your ski pass and find completely unspoilt ski runs. There is a bus that goes there or you could take a car.

We would definitely go back to Val Cenis and would go self-catering. Great ski-ing in a relatively unspoilt village!

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Reviewed February 12, 2008

We are in Val Cenis right now for a family ski holiday. We are here in what is rumored to be the busiest week of the year as the children are out of school for their half-term breaks. For the busiest week of the year, it's not super busy. No queues for the lifts, no crowds on the pistes, just beautiful skiing and lots of happy faces.

It's definitely the friendliest ski resort I've experienced in 20 years of skiing. Families will appreciate the varied terrain, the easy access to the pistes from the apartments and hotels, the convenient ski shops, the cafes and snack shops along the piste-front. Perhaps the most refreshing of discoveries, though was the prices.

A great dinner for four can be had at the best of the restaurants for under 80 Euros including wine.

We organized our holiday through MGS Ski, Ltd a British operation that's been bringing skiers here for many years. They own a lot of apartments here. The staff are friendly and organize a lot of activities, group skiing sessions, etc. It's useful if you don't speak French because they take care of all the details (even your restaurant reservations if you'd like).

10  Thank Kellywood
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