Le Tour & Vallorcine

Le Tour boasts some of the best scenery in the valley, all year round. 

Enjoy the peace and serenity of this authentic Alpine retreat.

Restaurants

Neither Le Tour nor Vallorcine has much in the way of night life, but that's not what you come here for.

Restaurants are scarce but those that are here are quite special, if you're looking for an authentic Alpine experience rather than pizza or burgers, then you're in the right place.

Les Trois Ours: An old farmhouse in Vallorcine that has been beautifully converted into a cosy restaurant, serving regional dishes made from fresh local produce. Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 54 63 06.

Les Ecuries: A refurbished stables on the Le Tour side of the mountain that offers a warm welcome and one of the best croûtes in the valley. Open daily for lunch, it is well worth calling in as soon as you get on the mountain to book your table. Very friendly English-speaking staff. Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 54 17 07.

Vallorcine train station café (L'Arret Bougnette): It might not sound like a great place for food, but the café at the train station car park is packed out every day – must be for a reason! Sunny terrace, hearty food and good value keep locals and tourists alike coming back for more. Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 54 63 04.

Le Café Comptoir: A bit more chic than the other more rustic establishments round these parts. You are just as welcome to call in for a coffee as for a full meal, check out their chalkboard as you ski past at the bottom of the Vallorcine home run for daily specials. Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 18 72 43.

Le Passon: Right at the bottom of the Le Tour gondola, on a sunny terrace. This friendly little place serves home made burgers, quiches, soups, pies and sandwiches at a reasonable price. They are only open until 18:00, so this is a lunch option. Tel: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 70 91.

chamonix accommodationPlanning a big night out? Choose the "in-valley" option below to book a taxi.

Tourist Information

Two villages either side of the Domaine de Balme ski area, Le Tour and Vallorcine are ideal for those in search of a quiet getaway in a traditional Alpine village.

Le Tour and Vallorcine sit at either end of the Col des Montets, a winding mountain road that cuts through a stunning area of national park. Both are close to the Swiss border and are perfect examples of traditional Alpine life; locals outnumber tourists, farms outnumber apartment blocks and cows probably outnumber cars.

There is no tourist information office in Le Tour, but there is one in Vallorcine right opposite the railway station and lift car park. They are open daily from 09:30-12:00 and from 14:30-18:00 during school holidays, out of peak season they close at 17:30 and are not open at all on Sundays or Wednesdays.

Le Tour and Vallorcine are connected to the rest of the Chamonix valley by bus and train (both free with your carte d'hôte).

Le Tour & Vallorcine in winter
The Domaine de Balme ski area is ideal for leisurely skiing and snowboarding, interspersed with a hearty lunch and topped off with a fine view from a sunny deckchair. The runs are wide and gentle, meaning that although the area tends to attract beginners there is plenty of room for everyone. The front side down into Le Tour has a good selection of blue and red runs, with a large green slope at the foot of the mountain (you can buy a cheap pass if you only want to use the nursery slope). The back side down to Vallorcine has a lovely long tree-lined piste that takes you all the way into the village, great when visibility is poor.

Locals know that Domaine de Balme is one of the best spots on a powder day, while everyone else is swarming all over Les Grands Montets the off-piste here is epic and often untouched (although I guess that cat is out of the bag now...). Book a mountain guide to explore off-piste terrain safely and find the best powder stashes.

Le Tour & Vallorcine in summer
In summer this end of the valley comes into its own with flower-filled meadows, the melodic sound of cow bells and plenty of outdoor activities. Hiking is the most obvious; signposted trails will take you through nature reserves and Alpine pastures, through ancient hamlets of quaint stone chalets and past traditional farms producing cheese and honey. The lift system remains open and gives access to some of the best downhill mountain bike trails in the valley; fast and flowing descents into France on one side and Switzerland on the other.

Mountain Lifestyle favourites
  • Try cross-country skiing on the tracks between Le Buet and Vallorcine; you can even ski at night on certain dates when the trees are hung with light bulbs.
  • Summer hiking through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve where you're likely to see marmots, bouquetins (ibex) and chamois.
  • Visit one of the local farms; many of them sell their own cheese. Bring a freshly baked baguette and, et voila, you have a picnic lunch.

Emergency Contacts

It always helps to have someone on the end of the phone in case of emergency, which is why you'll be given a contact number for one of our Mountain Lifestyle staff should you need assistance in resort.

Here are some other helpful numbers that you should save to your telephone in case you need them:
  • Mountain Lifestyle Office: 00 33 (0)4 86 68 87 16 
  • Tourist Office:  00 33 (0)4 50 54 60 71 
  • PGHM (mountain rescue): 00 33 (0)4 50 53 16 89
  • Chamonix Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 84 00
  • Sallanches Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 47 30 30
  • Medical: 15 (helpline for medical emergencies, will dispatch an ambulance if required)
  • Pompiers (fire brigade): 18
  • Urgent assistance: 112 (generic emergency number that can be dialed from anywhere in the European Union)

Maps

We know that half the fun of discovering a new place is getting lost but, should you need it, here is a map of Le Tour and Vallorcine!

The centre of resort is compact enough that you can easily find your way around but there are plenty of places off the beaten track that are well worth a look.

To find winter piste maps and summer trails maps please visit our lift pass pages using the links to the right.

Le Tour & Vallorcine