Grand Domaine

Having a long history of tourism, dating back to the 18th century, the Haute Savoie region has always charmed anyone looking for ski chalets and ski properties on sale in the Alps. With beautiful glaciers, large lakes, and stunning mountainous landscapes, all three villages that make up Le Grand Domaine, Valmorel, St. François-Longchamp and Doucy Combelouvière sit between 1,250m to 2,550m in altitude.

Given its natural appeal, the resort attracts families and nature lovers all year long to enjoy its outdoor activities, but it’s the skiing that keeps people from all over the world flocking to the region. The region is also perfectly adapted for cross-country skiing.

The village of Valmorel was built in the late 1970s along with the other village, St. François-Longchamp. Both offer the traditional look and feel of the Savoyian culture. These two villages mostly attract young families and older visitors looking for a quieter and more relaxed ski resort.

That being said, a lot of activities are offered off the pistes. There is over 60km of prepared walking path and snowshoe hiking. There is also ice skating, sledding and dog sledge rides among other things. In the summer, the region is fantastic for hiking and cycling.

The experts say

Le Grand Domaine is often underrated by experienced skiers. In the Madeleine area, there are some challenging black runs and great off-piste trails and over 60km of cross-country ski runs.

The property market in Grand Domaine

Against the natural landscapes, the towns are filled with Savoyian architecture and ski chalets for sale. In addition, property developers have announced plans to develop the region even further with more than 1,000 properties with an eco-friendly approach. Le Grand Domaine property for sale will start from €525,000, with some older properties available at a lower price.

Valmorel and St. Francois-Longchamps are good places to look for a property on sale in the Alps, which can cater to different needs. The region houses properties that are made of stone and wood (as opposed to some concrete built-for-purpose buildings), which allows people to live out their perfect Savoyian fantasies happily within  Le Grand Domaine, at an affordable price.

In addition, any development project that happens in the region is required to go through a strict environmental study, as the preservation of the environment is a main concern in Le Grand Domaine.

How to Get There

By Road

The A43 or the N212 from Chambéry en route towards Moûtiers will get you there. Exit 36 for Celliers and Pussy, in the direction of the Col de la Madeleine. Exit 37 for La Léchère, Saint Oyen, Doucy Combelouvière, Valmorel and Naves. Exit 38 for Aigueblanche, Villargerel and Villoudry.

By Train

When using the TGV, you have quick access and it arrives at the Moûtiers Salins/Brides les Bains train station. From there, there are some guaranteed transfers by taxi or bus. Pre-booking is necessary.

By Air

Chambéry Aixles Bains is about 90km away from the nearest resort. Lyon Saint Exupéry is about 180km away from the nearest resort. Genève Cointrin is about 125km away from the nearest resort.


Spring / Summer

The area is very mild in the summer, reaching low 20°C temperatures with an average low of -1°C or -2°C at night at the bottom of the hill. Between June and August, the region enjoys on average 225 hours of sunshine per month. This weather is ideal to enjoy the nature while hiking or cycling in the area.

Fall / Winter

The winters have an average temperature of 2°C, with about 100mm of snowfall per month throughout the season.

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