The biggest resort in the Maurienne Valley, Valloire sits between the Trois Vallées and the Italian border. The domain is composed of three areas: Le Sétaz, Le Crey du Quart and Valmeinier, offering 150km of skiing. Most of this is well groomed but not too challenging, so beginners and intermediates should benefit. There isn't a great selection for more advanced skiers. Some powder is to be found at Crey de Rond, when the snow is good. Remarkably, Valloire has a decent snow record due to its north-facing aspect, even though it is only at 1430m. The ski school is excellent but there's sometimes a lack of English-speaking instructors.
The resort itself has largely maintained its traditional and rustic charm. It is also reasonably priced and friendly. Evenings don't boast a massive range of activities and clubs, but the restaurants are good and inexpensive. Most of the accommodation is near the pistes. Valloire is usually uncrowded except in high season, but if you have the time, you can head 17km to Saint Michel Valloire. From there you can access the amazing Trois Vallées domain. The only catch is the three hour transfer from Valloire to Lyons.