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The valley with an entrance at Albertville is known as the Tarentaise Valley with 1600km piste inside. This is the biggest concentration of skiing resorts in term of the most number of runs and chairlifts.

From Albertville a distance of 17 miles (27km) is Moutier which is the base for accessing 3 Vallees (Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires, Val Thoren) via two mountain passess. One junction before Moutiers is the branch road to Valmorel.

Another 17 miles further into the valley or 34 miles from ALbertville is Bourg St Maurice (BSM) where all trains terminate. BSM is the base for Les Arc as a skier can board the funicula at BSM and start skiing the entire 425 km Paradiski at the top of funicula. Paradiski is formed by Les Arc and La Plagne with only one cable car link. Most visitors for La Plagne will travell to La Plagne lower stations via Aime which is only 9 miles from Moutiers. From Aime to La Plagne there is a long and winding mountain road.

5 miles into the valley from BSM is the access road to La Rosiere which is linked to Italy's La Thuile. This is a nice resort allowing visitors to ski two countries in one visit.

17 miles from BSM is the 300km Espace Killy domain formed by Val D'Isere and Tignes. When people talk about either resorts and are able to ski end to end then it is the 300km domain they are refering to. Tignes is physically linked back to back to Val D same as Les Arc linked with La Plange.

Therefore distance wise from the entrance of the valley

Albertille---17miles---Moutiers-----17miles-------BSM----17miles----Tignes/Val D.

The 3 Vallees near Moutiers has 200 chairlifts and 600km piste. It is double the size of Espace Killy and is the biggest in the world for a fully linked facility! Whistler/Blackcomb, claimed to be the biggest in North America, from my personal estimate is about the size of Espace Killy.

Travelling wise the easiest is to travel to BSM as about 5 minutes walk will be the funicula to Les Arc.

The 3 Vallees is more troublesome because each part of the 3 Vallees must be accessed by a mountain road after a vistor manages to reach Moutiers. The shortest one from Moutiers is to Meribel is 10 miles while the longest one to Val Thoren is 20 miles.

As a rule no resort owner in his right mind will provide transport facilities, like a bus service, to ship his clients to another resort. From Tignes it is doable to get to BSM becuase that is where the train terminal locates. Beyond that point a couple of hours can easily be lost just to catch the righ bus.

Bus services if available would be for the benefit of the locals and they only go to the villeges and towns whereas the skiing resorts are high up in the mountains. The last leg is frequently bridged by an expensive taxi ride because a skier cannot afford time to wait.

Staying in Tignes and then travel to Verbier is a totally different matter. We are talking, even with the most direct route, 130 miles distance. Visitors without own transport will have to travel to possibly back Generva as already mentioned. The more direct road link is to travel from Albertville to Chamonix and then go over the mountain pass Col de Forclaz between the French and Swiss border. That is a simple task for visitors with cars but there is no regular public transport between Chamonix and Verbier.

A viable solution would be for a Tignes visitor to take a bus to BSM, get a train to Geneva and from Generva to may be Martigny as I don't think the Swiss trains go up to Verbier. If there is a train service then I couldn't remember seeing one in my visits in that area.

Thus with only two weeks and no car I would think staying in Tarentaise is more sensible. Travelling to Verbier is to swim against the tide.

I wrote this thread when last I spent my two weeks there in 2004.

Personally I would not cut short my visit to 1600km Tarentaise Valley for the 410km piste in Verbier. No doubt the chalet owners there have done a good job to promote the place but there are better, more scenic and more enjoyable resorts in Switzerland, let alone eslewhere in the Alps. Verbier had the worst snow in my 2007 trip.
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