A well-maintained steep slope, which is by far the most reliable and versatile home-run piste, albeit often very crowded. In good snow conditions, it can be regarded as a reasonably challenging red run.
Accessed from the lower end of Cretes 2100
, through a busy bottleneck between the Cretes chairlift
and the canopied Petites Cretes surface lift; the approach is via the shared top section of the Demoiselles track
. The entrance to the Valentin
is easy to spot, dropping away to the skier's left, beside the snowmaking equipment scaffold just after you pass under the final overhead chairlift lines.
The piste drops straight down the face, parallel to the line of the towers of the Belle Etoile chairlift. The main piste delivers a good workout, but is often littered with fear-frozen and/or fallen visitors who have underestimated the descent and/or overestimated their own ability; the skier's lefthand side has the steepest slope angle and is usually less busy; the big gully to the skier's left is a testing off-piste alternative for more advanced riders.
At the bottom, either veer to the skier's right to reach the Village 1800 chairlift
and/or the Grand Place at Les 2 Alpes 1800
, or veer to the skier's left on to the traverse track towards the main base-area slopes.
NB: the Valentin
can also be ridden in circuits using the Belle Etoile chairlift