Thanks for giving us your view on the 2011 edition.
As you have detected, we cut 64 pages from the 2011 edition - part of our response to the decline in advertising that the recession has brought. We have to balance the books. That’s how we have managed to stay in business, unlike several of our rivals. (None of them, incidentally, ever came close to delivering the 704 pages of the 2011 edition.)
We tried to make the cuts by focusing on resorts that we reckoned have the weakest appeal to our readers - taking account, for example, of the numbers of reports we get from readers on those resorts, as well as our own views. Size is certainly not the issue - we have lots of resorts in the book that are smaller than Valmorel and La Clusaz, and in fact we have improved our coverage of small resorts noticeably in recent years. And we have in the past cut much bigger resorts if we think they are of limited interest - Gstaad is probably the most conspicuous example.
I hope you have a great time in Valmorel, but I could suggest plenty of other places where the odds would be more favourable. You obviously have the 2010 edition, so this shouldn’t come as news to you. La Clusaz is a lovely spot, but I would be very hesitant about booking a holiday in advance at that altitude in France.