Not just the highest resort in the Alps, but the highest of the major resorts (along with nearby Courchevel and Meribel) in Les Trois Vallees, Val Thorens’ north-facing slopes ensure snow-sure skiing longer into the day. From its nursery slopes and gentle blue and green runs, to the challenging terrain of Les Trois Vallees, the resort is perfectly suited to any level of skier. The cleverly planned, purpose-built resort, surrounded by 360 degrees peaks, may not have the look of a quaint village, but it is nicely compact, generates quite a lively buzz and offers doorstep skiing from practically anywhere you may be staying.
At a Glance
Snow: Due to its high altitude and predominantly north-facing slopes, Val Thorens enjoys reliably good snow cover well into the season. Lift system: Great links between the resorts and connecting runs make for easy access to the entirety of this world-class ski area. Apres Ski: A variety of bars, restaurants and clubs include Folie Douce, with DJs and ski boot dancing on the deck. Families: Along with activities for all the family to enjoy, there is a children’s area and family toboggan run, while the local tourist office produces a handy seasonal guide. Other activities: In addition to the highest toboggan run in Europe, ice-climbing, ice-driving, snowshoeing and paragliding, there is a cinema, bowling alley, ice rink and two shopping centres. The leisure centre offers an indoor sports hall, an aqua club with a pool, wellness centre and gym, basketball, tennis and squash courts, table tennis tables and trampolines.