Val Thorens is one of the newbies in the skiing world, purpose built in the 1970’s, it represents all that is good with modern ski resort developments – guaranteed snow, a vast ski easily accessible ski area on your doorstep, a vibrant resort town and maximum convenience with minimum hassle. Sitting at 2300m with 99% of the skiing above 2000m, you are guaranteed to find some decent powder here. Though not as pretty as some villages in the Trois Vallees, the friendly, informal atmosphere and cutting edge facilities (fast chair lifts and free wifi around the mountain) more than make up for it.
An easy 1.5 hour drive from Chambery airport and 2 hrs from Geneva airport. The local train station, Moutiers, has a frequent bus which transfers passengers to the resort.
High altitude = good snow, and you can’t beat what Val Thorens has on offer. As well as being the highest ski resort in Europe, it is also part of the largest ski area in the world which means there is over 600kms of piste to ride around, endless off-piste to explore and some of the world’s best snow parks. All levels of riders are catered to here; beginners are served by wide, gentle runs not far from the resort centre; intermediates will find some of the best runs in the 3 Vallees on the Peclet Glacier and above Les Menuires; and expert skiers will find huge amounts of challenging terrain – the Combe Rosael and Combe de Caron will test the most confident piste-bashers, and the Vallon du Lou will satisfy those looking for some off-piste adventure.
Val Thorens has a very relaxed, yet vibrant summer season. The varied terrain has made it a mecca for enthusiastic mountain bikers and hikers. The altitude and surrounding mountains and glacier make it a perfect base for mountaineers, and the variety of rock climbing routes are some of the most popular in the Alps. There is also rafting, paragliding and fishing on offer as well as quad biking, archery and paintball. While not as lively as some other summer resorts in the alps, it is gaining a reputation as a more relaxed summer alpine holiday destination.
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