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Ski Holidays in Val Thorens
About Val Thorens
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe so guarantees good snow throughouth the season. This is a classic purpose built resort that is high above the treeline of the 3 Valleys. This side of the mighty 3 valleys consists of Val Thorens at the top of the valley and the lower down resorts of Les Menuires and St Martin. The 3 Valleys are made up of the three major resorts of Courchevel, Meribel and Val Thorens along with numerous small villages and smaller resorts. This means that there is something for everyone on their ski holiday
Val Thorens is the highest of all the resorts and villages in the 3 Valley area. As it is a purpose built resort many people think that it will be a concrete jungle. However, it has been designed in such a way that many of the apartments and chalets are built in the traditional wood and stone that befits the area. The buildings are mainly medium rise and some are exceptionally stylish. The streets are traffic free apart from when arriving to enable guests to unload their luggage. This is a compact ski in/ski out village that has plenty of ski resort buzz to is. The heart of the resort is the Place de Caron and this is where pedestrians mix in with the skiers and boarders. Most of the shops and restaurants are located in this area. The resort is split into two by a little slope. The upper half of the village is located around the Place de Peclet. The road then runs across the hill from here to the chalet stayle Plein Sud area. This is where most of the catered chalets are located. The lower end of the village has some of the finest residences and 5 star hotels. There is of course the usual free bus service that runs through the resort. There is also a bus that links Les Menuires and St Martin.
The Skiing and Boarding in Val Thorens
Val Thorens has over 150Km's of ski runs with 32 lifts. There are plenty of wide runs to carve your turns on and some fabulous off piste for you to explore with a guide. Beginners will particularly enjoy the snow sure nursery slopes at the foot of the resort where there are magic carpets, one drag lift and green runs.. There are 14% green runs and 37% blue runs so plenty of mileage for beginners to play on. The more advanced skiers and boarders have a choice of 37% red and 12% black runs. Intermediates have a vast area to ski and board in. A good intermediate can get over to Courchevel 1650 at the far end of the 3 valleys in about 90 minutes. The local slopes in Val Thorens have some of the best intermediate skiing in the 3 valleys. The Cime de Caron is not to be missed as it is fabulous cruise when freshly groomed and the black secion is nice and wide. Expert skiers and boarders will love the good off piste that is available - please make sure to book a qualified guide if planning any off piste adventures. There is a good sunny black run ovre to the fourth valley and the Falaise and Variante runs from the Grand Fond can be good fun when mogulled.
Apres Ski in Val Thorens
The Folie Douce is the place to start the apres ski with partying on the piste. It really is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy a luxurious lunch in their La Fruiterie restaurant or a more relaxed affair in their La Petite Cuisine. They offer Loungy Lunches where there is smooth live music from 12 noon to 2pm for you to enjoy your lunch to. After that the real apres ski starts! After La Folie Douce ski down into Val Thorens or take the chairlift back down if a few too many shots or beers have been taken. The Frog and Roast beef is an old favourite and claims to be the highest British pub in the Alps. Le Saloon is also a very popular apres ski spot whcih parties through the night. They also have a good 3-5pm happy hour. Le Malaysia attracts people who want to party till 5am. They have a huge dance floor and hae been partying for 25 years. The hotels also offer some lovely bars to relax in with the finest selection of wines, spirits and champagne. Finally if your legs are still up for it then head to Le Malaysia. They offer the largest dance floor in the ALps and party through until 5am!
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