Val Thorens – Ski, Relax or Party in one of the most coveted French Alps Destinations
If you’re looking for a destination that offers ski and après ski activities the likes of which you’ve never seen, then why not look at making Val Thorens your next destination? As the highest ski resort in Europe, at a heady 2300m, you may lose your head with the variety of experiences on offer, and a short stay may not be enough to get around to doing everything you’d like. Whether you’ve only a weekend to spare, or you’re opting for a longer break in luxurious accommodation, here, we bring you a helpful guide to this intrinsically special part of the mountains.
Val Thorens - the resort
The resort itself is open for skiers from the last week in November to the end of the first week in May. It’s location, in the midge of the Belleville Valley, located in the Savoie area, and contains the world’s biggest ski area – over 600km of runs of varying difficulty await excited piste-goers. Getting here from anywhere is relatively simple; the resort is accessible via short transfers from Geneva, Grenoble, Saint – Exupéry and Chambéry airports, and there’s even a heliport at the bottom of the slopes.
With fantastic quality snow and high tech ski lifts, Val Thorens is a snow-goers paradise. Whether your preference is boardercross, ski touring or telemark skiing, there’s something to suit, and you can purchase a variety of ski passes for the three areas that are accessible from the resort itself – Les Vale2es (600km of runs), Val Thorens-Orelle (150km of runs) or La Vallée des Belleville (300km). With most of the resort above 200km high, you’ll also benefit from spectacular views across the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. If you’re a novice skier, then never fear – there are plenty of options to learn to ski and refresher courses for those that haven’t skied in a while.
It’s not all about the on piste entertainment in Val Thorens though. With a semi-pedestrianised area just waiting to be explored, with a multitude of shops including Superdry and North Face, if you’re in need of some warmer wear, or Atelier 7 for an off-piste outfit to die for. With cafes and bar adorning the off piste area, you’ll also have somewhere to take the weight off your feet once you’ve finished shopping for the afternoon. Alternatively, you could choose to visit the hairdresser or one of the many hotel spas for a little pampering before an exciting après ski evening.
Val Thorens comes alive in the evening with a variety of top quality restaurants, nightclubs and bars for the après ski set to frequent. Whether it’s a glass of mulled wine by a roaring fireplace, or a delicious meal for two with outstanding views over the slopes, there’s certainly something to delight.
A visit to Chalet des 2 Ours, for example, will provide you with either inside or outside dining and some of the most spectacular views of the valley whilst you enjoy home made dishes such as Crozets gratin with morel mushrooms. Delicious!
Alternatively, enjoy a somewhat more formal meal at Michelin Fork winning restaurant Chalet de la Marine, with an outstanding wine list and taste bud-tempting menu that goes hand in hand with breathtaking 2500m high views of the valley. If you’re in a hurry, then a quick meal at the Bistro de la Marine is sure to suffice.
When it comes to 'after hours' entertainment, there are a number of nightclubs frequented by part-goers from across the globe to choose from. Malaysia, a hidden gem located under a small chalet in the resort centre is a great place to start. With a mix of live music and DJ sets from 10pm to 4am, you can dance the night away on the Alps’ largest dance floor. Alternatively, you could opt for a visit to Eclipse, offering live concerts and DJ sets every night.
Summer in the Alps?
Yes, really! If you’re looking to enjoy getting fit in the cleanest air you’re ever likely to breathe, then why not opt for a visit to Val Thorens in the summer. Whether you’re an avid mountain biker, hiker or just want to enhance your wellbeing in this beautiful spot, it’s certainly a holiday you’ll remember forever. Just don’t forget to bring your camera – in the summer, lakes and flower filled valleys bring a sense of idyllic beauty to the area and it would be a shame to leave without capturing it on film.
Whatever time of year you’re looking to visit Val Thorens, and whether you’re an avid skier or fan of après ski, Val Thorens is certain to provide all you need for a memorable holiday, and here at Luxvacation, we have a whole host of luxurious accommodation in Val Thorens for you to choose from to make your stay that little more enjoyable!