Val Thorens, France - amazing skiing!!Monday, February 10, 2014
Over Christmas I joined a group of friends for a week of skiing in Val Thorens France. And to put simply we had a grand time!
Val Thorens is one of eight ski resorts that makes up Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys) - a ski region in the Tarentaise Valley of France. Since the early 1970's it's been possible to ski between the interlinked valleys and resorts using a single ski pass, making Les Trois Vallées the largest ski area in the world. It has more than 600km of ski slopes, and on top of that more than 120km of cross-country skiing.
So we knew we were in for some awesome snow time!
I'm not a pro skier, but have skied a few times in my life - in New Zealand, Japan and most recently Bulgaria in 2012, so thought I'd seen a good variety of ski resorts in my time. However, Val Thorens completely blew my expectations and previous experiences out of the water. If you live in the UK or Europe I would 100% recommend you get over there for a skiing holiday asap. Here's why...
- Amazing ski in and ski out out accommodation.
Two steps out the door and we were on the slopes. My friends and I were staying at Club Med for the week (extra bonus - no kids allowed), and to get back to our lodge you had to take a chairlift or gondola up the mountain to ski back home.
- Countless blue and red runs.
I'm an intermediate skier. I get bored if the slopes are too easy, and scared if they are too hard. Over six days, skiing from 9am to 4pm daily (with a lunch break) we rarely repeated a run.
- Amazing chair lift and gondola services.
There's no rope tow ski lifts in Les 3 Vallées - it's comfort all the way, and the queues are expertly managed. The most we had to wait for a chairlift was about 10 minutes.
- Perfect snow.
Now this may have just been luck - but I live for powder over ice any day.
- New, well serviced equipment.
I don't own skiing gear of my own, so it was nice that the skis and boots I hired were virtually new, and very comfortable.
- Cell reception and an awesome 3 Vallées app in case you get lost.
No more paper maps!
- La Folie Douce - Val Thorens own ski club
Half way up the mountain is La Folie Douce - a club that you can only get to by skiing or snowboarding - with a daily DJ and 'champagne on snow'. The best place to party by far!
- Beautiful scenery, and friendly and fun people...
We had a Merry Christmas indeed.