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.

Ski in and out out accommodation - Val Thorens, France
photo taken from the doorstep of our resort

  • 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.

Blue run - Val Thorens, France

  • 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.

Beautiful scenery in Val Thorens, France
quick snap I took from one of the many chairlifts

  • Perfect snow. 
    Now this may have just been luck - but I live for powder over ice any day.

Ski slope in Val Thorens, France

  • 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.

Skiing in Val Thorens, France
me on skis!!!

  • Cell reception and an awesome 3 Vallées app in case you get lost. 
    No more paper maps!

Beautiful tree run in Les 3 Vallées, France
beautiful tree run lower down in Les 3 Vallées

  • 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!

Skiers heading to La Folie Douce to party in the afternoon sun - Val Thorens, France
skiers heading to La Folie Douce to party in the afternoon sun

DJ at La Folie Douce - Val Thorens, France
DJ and sax player pumping out sounds in the snow
  • Beautiful scenery, and friendly and fun people... 
    We had a Merry Christmas indeed.

Small village in Val Thorens, France

Sun set on the mountain - Val Thorens, France

On our second-to-last day we went on an epic adventure and skied non-stop across all the vallies from Val Thorens to Courchevel and back again. That's pretty much from one side of this map to the other and back...

Map of Les 3 Vallées - France

Our guide for the day - Val Thorens, France
our guide for the day

Sun set on Val Thorens - France
sun set on our last run before heading home. Amazing!

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  1. Love all these pictures! Great photography :)
    Makes me want to just leap into the pictures and experience it all for myself! The snow looks so magical xx That sunset is gorgeous!! So lucky to have been able to soak it all in !
    Can't wait to see more of your posts, Claire!

    ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ Creme de la Chic ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡

    1. Thanks Kelly. I actually took all of these photos on my mobile. Amazing how far tech has come over the last few years! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Wow! The last picture is amazing. I have never been skiing and am pretty un-co, so I think it would take me a while to pick it up!

    1. Well - while in London you should really try it - you're in the best location in the world for accessing some of the greatest ski slopes. Give it a day and I reckon you'd pick skiing up really fast!

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  4. I haven't gone skiing in forever, but I remember it being so fun! :) Looks like an awesome trip!

    1. It really was. Best snow holiday in a long time :)

  5. What a beautiful place!! I was a teen when I last skied, but I always enjoyed it! Looks like a great place with lots of ski options to keep you challenged!

    1. There are so many, and it is absolutely beautiful. We are already planning to return again next year.

  6. That club sounds awesome! And I also prefer powder. I am terrified of sliding on the ice and falling on my butt. Your day looks much better than my ski experience that I shared last week! Haha. Thanks for linking up!

    1. Thanks Megan. Yep, you can't beat a club in the snow. So much fun :)

  7. Amazing pictures, Claire! I'm so glad you had such a good time! We are heading to Austria to ski next week and I'm so excited! I am very much a beginner - I haven't skied in 18 years. Ha! Crossing my fingers for no broken bones...

    Is it bad that I have a kid, yet I wish I could stay in the kid-free resorts? ;o) I think it's because mine is so well-behaved and all the others are, well, just not. I prefer kid-free environments, for sure!

    1. Owww - would love to hear how your trip went. Skiing in Austria is still to be ticked off my bucket list.

  8. Gosh, it looks perfect! What fun!

  9. Oh I am so jealous. That looks like so much fun. I have so many great memories of going skiing and snowboarding with my family and its something I cannot wait to do with my boys again soon. Really loved traveling vicariously with you in this post!

    1. A ha, thanks Bonnie. I tend to do the same with lots of other travel bloggers too.

  10. look at wonderful image! so i am glad and i don't remember this place so feel moving on Valleys Ski and fun and enjoy.

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