How to Make the Most Out of Ski Holiday in Val Thorens

Val Thorens in France has long been one of the best ski resorts in France. Ski holidays in Val Thorens first became popular with the European skiing fraternity, but gradually snow holidays in Val Thorens, have become popular with British families. Ski chalets in Val Thorens offer excellent value for money, and access to the slopes is good in the resort. Catered ski chalets in Val Thorens can be found in most of the areas which are sought after, and you will also find apartments available for rent. Skiing in Val Thorens has something for the most experienced skier to the novice.

Family ski holidays in Val Thorens

To find your perfect ski resort in Val Thorens, you need to look at what you would like to get out of your holiday and take into consideration your experience of alpine skiing. If you are not a keen downhill skier, you will find plenty of other activities on offer such as cross-country skiing and much more. Tailoring your holiday to suit your needs in the Val Thorens area of France is not very difficult at all, but getting to know the resorts would help. Val Thorens is one of the resorts with the most facilities for both experienced and novice skiers.

Self-catering accommodation can be found allover the region, and you will be be spoiled for choice. However, it is a good idea to remember that Val Thorens is easily accessible for most European skiers, so when you find your perfect ski chalet, you do need to get booked up as soon as possible. The resort is family focused which is a great help when you are booking a snow holiday for the entire family to enjoy.

Getting There

How do you get to Val Thorens? The region where you find the resort is made up out of several resorts, and getting to the most popular ones such as Val Thorens is fairly easy. The nearest airports are Lyon, Chambery and Geneva. Private transfers can be arranged from all three airports and the nearest airport to the Val Thorens ski area is Chambery with a transfer time about two hours. From the other two airports you can reach the resort region in about three hours, but in general Chambery is the best airport to fly into.

Val Thorens is the largest skiing area in the world, and offers pistes suitable for everybody. Ski schools can be found in the resorts, and courses are available for both new skiers and the more experienced. The ski resort of Val Thorens itself, is a purpose built ski resort with many amenities, but still has an alpine charm about it.

Direct Access to the Slopes in Val Thorens

Getting to the slopes in Val Thorens is not a problem at all. Once you have your lift pass to the area, the choice of runs will astound you. It is a good idea to plan your runs before you actually get to the lifts. To the first time skier this large ski area, the lift system may seem a little bit complicated, but good quality guides and maps are available in many locations throughout Val Thorens.

What are the slopes like? You will find some beginners slope close to Val Thorens, but if you are looking for more exciting skiing, you do need to venture out. Further out, the vicinity is packed with red and black pistes. The lift system in Val Thorens has 29 lifts which can service up to 53,000 skiers or snowboarders per hour. As a whole, the entire area of the Three Valleys, has 600 kilometres of downhill pistes, and 130 kilometres of cross-country tracks.

Ski Apartment or Chalet in Val Thorens

Should you go for a ski apartment or ski chalet in Val Thorens? It all depends on the size of your party and what you would enjoy the most, however there is something special about ski chalets. They are really cosy and snug, even though there might be some days you have to clear the snow away before you can get out. Of course, a ski chalet gives you the ultimate chance to experience what it is like living in a snowy part of the world.

Self-catering apartments are good value for money in Val Thorens and seem to be popular with snowboarders. They may be the best option for you when you don't want to spend too much time cooking and plan to go out to enjoy some of the excellent nightlife Val Thorens has to offer you during your stay. You will find there are plenty of places to have a nice meal, and party on through the night if you would like to.

Once you arrive in Val Thorens, you will discover that downhill skiing is not the only activity on offer. Thanks to the its excellent location, the resort is open from mid November to mid May, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a longer holiday in the French resort. Although weekend and shorter stays are available, there are plenty of activities to tempt you to stay a little bit longer in Val Thorens. You can try your hand at activities such diverse as ice skating and paragliding.

Val Thorens often feels like a much younger resort, and perhaps this is why you will find many families enjoy ski holidays here. However, snowboarders also come to this region of France to enjoy some of the more daring runs France has to offer. In short, the Val Thorens ski area has a lot to offer both families and younger travellers. You may not find more senior skiers here, but the livelier atmosphere which Val Thorens offers, may not be for them. But, if you enjoy a mix of going out, and skiing on some of the best slopes in Europe, Val Thorens and The Three Valley area of France, is certainly for you.

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