Val Thorens in France Resort Guide
Les Trois Vallees - the Three Valleys, incorporating Courchevel, MeribelMottaret, Val Thorens, Les Menuires, as well as villages such as La Tania and Saint Martin de Belleville, describes itself as 'the biggest ski ares in the world', and some would say the it is the best. Ranging from sophisticated Courchevel to the, by direct comparison, more functional, cheaper and cheerful Les Menuires or the picturesque Brides les Bains and St Martin there are 615 km of prepared pistes, skiing to an elevation OF 3230m, a complement of over 200 lifts, well groomed and attended conditions, inspiring scenery, and basically an unrivalled choice of well set out lifts to satisfy just even the most discerning piste basher. With a greater area of local terrain and something for everyone - from good, long gently lolling greens to chutes and couloirs, Courchevel is many skiers preferred choice, if money is not too much of an object.Some prefer Meribel (1450m) for its greater choice of slightly more challenging runs. It is more a traditional, more compact, ensemble though linked to Meribel Mottaret (1700m) above, while purpose built Val Thorens (2300m) is the highest resort in Europe with two glaciers, and as such promises the best snow around. Les Menuires (1850m) wins few plaudits for its architecture, but it is cheaper, high and has plenty of ski in accomodation and good slopes. Val Thorens lies is at the top end of the Belleville valley with slopes up to 3300m from about village height at 2300m, with Les Menuires (1815m) 8 kilometres down the road below, and St Martin lower still down the valley. It has two glaciers at the top to give summer skiing when additonal summer lifts are operated. The village is sympathetically designed in terms of the architecture, and a good deal of traffic, and there are a good choice of local amenities to hand - bars, shops, sports centre. Val Thorens lifts spread out in all directions from the base stations, with the main gondolas giving an opportunity to gain a good deal of height quickly and in comfort. The bumper sized Funitel de Peclet Gondola takes 30 people per cabin up to Glacier du Peclet level, but there is generally no shortage of lifts to take you to most levels out of the main resort. The Maurienne valley down to the chalet refuge de Plan Bouget is served by a gondola and is worth the trip. Val Thorens, in keeping with its 3 valleys partners offers a comprehensive range of intermediate terrain, it is serviceable for beginners who have a small choice of shorter trainer tows. Powder skiing can be deep and there are a number of good, readily accessible runs, but the penalty tha toccasionally has to be paid is that it is cold and sometimes windy in the early season.
Accomodation & Après Ski
Snow sure Val Thorens, with a majority of north facing slopes has a long season and is served by a relatively compact and purpose built ski village with very good access from accommodation on to the slopes - mostly ski in ski out.
|RESORT HEIGHT||2300||VERTICAL DESCENT||1415||OPENS||1st Nov|
|TOP STATION||3230||DRAG LIFTS||5||EXPERT RATING||8|
|BOTTOM STATION||1815||CHAIR LIFTS||15||INTERMEDIATE RATING||8|
Lift Pass Prices From
- Adult One Day Pass : 34.50 Euros
- Adult Six Day Pass : 166 Euros
- Child One Day Pass : 24.50 Euros
- Child Six Day Pass : 116 Euros
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