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Val Thorens

Val Thorens Danger Of FallingThe highest ski resort in Europe at 2300m, the town of Val Thorens rises above the tree line and has built itself a reputation based on hard skiing and equally hard partying.

A purpose-built town, Val Thorens has developed in a slightly more harmonious way than many other ski resorts in the area. However, it does lack a real centre and as such can feel like a town without a focal point. Still there is a real ski resort buzz about Val Thorens that is often missing in other locations.

It’s high altitude makes Val Thorens one of France’s most snow-sure resorts, and the north facing slopes give it excellent snow cover and piste reliability. There is a good range of hotels for all budgets, and most accommodation is close to the slopes.

Val Thorens SnowboardingThe local pistes around Val Thorens are largely aimed at intermediate skiers, but with easy access to the Trois Vallees ski area every level is catered for. Pistes can become crowded with long queues at popular lifts, but recent investment in a fast new lift system has largely alleviated this problem at all but the busiest of times.

The altitude that provides such good snow conditions can also be a curse though and in the past bad weather has closed practically all of the lifts. A new offer from the lift pass office is now guaranteeing that at least 70% of lifts will be open everyday to combat the negative situation this was creating.

Val Thorens Ski ResortThere are a good range of restaurants in the town to suit all tastes and budgets as well as a livelier apres-ski and nightlife than is found in the majority of French resorts. Val Thorens is extremely popular with Scandanavians who will often party the night away at one of the large nightclubs in the town before getting first lifts the next morning.

A large sports centre operates in what passes for the centre of town and there are plenty of other activities available for those who want a day off from skiing.