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Val Thorens Ski Guide

Snow-sure Val Thorens will give any skier or boarder whatever they want. Europe’s highest resort, Val Thorens seems to go on forever as it forms part of the famous Three Valleys offering more than 600km of piste.

Off the piste, there are also endless possibilities with some of the finest après you’re likely to find in Europe. If there’s a weakness in Val Thorens’ offering, we haven’t found it. An all-round fantastic ski resort.

Ski Val Thorens

Val Thorens seems to offer the perfect slope for every type of skier, and boarder! From beginners to experts, you’ll find it impossible run out of things to do on the resort’s 140km of slopes. If you did, head out onto the Three Valleys and the ski area quadruples instantly. Epic skiing and boarding to be had by all.

Eat, drink and sleep Val Thorens

So you’ve been up and down the slopes all day – now what? Where do you go for that unforgettable first drink? What are you going to eat? Will your bed be comfortable and will the hotel have WiFi? With our simple guide to the bars, restaurants and hotels of Val Thorens, you’ll know the answers to all these questions.

Eat Val Thorens

Popular with locals and tourists alike, La Chaumiere offers a pretty sun terrace and spacious interior. The cosy retreat gives you a warm, friendly welcome and follows this with a vast menu of rustic, homely food.

The Scapin Pub can be found right in the heart of town. Serving an interesting menu of French cuisine, Le Scapin is the best place to try the local flavours – with a glass or three of French wine to wash it down.

For a taste of luxury, head to L’Oxalys. The intricate and stylish menu includes dishes like the pigeon and foie gras cooked in a pastry crust, liquorice juice and small german wheat with parsnip – amazing! Head chef Jean Sulpice has brought alchemy and invention to Alpine cookery and has been rewarded with the restaurant’s first Michelin star.

Drink Val Thorens

After a day out on the snow, you might need a bit of warming up. That’s where the Rhum Box comes alive. Opened by two brothers in 1999, there are more rums on offer than you’ll be able to count – especially of you drink them as you go. Our personal favourite – hot pepper flavour.

Missing home? Head on down to The Frog and Roastbeef for a taste of the UK. Once you’re in, you’ll feel like you never left home. And don’t forget it’s the highest pub in Europe. If you’re skiing during the football season, the Frog will more than likely be showing the big game live. What more do you want?!

You might be missing home but missing a lovely pint of Guinness even more. If that’s you then it’s got to be O’Connell’s. This isn’t your usual Irish pub though with owners and staff coming from all over Europe. But keeping up the Irish pub tradition – there’s always a party atmosphere!

Sleep Val Thorens

Step straight out of your hotel onto the slopes when you stay at the Chalet Aimée. When you come back, it’s just a short walk to a selection of bars and restaurant. The great location is complemented by the hotel’s excellent leisure facilities, making it a very popular choice. Relax, unwind and enjoy all that Val Thorens has to offer from Chalet Aimée.

For the most indulgent of Val Thorens ski holidays, rest your head at the luxurious Le Fitzroy. Perfectly located on the mountains, you’ll get all the benefits of doorstep skiing and you’re close to all the shops too. Relax after a punishing, or casual, day on the slopes in the hotel’s wellness centre with indoor pool, Turkish bath and sauna.

For a bit of peace and quiet, you won’t find better than the Hotel Mercure. Set high into the mountains, you’ll also be able to enjoy stunning views from the south-facing restaurant terrace. Unbelievable. Everything is close at hand with nursery slopes, ski lifts and resort centre all less than 3 minutes’ walk away. Plus there’s a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, massage, solarium and games room on-site.

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