Val Thorens

Photo credit : depositphotos

Photo credit : depositphotos

The most famous part of the largest ski resort in the world, is part of the famous 3 Valleys which contains 600 km of connected ski slopes. Belleville Valley is the largest in the entire region. It consists of three ski centers: St-Martin-de-Belleville (1400m), Les Menuires (1850m) and Val Thorens (2300 m). Like many ski centers that are built in sixties in the French Alps, Val Thorens and Les Menuiresare are missing spatial and architectural planning, most of the buildings are made of concrete, so at first it does not look like the world-famous ski resort.

St Martin de Belleville is located a few kilometers downhill from Les Menuires and its architecture is the most traditional in the whole Three Valleys. Val Thorens is also the village at the highest altitude in Europe and is located at 2300m. With its three glaciers that stretch over,they guarantee excellent snow conditions. This place could be called the most modern French ski resort because it annually invests a lot of money in the modernization of their already modern facilities.

Additional offer in the city is very diverse (tennis, squash, sports hall, indoor swimming pools), as well as entertainment until the early morning hours.

The bar La FolieDouce is in charge of après ski entertainment, and for a wild night – disco Malesya, the most famous disco in the Alps, which is located below the ski slopes, and during the day it is just a place where they sell hot dogs. Val Thorens due to high altitude offers the best snow conditions from November to late spring.

The site is located at 2300m and the paths are going to 3230 m above sea level. Ski resort has 170 km of slopes, of which 12% green, 34% blue, 46% red and 8% black runs. The ski center has a significantly smaller number of cannons for artificial snow compared to other places in the region (only about 200), which is understandable since it is very high, so there is no need to make artificial snow too often. Ski trails in Val Thorens are mostly medium difficulty, but experts will not be disappointed, because the ski center offers fantastic opportunities for off road skiing.

Val Thorens accommodation is more expensive then the ones surrounding, primarily because of the natural characteristics of the highest inhabited places in Europe. And this place is dominated by high apartment buildings, but there is also a large number of quality hotels. Gastronomic offer of Val Thorensis moving from places where they serve pizza and pasta, to award-winning restaurant with exquisite cuisine. Le Blanchot is a good local restaurant with a wide range of Savoie wines. For the ultimate gourmet experience Le Oxalys restaurant is recommended, whose chef has won the award for best young chef of the year.

Le Funitel and Scapin are good for pizza and pasta. El Gringo is a lively restaurant and bar that serves Mexican food. Between mountain restaurants on the slopes, we recommended Chalet des 2 Lacs, then on the road to Les Menuires Chalet les Sonnailes and La Ferme at the top of the cable car Doron. Val Thorens is the highest place for après-ski in Europe and it offers wide range of vibrant bars. You can find places with live music and happy hour after skiing. The nearby Viking pub is a favorite place for the locals.

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