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Val Thorens, France

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Description of Val Thorens:

Val Thorens is situated at the top of three valleys in Savoie, Franc which includes the famous resorts of Meribel and Courchevel. It is the highest resort in Europe at 6900', and offers over 75 miles or marked runs for all classes of skiers. Here you can ski a vertical of 4200' in this resort alone. For the adventurer, a network of over 300 miles of marked runs will connect you with Meribel and Courchevel.

Because of it's altitude and dry climate, good skiing conditions exist from December to May. Ice is unheard of and light powder can be found right up to the end of the season. The slopes face south, west, and north giving the skier a constant variety from which to choose the best sun and snow.

The Valley of La Maurienne has recently been opened and will provide the possibility to ski from 9000'down to 4200'. It is a beautiful, southwest facing area with some powder skiing. Great for the intermediate and expert.

Val Thorens is the youngest resort of the 3 Valleys network, and has developed a high quality image in keeping with the areas other famous resorts. The accommodations are in modern buildings constructed in the Savoyard style. All hotels offer direct access to the slopes. From the hotel, back to the hotel -- what more could a skier want?

Apres ski life is active and varied with activities from ice skating and tennis to indoor golf and swimming. Of course, the ever present discos rock till the wee hours for those inclined to take a day off. Nine mountain restaurants offer you the chance to savor the local fare such as fondue and raclette. Adventurous skiers can even take an evening torchlit descent from some of the chalet-style mountain inns. The local ski school will give you a wide range of possibilities, from guided tours of the 3 Valleys to initiation in cross-country, ballet, monoboard, snow surfing, and Norwegian style Telemark to regular lessons.

In recent years, Val Thorens has become a traffic free resort adding to the beauty of the views, fresh clean mountain air! We highly recommend this resort for the person wishing to complete a week of skiing.

Val Thorens Resort Statistics:

Gateway City: Geneva  
100 miles (3 1/2 hours)  
Longest Run:
1.5 miles (intermediate)  
Highest Vertical:
Percentage Devoted To:
Beginner: 20%;  Intermediate: 30%;  Advanced Intermediate: 30%;  Expert: 20%  
Children's Facilities:
Nursery: 1 to 6 years old; $35.00 a day; $195 a week (6 days; includes meals, games, and outdoor activites)  
Lift Tickets:
  Day: $218.00

Hotels of Val Thorens:

Le Val Thorens
Located at the center next to the lifts. All rooms face south with a balcony. Hotel has sauna, swimming pool, and whirlpool tubs. Great food and fun times in the popular American Bar. Definitely a good choice.

Le Sherpa
At the hotel Le Sherpa you will find mellow "Apres-ski" activities, friendly bar, a panoramic terrace, an uplifting sauna, a dazzling jacuzzi, and overall excellent comfort in any fully equipped bedroom.

Montana Apartments
First class one and two bedroom units located in the center of Val Thorens. All units are equipped with kitchenette, living room, with TV, telephone, radio, and balcony. Ski in/out.

Le Bel Horizon
Charming 3 1/2 star hotel located along the ski run just steps from town. Hotel amenities include sauna, fitness room, billiards room, and sun terrace. All rooms are equipped with private bath or shower, TV, telephone, and radio. Hotel also offers internet service

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