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Val Thorens - an Alpine resort that's truly a skier's paradise

The resort of Val Thorens, which lies in the Savoie department of the French Alps, is a veritable paradise for the serious skier, whatever his or her level of expertise may be. There are runs to suit all abilities, snow parks for the boarders and freestyle fans, and best of all, the high altitude means that good snow conditions are guaranteed for a full winter season.

Val Thorens is attractive yet purpose built

Val Thorens may be purpose built, but it is an attractive resort where attention has been paid to maintaining an Alpine style to the buildings. Recent development tends towards pretty wooden chalet style apartments rather than the rather soul-less acres of concrete found in many other purpose built resorts. Traditional in origin it may not be, but Val Thorens has the advantages of a purpose built resort. The design of the entire place is aimed at making life good for skiers, so that everything works smoothly and you can access the slopes and lifts without undue time wasting or hassle.

Social life and aprés ski in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has a good enough, though not perhaps massively extensive, range of facilities for aprés ski, and the night times have a lively feel to them. Those who like to dine out have a good choice of restaurants, with some excellent traditional Savoyard cuisine on offer as well as the ever popular pizzas and fast food outlets. There's even a Michelin starred eatery for those special occasions! The aprés ski doesn't pretend to be the best in the world... this resort is focused on providing the best skiing rather than worrying too much about what happens later, and is appreciated by thousands of snow fans for this very quality.

Snow business in Val Thorens

The skiing offered by the Three Valleys (of which Val Thorens can lay claim to being a part) is considered by many to be unbeatable in Europe. The altitude means that skiing is superb from December through to May, giving a longer season than any other European resort. The lift passes from Val Thorens give access to all the lifts of the Three Valleys, and all levels of skiers and boarders will find pistes and off piste skiing to keep them occupied for the whole season.

And in the summer time?

Val Thorens is one of the few resorts remaining in Europe that is able to offer summer skiing, on the Glacier Le Péclet, at 3,000 metres.

How to get there

Getting to Val Thorens from the UK isn't too difficult. The best airports to head for are those of Lyon or Geneva. Rail travel is a great option, and there is a special ski train run by Eurostar which will take you all the way from the UK to Bourg St Maurice or Moûtiers!

Property prices and availability in and around Val Thorens

The French Alps are an expensive area in which to buy property. That said, it is possible to find a bargain in or near Val Thorens if you keep your eyes open, and the areas around the village have some exciting possibilities for those looking for a property with potential that doesn't cost a fortune! The resort offers everything from budget apartments to luxury worthy of a superstar. And the quality of skiing on offer means that if you do invest in a property here, you might just find yourself next door neighbours to one or two well known faces!

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Val Thorens AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Val Thorens?

Val Thorens is located in the east of France, in the Alps. It lies slightly to the south of the centre of the Savoie department.

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Population: 2,500

Access: By air: Fly to Geneva or Lyon. By rail: Take Eurostar's ski express to Bourg St Maurice or Moûtiers.

Economy: The economy is based on ski and mountain tourism.

Interesting fact: Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, at an altitude of 2,300 metres, which gives it a winter skiing season that extends into May. The resort is also notable for having no trees, something of an oddity in the usually heavily wooded Alps!

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