Val Thorens is another one of the amazing ski areas in France. It is situated in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoie department of the French Alps, as are several other French ski resorts, including Val d'Isere, Tignes, and Meribel. The Val Thorens Ski Resort has risen to great heights, both literally and metaphorically. It boasts the distinction of having the highest altitude of any resort in Europe. Since the resort’s opening in 1971, it has grown to include a full-service resort village that offers all of the amenities that anyone could want. Val Thorens snowboarding and skiing are among the best in all of France, if not Europe, and real winter sports enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to experience the hundreds of miles of runs, trails, and slopes that comprise Val Thorens.
Although there is plenty of space for the novice skier and snowboarder at Val Thorens, including families with small children, there is also quite a bit of terrain that is certainly not for the faint of heart. The top elevation at the Val Thorens Ski Resort is an impressive 10,597 feet with a vertical drop of 4,692 feet and a bottom elevation of 5,906 feet. There are hundreds of named ski runs spread across what seems like an endless vista of some of the most beautiful alpine terrain in Europe. A total 31 lifts carry patrons to all ends of the ski area, ensuring that you spend less time in line and more time on the slopes. Twenty percent of the ski runs at Val Thorens are designated for beginners, 50 percent for intermediates, and a whopping 30 percent are double black diamonds. These are only for the most adventurous and extreme skiers and boarders. Even with all of the groomed runs and named trails, the best skiers and boarders always know that there is backcountry to explore, and there is no exception to this rule at the Val Thorens Ski Resort. The entire ski area is virtually one massive bowl (the Tarentaise Valley), which literally constitutes the largest (and one of the best) ski area in the world.
Whether you are interested in Val Thorens snowboarding or skiing, or any number of other leisure activities at this world-class resort, you are going to need to begin thinking about Val Thorens accommodations. You can choose from a wide variety of lodging options, from chalet residences and inns, to hotels and luxurious condominiums. This resort area has grown to include some 25,000 beds with nearly twenty hotels within the immediate vicinity of the resort. There are several restaurants on the mountain and many more nearby. Depending upon what your interests may be, families and groups of friends will be able to enjoy restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, and so much more.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at Val Thorens. Families will be reassured to know that there are comprehensive lessons for people of all ages and skill levels. There are also childcare services and a range of other family-friendly amenities. You know just by looking at the stats that Val Thorens snowboarding and skiing are going to be amazing, and a ski vacation to this top ski area is sure to delight any and all visitors.
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