Val Thorens has long been the preferred destination of those seeking budget self catering holidays and students out for a week of alcohol-fuelled fun but in recent years the chalets have started to take over along with a handful of top-notch hotels, diversifying the resort’s clientele and attracting more families as well as those looking for a bit of pampering and comfort (see Altapura hotel
The skiing available is perfect for all levels with lots of nursery slopes, long, cruisey blues and reds and some tricky mogul blacks for the experts. The pistes are packed with excellent snow and surrounded by extensive off-piste opportunities. On a powder day head over to the quiet slopes of Orelle for fresh tracks and stunning views.
It has après ski and nightlife to rival all but the most raucous of Austrian resorts. The Folie Douce or 360 bar are favourite mountainside dance floors and there is the infamous ‘bar street’ with the highest pub in Europe, the Frog and Roastbeef, to keep you entertained till the early hours.
There may be no trees but don’t forget you are seamlessly linked to 2 other valleys with endless variety of terrain in Meribel and Courchevel, not to mention down the valley in the sunny Les Menuires and pretty St Martin.