Val Thorens Ski Area

August 10, 2010 by  
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Located at an altitude of 2,300 meters in the Tarentaise Valley of the French Alps, Val Thorens is the highest ski village in Europe, offering ski-in-ski-out convenience no matter where you choose to stay. For the comfort and security of guests, and taking into account the need to preserve this pristine environment, the village is largely pedestrian, with vehicles restricted to certain areas and large parking garages conveniently located.

While skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions at Val Thorens, a wide range of other activities ensure that every moment of your vacation is a pleasure. If you prefer a more leisurely manner of exploring the area, you can join one of the snowshoeing expeditions on offer, or meander along a walking trail. For a four-wheeled adrenaline rush, you may want to test your driving skills on the Alain Prost ice-racing track under the supervision of skilled instructors of the Ice Driving Academy. There is also the option of riding the slopes on two wheels as part of a MTB group, led by a state qualified instructor. Be prepared for plenty of thrills, and maybe a few spills, before reaching the bottom and the reward of a warming cup of mulled wine.

Another fast-paced activity for adrenaline junkies is snowmobiling, with guided trails taking place every evening during season. Paragliding offers an awe-inspiring bird’s eye view of this picturesque region, which is part of the renowned Les Trois Vallees (Three Valleys) of the French Alps. The Val Thorens Snowpark, located on the plateau of the ski area, offers a freestyle course suited to all levels of experience. Stretched out over a 70,000 square meter area, the Snowpark offers skiers and snowboarders a range of challenging jumps, rails and boxes, while the Jump’Air shock-absorbing mattress allows for some acrobatics with a greater level of safety.

Val Thorens boasts the longest toboggan track in France, which kids of all ages can enjoy. So let your inner child go wild on this six kilometer run, starting at the foot of the spectacular Glacier de Peclet and following a groomed trail with banked turns, angled pitches and a whole lot of fun and excitement. Children from five years and older are permitted to go solo, and children between the ages of 5 and 10 years can enjoy a free ride if they ride tandem with a paying adult.

Other activities and features of the Val Thorens Ski Area include off-piste skiing, glacier touring, ultra-light excursions and walking trails, as well as a beauty center, health and wellness spa and sports center – truly something for everyone.