Val Thorens has out-of-this-world fun, mammoth runs and some of Europe’s high peaks, writes Lisa Wagstaff
I’ve arrived in heaven and it’s closer than I expected. With its village at 2,300 metres, Val Thorens is the highest village resort in Europe and home to the highest peak in Les 3 Vallées. Only 50 years old, it’s a baby by resort standards but has still been voted seven times winner of “World’s Best Ski Resort” in the World Ski Awards.
If ski culture was cheese Val Thorens would be fondue. Skiing and alpine living melt seamlessly into a village that is entirely ski-in, ski-out. Ski runs crisscross through the village so even accommodation in the centre is ski-out. The village is the heart of the ski resort with chairlifts in all directions; up and down and east to west.