British ski instructor Val Thorens
Val Thorens is one of Europe's best ski resorts. Founded in 1971, when the first two draglifts opened, it's the highest resort in Europe. It often has some of the best snow in the Alps.
The ski area caters to all levels of skiers, with an extensive beginners' area, and kilometres of varied pistes for intermediates and experts. If you ever want to go further afield, you can ski the other valleys that make up the 3 Valleys ski area - Méribel and Courchevel. A number of charming off piste itineraries are accessible from Val Thorens's lifts.
The lifts are fast and modern, as the resort regularly invests in upgrading and renewing them. In summer 2017, the word is that the Moraine chairlift is being replaced, and possibly Col too - more to follow.
One recent development was the creation of an easy skicross-type course, Fun Slope, which has proved very popular:
For more information about Val Thorens, check out ValThorensGuide, my website which covers all aspects of the resort. You can find sections on the resort, the ski area, accommodation, restaurants and bars. There's a list of all the events planned for the winter season. In the news section, read reports on the events, and other news from the resort. You can also consult weather reports which are updated every day in the winter. There are also regular snow reports, with photos and videos. Check out the webcams too.
The ESF is the largest ski school in Val Thorens, with around 200 ski instructors during the busiest times of the season. They offer group lessons and private lessons for adults and children, and in skiing and snowboarding.
Read more about the ESF in Val Thorens.
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