Europe’s highest resort, with guaranteed good snow.
For the enthusiast looking for the best snow in the Alps, it’s difficult to beat Val Thorens – especially given that it’s also one of the least unpleasant purpose-built resorts. But we still prefer a cozier base elsewhere in the Three Valleys. That way, if a storm socks in, we can play in the woods around Méribel or Courchevel; if the sun is scorching, we have the option of setting off for Val Thorens. The formula doesn’t work the other way round.
- Extensive local slopes to suit all standards, and good access to the rest of the vast Three Valleys
- The highest resort in the Alps and one of the most snow sure, with north-facing slopes guaranteeing good snow for a long season, even off the glacier
- Not as much of an eyesore as most high, purpose-built resorts
- Compact village with direct slope access from most accommodation
- Can be bleak in bad weather – not a tree in sight
- Parts of the village are much less attractive to walk through in the evening than to ski past in the day
- Not much to do off the slopes
- Some very busy slope intersections
- Still some waiting lines – especially for the Cîme de Caron cable-car.