A Great Ski Resort

The Best ski resort in the French Alps

French Alps- Val ThorensThere is a good reason why Val Thorens is a well-known ski resort in the French Alps that a lot of people love. For three years in a row, Val Thorens was proclaimed the best European ski resort. There is absolutely no doubt about it – Val Thorens has a lot to offer. Whether you are an experienced mountain person or a wobbly first timer, Val Thorens has something for everyone, and there are many different activities and restaurants for every budget.

Many people love Val Thorens, and as you can see, there is a good reason why they love it so much. And now, here are some things that you absolutely need to do at this great ski resort.

Come Early and Beat the Crowds

Val Thorens is the highest point in the French Alps, and because of that, it opens at the end of November. But make sure to come early. The reason why is because Val Thorens is a very popular place, and if you come early, your chances of beating the crowds will be much bigger. The first few weeks are not really great when it comes to slopes, but there is no reason to worry, because there are many other activities that you can enjoy.

Have Dinner in a Yurt

If unique evening adventure is something that you are interested in, walk through the snow up to Chalet de la Marine, where you can enjoy a nice dinner in a yurt. You and up to 15 other people can spend an evening in a traditional Mongolian yurt. There, you and your friends can enjoy a nice meal in a cozy environment. After you are done with that, you can either ski or snowshoe down and participate in a torchlight descent.

Dive Into Some Ice

This is not a joke! Diving into a cold water is probably not something that you would like to do while you are enjoying a ski holiday. However, if you are one of those people who would like to give it a go, the lake is not far away. It can be accessed from Val Thorens, and you can go there either on your cross country skis or your snow shoes.

Take off your ski gear and put on some diving gear, and participate in a session of glacial exploration beneath the cold surface. After the session is over, put on your ski gear and head back to the resort.

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What to Do in Val Thorens Part 2

Part 2: Activities in Val Thorens

Val Thorens Snow BoardingVal Thorens is a well-known ski resort in the French Alps, and there is a good reason why. A lot of people just simply love it. Val Thorens is known as one of the best ski resorts in Europe. In fact, for three years in a row, Val Thorens was proclaimed the best ski resort in Europe. Whether you are a wobbly first timer or you have a lot of experience under your belt when it comes to skiing, you can rest assured that Val Thorens has something for you.

Also, there is a lot of restaurants and activities for every budget, so you don’t have to worry about that either. As you can see, Val Thorens has a lot to offer, and that is why people love it so much. Here are some things that you can do while you are in Val Thorens.

Snowboarding

You should take this option with a pinch of salt. If you are not already familiar with snowboarding, you should know that it is not the same as skiing. In fact, it is much harder than skiing. It usually takes much more time to learn how to ride a snowboard than it takes to learn how to ski. And if you are actually thinking about snowboarding, perhaps you should just choose skiing instead.

So, unless you are a pretty good learner, or if spending the entire vacation by yourself sounds fine to you, your best solution would be to find something else to do. But, if you are already familiar with snowboarding, you are going to have a lot of fun!

Non-Skiing Winter Activities

When it comes to having fun in Val Thorens, there are many activities for non-skiers as well. These activities include ice driving, ice diving, mountain biking, yoga classes, sled dogs, snowmobiles, airbags and snowshoe outings. There is also a sports center where you can play basketball, ping pong and tennis, as well as swim.

Indoor Entertainment

Many of these activities are not really cheap, but skiing in the alps is not really cheap either, is it? However, you are a human being, which means that you probably want to spend some time getting to know people around you, as well as do some indoor activities that will not cost you a lot of money. There is a movie theater, a bowling alley, and a lot of bars. Basically, there is something for everyone!

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A few things to check out up at Val Thorens

One of the Most Beautiful Ski Resorts in Europe

French Alps are beautiful. But there is one place there that is truly magical when it comes to skiing, and that place is known as Val Thorens. Did you know that Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe? Well, now you know! You can say that driving to Val Thorens is a real adventure, because it involves a really long climb up the side of the mountain.

In order to get to the top of the mountain, you will spend about one hour climbing up. And now, here are some interesting things that you can do while you are there.

Snowshoeing

French Alps SnowshoeingSnowshoeing is a good combination of exploring nature and sport. And what is so good about this activity is the fact that you don’t need to have any previous experience or technical skill to enjoy it.

Snowshoeing also gives access to some amazing scenery that a regular skier can’t experience. In order to enjoy this activity, all that you need is a ski outfit and a pair of hiking boots.

The terrain is majestic and the experience will last forever. We highly recommend doing this one day while in Val Thorens.

Sleep in an Igloo

Have you ever thought about spending a night in an igloo? Naturally, it seems like an unusual place to stay. But there is no reason to worry though, because this igloo is not a real icy igloo, but a cosy one. It is actually a great place to spend a romantic night with your partner.

This igloo is heated by a wood stove and it has its own bathroom. And on top of all of that, there is a nice view of the slopes from the bed. It is very popular, so booking in advance would be the best solution.

Yoga in the Mountains

Doing yoga exercises while facing the glacier is a great way to relax and recharge your batteries. You can benefit from doing yoga in many ways, which include toning muscles and improving posture. Doing yoga exercises can also help you relive tension either physically or mentally, as well as gain energy resources. All of this can help put you in a good place, which means that you will be ready for skiing.

Practicing yoga in Val Thorens after a skiing session is always a good idea, and the reason why is because it can help you recover after the effort, and not only that, but maintain good spiritual and physical health as well. If you want a full experience, you can go for a guided snowshoe hike that includes some stretching sessions.

 

 

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About Val Thorens

The Highest Ski Resort in Europe

A delight up in the heavens of  the French AlpsVal Thorens, is a beautiful place in French Alps. It is safe to say that driving to Val Thorens is an adventure, and the reason why is because it involves a seemingly infinite climb up the side of a mountain. It takes about one hour to get to the top of the mountain. But that feeling that you get when you reach the top of the mountain – you feel like you are on the top of the world, and not just a mountain.

It is important to note that Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe. If your plan is to spend a weekend there, better keep that plan for yourself, because some European people might think that you are weird, and the reason why is because Val Thorens is the kind of a place where people usually spend at least one week.

Val Thorens Is All About Skiing

Unlike many other ski resorts that have a long list of things that you can do, Val Thorens is mainly about skiing. Don’t hope for a lot of shopping and dining, because these two things are very limited. In fact, the town is mostly comprised of chalets and condos.

It is not very high on cultural history and charm, and skiing is the main reason why it was built. Also, make sure to remember that it is not easy to drive to other ski resorts from Val Thorens, but you can easily ski to them during the day though.

Panoramic Views

Val Thorens has some amazing panoramic mountain views, and that is actually an understatement. Regardless of where you are located in the resort, you are able to see over 100 peaks in Italy, Switzerland and France.

One thing that is truly beautiful about Val Thorens is that if you happen to get tired on one area, you can simply move to another one. However, make sure to get back to Val Thorens while the lifts are still running, because driving takes a couple of hours.

Family-Friendly Activities

Even though Val Thorens truly is a magical place for skiing, it is not really known for offering a lot of family-friendly activities, but they are working hard to ensure that everyone feels welcome. There is no reason to drive to Val Thorens, unless you already have a car somewhere in Europe.

Trains are available, but the closest stop is about 37 km away from the ski resort. And once you get there, you should stay for at least four days if you want to fully explore the ski resort and everything that it has to offer.

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Studio B – If the walls could talk

Intro

Studio B is a rental property in Val Thorens, France. This quaint mountain town offers a ton of enjoyment and we wanted to share some of the stories. These stories are from the view of guests who are visiting Val Thorens and the adventures abound.

We operate a rental property “Studio B” up in this mountain town and the stories we have compiled are noting but entertaining. Our guests have left us notes and sent e-mails of the many fun times and memories they have made while staying in our studio. We want to share those memories for a bit of comic relief, nostalgia and inspiration.

We don’t get over to the Alps often enough anymore so I wanted to start this off with a video of an upcoming event we hope to make.

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