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Val Thorens Skiing France

Ski Stats

Green Runs: 13%

Blue Runs: 39%

Red Runs: 38%

Black Runs: 10%

Artificial: 43%

Cross Country: No trails, the best option is 28km link between Les Menuires and St-Martin-de-Belleville

Moody, magnificent and HIGH...mainly for serious skiers

You could say Val Thorens-Orelle takes no prisoners, but that would be unfair. Suffice it to say that it can be a little bleak and daunting. But since

The resort - at 2300 metres (7,546 ft) - is the highest in the Alps, and includes two glaciers (but no trees), you cant have it both ways. It has an immense variety of mainly strong-intermediate to hard-core skiing (and some easier slopes, it must be said) on its 150km of slopes, linked with the other resorts in the celebrated Three valleys region.

The top of the Cime de Caron, which at 3200 metres (10,500 feet) provides the resort's most interesting slopes and some of the best scenery, is reached by a huge cable car which accommodates 150 people. From the top there are many ways down: some red, some black, some off-piste, some a little of each, all quite challenging. This is also the way down to Orelle and the Maurienne Valley, the back door of the Three Valleys often used by Italian visitors to access the region. Much of the rest of the skiing starts from the Pointe de Thorens, which often has some of the best snow. But dont miss the runs down from the Peclet glacier.

Theres good skiing (usually bumped up) off the Cascade run, and the Boismint chair provides some nice and quite gentle skiing in a more out-of-the-way area, far from the cut-and-thrust of the higher slopes

Val Thorens' fourth Funitel gondola carrying 33 passengers in each cabin - was due to open at the end of 2011. The Funitel de Thorens will enable passengers to climb from the summit of the Portette chair (2795metres) to the Col du Bouchet at an altitude of 3000 metres in less than two minutes. From here, skiers and boarders can take either the new Asters red run or the new Chocard blue run.

The off-piste is genuinely challenging and varied, and with a high-mountain guide, there are all kinds of ski-touring opportunities avaliable in Val Thorens One that is tiring to reach but not too difficult to ski is the Glacier Gebroulaz, which takes you back into Meribel through the back door.

Ski Schools

Many skiers and boarders to the Three Valleys book their lessons in either Courchevel or Meribel or, if they are staying in Val Thorens, with the ESF there. There are other ski schools in operation in the resort which tend to offer something a little different such as heli skiing or race training. During peak season the ski schools get booked up in advance and it is always advisable to reserve your lessons prior to your holiday.

Ski Kindergartens

The ESF run 2 mini clubs - Le Montana for chidren from 3-18 months and Le Roc aged 18 months and over. The Bambis section of the ski school takes children from 3 years upwards. All are bookable via the ESF.

Ski Passes

The lift passes covers Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires and St-Martin; family reductions; pedestrian and half-day passes.

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