Val Thorens: 2,300m (7,545ft);
Chambery 2 hrs 45 mins, Geneva & Lyon 3 hrs 45 mins, Snow Train (Moutiers) 1 hr
· small beer £2.00 · bottle of house wine £12.00 · coffee/tea £1.50
Glacier High Altitude Guaranteed Snow
glacier resort / guaranteed snow
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So what's it like?
The highest resort in Europe with great snow and fantastic skiing for everybody.
At 2,230m Val Thorens is the highest resort in the French Alps, boasting an excellent snow record and an extensive ski network. This modern, purpose-built resort is a fine choice for all keen skiers; the main square and its sunny restaurants are right on the piste. Lifts take you up to Péclet and the 3195m Cime de Caron. For the more adventurous, take a Three Valleys pass and explore the staggering 600km of piste for some superb skiing.
There are many wide, gentle slopes for improving confidence and allowing an easy descent back to the resort. Complete beginners will enjoy the First Time ski and board programmes with a beginner lift-pass, covering 8 lifts in the Val Thorens ski area.
Try the long, wide red pistes around Funitel, Grand Fond, Boismint or the Peclet glacier. High speed lifts now provide links to Mottaret and the rest of the Three Valleys, or explore the hidden 4th Valley of Orelle, the full Three Valleys circuit offers endless opportunities with minimum queuing, even in high season.
Expert skiers will relish the sheer volume of challenges on offer. From the fabulous powder snow on the Glaciers of Peclet and Chavière, the world-class mogul-bashing on the long steep Cîme de Caron black run, and the infamous Couloirs of Courchevel - the Three Valleys has all this and more!
· a great resort for après ski · Frog & Roast Beef (the highest pub in Europe) and the Sne Sko Café for an excellent après ski atmosphere · Malaysia, for live music · Sumit Disco · Eclipse bar · Viking Pub
Sports centre (with tennis, squash, football, table-tennis, climbing, gym, swimming-pool), ice driving, parapenting, snowshoe walking, skidoos & toboggan run in a natural 6km long valley
Over 45 restaurants from simple crêperies to gourmet cuisine.· Pizzas around €9 · 3 course meal with wine approx. €30 · Fondues from €25 · La Cabane for traditional French dishes, the Scapin Pub for pizza. Les Clarines for top class gastronomic delights.
· Cinema · Skidoos · Two exclusive shopping centres · A toboggan run in a natural 6km long valley
From Chambery airportOne-way (arrival) from £44 pp. Return from £83 pp. One way helicopter transfer for up to 5 passengers are also available.
Arrive in style! Pre-book a private helicopter transfer for up to 5 passengers. See price panel for prices.
The ESF runs a non-skiing crèche with English speaking staff for children aged 18mths-3yrs. Your children will be looked after in a fun and safe environment normal activities include games drawing make-up and sledging.
For ages 3-4yrs the ESF also offers a skiing kindergartenthe Piou Piou club. The Piou Piou club fits in with normal crèche hours and provides a 45 min ski orientation class in a dedicated kids snow gardens. There are two ski gardens in resort both have a magic carpet ski lift and play area in order to stimulate the childrens' senses and provide them with a fun introduction to the world of skiing. In bad weather conditions children will be provided with free hot chocolate. See resort intro page for prices.