/ Val thorens
Just wondering if you had any advice on going or good accomodation/ bars and restraunts you would reccomend, also what are prices like? I assume due to it being a purpose built resort, prices will be quite high.
Any info would be appreciated.
I've been twice to Val Thorens, always stayed in low-end accommodation. As a resort it's very similar to any other, with prices slightly more than you expect.
As a ski base it's great, offering access to all the Three Valleys - make sure you get the area pass.
I've been several times. It's an ugly, bleak, windswept, purpose built, high altitute resort, totally lacking in charm and character, which happens to be located in one of the best skiing areas in Europe.
It's the latter which has drawn me back time and time again!
What he said - ugliest resort on the planet, but great skiing and can get across all the 3-Valleys.
One thing to bear in mind is that VT's altitude means in cops any bad weather going. But then it also guarantees the snow. Swings and roundabouts.
I found the snowboarding to be good, if you see a flat bit, ride into as fast as you can. You'll get over it everytime.
The boardercross track is brilliant in Val Thorens
They're ment to be doing up Val Thorens, getting rid of the ugly looking buildings, not that you're there to look at the buildings you're there to ski/snowboard.
I'm afraid La Plagne wins the ugliest ski resort by a country mile, it makes Val Thorens look like a swiss apline village by comparisson.
Val Thorens is very high and so has good points: guarenteed snow, largest linked resort in the world (four valleys, dont forget Orelle which is really good), relatively cheap compared to it's neighbours.
bad points: no tree runs so when the weather craps out you're stuffed !
If you are going in January you dont need to be so high up as there 'should' be snow at the lower and cheaper resorts.
You pay your money, you make your choice ;-)
we found a cheap apartment hotel which offered 3 valley lift pass in the price so worked out about £350 each plus easyjet flight and mountain express transfer.
St Martin de Belleville is a much nicer venue and gives you the same access to Les Trois Vallees if you buy the full pass.
...and as someone else said it can get very windy and very cold when the weather craps out.
Tignes is good and also cheaper than Val d'Isere where all the gap yahs go.
Of course, maybe you yourself "chunder everywhere..." ;-)
> Tignes is good and also cheaper than Val d'Isere where all the gap yahs go.
I agree. Depends on why you go on a skiing holiday of course. If mainly to ski then Tignes is a much better base than Val d'Isere to ski the Espace Killy in my opinion. If you want to spend a small fortune, buy expensive clothes, and live it up in the night life, then by all means go to V d'I. I go for the skiing :-).
Val Thorns is good for skiing, but has its own problems as mention by others. Much prefer La Tania as a resort to get into the Three Valleys ski area.
no way! Have you been to Flaine?
Thanks for the input lads! Still undecided. We go for the skiing not for the night life, that comes in june and sept :-D
We usually just get the cheapo self catering accomodation and make the most of our time out on the mountain so we are not that fussy with accomodation, so long as ive got my balcony! Nothing better than chilling out with a beer on the balcony waiting for our lass to get ready :-D
We do like the tree lined runs that avoriaz and surrounding areas have to offer and will take that into account when looking at val T.
What other european high altitude resorts offering cheap self catering are there that you rate? Wevegot all the brouchures and have looked at internet untill our eyes are square but its good to hear peoples views on different places!
! Nothing better than chilling out with a beer on the balcony waiting for our lass to get ready :-D
Highly unlikely you will be doing that in VT in Jan! You could take a sleeping bag I suppose.
I enjoyed my stay there, great ski in ski out accommodation, brilliant boarder-cross track.
Great runs for all levels and abilities.
You can do it on a budget, prices aren't too bad. Loads of supermarkets to buy your own food from, if you go self catering.
Agree with a lot of the opinions here. If wide, open, bleak scenery is your thing then this is the place to go. I went over Xmas a couple of years ago. Lots of snow but absolutely freezing, expecialy when the wind comes in and you are on a lift - very unplesant. Defo wasnt the place for drinks on the balconies when I went. More like hot chocolates every couple of hours to thaw the fingers. Pricey accommodation too.
One question which I may have missed the answer to above is, how good is the ski ability of the the party, because some locations may not be worth the cost if the party are not good enough to make use of it.
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