Val Thorens, a gateway to Les Trois Vallées, is the highest ski resort in Europe, with a ski area that starts at an altitude of 1800 m and rises to 3230 m. The village itself sits at 2300 m and provides very easy access to the slopes. Val Thorens is often one of the first ski resorts to open its doors to skiers, usually in early November. A resort in a league of its own, its presence in the heart of Les Trois Vallées means that visitors have access to 600 km of runs. The resort itself also has 150 kilometres of runs for all abilities.
A semi-pedestrianised resort, Val Thorens offers accommodation at the foot of the slopes and a wide variety of skiing and non-skiing activities, with an ice driving circuit, the longest toboggan run in France (6 kilometres and a 700-metre elevation difference), a giant snowpark (70,000 m²), a bowling alley, an arcade, spas, as well as restaurants, bars and clubs.
In terms of visitor numbers, Val Thorens is one of the top ski resorts in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. For some unforgettable moments among friends or family, head to Val Thorens to enjoy its varied slopes. For families, day-care services and skiing lessons are available, so everyone has a chance to enjoy winter sports in this spectacular setting.
For your ski hire in Val Thorens, pay a visit to one of our five Skiset shops, located at the foot of your accommodation.
There are many theories about the best way to learn to ski. Most of us are probably familiar with the old chips-and-pizza method of teaching kids how to position their skis. Chips to go faster, pizza to slow down and stop.
But one ski school in France has decided to try something new: attaching wings to kids and then guiding them down the piste.
While a pair of fairy wings or dragon wings attached to a young skier's back might sound cute and a good way to get their imaginations going, the wings being used in the Three Valleys are not of the fancy dress variety. They're more like miniature parachutes that have been turned into capes.
Parents might not see the benefits of this option at first - after all, it sounds a little bit like the younger skiers might just go airborne during a lesson. In actuality, however, it seems that the wings can be really useful in overcoming many of the difficulties that kids have when learning to ski.
According to Ski Cool in Val Thorens, the wings can significantly help youngsters find their sense of balance, and they also instil confidence. Called Wingjump, this style of skiing is particularly useful for those who are trying to improve their parallel turns and the added feeling of lift that the Wingjump wings provide helps to encourage kids to keep their weight forward. This makes turns easier and allows for a bit of speed to be built up at the same time.
What's more, young skiers find it a lot of fun - and reasonably so! Who wouldn't enjoy having a pair of wings attached to their arms while swishing down a mountain?
Wingjump is part of the standard six-day child group lessons offered by Ski Cool. Classes run from Sunday to Friday for kids in First Star to Gold Level.
Alternatively, if you don't want to commit to a whole week of ski lessons, private sessions are also available.
There's no doubt that skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities for anyone heading out on a snowsports getaway. But just because you love swishing down the mountain doesn't mean skiing and snowboarding are the only things you can do during your trip to the Alps. In fact, many people like to take a few hours, or a whole day, to try something new during their winter holiday.
If you're really looking to get the adrenaline flowing, there are several alternative snow sports you might want to consider, which will get you moving faster and higher than ever before. Here are some options to consider:
For many years now, kiteboarding has been growing in popularity at the seaside. Using large kites, surfers harness the power of the wind, enabling them to move above the water and enjoy some enormous jumps.
Now, the kites are being brought to high altitudes, and the results are amazing. There are designated snow-kite pistes across France, Italy and Switzerland where you can learn the sport and put your newfound skills to the test, flying, spinning and twisting through the air as a snow kite pulls you up and down the mountain.
This sport might look like normal Alpine skiing at first, but you'll have special bindings that only attach the front of the boot. This allows more flexibility and freedom - especially in the turns. The technique isn't easy to learn, but once you've mastered it, you'll enjoy a more natural and unrestricted feel to your skiing.
Also known as parapenting, this is one of the world's fastest-growing air sports and is particularly popular in the Three Valleys area, which includes resorts like Val Thorens and Courchevel.
To get started with paragliding, you'll probably begin with a few trips flying in tandem with a qualified instructor. Once you get the hang of the activity, you can also go solo.
You begin by running downhill, gaining speed until the parachute lifts you into the air. Then, you can sit back and enjoy the view, while catching wind currents to carry you upwards and allowing you to glide for longer.
You can also try ski-paragliding, which allows you to pick up even more speed. Chamonix is a popular location for paragliding, with the best conditions in May and June.
For your rental at Val Thorens, Skiset takes care of everything.
Reservation is quick and easy. We pass your order on to the shop in
Val Thorens resort who will prepare your order in advance. Whether you
want to order skis or a snowboard, we offer both adult and child packs.
Skiset is made up of 800 rental shops in 400 resorts in Europe and the
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about the mountains. Renowned skiers or instructors of Val Thorens resort, our advisors are best able to advise you according to your
preferences, your level and also the snow conditions in Val Thorens resort. Located in the most convenient areas of Val Thorens resort, our
shops are dedicated to the enjoyment of skiing. Depending on the range
of equipment you choose to hire, you may also change your skis or try a
snowboard during your stay at Val Thorens
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