January 2018 / Travel / by Sophie Hampton

Visit the World’s Best Ski Resort in 2018

Ranked by CNN as the world’s best ski resort in 2017, Val Thorens is this season’s must-visit winter destination. Set on the lofty peaks of the Alps, Europe’s highest ski resort enjoys a vantage point in the legendary Three Valleys – three vast networks of pistes that interlink, offering over 600km of top-quality skiing and clinching the title as the world’s largest linked ski area. Val Thorens helicopter transfers offer a seamless transition to a luxurious escape for you and your loved ones, taking just 80 minutes from Nice Airport. Find out what the celebrated destination offers discerning visitors.









Top Quality Skiing

Val Thorens ski resort sits at a dizzying 2,300 metres, ensuring fantastic snow coverage and an extra-long season that stretches from November to May. There’s a great range of slopes in and around Val Thorens, from great nursery slopes with moving carpets to more advanced slopes for experienced skiers. A splendid and seemingly endless array of red and blue runs will keep intermediates entertained, while expert skiers will find great fun in the offering of off-piste runs, the difficult terrain of the Cime Caron, and Val Thorens’ daunting Snowpark. The Three Valleys is connected by a super-fast lift system, ensuring your skiing adventure covers as much ground, and sky, as possible!









Alpine Adventure

When such intense skiing gets a bit too tiresome, there are plenty of other snow-based activities in Val Thorens for the entire family: a lightning-fast zip line that starts at over 3,000m altitude, amazing ice track driving adventures, and a brilliant 6km tobogganing run – to name but a few! You can also hike on a glacier, hit the luge, browse Val Thorens’ shops, or relax at the cinema or bowling alley. Val Thorens is a varied resort, making it perfect for all types of guests.


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Fine Food and Warm Wine

The scenic town is connected to both Courchevel and Meribel, giving easy access to a selection of world-famous alpine retreats, fine restaurants, luxury hotels, and other indulgent amenities. A noteworthy eatery is the double Michelin-starred Jean Sulpice restaurant – headed by the youngest French chef to ever get a Michelin Star. There are also some great on-mountain terraces at which one can enjoy a vin chaud in the sun in between runs. A little further afield, La Bouitte in neighbouring Saint Martin de Belleville is a 3 Michelin-Starred triumph, while Courchevel has an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurants for dinner, including the three-starred Le 1947 and the two-starred Pierre Gagnaire pour les Airelles.

Après-Ski? Absolutely

With regards to après-ski, Val Thorens takes some beating, with La Folie Douce at the top of Pleine Sud considered one of the best après-ski party venues in Europe. There’s also a host of cosy little bars in the village, as well as a couple of nightclubs that will keep going all night.

Arrive From the Sky and Hit the Slopes

Val Thorens is one of the finest ski resorts on earth, with stellar snow conditions and a fabulous gourmet and nightlife scenes. With a Val Thorens helicopter transfer from Nice, there’s no wasted transfer time from airport or station. Helicopters lands on the snow and you walk the few steps to your accommodation – no fuss and minimal effort. Val Thorens is a purpose-built ski resort, where all accommodation options are ski-in/ski-out. And because the resort is compact and incredibly easy to walk around, your chalet will be situated very close to all the amazing bars and gourmet restaurants that Val Thorens has to offer.