In theory, the 2020-21 ski season in Val Thorens starts on Saturday 21st November 2020, and finishes on Sunday 9th May 2021. Exact dates depend on French national Coronavirus rules.
Skiing Made Easy is a Kindle ebook and paperback. It's a practical guide to learning to ski, based on many happy seasons of ski teaching in Val Thorens. Most of the demonstrations are performed by my friend and fellow Val Thorens ski instructor Marina.
'This is the book I wish I'd had when I started skiing' - Amazon
The Val Thorens resort section has details of resort facilities including the tourist office, post office, banks, medical centre, church, parking, radio station, and the cinema. There's also a Val Thorens resort maps page, and information about the sports centre, market, and resort shuttle bus.
The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area and the ski area sector by sector. There are pages on the snowpark, skicross, and the slalom stadium. You can also find information about off piste itineraries, a piste map, and the ski pass prices. Finally, there's a guide to the mountain restaurants.
I'm selling an old-fashioned altimeter-barometer. It has a small compass and a small thermometer built in.
The listing is on eBay. Auction starting price £4 + P&P.
I'm selling some branded Val Thorens sunglasses - a cool and distinctive item.
The listing is on eBay. Auction starting price £7 + P&P.
The Val Thorens travel page has information about the ski trains to the French Alps, plus flights, and advice on travel to Val Thorens by car. There's a section on transfer companies, and we have bus times, and the route and times of the resort shuttle.
What are the new requirements related to Brexit? How much time must be left on your passport? Will your sandwiches be confiscated?
What are the requirements related to Covid imposed by the UK and French governments?
Find out about travel to France: Brexit and Covid.
Donna Ananda is a professional masseuse who works in Val Thorens in the winter. She is based in Chalet Cocoon. Find out more and get in touch.
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Details of the six ski schools in Val Thorens, to book lessons for adults or children in skiing or snowboarding. Also, find out about high mountain guides, plus the best options for private lessons in Val Thorens.
All the special events in Val Thorens during the winter season, plus the current week's events during the winter. Val Thorens opens on Saturday 23rd November 2019. Early season events include the Trophée Andros and the Skicross World Cup. One of the end of season highlights is the 3 Vallées Enduro Rally.
Many of the restaurants in Val Thorens serve Savoyard specialities like fondue, but there are many other dishes on offer, including pizza, steak, and delicious salads. For burger and chips, or more refined cuisine, find out about it in restaurants in Val Thorens.
From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens. Intentionally or not, you may find yourself rolling into one of the nightclubs in Val Thorens - research here the next morning to see where you were.
Our guide to the (non-skiing) activities in Val Thorens, including ten pin bowling, tobogganing, ski doos (snowmobiles), ice driving, mountain biking, paragliding & paramotor, the Tyrolienne zip wire, and helicopter flights.
Reports on the new developments in advance of the ski season, and on the events during the winter season. Read the news from Val Thorens, and see photos and videos.
Why do we love Val Thorens?
Above all for the snow and terrain. As the highest resort in Europe, it often has some of the best snow. Why ski on icy hardpack, when you've got the option of soft, cold, fresh snow in VT?
As for the terrain, there's an extensive beginners' area, kilometres of varied pistes for intermediates and experts, a top-class snowpark, and a World Cup Skicross course. You can find a wealth of off-piste, too, including some of the most charming itineraries in the Alps.
The lift company continues to invest in the ski area, with improvements for each new winter season.
The big challenge for Val Thorens now is how it plans for the future in the context of our climate crisis.
The risk is that its response is gestures and greenwash: attract clients who fly hundreds of miles to get here and stay for just a few days, but put them on an electric navette around resort. It's logically incoherent as a solution to reducing carbon emissions, but it's easy to imagine the electric bus on the cover of a brochure, to support claims that Val Thorens is taking global warming seriously.
Genuine and fundamental changes are needed, based on rigorous and honest thinking. That should start now.
An article about the French social security/pensions organisation La CIPAV, written in desperation.
This guide is based on many seasons in Val Thorens, and I hope you find it useful. Happy skiing in Val Thorens.