You can’t write a list of the top European ski resorts without mentioning Val Thorens. Not only is it regularly voted as Europe’s best ski resort, it’s also frequently cited as one of the best in the world.
With an altitude of 2,300m, the spectacular resort is the highest in Europe, meaning snow is pretty much guaranteed from November to May, and with 600km of runs, the variety is breath-taking. There’s the vast amount of red and blue runs, offering beginner and intermediate skiers endless opportunities to learn and improve, and then there’s the huge amount of off-piste opportunities on offer for more adventurous, experienced skiers.
The purpose-built village has seen a facelift in the recent years, catering for the increase of a more affluent clientele, so there’s no shortage of nice bars, restaurants and hotels. But even with this influx of wealth, the town still has so much to offer for the younger generation who want to let off some steam with some après-ski – including Le Malaysia, the largest nightclub in the Alps.
Where to stay: Club Med Val Thorens Sensations