This award-winning resort is renowned for its majestic views and first class skiing. Located at 2300m altitude, it is quite literally the top skiing and snowboarding destination within the Three Valleys ski area. Boasting the accolade of a Famille Plus star for its commitment to family-friendly facilities, Val Thorens is a dream destination for a family holiday of a lifetime.
This world-class resort may boast a huge variety of pistes and facilities, but it’s simple and intuitive layout makes taking the kids for their first ski lesson easy and almost hassle free (finding a perfectly fitting rented ski boot will always be tricky). Almost all accommodation is ski in/ski out, so all you need to do is step out your front door to find yourself on the freshly powdered slopes. There are so many options, so get yourself a knowledgeable provider to help you identify your dream catered chalet: Val Thorens will feel like home in no time!
The purpose-built resort is semi-pedestrianised and an almost car-free zone, with shuttle buses servicing all areas, making it safe for kids to explore the village. Restaurants clustered along the beginners slopes at the centre offer a wide variety of cuisines that can be catered to even the fussiest child. Alternatively you can enjoy fresh homemade meals in the comfort of your private catered chalet: Val Thorens really has it all.
Although a favourite among seasoned skiers, Val Thorens is one of the best resorts for beginners and intermediates. At the heart of the resort you’ll find schools offering all sorts of instruction, from traditional ESF to the more bespoke Free School Altitude. Their central location gives parents peace of mind, allowing them to watch from afar or giving them time to practice their own technique on the surrounding slopes.
For first time skiers there are excellent facilities available, making an initial foray onto the slopes fun and easy. As well as well-run lifts to the bigger slopes that keep waiting time to a minimum, the resort has several magic carpet lifts, which kids love and allow young ones to get to the top of the beginners slopes safely.
For kids that want a day off - or parents for that matter - fabulous childcare options are available. With a variety of kids’ clubs and crèche choices, children from as young as three months are catered for; private nannies are also available. So while your little one is cared for in your catered chalet, Val Thorens and its fantastic pistes are your oyster.
More Than Just Skiing
While some children can ski all day every day, some will prefer a change in routine. After a hearty breakfast in your catered chalet, Val Thorens has a day fun in store for the whole family. Trade the skis for a toboggan and take the whole family sledging. The resort has options for all ages: little ones can visit the ‘Baby Fun’ sledge park while older thrill-seekers can ride Europe’s longest toboggan run from Chalet du Toboggan. If anyone’s tired of snow, there’s also a sports centre, swimming pool, bowling alley, ice rink and even a spa, where parents can treat themselves to a massage.
It’s a no-brainer. For a fun-filled, unforgettable family holiday, take the kids to Val Thorens!
Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you're looking for a catered chalet, Val Thorens is just one of the superb ski resorts in which they can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect accommodation. Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.