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Val Thorens - The highest station in Europe

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Those, who are already sharpening their skis for winter fun, have a very large choice when it comes to renowned European resorts. The offer is varied and suitable for everyone - from advanced skiers looking for challenges, to the beginners, who want to know if schussing on snow is what accelerates the flow of blood in their veins. You can select between small, intimate resorts, and those huge, with hundreds of kilometers of ski runs and developed tourist infrastructure.

An excellent example of a resort perfect for active people, who want to make the most of the time, is Val Thorens - a paradise, which is the highest resort of winter sports in Europe. The station is located at 2,300 m altitude, it offers excellent conditions for skiers to practice favorite sports even in May. Developed accommodation base is located directly on the slopes, numerous restaurants, shops, and discos together form a tempting offer, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourist from all over Europe each year.

Val Thorens - suspended under the sky

Val Thorens is a part of Les 3 Vallées, the largest ski area in the world located in France. While staying in the region you can get acquaint with ski runs around Val Thorens – there’re over 600 km of pistes and 199 lifts waiting for snow adherents. It's a ski paradise, moreover, all the valleys are interconnected by lifts so you don’t even have to take off your skis in order to check your skills on other slopes. Val Thorens’ sister, Meribel, entice those, who want to have an easy access to all the attractions of the resort – it’s located in the very center of the region. Courchevel tempts with modern facilities, including a cable to the top of Le Saulire, with a famous black run waiting for tourists. However, Val Thorens , apart from its location, offers 140 km of its own pistes and a variety of activities, such as sports and recreational center and a wellness center with a wide range of relaxing treatments .

Boredom has no chances to reach so high. In the sport center we have the opportunity to play tennis, squash, work out in the gym, swim in an indoor pool and warm yourself in sauna. Outside you can enjoy the longest toboggan run in France (6 km of exhilarating tobogganing), as well as snow bikes and snowmobiles. If anyone needs an even greater adrenaline rush, can drive or walk across the ice on frozen waterfalls.

But Val Thorens tempts with something else. Each year it hosts a big festival for snowboarders - SKI & Boarderweek. This year it takes place on 14/12/13 - 21/12/13, and it consists of DJ shows, professional sports enthusiasts contests, as well as tests of the products of famous brands. There will also be held Freesyle Show & Coaching, the offer is also expanded by Easy Funpark & Big Airbag and events at the Malaysia club.

Ticket prices for the season 2013/2014

The resort is open from mid-November to early May. People interested in Val Thorens and Tres Vallées ski runs will probably want to compare the prices of ski passes. For Val Thorens the cost of 1-day pass for an adult ranges from 37.60 euro to 47 euro, depending on the season. A weekly pass costs over 204 euro (between 23.11-13.12) and 255 euro (between 21.12-18.04). Comparing it with the station Vallée des Belleville prices are a lot lower. For example, for one day of skiing on the slopes of mentioned station you will pay 45.60 euro, while the weekly pass costs 256 euro.

Tourists can enjoy Halfpipe, 5 snow parks, as well as 1,4 km long boardercross route. The most famous and the most difficult ski runs of Val Thorens include La Cascada, with a length of 5500 meters. Equally famous is 6-kilometer, black run La Combe de Caron and 12-kilometer Col de l'Audzin a height difference of 1,400 meters.

Where to stay in Val Thorens?

As it was already mentioned, tourists coming to the station have a really wide selection of accommodation, starting from intimate guesthouses, ending on luxury hotels. Those, who want to go skiing with their own camper can stop at one of the three parking areas. It would cost from 14,50-25 euro per day, but there you can easily empty the toilet or replenish the water. Places can be booked on-line (valthoparc.com), which slightly lower the price.

If you stay in one of the local hotels, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of SPA treatments. After a long, but somewhat tiring day on the slopes, indulging in relaxing treatments will put you in a state of bliss. The next day, you can conquer the pistes with new energy - after all, you are in the highest ski resort in Europe.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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