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Useful Resort Contacts
|Ski Cool School:||0033 479 000492|
|Tourist Information:||0033 479 000808|
|Hotel Fitz Roy (4 star):||0033 479 000478|
|Hotel Val Thorens (3 star):||0033 479 000433|
|Medical Centre:||0033 479 000037|
|Station de Taxi:||0033 479 006954|
Piste Rating for Val Thorens
Val Thorens is built high above the tree line on a sunny, west-facing mountainside at the head of its valley, surrounded by peaks, slopes and lifts. The streets are mainly traffic-free. Val Thorens is a classic purpose-built resort, with lots of convenient slope-side accommodation. It's quite a complex, but compact, little village. At its heart is the snowy Place de Caron, where pedestrians mix with skiers and boarders. The village is basically divided in two by a slope (with a drag-lift) that leads down to the broad main nursery slope running the length of the village. Seen from the slopes, the resort is not as ugly as many of its rivals buildings are mainly medium-rise and wood-clad; some are distinctly stylish.
The main disadvantage of Val Thorens is the lack of trees. Heavy snowfalls or high wind can shut practically all the lifts and slopes, and even if they don't close, poor visibility can be a problem. The resort has a wide piste going right down the front of it, leading down to a number of different lifts. Chair-lifts heading north from the resort serve sunny slopes above the village and also lead to the link to the Meribel valley. Few resorts can rival Val Thorens for reliably good snow-cover, thanks to its altitude and generally north-facing slopes. Recent reports suggest that the longest queues are for the largest and most rewarding lifts, although they do move fairly quickly.
For a high, modern resort, the choice of mountain restaurants is good. Eating out in the village offers something for most tastes and pockets, and it is more lively at night than most high-altitude ski-stations in terms of the aprés-ski, with a fair choice of bars and restaurants. There are also quite extensive shopping arcades.
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