“Val Thorens lays claim to being the highest ski village in
western Europe and is the highest of the four principal resorts
of the giant Trois Valles. With its 189 lifts and 600km of
prepared pistes, the Trois Valles is the largest truly linked ski
area in the world.
In fact, the Trois Valles is no longer confined to three valleys but
stretches over the back of Val Thorens into the Maurienne
Valley and the Pointe de Bouchet ski area. It can be also
accessed from Orelle, a two-hour drive from Turin."
Be careful - Be Very careful. Don't go to Val
Thorens when there is more snow than there is at the Antarctic. They may sell
you a full 3 Valleys pass and not open the links all week. Val Thorens is
highest resort in Europe and boasts the highest pub, 'The Frog and
Roastbeef'. If you drive there, it's worth skiing on Saturday - the
changeover day, when it's much quieter and you may find that the links
to Méribel and Courchevel are open. You can then attack the full 600
kilometres of the 3 valleys
Based in Courchevel, we ski Val Thorens for the second time
and on our third trip as the Gorillas.
From Courchevel 1850, it's possible to get to Val Thorens in two or three lifts but from 1650 where we
were based, it takes three more lifts.
We based ourselves in Brides-les-Bains for our third trip to
'Les 3 Vallées' and although you can reach Val Thorens within three lifts, you
tend to not bother as you want to ski after having spent 20 minutes on the first
bubble all the way from Brides.