Val Thorens 2300 is Europe’s highest ski resort and the most snow-sure area in France’s 600km 3 Valleys lift circuit.
Accommodation is mainly apartments though they’re starting to comply with public demand and building hotels.
Many of the lodgings are ski-in-ski-out which makes life easier after a long day on the slopes. Runs from here fan out all over the mountain and whilst an altitude resort is not ideal for beginners the runs nearest the resort are all user friendly for beginners and early intermediates; whilst just ten minutes fast schuss and you are in the ski-easy terrain that’s made the 3Vs world-famous. And if you’re feeling adventurous, drop over into the Maurienne valley for some wild off-piste itineraries.
A minor point here is the weather. Being at the top of the mountain range you face gales and storms which can close the lifts at short notice, particularly in January.