Val Thorens is the phrase ‘winter wonderland’ personified. As Europe’s highest ski resort, it lies snuggled amongst a thick blanket of powdery, fresh snow, and is bathed in sunlight radiating from the clear blue skies. In short, it’s the perfect place to not just go skiing but while away your days in a contemporary haven, bursting with exciting moments. Here are just five things to do in Val Thorens.

Take in the view

Val Thorens is a place where your Instagram will work overtime to record the many stunning views. One of the best can be found at Cime Caron based at a heady 3,200m. Take the Cime Caron bubble to reach this vantage point, climb a little more then simply sit down and take it all in. Below you the Belleville and Maurienne valleys stretch out in all their glory. You might feel a little small in this epic universe but your heart will grow at the sheer beauty of the spectacle.

Picnic at the top of the world

Ride The Funitel Péclet to the top of the Val Thorens Valley and toast the sunset at 3,000m. The journey itself is remarkable with the lift’s huge windows opening up the landscape around you and creating a canvas of white perfection. It only takes ten minutes to arrive and find yourself staring in awe at the glacier below. Do justice to the moment by breaking open a bottle of wine and a hamper created from the area’s local specialities. Then just sit and soak in a memory that will cheer up humdrum moments for years to come.

Zipline to paradise

Not just one but two. Two of the longest, fastest and most exhilarating ziplines in the world can be found at Val Thorens. In 2014, the ride from the top of the Orelle resort was opened offering a two minute flight and speeds of over 100 km/h. An even longer line was opened four years later offering double the fun and the chance to race your friends to the bottom. For a dose of welcome holiday fear and bursts of sheer adrenaline, there’s little to match this death-defying experience.

Relax and unwind

While the slopes of Val Thorens are undeniably breathtaking, and the sporting activities nothing short of thrilling, why not take a break and just indulge yourself for a moment? One of the best ways to escape the chill or give your aching muscles some TLC is a trip to our Wellness Centre. Stocked with luxurious CARITA products and treatments, you can lose yourself in a relaxing massage, pamper your extremities with a hand and foot treatment, delight your chilly skin with a facial, and much more.

Wine and dine

There is no shortage of places to eat and drink in the cosy atmosphere of the Val Thorens resort. On one hand, you can tantalise your taste buds in our main restaurant, with a buffet bursting with authentic mountain cuisine. On the other, you can indulge your every gastronomic desire with dinner in the Gourmet Lounge, before retiring for a tipple in one of our intimate bars. If Michelin stars are your thing (and they’re certainly our thing) then we’d heartily recommend the local l’Epicurean for the sheer quality of its food, the daily changing menu and the refined wine list.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Val Thorens, you are guaranteed to enjoy every minute of it, and never be short of new things to try. Alongside these five fantastic activities, you can spend your time skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and indulging your inner gym bunny – there really is something for everyone!

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