Val Thorens is the highest ski village in Europe, but village doesn’t quite do the resort justice. The extensive town has everything you could ever need and more from a high altitude getaway, the skiing isn’t half bad either.
Nestled high in the Tarentaise, Val Thorens keeps its lifts turning well in to May. Topping out at over 3200m, the French resort caters for all kinds of skiers. Well groomed pistes of varying difficulty keep those looking to accumulate piste miles grinning from ear to ear, whilst a sprawling terrain park will amuse arial daredevils all day.
One thing that Val Thorens does particularly well is après ski. On the mountain, Bar 360 and La Folie Douce are the first ports of call for tabletop dancers, whilst those in search of a more chilled out affair will find a plethora of bars and restaurants in the town.
Stubai is home to one of the best glaciers in the Alps. Every season snow lovers flock to the high altitude haven to enjoy all kinds of snowsports. Piste peddlers, park rats and backcountry explorers will discover a high altitude playground. The large glacier keeps the resort open long after the closing date other resorts in the region and the ice base keeps the pistes in tip top condition.
The Ski Club visited the resort in the Tirol to see what all the fuss was about: