Ski; The Three Valleys

Margaret Kelly 05 December 2011
I was lucky enough to be invited on a ski educational with Topflight to Meribel & Val Thorens. This was my first ever ski trip, so I was very excited to get on the slopes.

Val Thorns is the highest ski resort in France with an altitude of 2300m therefore offers excellent ski conditions. It is perfect for beginners, intermediate, advance ski and snow boarding. Val Thorens is part of the three valleys which links with Meribel, Le Menuires, Mottaret, Courchevel & La Tania covering over 600km of piste.

We stayed in the Hotel Le Val Thorens which has excellent facilities including spa, ski shop & doorstep ski. We were able to meet our ski instructor at the ski shop & get our ski gear. I was ready & headed for the ski slopes for my very first lesson. I was very nervous, but I did I really enjoyed it, after a lot of falls, I managed to ski down my first slope. It was a fantastic experience. When I got to the end of the slope, I was delighted to see that I could take the moving carpet back up the slope & not the ski chairs, that’s for the next trip.

I was surprised at how much Val Thorens as a resort has to offer. It has excellent facilities including leisure centre, heated children’s fun park, badminton, tennis, squash, football, table tennis, climbing, and cinema. Apres ski is lively, with plenty of bars, restaurants & nightclubs. The food was always excellent with great variation of restaurants. The cheese fondant is very popular which I loved & chilling out in the afternoon in the bars & restaurants by the slopes and watching the world go by. The resorts offer a huge range of accommodation including hotel, self-catering apartments & chalets.

Meribel is a much smaller & up market resort with an altitude of 1700m. We stayed in Madame Vacances Chalet De Meribel. I was great for a group as it has great facilities and was only a short walk to centre of village. The resort offers hotels and self-catering accommodation aswell aschalets. We did not get to ski there, but we did get to enjoy the Olympic ice staking rink & the Health Spa which was wonderful to relax & see the slopes from the relaxation area.

The resort offer excellent skiing for beginners, intermediate, advance ski & snow boarding. I am really looking forward to my next ski trip and will hopefully make it onto the bigger slopes.