The Alps' highest village, at 2,300 metres, gives you quick access to the massive Three Valleys ski area, accommodation for all budgets and plenty to keep you entertained in a vibrant setting. If guaranteed snow and high-altitude skiing are what you're after, Val Thorens is hard to beat.
Ninety nine per cent of the local slopes are situated above 2,000 metres, and wherever you stay will only be moments from the pistes. The resort is also famous for its après ski and nightlife and, increasingly, dining and gastronomy too.
Built in the 1960s, Val Thorens' compact village won't win awards for beautiful architecture, but in recent years the look has been improved, augmented by a flurry of upmarket, designer hotels, as well as an influx of gastronomic restaurants.
Val Thorens is part of the enormous, 600km Three Valleys ski area. Such is the extent of the slopes that you could stay for a whole season and still be discovering new terrain, including some of the incredible off-piste.
The wide choice of ski-in/ski-out apartments makes this a good resort for families who want to self cater.
The village is awash with culinary creativity. At La Maison, you can get involved, with cookery lessons by Head Chef Cyril Attrazic.
The two big hitters for après ski straight off the mountain are La Folie Douce and Bar 360. Both whip the crowds up into a table dancing frenzy by mid afternoon and there are plenty of places to keep partying until the early hours.
As a purpose built resort, Val Thorens lacks the classic stand-alone old chalet buildings; instead, catered chalets are predominantly part of larger apartment developments.
It's easy to get to Val Thorens from Moutiers, the nearest Eurostar station.
By bus: around 65 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com).
By taxi: around 50 minutes; about 80€ for an 8-seater taxi.