Looking first at skiing, Val Thorens is really great for families as the resort offers 150km of runs without venturing further afield. They offer an 'easy rider' zone with two free ski slopes, four magic carpets, and also a beginner ski pass which includes eight ski lifts. Val Thorens is perfect for little ones finding their ski legs as there are 10 green runs which you do not always find in other resorts. There are then 34 blue runs, 28 red and eight black runs for the more experienced ski families. We know that kids really enjoy the snow parks, whilst mum and dad might not be too keen. There are again several different levels of parks depending if you are just wanting a fun ski with obstacles or to try to get some serious big air. There is a main snow park, a family park and a fun slope, along with the big airbags available in the afternoons.
There are lots of ski schools to choose from in Val Thorens and the meeting point is really centrally located in the resort. Each ski school offers different group sizes for children and there are lots of bilingual instructors depending what you are looking for. The 'Ski Cool' lessons introduced a new technique for kids learning to ski a couple of seasons ago which seems to be a hit. They now offer what is essentially a wing jump suit which is worn like a cape and attached to the ski poles, inflating when little ones pick up speed and apparently providing a light safe gliding sensation.
For families with those not yet old enough to ski, we appreciate that holidaying with babies is never easy, and ski holidays can prove even more tricky. Val Thorens tries to make things as easy as possible and you can find all you will need in resort. There are lots of different childcare options if you would still like some slope time yourselves. There are private babysitters available to come to your apartment, hotel or chalet, and several different creches and ski schools available depending on whether the little ones are ready for sledging and playing in the snow, or even ready to strap on some skis.
There is also no need to bring all your baby equipment as well as your ski stuff as most items can be rented in resort, such as snow suitable prams, cots, baby carriers and high chairs. There is also the possibility to rent children's ski clothing (from aged 6-12yrs) if you again want to save some space in your case.