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Why Val Thorens is good for families in 2018/19

Top family friendly activities to do in resort this winter season

Featured in: | Gemma Hunt, Val Thorens Reporter | Published

Val Thorens is a popular choice for families and is awarded with the 'famille plus' badge. The resort makes great improvements year on year to make things easier for mum and dad and ups the fun levels for kids big and small.

Here is a quick look at what you can expect when holidaying in Val Thorens as a family. 

Family skiing in Val Thorens

Why Val Thorens is good for families in 2018/19

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.

Family activities in Val Thorens

Why Val Thorens is good for families in 2018/19

Val Thorens isn't just about skiing, and there are plenty of activities away from the slopes for families. There are several free sledging areas with magic carpets in the resort centre. This is in addition to the main sledge run which is 6km long, along with the option of night sledging or group sledging (or 'snake gliss') which involves ten sledges linked together. Any families keen on cycling can also hang up your skis at the end of the day and try mountain biking on snow once the slopes have closed. There are family skidoo trips available, husky rides, ice driving and two zip lines to try out. The new zip line this year is also available for non-skiers too, so if some of your family don't ski you can still all join in together. 

There is always a varied entertainment programme each week in Val Thorens with a huge emphasis on family activities. There are several free music events for kids, arts and craft events, and also the option for children to join in the torchlit ski descent with the instructors, which is not available in a lot of resorts. On whiteout days there is a great sports centre in Val Thorens so it is worth packing your swim suit to use the swimming area and spa. There is also a fun park for younger kids and a 'delir park' for older ones (10yrs +) who think they may be the next ninja warrior.

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Why Val Thorens is good for families in 2018/19

On a practical level, most of Val Thorens' accommodation is centrally located, if not ski in ski out. The resort aims to be car free with no roadside parking, large underground car parks, and free buses operating regularly. There are several indoor picnic areas if you just need to warm up or prefer to opt out of a restaurant bill. In terms of eating out in Val Thorens, there is something for all budgets with on the slopes snack stops, restaurants on the pistes, and plenty of supermarkets too. There are also 18 free wifi zones in Val Thorens, perfect for posting those family ski snaps. That's all located in Val Thorens itself without taking into account you will also have the option to ski the full Three Valleys, the largest ski area in the world.

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