Best beginner areas
Nursery ski areas
The Belleville valley has five designated beginner zones incorporating nursery ski areas. In Val Thorens this covers the area between the Roc, Cascades and 2 Lac lifts (where the 4 magic carpet lifts are free of charge). For those based in Les Menuires, this zone spans the space below and to the sides of the Doron lift and there's also one small free lift and piste near the Prayerand gondola and the Bettex blue piste. In St Martin de Belleville are two small beginner zones and a free drag lift.
Progressing to pistes
The best thing about Val Thorens is that unlike the majority of other resorts, it has gentle pistes that connect the various different areas of the valley, completely opening up the ski area for those who are still building up their confidence. This means that learners get as much variety as advanced skiers and spend less time, if any, doing the same slopes over and over again.
If you are comfortable navigating the resort by yourself after finishing ski lessons, we recommend trying the Cairn run down towards Les Menuires, which is wide and not too steep. It leads into Boulevard Cumin, which is narrower but also flatter. Once at the bottom of this run, you can explore the calm flat windy blues around Masse 1 to get the best of the morning sunshine. To head back to Val Thorens, you can take the Reberty followed by the two Bruyeres lifts where you have a choice of three blues, Mont de la Chambre, Pluviometre and Plein Sud. These runs all lead back into the heart of resort.
Also see: Ski Areas in Val Thorens, France