A LTA PUR A , VA L T HOR E NS F R E NCH A L P S
T he highest ski resort in Europe, and home to the largest ESF ski school (Ecole de Ski Francaise), Val Thorens is a mecca of European skiing. The resort town is situated at the highest point of three valleys, offering access to the largest ski area in the world, with 600 kilometers of slopes, 334 of signposted runs and almost 200 ski lifts. It is possible to ski the interlinked valleys using a single ski pass, while enjoying guaranteed snow from November to May, unparalleled views, well- groomed trails, and numerous mountain eateries. Besides Alpine skiing, Val Thorens offers scenic skiing, off-piste skiing, ski hiking, a snowpark, boardercross, snow-shoeing and the longest toboggan run in Europe. Live music, dance parties, restaurants, bars, shops, and spas abound, for other activities daytime and long into the night. Nestled a few minutes walk or shuttle ride below the village lies the 5-star, ski-in, ski-out Altapura hotel, “the highest ski palace” in the world. At 2300 meters, the Nordic-chic Altapura offers 88 deluxe rooms and suites, three restaurants, a state of the art ski shop, spa with sauna, hammam, and indoor/outdoor swimming pool, children’s center and huge slopes-facing terrace and bar. Enjoy a décor rich in faux furs and natural wood and stone elements,
accented with antique skis, and complemented by contemporary amenities. The hotel’s gastronomic restaurant, Les Enfants Terribles, serves creative mountain fare in an elegant setting; La Laterie offers a carefully crafted menu of fondues and cheese-based dishes. altapura.fr –A.M.
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