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Val Thorens, France
Europe's highest resort, with guaranteed good snow.

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For the enthusiast looking for the best snow in the Alps, it's difficult to beat Val-Thorens - especially given that it's also one of the least unpleasant purpose-built resorts. But we still prefer a cozier base elsewhere in the Three Valleys. That way, if a storm socks in, we can play in the woods around Méribel or Courchevel; if the sun is scorching, we have the option of setting off for Val-Thorens. The formula doesn't work the other way round.

What's Great
What's Not-So-Great

+ Extensive local slopes to suit all standards, and good access to the rest of the vast Three Valleys

+ The highest resort in the Alps and one of the most snow sure, with north-facing slopes guaranteeing good snow for a long season, even off the glacier

+ Not as much of an eyesore as most high, purpose-built resorts

+ Compact village with direct slope access from most accommodation

Can be bleak in bad weather - not a tree in sight

Parts of the village are much less attractive to walk through in the evening than to ski past in the day

Not much to do off the slopes

Some very busy slope intersections

Still some waiting lines - especially for the Cîme de Caron cable-car.

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