This is very much apartment block territory and the original functional accommodation was designed with practicality and the serious skier in mind. Whilst Val Thorens has worked hard to improve the range of facilities in resort the number of apartment beds still outnumbers hotels and chalets by over 5 to 1. The tourist office will advise on reservations for any of the big apartment complexes and it is also worth considering some of the many ‘residences’ – a very French concept comprising apartments within a hotel-style complex with restaurant, spa facilities and a reception service. The Village Montana and Chalet Altitude are classic examples of this type of lodging. PV Holidays also have a big operation here and should be able to offer something to suit all tastes.
This isn’t really a luxury resort and those seeking glitz and glamour are more likely to be found in Courchevel. However, L’Oxalys is an upmarket uber-chic hotel and apartment complex with Europe’s highest Michelin star restaurant attached. The only other hotel in town to rival it is the Fitz Roy with good leisure facilities and fine dining. For more modest hotel budgets try the Sherpa, a 3 star that punches above its weight or La Marmotte, a relatively cheap 2 star offering basic accommodation right on the edge of the piste. The number of catered chalets is increasing every year too with most of the major tour operators now in on the action as more of us look for high-altitude skiing. Try Skiworld, Alpine Elements, Neilson and Total for plenty of options.