Val Thorens Family Guide
Most of the accommodation in Val Thorens is in family-friendly apartments, virtually all with slope side convenience. We would particularly recommend Residence L’Oxalys and Residence Le Cheval Blanc as being family friendly piste-side properties. More boxes are ticked by the resort’s largely pedestrianised nature with a piste through the middle.
Budget wise, there is a special discount for families buying a lift ticket for the same duration together at the same time and there is a great choice of family friendly places to eat which won’t break the bank.
The local ski slopes are very family-friendly too with excellent beginner and intermediate slopes which are easily accessible. Val Thorens has dramatically improved its range of off slope activities in recent years, especially at the excellent sports centre, Galerie Caron (+33 (0)4 79 00 00 76, sogevab.com), which, along with swimming pools and sports court, has an indoor fun park spread over 600 square metres just for kids, featuring trampolines, bouncy castles and plastic ball pools.
Val Thorens has a local nanny service, Alpine Child Care, as well as a kids club and day-care run by the École de ski Francais (ESF) at Roc du Peclet which is a right next to the Chalet de la Lombarde. Babies from 3 months and up can be catered for here or at the main ESF hub by the Village Montana and Residence Montana Plein Sud.
Once the magic age of three is reached however, the kids are ready to hit the snow and ESF have it covered with a snow garden for the youngest children and the various levels of standard French national ski school teaching, for each age and ability level to aspire to by the end of their week in resort.
If you have younger kids who are learning to ski then staying at the Residence Montana Plein Sud or the Residence Village Montana would be an ideal choice as they are both situated right next to the ESF snow garden which makes getting everybody to the their lessons in the morning, complete with the requisite skis and poles much easier!