Last week I was reminded about my last wonderful visit to Val Thorens by a BBC TV baking show of all things. The Celebrity Great British Bake off (in aid of Stand Up To Cancer) featured a cake homage to Val Thorens’s perfect peaks and challenging runs so I quickly looked on the Easijet timetable to see the possibilities of arranging a last minte late season ski holiday to enjoy the late season events and skiing.
Val Thorens is an excellent ski destination for late season snow. Reports from friends just returning from lower ski resorts in Europe that were starting to loose their snow did not bode well, but the joy about Val Thorens and other similar French ski areas in the Alps is that the resort is so high – with fresh snow falling well into spring. Check on Wikipedia for the figures or just take my word.
The village is high, the slopes surrounding it are even higher and, when you are done skiing, the apres ski is the absolute tops too – bucking the trend of other French resorts!
Apres Ski Parties
From the 10th Birthday Opening Party party at La Folie Douce half way up the slopes in December to the all encompassing SnowFest which takes place throughout this week 30 March to 06 April (flights still available from Luton to Lyon by Easijet) Val Thorens knows how to party.
JBL are in town next weekend (4,5,6 April) with their Snow Party, the week after is Rugby on Snow featuring French rugby superstar George Betson and then its a spot of Jazz with Jazz á Val Thorens from 17 to 21 April 2019.
Val Thorens Ski Events in April
Of course there are some massive skiing events coming up in April too. Next weekend Les Trois Vallees Enduro takes place on Sunday 07 April. The biggest rally for amatuer skiers in the world it is open to skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers, entry is just €22 pp with three people in each team.
The following week the village celebrates the avalanche dogs and their handlers in a festival dedicated to these remarkable teams and the work that they do.
So if you are thinking of a last minute ski trip in 2019 choose your ski holiday French alps (and especially Val Thorens) for some late season snow.