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So you want to ski the alps? Val Thorens is an excellent choice for you! Val Thorens boasts the highest skiable peak in Europe, and when at this peak you can see across the alps to multiple countries and landmarks, such as Mont Blanc. This guide will help you get there as a non-french speaking person, and offer you some tips once you are there!
Val Thorens resort is located in the Savoie Valley of France. It's actually located closer to Switzerland, which is why it is recommended that you fly into the Geneva airport and take a shuttle to the resort. Be sure to book a shuttle well in advance. A quick search on 'Val Thorens Aiport Shuttle' will give you several options, but be forewarned that the cheaper the service the more suspect the quality of the service. It is recommended to go with a private service that you can rely on, rather than a cheap bus service, as the bus drivers typically speak little to no english, and can be perceived as rude and impatient if you cannot speak with them in their native language. Also, if you are booking a private bus service, be sure that you do not overpack, as European vans are smaller than American vans, and you will have to fit enough luggage and ski equipment for 8 or more people!
Val Thorens has an excellent transit system that runs on a schedule around the village. This service is free, and you can jump on and off whenever you need to. When arriving for the first time at Val Thorens bus station from your airport, you can simply wait here for the transit to pick you up. If you are not sure where your hotel is located within the resort, enter the main annex of Val Thorens right next to the bus depot, and go up the escalator stairs. You'll see a tourist info desk, and you can grab a map here of the village for you to find your way around.
To save money, don't always book your skis where your hotel is! There are plenty of private ski shops around the village that rent skis, tune skis, and also provide private lessons. Once you arrive, take a short walk around to see what is available and ask about pricing. You'll find that most of the time the private shops offer more competitive pricing, and have excellent friendly staff who are more than happy to help you. Most of the staff in these shops speak fantastic english, as they are young and internationalized. Pick up your ski passes at one of the locations indicated on the Resort map.