We stayed at The Montana Soleil, in a fourth floor 2-bedroom (known as a C1) apartment - not the cheapest apartments in town and we had to book well in advance (using Crystal Ski Holidays), but well worth it for that bit extra space (which can be rare in French Ski resorts) Only one thing un-nerved me - I couldn't see many visible smoke or fire detectors in our apartment, so I made sure I knew how to get out in an emergency! The flat was very clean, the shower efficient, with plenty of hot water, a bath and a wall mounted hairdryer. A change of towels was brought to us mid-week and the kitchen was small and basic but I managed easily to cater for 4 adults for the week and there was no problem with plenty of supermarkets and also artisan shops almost on the doorstep. Taking rubbish and re-cycleable goods to the bins wasn't an issue, they were very close by and we would do this at home anyway. The balcony overlooked the slopes and we were lucky and had wall-to-wall sunshine with not a cloud in the sky all week and the snow was over 6 feet deep on the rooftops during the February half term holiday. The ski lockers and changing room were large and had boot and glove driers built into the secure lockers. From the boot room it was no more than a hop across the road onto the slopes and from there easy access to all the lifts. During our stay my eldest son also tried out the night time Skidoo ride (not for the feint-hearted, but well worth it for the thrill seekers!) and also the Alain Prost Ice Driving Experience - which my son just had to try after seeing the guys from the BBC "Top Gear" programme do it! Self-catering wasn't too bad price-wise, however eating out and drinks on the slopes are very expensive (3 pints of larger and a soft drink drink came to 25 euros!) as a result the restaurants on the slopes were quiet but the burger bars and pizza outlets in town were doing a roaring trade! Definitely a young person's resort (with some night clubs open until 4a.m.) and it appeared to be well supervised at night with lots of friendly local "minders" in yellow fluorescent jackets making sure everyone got home safely and behaved themselves - so as a Mum with older teenage sons I was most impressed and reassured by this! Val Thorens is certainly not the most picturesque or cleanest of resorts and without the snow it must be a concrete jungle in summer, but a really good "all-rounder" as ski resorts in France go; with an estimated ski season lasting until May this year. We would certainly go back, as my family loved the wide, long blue and red runs in particular - mind you - Being the highest resort in Europe you do need to wrap up at night as the outside temperatures plummet to well below minus 20, which can take you by surprise if you have to walk back after an evening out! There is also a public fitness centre and swimming pool close by but we didn't use it - we were too busy with other activities!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Val Thorens our residences welcome you at the foot of the pistes. Discover our large traditional style savoyard chalets with shops and restaurants in close proximity. You have everything you need for an unforgettable holiday experience at the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area. Just a short walk from the residence, you'll find several different establishments for child care and children's activities, from 3 months of age. As recommended in some of the best culinary guides, enjoy the gourmet restaurant L'Epicurien in its refined and intimate setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Village Montana Val Thorens