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Val Thorens at Easter, anyone been?

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dontcallmethatyoucunt Sun 08-Jan-17 18:29:37

As I continue in my quest for good Easter snow, I'm trying to get a feel for Val Thorens.

We've been to:

tignes - good as you can get above the freeze line and ski in an area with snow.

Cervinia - able to find snow that's actually not either ice or slush as some very high piste. Not much challenging terrain.

What's Val Thoens like? Is it easy to get highs and stay high?

witchmountain Sun 15-Jan-17 09:36:43

I've been right at the start of April so still a bit earlier than Easter this year. Plenty of snow but quite often very icy in the mornings (I came back with a broken wrist!) and slushy in the afternoons. You wouldn't have wanted to go down to the linked lower resorts but there was enough up high. I was still relatively inexperienced (not very confident intermediate) so the conditions were probably not as difficult as I remember them. We were only there for a long weekend but I don't recall skiing anything more than once so it would have kept us going longer.

gingercat02 Sun 15-Jan-17 09:40:35

Oh was excited by this thread as we are going to VT at Easter. Wish O hadn't bothered now sad

dontcallmethatyoucunt Sun 15-Jan-17 09:44:31

Thanks witch. Do you recall if you could get high enough to avoid the ice?

Bellabelloo Sun 15-Jan-17 09:46:39

Val Thorens is really high - similar to Tigers in terms of height, purpose built and part of a large ski area. Some great Michelin star restaurants! You're as safe as you're going to get with snow!

witchmountain Sun 15-Jan-17 09:55:36

That must have sounded overly negative!

I think it was more the aspect of the slopes than the height because some were fine and some weren't. They did soften up as the day went on. I wasn't very confident so I would have noticed every bit of ice and a lot of the slopes were fine.

gingercat if it makes you feel better I would still go back! Especially if I was having to go as late as Easter this year. It's pretty much as good as it gets height-wise.

witchmountain Sun 15-Jan-17 09:59:57

Also when I say you wouldn't have wanted to go down to the lower resorts there was really no need. Lots of skiing in VT without needing to go down to Meribel etc.

dontcallmethatyoucunt Sun 15-Jan-17 10:32:42

ginger, I'm pretty confident it'll be good. Just trying to weigh up the particular resort against others. I'm slightly ski obsessed though so mainly an excuse to talk snow grin

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