Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley of the French Alps, has just been crowned World’s Best Ski Resort 2014. It was in the running against some tough international competition – including Deer Valley near Salt Lake City in the USA, Perisher in Australia’s New South Wales and Niseko, Japan’s most famous ski resort – but, finally, for the second consecutive year, Val Thorens triumphed as the best ski resort in the world.
Once a well-kept secret and now a dream ski destination, over the years the purpose-built Val Thorens has gradually become a fashionable and successful ski location. Now with five-star hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and some of the most awe-inspiring views in Europe that sweep across French, Swiss and Italian summits, it is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise.
At 2,300 metres altitude it is the highest ski resort in Europe offering snow cover from November to May each year. It has 600km of pistes that are suitable for all levels, but beginners and intermediates have plenty of choice as there are so many blue and red runs available.
For the more advanced winter sports enthusiast, there are also options galore. Those in search of powder snow will find it on the Peclet and Chavière glaciers and a real challenge lies in wait on the Cime de Caron black run.
As part of the Three Valleys, Val Thorens connects with resorts such as Méribel, La Tania and Courchevel to make up the largest ski area in the world. It is possible to ski the interlinked valleys with one pass, and an intermediate skier should be able to get from Courchevel to Val Thorens in around an hour.
If you are looking to spend time in the Trois Vallées and are considering buying a property here, these three chalet suggestions should get your search off to a good start. All of Home Hunts’ properties in Val Thorens are currently off-market only, so contact us if you would like to know more about what is for sale in the resort. This small selection covers Méribel, La Tania and Courchevel.
- Courchevel Dreaming
This five bedroom property, with stunning mountain views, can only be described as a dream luxury chalet (HH-7138493). Located in Courchevel 1850, its cool, styled interior design is second to none. With a stunning indoor pool, Jacuzzi and steam room, as well as a cinema, gym and elevator, this is a very special residence offering the epitome of exclusive chalet living.
- Magical Méribel
Within walking distance of Méribel, this property is a rare opportunity to buy off-plan from an experienced Alpine developer. The southern part of the building is a stunning five-bedroom chalet (HH-6237075I) and the remaining space comprises apartments. The property offers beautiful views over the valley and an underground spa, sauna and Jacuzzi. The semi-detached chalet is priced at €3,250,000.
- Luxury in La Tania
With six spacious bedrooms and six bathrooms, this property is a unique high-end chalet (HH-7138513) located in the sought-after area of La Tania. Highlights include glorious views of the mountains, and a Jacuzzi, sauna and spa. It is on the market for €2,205,000.
To view more details about these properties and others in Home Hunts’ online portfolio, visit www.home-hunts.com. But remember that many of the luxury chalets in the Three Valleys are only available off-market, so contact a Home Hunts consultant directly on +33 (0)970 44 66 43 to find out more.