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Les Balcons de Val Thorens, is well located in the higher part Val Thorens being directly on the slopes and is 500m from the resort centre. It consists of a cluster of 6 chalets forming its own hamlet, which are all traditionally built using wood and stone offering exceptional panoramic views of the mountains. The main apartments sleep from 2 to 18 people, making them ideal for larger families or groups of friends. Les Balcons de Val Thorens offer a good value option and more so because of the excellent facilities on site.The higher end “Platinum” units are in the same location but are for those wanting more luxury.
The facilities at Les Balcons de Val Thorens include free access to the quite superb 900m2 Spa with an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness room – massages, facial and body treatments are also available. There is an on site reception with lounge area, complimentary WiFi, a Sherpa mini supermarket with bakery, an excellent bar with a panoramic terrace, private ski lockers & luggage room. Les Balcons also has 2 restaurants. The L’Auberge des Balcons restaurant and bar offering Savoyard specialities, where half-board or 7-night dinner only options are available and the La Cabane restaurant offering fine dining, where again a 7-night dinner option is available.
The best apartments here are all within chalets 2, 3 and 4 which offer the most convenient access to the slopes as well as being close to the reception, restaurant and swimming pool. All the apartments though are furnished to a good standard of comfort and convenience. The interior decor is traditional with the use of solid wood and rustic features. They have a fully equipped kitchenette with 4-ring ceramic hob, pyrolytic oven, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, fridge-freezer and a filter coffee maker. All apartments have satellite TV, a telephone and a balcony. The larger apartments with 3 bedrooms or more also have the added benefit of an Austrian wood burner in the living area.
For those wanting the best quality, as mentioned, you also have a choice of 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 bedroom options at the Les Balcony Platinum apartments. These are higher end offering a higher degree of luxury and consequently a tad more expensive, with all the same facilities. All theses modern and stylish apartments have been completes to a very high standard of comfort and convenience. The interior decor is both traditional and sophisticated, with the use of solid wood and rustic features. They have a fully equipped kitchenette with 4-ring ceramic hob, pyrolytic oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, electric and Dolche Gusto coffee makers. All these apartments have HD satellite TV (HDMI & USB), Hi-Fi system, WiFi and a balcony with panoramic views of Val Thorens. The beds are made on arrival and the end of stay cleaning is included.
Val Thorens is a part-pedestrian ski resort, meaning you can drive and unload your luggage at your chosen apartment or hotel and then park your vehicle in the residences car park or one of the public car parks in the resort, you are not allowed to park in the street. Les Balcons de Val Thorens has underground parking (max height 2.10m) or you can use one of the public outdoor or covered car parks.
1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2/4 (c 32m2): Living area with a double pull-out sofa bed, bedroom with 2 single beds, bathroom with whirlpool bath & WC.
1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2/4 (c 37m2): Living area with a double pull-out sofa bed, bedroom with 2 single beds, bathroom with whirlpool bath & WC.
1 bedroom alcove apartment sleeping 4/6 (c 43m2): Living area with a double pull-out sofa bed, bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 alcove with bunk beds, bathroom with whirlpool bath & WC.
2 bedroom apartment sleeping 4/6 (c 52m2): Living area with a double pull-out sofa bed, 2 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, bathroom with whirlpool bath, shower-room & WC.
2 bedroom alcove mezzanine apartment sleeping 8 (c 60m2): Living area with a double pull-out sofa bed, 2 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 alcove with bunk beds in mezzanine, bathroom with whirlpool bath & WC.
3 bedroom apartment sleeping 6/8 (c 72m2): Living area with a double pull-out sofa bed, 3 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds, 1 bedroom with a double bed, bathroom with whirlpool bath, shower-room & 2 WCs.
4 bedroom apartment sleeping 8/10 (c 95m2): Living area with Austrian wood burner, a double pull-out sofa bed, 1 bedroom with a double bed & 3bedrooms each with 2 single beds, 2 bathrooms with whirlpool bath, shower-room & 3 WCs.
4 bedroom Superior apartment sleeping 8/10 (c 110m2): Living area with Austrian wood burner, 4 twin bedrooms; total of 4 bath/shower rooms and 4 WCs
5 bedroom apartment sleeping 10/12(c 120m2): Living area with Austrian wood burner, a double pull-out sofa bed, 5 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, 5 bath/shower rooms, 4 WCs.
6 bedroom apartment sleeping 12/14 (c 150m2): Living area with Austrian wood burner, a double pull-out sofa bed, 2 bedrooms each with a doublebed, 4 bedrooms each with 2 single beds, 1 bathroom with whirlpool bath, 3 shower-rooms & 4 WCs.
7 bedroom apartment sleeping 14/16 (c 190m2): Living area with Austrian wood burner, 7 twin bedrooms, or bedrooms with double beds, 7 bathrooms with whirlpool bath & 7 WCs.
8 bedroom apartment sleeping 16 (c 170m2): Living area with Austrian wood burner, 8 bedrooms each with a double bed or 2 single beds, 2 bathrooms with whirlpool bath, 3 shower-rooms & 4 WCs.
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France is the most popular Alpine country for British skiers and snowboarders and generally offers a more modern aspect of skiing in relation to towns and villages with many villages built around convenience for skiers and boarders alike.
There are of course a number of traditional French ski resorts. Courchevel is a key gateway to the vast area of the ‘Les Trois Vallæcopy;es’ which claims to be the biggest linked ski region in the world. Its rival is the Portes du Soleil network of ski areas (with Avoriaz and Morzine at its heart) which spreads across the French border into Switzerland.Pretty much the same size as the 3 Valleys, but both argue as to which is the largest, but its a close call.
The Three Valleys is dominated by four major resorts: Courchevel, Mæcopy;ribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in the Alps. Each of these four resorts has more than enough terrain to keep a skier or boarder happily and easily occupied for a week or more during a skiing holiday in France, so the opportunity to ski all four, as well as La Tania and St Martin de Belleville, provides innumerable options.
In the Portes du Soleil, neighbouring Avoriaz and Morzine are gateways to a dozen or more family ski resorts in France and Switzerland. Chamonix, dominated by the Mont Blanc Massif, is another major attraction with several resorts scattered along the valley, including Argentière, rated by some keen off-piste skiers and boarders as one of the best ski resorts in France – or the entire Alps for that matter. They will also be keen to try the Vallæcopy;e Blanche – a classic off-piste descent – with a high-mountain guide.
Another resort overlooked by the impressive Mont Blanc is Flaine, linked with a handful of resorts including Les Carroz and Samoens, with some of the most extensive slopes in France. That’s even more true of the Tignes-Val d’Isère Ski Area – the linked areas of Val d’Isère and Tignes – formerly called Espace Killy after the celebrated Olympic triple-gold medallist Jean-Claude Killy. Together these neighbouring resorts provide some of the most exciting skiing in France, particularly for off-piste enthusiasts. Tignes has the added advantage of regular glacier skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and like Val Thorens is regarded as THE most snow sure French resorts.
Two more giants of the French skiing world which are co joined and undoubtedly among the best family ski resorts in France, are La Plagne and Les Arcs.The area is known as Paradiski, linked by a huge cable car. La Plagne has a dozen or so linked hamlets and villages spread across slopes in all directions, while Les Arcs too, like Courchevel, has a handful of ski villages and satellite resorts at various altitudes.Arc 1950 and Vallandry are favourites.
La Clusaz is a traditional pretty village with some great skiing and ideal for people looking for a short transfer from Geneva.Great for families, short breaks or just for a week its a lovely traditional village we rate highly.Megeve, also offering a short transfer from Geneva, is a larger traditional village with a modern twang and again rates highly on our list for aesthetic beauty and convenience.Definitely another must see and ski resort.
Further south in the French Alps and accessed via flights to Grenoble and Lyon, are two more great resorts: Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. High and snow sure and in the same part of the world, one the same ski pass, is the fabulous Serre Chevalier ski network, linked with the UNESCO world heritage site of Briançon and enjoying the wonderful Roman baths in Montier.
Montgenèvre also deserves a mention and if flying into Turin, the transfers are short, plus you have the opportunity to ski in both France and Italy during your ski holiday. Montgenèvre also boasts some of the best snow conditions in the French alps. Family friendly and snow sure La Rosiere also shares the same pass with La Thuile also in Italy and comes recommended especially as peak times as its quieter than other French ski resorts.