How To Escape The Crowds In Val Thorens
Val Thorens offers some fantastic skiing, both on and off piste. Whilst a lot of the routes are perceived as being fairly difficult, there are also plenty of a gentler nature. I’m sharing my knowledge of a wonderful run down to the village of St Martin de Belleville and away from the crowds of Val Thorens' main ski area.
From the spectacular summit of the ‘Roc des 3 Marches 2’ lift, where on a clear day you can feast upon the panoramas of the Glaciers de la Vanoise, Aiguille du Fruit, the Allues Valley as well as La Vallée des Belleville, take a look at today's webcam, there is a gloriously long blue run that offers the fantastic feeling of never-ending skiing; it starts at the top of the lift with the ‘Grand Lac’ winding its way into the ‘Pelozet’ and onto the ‘Biolley’ ending up down in St Martin de Belleville. A very enjoyable 1,254 metres of vertical descent.
The glide down is curtained with banks and bowls to play around in and if you feel adventurous the small drops between the groomed piste are a fun way for skiers and boarders to get off the ground (even if it’s only for a couple of seconds). I’d be happy to spend all day just playing around on these turns!
When you’re ready to stop for a bite, I’d recommend Le Dahlia; a wonderful restaurant in St Martin de Belleville – a fantastic spot for breakfast of lunch.
Don’t break your neck trying to make it in time for breakfast. An easy cruise is actually the best way to really get the most out of these runs. Mornings and early afternoons are ideal; giving you ample time to make it back over to Val Thorens. You’ll also get to make the most out of the deckchairs in the sun with a warming Vin Chaud.