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The Hotel Val Chavière has it all - slopeside, ski-in ski-out convenience, stunning views and tasty food, all in a quiet and peaceful setting. The hotel is particularly popular with Neilson guests and we think you'll agree once you check it out.
The south-facing sun terrace is the best place for taking advantage of all of that gorgeous mountain scenery, of which there's plenty. Head to the comfy lounge in the evening for some laid-back après and a catch up on your day's exploits.
If you're looking to head out in the evening instead, you'll find that you're very close to the resort centre's shops, bars, and restaurants.
Nearest lift: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 200m
Resort centre: 200m
The highest ski resort in one of the largest ski areas in the world, Val Thorens is a reliably snow-covered area with swift lift access right at your door. It's the most southerly of The Three Valley resorts, and most of the nursery slopes are close to the village centre, making it the perfect ski holiday for families and beginners looking for a good time.
A huge variety of pistes make it an excellent choice for all levels, and the nightlife is fun and lively, with a fantastic après-ski scene. The die-hards looking for some off-piste mileage will also love the freeriding between Val Thorens and Mottaret.
Since it's a purpose-built resort it's got a good mix of activities, although it's not the place to be if you aren't going to be on the mountain. Because of the resort height and layout, it's ideal for both skiing and boarding. There's a great range of bars, restaurants, creperies and pizza joints all huddled together in the centre of the resort, so it's easy to find something to do in the evenings. On top of that, there's a sports centre, which has a load of activities for kids and adults.
Area size: 600km in the Three Valleys area
Resort altitude: 2300m
Skiing altitude: 1260m to 3230m
Number of runs: 275
Range of runs: 21% green, 33% blue, 35% red and 11% black
Lifts: 78 drags, 68 chairs, 34 gondolas and 6 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Snowmaking: 41% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
The half-board meals at the Val Chavière come with a buffet breakfast and five-course dinner, complete with a local speciality dish that is served weekly. Unfortunately the hotel doesn't cater to vegetarians, which is something to be aware of if there are any veggies in your group.
The 50 rooms here have a cosy, traditional feel to them with kitschy (in a good way!) furnishings. All of the rooms come with satellite TV, a balcony for soaking in those views and a bathroom complete with a real bath for soaking in.
Official rating: ***
Sun terrace with stunning views
Intimate bar area
Family run hotel
Weekly speciality cuisine
Departure airports: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes