Val Thorens is a paradise for skiers that love offpiste. If you want quality skiing in the offpiste snow were no one touched the snow before you then this is the area for you. If it’s a little bit foggy or flat lights were you ski then there is a forest close to Menuires with good conditions. There are many variations for offpiste if you are there for a week or two. The snow is smooth on the most places without any crust.
UCPA Ski Instructor
An experienced instructor knows which offpiste slope to take you and choose a slope depending on how the sun and wind affected it. Big applause for Brice Flick, the excellent educated UCPA ski instructor in Val Thorens. He can find the best offpiste for every day conditions, very skilled instructor and a great skier with high security aspects for the group.
If you want good quality, friends, great skiing, an educated instructor, accommodation, all inclusive then I can recommend traveling with UCPA. This is a not a high end quality trip with a big sleeping room and white guide restaurant but the atmosphere is great and for a good price. The rental och ski pass is included, you sleep 4-6 people in bunk beds and breakfast, lunch evening supper is included.
Val Thorens city
On 2300 meters you have a small city build in the mountains for you to easily reach the lifts. There are restaurants and pubs in various conditions, if you want to party you can do that all night. The UCPA center is about 20 minutes walk up the hill to reach the city center. After a full day skiing this is not really pleasant and you may rather just hang out in the bar at the center instead.
The UCPA center there are a lot of food, not especially focused on quality but you will get a full meal with dessert. For vegetarians it could be better dishes, almost every day they serve fish and vegetables.
It’s an easy life at the UCPA center of Val Thorens. There is a social bar with activities mostly for french youngsters but the atmosphere is good. In the evenings you hang out in the bar on after ski talking about the day drinking beer and having a laugh with your new friends. The Wifi on the center is really bad, so if you thinking about bringing your work with you forget about it.
If you get the chill, the best medicin is Jägermeister. Have a sip every morning and go for it.