About Us

We are Lois and Bruce Smith, a British couple retired to the mountains of France

We have been mad skiers for almost twenty years, and first discovered Val Thorens whilst skiing out of Meribel (in the next Valley). It was one of those weeks when most resorts, Meribel included, had poor snow, so we ventured across to Val Thorens because it was so high. We were amazed at how much snow there was when there was so much less lower down (Val Thorens village is 2300m). The skiing was so great that we came back in the summer to look for a flat to buy. We fell in love with the view from our apartment (which you can see in our photo gallery on this site), and the location is also excellent, as you can ski down to the lifts in the morning.

Having many years experience in the resort, we are pleased to offer any advice you might want before you go. We can recommend the best pistes, ski rental, ski schools, restaurants etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email, but a few of our favourites are listed below:

Skiing: We always recommend a trip to the fourth valley, the Orelle area. There are still relatively few pistes here, but there is skiing for most abilities, and is particularly excellent for off-piste and more experienced skiers. This area can be accessed via the Grand Fond Funitel.

In Val Thorens itself, for beginners, there are several more gentle areas (ie up the Deux Lacs or Plein Sud chairlifts), but we would always advise that you take lessons from a professional and let them choose where to go. Intermediates will love the long sweeping pistes from the top of the Funitel Peclet, which runs through the village up to Mont Peclet, whilst advanced skiers will enjoy the Black from the top of the Cime de Caron cable car. Mogul lovers will head for Cascades, a run directly opposite the flat, where previously they’ve held the world mogul championships.