You have to go on a ski trip at least once…
After 3 years of being a member of the uni ski club I was finally convinced to go on the annual pilgrimage to the mountains. Here are the highlights of what went down in the snowy and unforgettable week in Val Thorens, France.
As we left a grey, dark Aberdeen, we had no idea what the next week would en tale, the last few weeks had seen conditions being some of the best for years however predictions were hazy as to what the next week would bring, despite this we were all in good spirits.
After the better part of a day travelling most of the length of Scotland and the full length of England we finally arrived in France and after another few hours we started the long climb from sea level in Calais to the resort.
Val Thrones or VT as it is commonly refereed to is one of the highest ski resorts in the world sitting at over 2000m. It sits within Les 3 Vallees (The 3 Valleys) which boosts the largest ski able area in the world with over 600km of on piste, patrolled skiing.
When we arrived we found the conditions to be very nearly perfect, we were greeted by fresh packed powder (some of the best riding conditions)!!
After a surprisingly energetic first night out and a pretty decent sleep we hit the slopes early to try and get first lift, this proved more difficult than expected however we pushed through and we were rewarded by our efforts as the slopes were barely touched.
As VT is part of the 3 Vallees you can choose to have access to the other resorts that all boarder each other. This is an upgrade I’d highly recommend for anyone above Advanced Beginner level as this ticket means you have access to that 600km of ski able piste. It’s also a great and simple way to get out of resort for a day and go for longer runs.
After a long day of skiing attention turns to the evening and what happens next, and if anyone has been on a ski trip before you’ll all be familiar to the phrase… APRES!
Apres is a key part of day’s skiing and basically is a outdoor mountain party that starts anytime after lunchtime really. VT has it’s fair share of classic Apres venues, so there’s always a great party atmosphere at this time of the year and the best thing to do is just get involved and join in the fun, you definitely won’t regret it.
Another aspect of a ski holiday is deciding if you want to focus on Piste skiing or Back country off piste skiing. This is something that can only be determined by yourself and how confident you are in your ability. VT has a great of all types of on piste runs and is specially good for beginners as the resort sits with runs very easily accessible from the accommodation.
If you’re reading this and you’re a beginner or never skied before and not sure how you could enjoy a ski trip, fear not must resorts in Europe have ski schools that are running throughout the early season. This means you can be guided the whole time you’re away meaning you’ll be safe and having fun at the same time!
Overall an absolutely amazing week away in the mountains, massive thank you to everyone involved, including NUCO and RGUsnow.
And as I said “you need to go on a ski trip at least once”.
Untill the next one,
– All photos taken on the Huawei P20 Pro and edited with the VSCO app.