Alpes 2020: Val Thorens and beautiful Montblanc
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- By Ksenia
- Posted Jan 25, 2020
My family and friends of my family are huge alpine skiing lovers. Unfortunately, in Belarus you can’t really practice alpine skiing as the winters here are quite mild and there are no enough snow. Also the slopes in our skiing resorts are for beginners only, as they are build on hills not mountains. So, every winter we try to go to the Alps mountains which can boast the best skiing area in the world. This January we spent a week in Val Thorens - the resort in 3 valleys skiing area of French Alps.
The weather was really good: sunny , slightly freezing, lots of snow,that is very comfortable for skiing. Even though it was our 6th time in this place I really felt excited just to see the breathtaking mountings around. We stayed in the town that is 2300 m above the sea level. The house where we rented an apartment had “ski-in“ and “ski-out”, that means, that we could just go outside of the building, put on the skies and go down the slopes and ski all day long.
I was taught to ski when I was 5, so now I’m practically an advanced skier or I hope to be the one one day. While skiing I feel free and I enjoy the speed. Also I wanted to see, how much I could possibly speed up. The maximum speed was 98.3 km/h. I really tried to get 100, but I also wanted to be safe.
Val Thorens has a lot of slopes for different level from beginners to professional olympic skiers. There are 4 types of slopes: green(the easiest one, where usually beginners try to just stand on skies or snowboard), blue(also and easy slopes, but they are steeper than previous ones), red(steep slopes with bumps), black(the hardest ones, usually with bumps or extremely steep slopes). I personally can ski everywhere, but I don’t like bumps. Skiing between bumps is really hard, and usually after that you legs hurt a lot.
In Val Thorens skiing area I have my favorite slope, which is red, steep and without bumps. So, you won’t crash into some beginners and you can possibly get a high speed.
Besides skiing area there are a lot of other things to do in Val Thorens. If you have little children, you can enroll them in a ski school or get a personal trainer.
There is also a toboggan run, but it costs 25€ for one ride, which I think is ridiculously expensive.
If you want an extreme experience you can try one of two bungeeing in Val Thorens. The one bungeeing goes above Val Thorens, so you can see the whole town from the bird’s-eye. And the second one goes between two mountain picks over the canyon.
I wanted to try bungee a lot, but it for adults only, so maybe next time.
My family really enjoyed our time in mountains. I felt recharged and ready for the second semester of my school.