HITTING THE SLOPES
Club Med Val Thorens allows you to master the art of skiing in an unintimidating and supportive environment, with the help of their master ski instructors from the highly regarded École du Ski Français. Our instructors, Elisa van Stappen and Gaelle Nachon, were infinitely patient with us at every stage and possessed that all-important sense of humour crucial to good teaching. Elisa regaled us with tales of chasing the seasons from one Club Med resort to another. She is skilled not only in teaching skiing, but also scuba diving and snorkelling and so travels from one resort to another all over the world, where her services are needed.
We all listened to her rather jealously after a particularly long day on the slopes, waiting for the transfer bus to take us back to the hotel while a light dusting of snow fell from above, the first real snowflakes that we had seen since our arrival. As part of their flexi-ski programme, the club also allows you to book your ski equipment online in advance of your stay. In ideal conditions and after a few days of snow, you should be able to strap on your skis in the ski room, and simply jet out the door to the nearest ski lift. Ski programmes are included as part of your overall package when booking your trip.