Europe's Highest Resort Adam Luto, Ski Specialist

"If you’re looking for first-class skiing you will love Val Thorens. There’re lots of cruising wide pistes which are incredibly well groomed - perfect for those long carving turns. It is a high altitude resort and so has a great snow record with excellent off-piste opportunities. Isn’t this pretty much all a skier needs?"

Après Ski in Val Thorens

If you're looking for a resort with lively après-ski then Val Thorens will tick the box. With a good selection of bars on offer, the hardest choice will be where to start!

The most popular choice is the La Folie Douce, located on the slopes. Move seamlessly from their laid back "loungy lunches" with live music to their famous après-ski party (from 2 - 5.15pm daily) - there really is no better place to finish a day's skiing than on their terrace, dancing on tables and enjoying the shows they regularly put on.

Off the slopes, favourites of the Ski Independence team include the Frog and Roastbeef if you're looking for a British pub and football matches, or the lively Red Fox at Chalet Val 2400, which offers good value drinks. There is a choice of Scandinavian-style establishments such as Tango and Saloon Bar to choose from too which are known for their après atmosphere.

The outdoor après bar at the slopeside Hotel Fahrenheit Seven also promises to offer a lively atmosphere. If you fancy somewhere with a more laid back feel, Le Crewzer is a new spot offering international beers as well as burgers which you can enjoy to a backdrop of snowboarding, surfing or skateboarding competitions being screened.

For wine lovers, the Zinc wine bar at Hotel Fahrenheit Seven has over 150 wines on offer which can be accompanied by a charcuterie platter too if you like. If you're staying at the Hotel Altapura, the bar does some excellent cocktails too.

If you've still got some energy left, you can head to Malaysia for a spot of dancing into the early hours (be warned - drinks here are not cheap).