The French ski resort of Val Thorens has had a busy summer with the completion of a forth Funitel, the addition of a great new 4 star hotel, the Hotel ALTAPURA, and the development of 3 new slopes.  The addition of these new pistes, Asters, Chocard and Triton increase the overall ski area of Val Thorens-Orelle to 150km of runs! We’re really excited to be featuring the Hotel Altapura in our 2011/12 brochure, it’ll be a great addition to our extensive 3 Valleys offerings. The hotel has 3 restaurants, 3 bars, an indoor / outdoor pool and a fantastic spa, everything you would want from a 4 star hotel and the location is hard to beat being right on the slopes. The 3 restaurants of the Hotel Altapura offer the chance to dine in style. Spoil yourself at the chic brassiere Les Enfants Terribles, enjoy some local delicacies and traditional fondues in La Laiterie or for those wanting a quick snack Le Deux Mille Trois is a great alternative. And you can choose where you dine on the half board basis. [caption id="attachment_2449" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The amazing views from the Hotel Altapura[/caption] At the heart of the hotel you will find the spa, inspired by the 5 natural elements of stone, wood, water, earth and fire, you will instantly feel relaxed and revitalised.  The relaxation area proudly boasts an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, igloo and tepidarium, not to forget the masseuses ready and waiting to work those weary limbs! Being the highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens is situated at 2,300m and 99% of the ski area is higher than 2000m, this almost guaranteeing snow from November through until May.  Not only does the local ski area of Val Thorens offer 150km of pistes the resort is linked to the largest ski area in the world, the 3 Valleys.  Offering 600km of groomed piste there is nothing to stop you having a spot of lunch in Courchevel or Meribel!