What's new? The Altapura has just re-opened complete with a brand new, ski-inspired bar. Designed using old ski equipment, the bar is comprised of more than 60 pairs of various coloured ski boots and 20 skis. It is lit by chandeliers made from a 100 ski polls and instead of the usual barstools and tables and chairs, six old chairlifts were refitted to be used as seating in the lounge area. The creative new Ski Bar is a great place to unwind after a long day on the slopes while enjoying a hot mulled wine and Altapura's 'fondue trees'.
There is an interactive Kids' Area for children aged three to 12 years old, with a Kids' Concierge who organises fun, education games where children will learn about the snow and mountains surrounding them, cultural adventures, surprise dinners at the Table de Enfants, and other forms of entertainment for its little guests. Children will also enjoy the 'igloo' in the Pure Altitude Spa where they can swim with the snowflakes in the spa's indoor/outdoor pool.
The convenient property has an in-house ski shop and the slopes are walking distance from reception. The Val Thorens pistes are great for beginner and intermediate skiers and ski instructors can be arranged for guests of all ages, so every member of the family can enjoy the powder.
If skiing isn't of interest, families can go tobogganing on Val Thorens six kilometer toboggan run, the longest run in Europe.
Altapura offers several interconnecting rooms for families, complete with the latest technology, including a mini Mac with an HD TV screen where they can watch new movies for free, which will keep older children entertained and connected to their friends via various sources of social media.
Travel time: Flights from London to Lyon are approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. Train rides from London St. Pancras to Moutier-Salins are approximately 9 hours.
Transfer time: Lyon is approximately a 2 hour and 30-minute drive from Altapura. From Moutier-Salins station it is approximately a 45-minute drive to Val Thorens. Transfers by bus or taxi are available from Moutier-Salins station to Val Thorens; rates from £79 for a taxi; bus rates from £8 for adults and from £4 for children.
How to get there: Fly with easyJet from London Gatwick to Lyon; from £61 return. Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow; from £113 return. Take the Eurostar Ski Train from London St. Pancras to Moutiers-Salins; from £149 return for adults and £104 return for children.
Price: Rates are from £244 on a B&B basis.