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Mountain Refuge in Val Thorens | © Richard Allaway/Flickr
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The World's Best Ski Resort 2016 Has Just Been Announced And It's Incredible

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VP Social
Updated: 13 March 2017
Is there anything better than going skiing? Yes: going skiing in the world’s top alpine resort.

If you’ve ever been skiing in the French Alps, you’ll be familiar with the sheer size and intricacy of the country’s skiing network. The pros are right with you. France has some of the most incredible slopes, taking you from absolute beginner to off-piste pro in just a few hours.

Now, for the third time in just four years, French ski resort Val Thorens has been crowned the top ski resort in the world by World Ski Awards. It’s no wonder: Val Thorens combines all the pleasures of skiing: big cozy resorts, great restaurants (think melting raclette after a day of fun in the snow) and apres ski you cannot get bored of. To top it all off, it happens to be located in the largest skiable area on the planet, the Three Valleys, also home to thd elegant Courchevel, budget Les Menuires and picturesque Méribel.

But Val Thorens is easily the most versatile, with central access to the best slopes in the valleys.

The 3 Valleys Map | © Les 3 Vallees
The 3 Valleys Map | © Les 3 Vallees
View over Val Thorens | © Richard Allaway/Flickr
View over Val Thorens | © Richard Allaway/Flickr

You may not have heard of many of the runners-up but here are some of the least known resorts, which competed against Val Thorens this year:

Yongpyong, South Korea

Yongpyong Map | Courtesy of Yongpyong
Yongpyong Map | Courtesy of Yongpyong

Białka Tatrzańska, Poland

Białka Tatrzańska Map | Courtesy of Białka Tatrzańska
Białka Tatrzańska Map | Courtesy of Białka Tatrzańska

Thaiwoo, China

Thaiwoo Ski Resort Map | Courtesy of Thaiwoo Ski Resort
Thaiwoo Ski Resort Map | Courtesy of Thaiwoo Ski Resort

Aramón Cerler, Spain

ARAMON Cerler Map | Courtesy of Aramon Cerler
ARAMON Cerler Map | Courtesy of Aramon Cerler

Perisher, Australia

Perisher Australia Map | Courtesy of Perisher
Perisher Australia Map | Courtesy of Perisher

Chapelco, Argentina

Chapelco, Argentina | © AHLN/Flickr
Chapelco, Argentina | © AHLN/Flickr

Niseko United, Japan

Niseko United Map | Courtesy of Niseko United
Niseko United Map | Courtesy of Niseko United

Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko Map | Courtesy of Bansko
Bansko Map | Courtesy of Bansko