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rue du bouchet, 73440 Val Thorens, France
| +33 4 80 36 80 36
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The Waters Run Hot and Cold at Altapura Val Thorens  France

The Waters Run Hot and Cold at Altapura

The 88 rooms at this new hotel in the French Alps have Nordic etched-wood panels and white fur throws, plus floor-to-ceiling mountain views. Altapura is within Europe’s highest-elevation ski resort. Guests can get tips from a ski coach every morning on their room’s Mac mini before hitting the slopes.

The Nordic Spiral service incorporates dry and wet heat, cascading showers, and a cooling rubdown in the on-site igloo. At the restaurant La Laiterie diners can choose from four fondues. Each pays tribute to a different French or Swiss region with native cheeses and complementary wine.

From $723. 33/(0) 4-5774-7474. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.