Skiing: Need to know
While Chambéry is the nearest airport, Geneva has the biggest choice of flights, and so the best chance of a good-value fare, about two-and-a-half hours' drive from Val Thorens.
For car-hire deals, try holidayautos.com.
With a package holiday, transfers are included. Crystal Ski (01-433 1010; crystalski.ie) has a week-long package, including flights from Dublin to Geneva, for €1,549 half-board, transport and seven nights.
The best hotel is the four-star Hotel Fitzroy (hotelfitzroy.com), in the centre of the resort and with direct access to the piste.
If you prefer a more intimate atmosphere, try Chalet Sequoia, and if funds are tight try the two-star Altineige Apartments.
Both properties are available through Crystal.
tourist office See valthorens.com.
Ski passes: €41/day; €188/six days.
Ski hire: val-thorens.skiset. co.uk. Smartphone app Val Thorens is free to download.