Val Thorens hosts Gastronomy Week Jan. 15-22, to tempt skiers with fine meals, wine and cheese tastings, and many special fixed-price menus.

For the event, Val Tho is offering a special stay deal. The Gastronomy Week Package includes seven days' accommodation in a studio for four people and six-day lift passes for each guest for Val Thorens-Orelle. This deal starts at €241.50 per person.

Gastronomy Week is the chance for local chefs and vendors to show off the delicious products from the surrounding Alps, especially cheeses such as Reblochon and Tomme de Savoie.

This year, the resort is also organising a recipe contest that highlights Tomme de Savoie cheese. Interested competitors can register on the Web site before Dec. 31. Eight contestants will be drawn to have the opportunity to cook with two of Val Thorens' best culinary masters Jan. 23.

Cooking classes and gastronomic dinners are on the week-long programme, as well as scientific workshops. Cooking at such a high altitude can be problematic, and this workshop will look at how to combat these problems.

Jean Sulpice, France's youngest two-star chef and head of the kitchens at the resort's Oxaly's restaurant sponsors the event, which will let skiers taste another side of Val Tho.

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