It’s funny how, even in the heat of the summer, our thoughts can turn to the cool of the winter and ski holidays in the French Alps, but that’s what we do.

Which is why the World Ski Awards are asking you to cast your mind back to last season and vote on your favourite resorts, hotels and tour operators of 2015.

Val Thorens in the Trois Alps

Val Thorens, Europe’s highest ski resort, situated in the world famous Trois Vallées has won not only Best Ski Resort in France (for which it is also nominated this year), but also Best Ski Resort in the World for the last two years: 2013 AND 2014.

Voting has reached the half way stage for 2015 and you have until 25 September to vote in a variety of categories across the ski-tourism industry and, if you have been to Val Thorens, you will know why so many of its guests take the time out to vote for this fabulous ski resort

If you haven’t been to Val Thorens you will not only be impressed by the resort itself but at the ease in getting there. We are blessed in St Albans for having such easy access. By train, you can leave St Albans at 7 o’clock in the morning and arrive at Moutiers (at the very heart of the largest skiable area in the world and just a 10€ bus ride to Val Thorens itself) before 5pm, so access is quick and easy with just two changes – in London and Paris!

Still need convincing? Although Val Thorens is rightly famed for its energy, ski-mad outlook, and its party atmosphere, families play an important part in this friendly resort.

So much so that it promises a tailor-made infrastructure for families with entertainment and activities to suit all ages. All activities are provided by professionals, as part of the 6 point Family Plus Mountain Resort initiative, which means that both you and your kids are kept happy and safe through-out you stay there.

Thanks to the fact that almost all of the resort is over 2000 metres and its access to 6 glaciers, the 2016 skiing season will start at Val Thorens by end of November and last for an impressive 6 months. This means that ski-lovers have plenty of time to explore its 600 km of runs.

Once you are at the resort, access is easy too, with the pistes starting at he doorstep of your hotel although you can find plenty of more remote skiing for the more adventurous amongst you.

So as you enjoy the warmth this summer, don’t forget how much you enjoyed your 2015 ski holiday and remember to book your 2016 trip soon!