Val Thorens Ski Resort

Val Thorens takes the prize as the highest ski resort in Europe and as a result, it often has the best snow in the Three Valleys ski area. The ski resort is at 2,300m and is one of the few ski areas that can almost definitely guarantee snow for both Christmas and Easter.

Whilst Val Thorens is a purpose-built ski resort it has managed to keep its charm and is more architecturally beautiful than its rival resorts. Being in the Three Valleys means that you have easy access to the surrounding resorts such as Méribel and Courchevel.

The skiing in Val Thorens is fantastic with great snow and plenty of runs. As it’s high up most properties are ski-in ski-out. Val Thorens is a suitable ski resort for the beginning and end of the season and for those looking for convenience.

Call our experts today to find out more about Val Thorens ski resort.

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Best For...

  • All abilities
  • High-altitude skiing
  • Snow-sure conditions
  • Sustainability

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 2,300m
  • Skiing Altitude 3,230m
  • Total Ski Area 600km
  • Lifts 183
  • Green Runs 96km
  • Blue Runs 240km
  • Red Runs 204km
  • Black Runs 60km
  • Cross Country 120km

Ski Accommodation in Val Thorens, France

Our collection of Val Thorens ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

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Ski Areas in Val Thorens

Ski Areas in Val Thorens

The Three Valleys is one of the largest ski areas in the world, with its three largest ski resorts being Val Thorens, Courchevel and Méribel. The Three Valleys consists of 600km of skiable area with a good mix of runs for every level of skier. Val Thorens is the highest of the ski resorts and has guaranteed snow cover as well as the freshest powder. There are also 120km of cross-country ski routes.

Skiing in Val Thorens

Skiing in Val Thorens

There’s a good mix of skiing in Val Thorens ski resort and you won’t be struggling to find runs to match your ability. There are plenty of sweeping, gentle pistes for beginners and intermediates but the more advanced skiers will really benefit from this area the most with a vast array of challenging reds and blacks and plenty of opportunities to ski some incredible off-piste. We recommend trying the long slopes down into Orelle and the Maurienne Valley as well as the Cascade run.

Snowboarding in Val Thorens

Snowboarding in Val Thorens

Freeriders will find Val Thorens a bit of an off-piste paradise with lots of genuinely challenging powder bowls. Don’t forget your avalanche kit around here. The slopes can get a bit busy during the peak season as the resort is very popular, but fortunately, there are many wide slopes. There is a terrain park by the 2 Lac lift and it has a good half-pipe however the park itself is not as large as some of the others in Les Trois Vallées.

Sustainable Choice

Taking the train is the most environmentally friendly way of travelling to this resort. We work closely with Eurostar and can tailor-make this package with competitive train rates – call for further details.

Ski Schools in Val Thorens

Ski Schools in Val Thorens

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.

Book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers. If you’re travelling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

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Crèches in Val Thorens

The ESF run two mini clubs – Le Montana for children from three to 17 months and Le Roc aged 18 months and over. The Piou Piou Club section of the ski school takes children from three years upwards. There are also a few private nanny companies in the resort if you don’t want to go through the ESF.

Restaurants in Val Thorens

Restaurants in Val Thorens

Val Thorens ski resort has some good options on the mountain and off. However, if they aren’t to your liking you still have the entire Three Valleys to find somewhere for lunch. Near 360 Bar, one of Val Thorens’ après ski hotspots, there is Les Chalet du Thorens which serves up various choices of food including a great burger aptly named ‘McThorens’ and an Asian restaurant called Wok Ski. A good place to visit in the resort is La Maison, a friendly brasserie that serves hearty fondue, raclette and great pizzas.

Après Ski in Val Thorens

Après Ski in Val Thorens

Your two main après ski bars in Val Thorens are the famous Folie Douce and 360 Bar; both bars are worth a visit. 360 tends to stay open a couple of hours longer than La Folie Douce if you want to spend a bit longer on the slopes. A great place to grab a beer after skiing down to the resort is the Red Fox Pub near Les Balcons. If you’re looking for a nightclub to party until the early hours of the morning, then your best bets are Le Malaysia and Klub Summit.

Best Après Ski in Val Thorens
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For those who are fair weather skiers, or for those who want to breathe the mountain air but not actually ski, there are better places to go than Val Thorens ski resort. That said, the village does boast a swimming pool, indoor tennis and squash courts although these do tend to get crowded at peak times. There are numerous shops and restaurants within the village itself and you can while away a good few hours in the pleasant bars and cafes.

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