The highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens is lift-linked to arguably the most popular ski area in the world, the Three Valleys. The compact purpose-built resort is laden with skiing holiday apartments with swift lift access. High-altitude skiing up to 3,200m grants some of the most snow-sure slopes in the Alps, perfect for early or late season skiing holidays. The large ski resort has seen heavy fresh investment in recent years introducing a sports centre, swimming pool and even shopping complexes. Prices are also surprisingly reasonable, making Val Thorens a bargain choice for your skiing holiday!
Skiing in Val Thorens
During your time skiing in Val Thorens you will have access to over 600km of pistes spread across 300 runs, served by over 200 lifts to explore the massive mountain. The season is usually the longest with skiing holdiays on offer from November through till May. Beginners won’t have to go far, as the best nursery slopes are on the village’s doorstep, with some free lifts for first-timers. Intermediate skiers will be spoilt with an endless choice of runs and terrain to explore. Experts and advanced skiers are rarely given the choice of terrain that they need, because of this they stand to benefit the most from skiing holidays to Val Thorens. Experts should visit the powder fields on the Peclet and Chaviere glaciers. If you fancy a bumpy ride try the mogul black at Cime de Caron, which boasts the best view in the Three Valleys. There is also a mogul course on offer, as well as a highly commended French ski school for those looking to learn on their skiing holiday.
Snowboarding in Val Thorens
The resort is known for being boarder friendly, with ideal slopes for any ability. There are fantastic long wide red runs around Fond 1, Boismint or the Peclet Glacier. One hot tip is to book a guide to take you up from the Col Chair over to the Col de Gebroulaz and ride down to the Meribel Valley on the amazing Glacier de Gebroulaz run. The park is accessed via the 2 Lac lift which features an excellent boardercross park complete with a 110m long super pipe.
Apres in Val Thorens
There are a few quality bars, restaurants and clubs in Val Thorens to keep you busy on your skiing holiday. With a mixture of Brits, Swedes and the Dutch, it’s an eclectic mix of people to party with. There are some good shopping centres, all indoors as the resort's altitude means it can get pretty cold.
Accommodation in Val Thorens
Purpose built and wooden clad, the ski-in/ski-out apartments in this cleverly built resort serve their desired purpose. There is a wide range of accommodation for skiing holidays, from apartments to luxury small hotels. If you’re looking for a bargain ski holiday with instant access to world-class slopes, decent bars and good après then look no further. There are many ski deals for Val Thorens when you book with Eclipse Ski...
|Resort altitude||2300m||Skiing altitude||1815m-3230m|
|Transfer time||3hrs||Longest run||6km|
|Total kms of piste:||600kms||Cross country||4km|
|Snow canons||2,007||Slope direction||N, S, E, W|
|Nursery area||3||Number of lifts||180|
|Night skiing||No||Snow making||Yes|
|Season||Nov - May||Mountain restaurants||41|
|Ski bus||Yes||Linked resorts||Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Meribel, St|
|Summer skiing||Yes||Terrain parks||1|
|Half pipe||1||Tree runs||A few|
Summary: Skill level, features and activities
|Type of resort||Alpine|
|Suitable for families|
|Apres ski (nightlife)|