VAL THORENS, FRANCE
Ski holidays in Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is compact and purpose-built and is Europe's highest village. Set in a huge ski bowl, with runs fanning out in all directions, providing excellent snow conditions throughout the season. No wonder it is one of our most popular destinations for ski holidays.
Ski down the valley to Les Menuires and the wonderful La Masse area and then pop over to nearby Courchevel and Meribel on the massive 3 Valleys circuit. This is some of the most amazing skiing in the world. The resort has been cleverly planned, creating a village feel around a compact centre and offering doorstep skiing wherever you stay.
Val Thorens also offers on piste Wi-Fi access, offering the unique service at several points on the mountain. Free Wi-Fi connectivity will be available at the Plein Sud, Moraine and 3 Vallée 2 chair lift stations, the Cairn & Caron gondola stations, the Cime Caron and Bouquetin cable car stations and at the Péclet Funitel lift station.
- Off piste
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Val Thorens ski resort
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, sitting at 2300m. It is a fantastic all round resort with excellent facilities for all abilities and lots of activities and accommodations for all families, group sizes and ages.
Foodies will enjoy the vast selection of culinary delights in over 60 restaurants. Sports enthusiasts can experience all extra activities after a day on the slopes including hikes, tobogganing, mountain biking, ice driving and more! Whist après animals can dance into the night at one of the 40 bars across the village.
A free shuttle bus runs around Val Thorens village and between les Menuires, Reberty and St Martin de Belleville. The other 3 Valleys resorts can only be reached on skies or snowboard by the ski lifts.
Skiing in Val Thorens
The range of slopes in Val Thorens skiing area is amongst the best in the world, with the testing mogul fields of the Cime de Caron and La Masse, further down the valley, and endless off piste opportunities on the Chaviere or Peclet glaciers for advanced adventurers.
The virtually inexhaustible range of red and blue pistes provides the intermediate skier with endless opportunities during their Val Thorens skiing holiday. The long sweeping blues such as Genepi, and the more challenging reds, including the long descent down to the Maurienne valley, added to the vast terrain of the rest of the Trois Vallees, more than satisfies even the most mileage-hungry of skiers during their ski holiday.
Val Thorens has many runs back to resort, which is where the wide open gentle blue slopes favoured by the novice skiers and boarders are found.
Snowparks and fun areas are also present for those looking for a bit of excitement!
Snow conditions in Val Thorens
There are many artificial snow making facilities across Val Thorens pistes to contribute to natural snowfall for guaranteed skiing throughout the season. As the highest ski resort in France it is one of the most snow-sure with snow from the end of November through until May.
85% of the 3 Valleys ski area is above 1800m with 10 of the 25 summits above 2500m. 2007 snow cannons help guarantee snow coverage.
Family skiing in Val Thorens
There are lots for families to do on and off the slopes in Val Thorens. The huge 3 Valleys ski area caters extremely well for all ski and snowboard abilities, so there is plenty of slopes to keep the whole family happy. The village is built for quick access on to the slopes so you know that the morning rush on to the slopes and to ski school will be easy.
Apres-ski and restaurants in Val Thorens
Val Thorens offers lively and varied apres-ski, the popular bars and restaurants close to the centre along with 3 late night clubs. The best bars for apres are Folie Douce, The Frog and Roast Beef and Saloon Bar, with Malaysia club for late night partying.
Other activities in Val Thorens
If you want things to do other than skiing, Val Thorens is the place for you!
If you're a thrill-seeker then you can race a mate on the 1,800m zip line with stunning views of Val Thorens as you hurtle towards it, or the Tyrollienne zip line, where you are 250m above the ground. The views would be even better if you wanted to paraglide off the 3,000m altitude platform and swoop down 650m with a professional. They can also guide you through snow-biking, ice-climbing or even ice-diving.
If you're into F1 then you can channel your inner Lewis Hamilton on the 225m-long ice circuit which is great fun for all ages, or have a go at the toboggon run if pure speed is your thing.
Not everything has to be quite so adrenaline-focused though! There is a good sports centre which has a swimming pool and squash courts. Evening skidoo rides are popular and highly recommended. For a more relaxing evening, check out the cinema, which has many films in English or go for a round of bowling with friends and family.
In the winter of 2022/23 a brand new sports centre will open with an aquatic and well-being area, sports and leisure complex, roof entertainment area and panoramic terraces.
Here's a full list of what you can do:
- Big Airbag
- Mountain biking on snow
- Laser game
- Ski Touring
- The Tyrolienne
- Hiking Trails
- Helicopter Trails
- Sled Dogs
- Yoga classes
Ski accommodation in Val Thorens
With spectacular locations, our vast range of excellent Val Thorens apartments are perfect for groups and families whatever your budget.
Our superb selection of Val Thorens hotels will meet any requirement you may have whilst keeping you close to the slopes.
Ski chalets in Val Thorens all boast excellent locations within easy access to the slopes. A ski holiday in Val Thorens offers the convenience of having everything you could require from a ski holiday within walking distance, thanks to Val Thorens being a purpose built resort. Take a look at our ski chalets in Val Thorens and make the most of your Val Thorens ski holiday.
Transfer time in Val Thorens
The nearest airports to Val Thorens ski area are Chambery, Geneva and Lyon which are all within a three hours drive of resort.
Chambery: 2h 15
Geneva: 3h 00
Grenoble: 3h 15
Lyon: 3h 50
Val Thorens SKI PASS PRICES
The prices for the Val Thorens 3 Valleys lift pass, for the Winter 23/24 ski season can be found below.
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Prices are normally based on a full area lift pass and child ages vary by resort. The above are guides, so please call one of the Iglu team for prices for your holiday.
Ski Hire in Val Thorens
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Val Thorens. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Val Thorens:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£72||£58|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£104||£72|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£125|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£135|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Val Thorens here
Val Thorens Reviews
For adults the perfect hotel, ski-in/out straight from ski locker room door, 5 course set dinners, French style and even a vegetarian option; only snag - no children's menu. Rooms with TV, comfortable & clean with bath/shower. Staff friendly and helpful.
Apres Ski: 3/5
Accommodation & Value: 5/5
Ronald CHRISTOPHER Keene
You can’t go wrong with Club Med's Sensations resort in Val Thorens. Ski in ski out, great snow, endless variety of pistes, free ski groups, all inclusive top quality food and drink, and spacious modern accommodation.
Apres Ski: 5/5