Ski Holidays in Val Thorens
Val Thorens enjoys an exceptional position: the highest European ski resort, Val Thorens is located in a natural bowl at the top of the 3 Vallees, open and sunny and somewhere you'll never get lost!
Val Thorens is situated in the Belleville Valley, which alone boasts a huge 300km of pistes (99% of which are above 2000m), ranging from 3430m down to 1450m. For those who want to make the most of The Three Valleys area, head over into Meribel or Mottaret or make it a full day over to Courchevel. With 600km of piste and over 190 lifts, the Three Valleys is an area unlike any other. The resort of Val Thorens is surrounded by 6 glaciers, ensuring skiing throughout the long winter season and into the summer.
Known as the 'anti-stress' resort! A number of resorts boast doorstep skiing, but how many really do? In Val Thorens, it's simple, ski out of your accommodation and you're already on the slopes. The resort has a vibrant, lively and young atmosphere but it is not just for the young. Thanks to being extremely open to the outside world and having a pioneering spirit for 40 years, Val Thorens is a truly cosmopolitan resort.
The huge snowpark offers tables (jumps), rails and boxes (sliding units) of different sizes. You will also find hips-quarter or the Jump’ Air (shock absorbing stunt man’s mattress) which will allow you to try acrobatic figures in complete safety!
Doing More in Val Thorens
There are a number of fun activities available in Val Thorens but most notably Europe's longest toboggan run. Setting off from 3000m, this wonderful run is open during the day and on some evenings until 6pm. The run takes approx 45 minutes and is a definate 'must do' whilst in Val Thorens. Also in Val Thorens is Europe's highest ice driving circuit (great for the petrol heads), snowmobiles, paragliding or for the mountain bikers - why not try mountain biking on snow? However the most recent addition to Val Thorens adrenalin pumped apres ski program is Europe's highest zip wire. From the top of the Bouchet chair (3230m) you can whizz down a massive 1,300m to the Funitel de Thorens. Definetly not one for the faint hearted!
The resort has a fantastic indoor pool complex including two swimming pools, one of which is a balneo pool, spa, jacuzzis, hammam, sauna, relaxation space, steam showers, aquaerobics. Plus a dedicated space for young swimmers with a paddling pool, leisure pool with waterjets and cascades.
The resort has all the amenities you could need and expect from a town, including supermarkets, cash machines, restaurants and bars. There are of course ski shops, ski schools and a tourist office.
Val Thorens is investing €450,000 this year in order to improve the artificial snow system: obsolete equipment replacement, doubling of existing equipment on specific areas like “The Grenouillère” and small-scale maintenance work.
Accommodation in Val Thorens
Val Thorens is designed with the skier and boarder in mind. Despite being designed in the 60's, the resort has relatively few monstrous buildings and has a relaxed village feel. The last few years have seen a lot of new accommodation being built in the resort, allowing an even greater range of accommodation on offer from basic French apartments to luxurious hotels.
A gourmet resort - the culinary offer is high quality and full of great surprises. From local produce to Michelin starred chefs, traditional and modern, Val Thoren's bistronomy and gastronomy will delight even the taste buds of the most demanding foodies!
Getting to Val Thorens
There are options to fly, drive or take the train - we can arrange transfers from Grenoble, Chambery or Geneva.
When driving, it is about 9 hours from Calais
The Eurostar and snow train stop at Moutiers (bottom of the valley) and transfer to resort from the station is approx 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on conditions.
Got some questions about the resort?
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