Goodness! Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe at 2300m. No, you don't need oxygen masks but you are pretty much assured of snow from November through to May. Surrounded by a great horseshoe of stunning peaks it's nothing short of spectacular.
It's part of the wonderful Les 3 Vallées network so if you tire of its own pistes, it's easy to get across to numerous other resorts, like Courchevel and Méribel. But why would you? Skiing and snowboarding at Val Thorens is fabulous anyway and most of it is ski-in, ski-out.
There are magic carpet lifts for beginners and wonderfully gentle green runs where you can gain confidence. Top notch skiers and snowboarders can thrill themselves skinny around the Cime de Caron with one red run, three blacks and tremendous off-piste powder snow opportunities. For those inbetweeners, Val Thorens is a dream. Snowboarders pay attention - there's a world-beating snowpark too, used for national and international events, not to mention a skicross and boardercross course.That's what we call snow heaven!
Apres-Ski in Val Thorens
The village is, well…villagey, with limited car access making it lovely to wander around. There's a good range of restaurants, bars and clubs catering for discerning gastro folk as well as the more cash-strapped 20-somethings. When we say 'good range ' there are no fewer than 40 bars and 60 restaurants so you won't go hungry (or thirsty!)
Nightlife is chilled out and if you're a non-skier, or simply want a day off the slopes, there's a sports centre with tennis, squash, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.
A superb range of skiing and snowboarding, with an equally varied choice of accommodation - all set in magnificent Savoyard alpine scenery. What more could you ask for? If there's anything that comes to mind, ask us at GetSkiing and we'll pull out all the stops to make all your winter holiday dreams come true.
Gary's Little Gems in Val Thorens
Did you know that Tignes claimed that Val Thorens wasn't the highest resort because it wasn't really a village as it had no church ? So, in 1991, they built a church in Val Thorens!
If you want to know my favourite run it has to be Mauduit from the top of Saluire all the way down to Méribel. It's long, it's open, the piste is well-groomed - and it's a number one thigh-burner!
Accommodations in Val Thorens
- Resort Altitude: 2300 m
- Highest Lift: 3230 m
- Total Piste: 600 km
- Longest Run: 12 km
- Directions of Slopes: N, E, SE, NW
- Uphill Capacity: 260000
- Total Lifts: 183
- Gondolas/Cable cars: 40
- Chairlifts: 69
- Drag Lifts: 74
- Snow Parks: 6
- Snow Cannons: 287
- Good for Off Piste
- Good for Families
- Good for Non-skiers
- High Altitude
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Approx flight time:
Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Calais Ferry Port
Bourg Saint Maurice