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Related Regions: Valle des Belleville, Les 3 Vallées, Northern Alps, France, Savoie, Europe, Europe Overall, Tarentaise Valley

Overview

Val Thorens: the highest ski resort in Europe is hard to beat for snow fans. At 2,300m, it has one of the longest ski seasons. It is situated at the head of the 3 Valleys – the largest ski area in the world. It has 100 percent ski-in ski-out accommodation with unbeatable skiing: powdery fields, perfectly groomed slopes – 600km of runs and snow guaranteed right through the season. The ski facilities are cutting-edge, with high-tech ski lifts that take you right up to the highest peaks with views over more than 1,000 mountaintops. The village atmosphere is informal and friendly for après ski with a wide variety of restaurants, clubs and a stack of other activities and it is

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Elevation

  • 10597ft
    Summit
  • 3051ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 7546ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 11
  • 0
  • 12
  • 2
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 5
  • 33
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    12%

  • Intermediate Runs

    43%

  • Advanced Runs

    35%

  • Expert Runs

    10%

  • Runs

    89

  • mi Pistes

    93.2 mi

  • Terrain Parks

    1

  • Longest Run

    2.2 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    151 ac

  • Snow Making

    119 ac

  • mi Snow Making

    74.6 mi

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The Mountain

Val Thorens (2,300m) is the highest ski resort in Europe. It also belongs to the largest lift-linked ski area in the world: the 3 Vallées (600km). The construction of the resort was inspired by gold medal skier Christine Goitschel and her husband, national team trainer, Jean Béranger in the 1970s. Val Thorens was a pioneer in the use of helicopter construction techniques.

The ski area is 99 percent located above 2,000 metres, the 'glide' quality is exceptional in this mountain amphitheatre which forms a playground adapted to all levels and styles. Good snow conditions are almost guaranteed November to May.

The Val Thorens/Orelle local ski area offers 150 kilometres of slopes - 78 pistes (11 green, 29 blue, 30 red and eight black). But more than just statistics the scenery is breathtaking: 32 fast, modern ski lifts, mean you spend more time on the slopes. The choice of itineraries on groomed slopes or off-piste are simply vast.

Heavy investment in state of the art lift equipment means queuing is kept to a minimum. The newest version of the twin cable super wind resistant Funitel de Thorens, which features two trains and two gondolas carrying up to 33 people in each, (a passenger flow of 1500 people per hour) now enables passengers to climb from the summit of the Portette chairlift (2,795m) to the col du Bouchet (3,000m) in less than two minutes. From here, skiers and boarders can take either the new Asters red run or the new Chocard blue run.

Powder Day

The excellent snow quality make certain slopes a must for experienced skiers: Col, Mauriennaise, Col de l'Audzin, le Blanchot and Tétras. The more skilled can discover the red and black slopes of la Combe de Caron, la Combe de Rosaël and Boismint, in the larger 3 Vallées ski area. Moguls enthusiasts will enjoy the Cascades slope. Eight black and 30 red slopes offer a lot of snow adventure as well as many easily accessible off-piste possibilities to make the most of your stay. Val Thorens is now an official training site for the French Ski Team.

Groomers and Family

In the heart of the domain there is a large area of easy skiing, equipped with four roof-covered magic carpets and free for beginners, allowing a gradual learning curve. Explore a wider area and take in the scenery at your own pace, there is a special ski pass for beginners to access eight ski lifts serving the easiest slopes - 50 percent off normal price. There are 11 green and 29 blue slopes of which the majority are perfectly groomed. Some start on the mountain tops such as the Tête Ronde.

The Junior Area is dedicated to young skiers - this one-kilometre-long slope '2 Lacs sector' is a challenge with riddles, to get to know mountain animals (marmots, ibex, blanchots etc).

There are many apres-ski activities to keep everyone amused including a complete range of toboggan runs starting with a free, safe and secure "baby fun" tobogganing area in the Place Caron at the middle of the resort for two year olds. For the over 10s, there is the longest toboggan run in France with a departure point at 3,000m, six kilometres in length, with a 700-metre-vertical and a 45-minute descent. Free for children between the ages of 5 and 10 that ride with their parents.

The Fun Park at the sports centre features trampolines, a bouncy castle, swimming pool  . . . more than 600 square metres just for children.

Park/Pipe

The Snowpark (the Plateau sector) - 90 000 m² area divided in four zones: beginners, intermediate, expert and a Jump'Air (shock absorbing stunt man's mattress). There are different modules: whoops, wall ride, tables, handrails.

The Boardercross (in the 2 Lacs sector) offers skiers and snowboarders the complete range thrills and spills. The Ski Cross Europe & French Cup and the Snowboard Cross French Cup is held there regularly.

The Yannick Richard Stadium Slalom is currently organising slalom and giant slalom competitions after complete renovation and extension works.

Mountain bike on snow. Starting at 3,000 metres, hurtle down "Tête Ronde" blue slope: a vertical of 700 metres and length of six kilometres. This is available for experienced mountain bikers on three nights every week (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Ice driving on the Alain Prost circuit is normally reserved for Trophée Andros racing drivers, but the Ice Driving Academy offers initial training and a first drive in a Renault Clio RS, Renault Mégane Sport, Cross car or Mitsubishi Lancers under the supervision of well-known drivers. The Alain Prost ice circuit, the highest in Europe, 980 metres in lenth, hosts the first Trophée Andros event at the beginning of December every year.

Visit the Cime Caron summit (3,200m) for the most beautiful view of the Alps. It offers a memorable panoramic 360° view over more than 1,000 French, Italian and Swiss Alps summits. On the peak, it is possible to have lunch in the sun and relax, and thanks to the special map you will be able to identify the Mont Blanc, and all the great peaks.

Major events in Val Thorens:

December: Trophée Andros and the SFR Freeskiing Tour

Feburary: Ski Cross European Cup

March: Slopestyle Snowboard European Cup

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/24/201805/05/2019
  • Days Open Last Year
    164
  • Projected Days Open
    168
  • Years Open
    47
  • Average Snowfall
    270"

Best Val Thorens Hotels

5
Spa
Place de l'Eglise VAL THORENS, 73440
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
5
uitzicht vanuit het appartement
Rue du Soleil VAL THORENS, 73440
Specialty Lodging
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
5
Hôtel
Rue de Gebroulaz Val Thorens, 73440
Hotel
* Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.

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Val Thorens Reviews

Alex Leclercq
7th June 20165
We went there with Skikot, a famous travel brand in Belgium who was really good for the organization. We had a small...Full review
dudi
4th March 20164
amazing place but an expensive one without apreski like AustriaFull review
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