At the top of the Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Western Europe – a lofty 2300m that is quite noticeable even in the village as visitors get breathless and kettles take longer to boil! There’s something majestic about being this high though, and the purpose-built resort isn’t bad – buildings are wood-clad and chalet style. It’s a real ski-in, ski-out place, the snow is reliable, and there’s easy access to the lower slopes and villages – Les Menuires further down the valley and Méribel over the ridge.

A lot of money was spent on making the resort more desirable, all culminating in Val Thorens winning the 2013 award for the ‘Most Improved European Resort’. Amenities in the resort have expanded to be friendlier to the non-skier and to provide a much better food and drink scene. The exhilarating four mile toboggan run and the sports centre provide interesting, non-skiing diversions but make no mistake; Val Thorens is a purpose built, skiers resort.

At a glance

Altitude

2300 mm

Piste Area

140km

Lift Pass Price

€245 / 6 days Les 3 Vallées

Nearest Airport

Chambery (119km)

Beginner slopes

179

Intermediate slopes

111

Advanced slopes

30

Lifts

175

Highest lift

3230m

Lowest lift

1800m

Snow parks

5

Glacier

No

Snowmaking

Yes