Val Thorens – France

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At the top of the Trois Vallees ski area Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Western Europe and a tribute to the developers of the 1960’s. Its popularity goes from strength to strength as a holiday here offers visitors the convenience and reliability that comes with staying at altitude, and at the same time easy access to the more attractive slopes and villages at lower levels. If it has a downside it would be that with altitude comes unpredictable weather, and on a bad weather day Val Thorens is a bleak place to be.
A lot of money has been spent on making the resort more desirable in recent years, all culminating in them winning the 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.

  1. For the energetic try MTB on the snow.
  2. Ice driving - test your skills with a bit of driving on a tricky surface.
  3. Head to the ultimate party on the mountain at La Folie Douce for a party you won't forget
  4. Night sledging - not for the faint hearted.
  5. Pick a spot with a view and have a packed lunch and luxuriate in your surroundings.

Val Thorens blogs

The secrets of Val Thorens

Posted by Alf Alderson on 11th February 2015

I’m recently returned from a weekend of skiing in Val Thorens where two ‘secrets’ of the mountains became apparent.

First, even at half-term you can get almost empty slopes on a Saturday because being ‘change over day’ very few people other than locals are around; second, that even five days after a dump you can still score perfect untracked powder if you ski with the right person.

Early season skiing in Val Thorens

Posted by Alf Alderson on 26th November 2013

I’m just back from the opening weekend in Val Thorens and it has to be said that this season has started with a bang the size of a small nuclear explosion

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At a glance

Resort altitude2300 m
Highest lift3230 m
Lowest lift1800 m
km of piste140
Number of lifts31
Beginner pistes49%
Intermediate pistes40%
Advanced pistes11%
Snow parks5
Nearest airportChamberry
(119 km)
Lift pass price€222 / 6 days
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