With the resort at 2,300 m and skiing way up to 3,230 m, Val Thorens is hard to beat when it comes to great snow conditions. It’s also part of the huge Three Valleys ski area, totalling 600 km of slopes that are linked by fast lifts and are highly rated for all kinds of skier – you’ll be in piste paradise whether it’s your first-time skiing or your fiftieth.
The compact town’s purpose-built, and loads of the accommodation is ski-in, ski-out, so it couldn’t be easier to get on the slopes. And it’s backed by some pretty impressive scenery too – surrounded on three sides by dramatic mountains, with pure white peaks as far as the eye can see. You can wrap up each day with live music and dancing in slope side hotspots like La Folie Douce and 360 Bar, or a laid-back drink in town favourites like The Frog and Roastbeef pub.
For a different kind of rush, whizz down Europe’s highest zip line at over 100 kph, soar above the valley on a paraglide flight, or race through the twists and turns of the Cosmojet, Europe’s longest toboggan run.
Val Thorens offers activities for people who are looking for that adrenaline rush and people who just want to relax. For those who are looking for a thrill, they could go on the ice driving course or get some competition going with family and friends in a game of paintball. For those wanting to still be on the snow, then you can hire mountain bikes and take them down the pistes, or you can go tobogganing.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing activity, then why not have a go at snowshoeing and visit places you cannot quite get to on skis. There is also plenty to do in the village – watch a film at the cinema, go bowling, or a spot of shopping. If you really want to relax, then you can visit one of the spas and have a massage to remove the aches and pains from all the skiing.
The Three Valleys is the world’s largest ski area, and Val Thorens is positioned perfectly on the west-facing slopes of the Tarentaise Valley in Savoie. There’s a huge range of red and blue runs for intermediate skiers – the wide, spacious Genepi run is a joy for those still building their confidence, while red runs such as the extended descent down towards Orelle in the Maurienne Valley offer a challenge that slightly more experienced visitors or those wishing to enjoy some peaceful skiing embrace.
The wider Three Valleys area connects seven resorts together, including firm favourites like Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania and these combine into the inspirational network of 600 km of pristine pistes.
In the summertime, there are a range of activities to fulfil your relaxation and adrenaline needs. A handful of these activities include archery, mountain biking, climbing, canyoning, hot-air ballooning, mini-golf, paintballing, paragliding, orienteering, spa and massaging.
There are many artificial snow making facilities across Val Thorens pistes to contribute to natural snowfall for guaranteed skiing throughout the season. As the highest ski resort in France, it is one of the most snow-sure with snow from the end of November through until May. 85% of the 3 Valleys ski area is above 1800 m with 10 of the 25 summits above 2500 m. 2007 snow cannons help guarantee snow coverage.
The nearest airports to Val Thorens ski area are Chambery, Geneva and Lyon which are all within a three hours drive of resort. Chambery: 2h 15 Geneva: 3h 00 Grenoble: 3h 15 Lyon: 3h 50