at a glance...

600km of pistes
2300m resort height
2.5 hours transfer time
Beginners & intermediates great for
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Val Thorens overview

Situated at 2300m, Val Thorens, France is the highest ski resort in Europe. Subsequently, it enjoys an enviable snow record especially late in the season making Val Thorens a great choice for spring skiing. Forming part of the Three Valleys ski area, there is plenty of terrain to suit all abilities.

As a purpose-built resort, all amenities are conveniently located and a large proportion of the accommodation offers ski in, ski out or doorstep skiing. The resort centre is compact and car restricted giving it a village feel with a cosmopolitan buzz and dynamic nightlife.

Skiing in Val Thorens

Ski weekends in Val Thorens are wonderful for beginners due to the excellent nursery slopes at the foot of the resort with moving carpet lifts (you don't need a lift pass to use). There are enough greens and plenty of easy blues to progress to and a gentle descent allows you to ski back to resort.

The fourth valley of Orelle also has good intermediate runs. Advanced skiers may find the number of truly challenging blacks a little limited but the Cime de Caron offers some of the most difficult terrain in the area. Off-piste opportunities are excellent and the high altitude ensures good powder conditions for longer than elsewhere.

The majority of Val Thorens’ local slopes are made up of intermediate terrain. Excellent blues and reds can be found from the Peclet glacier and lead down to the resort of Les Menuires. A fast and efficient lift system links Val Thorens to neighbouring Three Valley’s resorts including Meribel and Courchevel, so the skiing opportunities really are endless.

Après ski

Apres-ski in Val Thorens is energetic, getting started in the afternoon at a number of lively mountain venues such as the famous Folie Douce. By night, the resort centre comes alive with plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs remaining open until the early hours. For a more relaxed drink try the Rhum Box a cosy little bar full of flavoured rums tucked away off the road so most pass it by without even realising it’s there!

The resort boasts an excellent selection of restaurants with something to suit all tastes from traditional French restaurants serving fondue to Michelin starred establishments.

Best for...

  • Groups
  • Après
  • Ski in, ski out
  • Foodies
Accommodation in Val Thorens

The layout of the town means that no matter where you stay, you’re practically on the slopes. There’s no need for buses. Our accommodation is no exception with each hotel offering either a ski in, ski out or doorstep skiing experience.

As well as this, all our hotels are fairly central so no more than a couple of minutes walk to all the shops, bars, restaurants and facilities of Val Thorens. To sum up, in Val Thorens we offer the utmost convenience and nothing less.

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4* Fahrenheit Seven Val Thorens
4* Fahrenheit Seven Val Thorens

With retro styling and superb dining, Fahrenheit Seven, Val Thorens is a convenient choice for a ski in, ski out hotel only steps from all the action.

Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Hammam
More info
4* Hotel Le Val Thorens
4* Hotel Le Val Thorens

Hotel Le Val Thorens was the first hotel in Val Thorens, combining contemporary decor with a vintage alpine twist and ski in, ski out access.

Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Hammam
More info
5* Hotel Fitz Roy
5* Hotel Fitz Roy

Renowned as being one of the finest hotels in Val Thorens, Hotel Le Fitz Roy provides luxurious ski in, ski out accommodation with exceptional service.

Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
More info
5* Altapura
5* Altapura

The Altapura is a luxurious ski in, ski out hotel with a modern but opulent Nordic style, featuring excellent dining, relaxation and apres facilities.

Features:
  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Spa
  • Pool
More info

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Resort guide

Val Thorens

The resort
Resort height - 2,300m
Highest point - 3,230m

Ski areaLes Trois Vallées - 600km of piste

Slopes
Although Val Thorens is suited mainly for beginners and intermediates there are still plenty of challenging runs - especially if you look towards the rest of the three valleys ski area.

Green runs 13%
Blue runs 39%
Red runs 38%
Black runs 10%

Lifts - 180

Season length - November to May

Resort ratings
Beginners - 4/5
Intermediates - 5/5
Experts - 4/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 3/5
Après - 4/5
Eating out - 4/5
Charm - 2/5

Activities
Bowling | cinema | glacier touring | ice driving | luge | parapenting | snowshoeing | tobogganing | winter walking

Transfer times
Due to the fact that flights into Chambery and Grenoble tend to only be available on the weekends, we use Geneva as our main airport.

Chambery - 1 hour 45 minutes
Grenoble - 2 hours 15 minutes
Geneva - 2 hours 30 minutes

Val Thorens local lift pass
3 day lift pass from £148
6 day lift pass from £248

3 Valleys lift pass
3 day lift pass from £178
6 day lift pass from £297

This pass includes Meribel and Courchevel as well as the rest of the Belleville Valley and La Masse. The largest linked ski area in the world.

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