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Skiing & Snowboarding in Val Thorens

As Europe’s highest resort Val Thorens has an outstanding snow record and you’re pretty much guaranteed good snow right through the season. Part of the 3 Valleys, the terrain is vast with access to 600 km of pistes and masses of great freeriding.

Skiing - Val Thorens

Great snow, fast and efficient lifts, and a decent snowpark.
You're above the treeline so bad weather can spoil the fun.


Summit 3230 m

Vertical Drop 2130 m

Base 2300 m

Lifts (28)

Cable Cars 8

Chair Lifts 12

Drag Lifts 8

The Snowboarding

Freeriding Head to Cime de Caron and La Masse for some jaw-dropping terrain.

Freestyle Val Thorens Snowpark in the Plateaux area has some awesome table top jumps and jibbing features.

Pistes Big, wide-open pistes to practice your carves. Access the Méribel valley from the Plein Sud chair.

Beginner Pistes 8

Intermediate Pistes 25

Advanced Pistes 28

Expert Pistes 8

Total Riding 150 km (Three Valleys : 600 km)

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Practical Information

Resort Opening

22 November - 10 May

Resort Prices

Val Thorens 48€ Day Pass, 228€ 6-Day Pass
Three valleys 58 € Day Pass, 283 € 6-Day Pass

Nearest Airport

Geneva (2 hours 26 minutes)

Tourist Office

Maison de Val Thorens
Grande Rue
73440 Val Thorens

Phone: +33 (0)4 79 00 08 08

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Val Thorens is a modern ski resort in the French Alps. Situated at an altitude of 2300 m, it’s the highest resort in Europe. With its lofty altitude and an abundance of snow, Val Thorens is the perfect place for a skiing trip. It offers some spectacular scenery from its position at the head of the Belleville Valley. Its terrain is suitable for all levels from beginners to experts. It is a very friendly and relaxed resort where you will find none of the stuck-up attitudes of some of the other Trois Vallées resorts.

The skiing and snowboarding

Val Thorens offers you an unforgettable skiing and snowboarding experience. There is 140 km of piste area and an endless stretch of off-piste to indulge yourselves. For freestylers, there is the renowned Val Thorens Snowpark serviced by a lift. Freestylers will be interested in the Val Thorens board week held in early December. For beginners, the gentle slopes around the Rond Point des Pistes are ideal, as it’s a largely flat terrain. Once you are more confident on the flat slopes, you can progress on to marginally trickier green runs, Traversée des Deux Lacs and Deux Combes. If you want lessons or instructions, contact one of the independent ski schools there.

Val Thorens Snowpark

If you're in the Three Valleys and you're into freestyle snowboarding make sure you check out the Val Thorens Snowpark. In recent years things have improved massively on the park front. As Val Thorens is so high, the mounds never fully melt in the summer, so the park is rideable right through the season. Located on the Plateaux sector, the park offers you the possibility to progress your skills freestyle course with features for all abilities.

Built on about 70,000m², the Val Thorens Snowpark has some awesome table-top jumps, jibbing features that will test your mettle whether you're a beginner or expert boarder. There are also quarter-pipe hip jumps and an air-bag. If you're competitive of spirit, several freestyle competitions are held throughout the season.

Where to stay

If you want a superior upper-class accommodation, the recommended choice is Fahrenheit Seven Val Thorens, a cutting-edge, four-star hotel, complete with a great signature spa, an elegant bar and three restaurants. The hotel is at 2300 m and it goes without saying there's ski-in-ski-out access.

For truly excellent service, it's hard to look past Altapura. Featuring a pool and a spa, 3 on-site restaurants and a buffet breakfast to set you up for a day on the slopes. The accommodation has one of the best locations in Val Thorens.

Le Sherpa is an excellent three-star hotel with some amazing food, a great service and comfortable rooms. Le Fitz Roy and Langley Hôtel Tango are also popular choices as they are near the nursery slopes which are ideal for beginners.

If you prefer to keep costs down and go self catering, try Residence Machu Pichu, a Pierre & Vacances property offering apartment accommodation in a good location.

Where to eat

In Val Thorens, you have a wide choice when it comes to food. Les Chalets du Thorens offers self-service snacks and meals ranging from pizza and pasta to hot dogs and crepes. La Ferme de Rosalie is a charming, traditional place where you can enjoy the Savoyard classics. Another great spot for a Savoyard meal is the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Chalet de la Marine. Chef Jean Sulpice who has earned two Michelin stars serves a sumptuous gourmet cuisine at the Jean Sulpice Restaurant and even holds cooking classes on Sundays. For more traditional dining, head to La Fondue where you can sit in an open-air terrace while enjoying your food. For a more fun and affordable setting, try Le Scapin, a popular pizza joint. Another pizzeria is the Red Fox Pub where you can enjoy wholesome meals of pizzas and burgers.

Après shred

Val Thorens has a very active social life with more than 40 bars and three nightclubs. The ultimate partying spot is La Folie Douce, where there are live music and DJ sessions every afternoon. Surrounded by mountains, it has a wild, noisy, club-style vibe. Another great place is Bar 360, which is smaller and more intimate but there’s just as much of a buzz and blaring party music as La Folie. Café Snesko is a popular attraction for young crowds with its live music and a wild, electric atmosphere. Check out the Frog and Roast Beef, which brags the title of “The highest Pub in Europe”. You can also head over to Klub Summit and enjoy its music mixes and late-night partying.

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