In The Spotlight:Val Thorens

Quick facts on Val Thorens

Have you got a head for heights? If so, you’ll love Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise and the highest ski resort in Europe. Breathe in the pure mountain air and enjoy what many regard as the finest snow in the Alps.

It’s location, in the famous Three Valleys is marked by a vast natural cirque overlooked by six stunning glaciers and a huge variety of pistes. The gourmet food and nightlife will also take your breath away as this is a place where fun is always high on the agenda.

Val Thorens Fast Facts

Domain altitude: 2,300m
Lowest slope: 1,400m
Highest lift: 3,230m
Lifts: 183
Runs: 321

  • Blue 183 (57%)
  • Red 106 (33%)
  • Black 32 (10%)

We Love

  • Early and late season skiing
  • The variety and number of slopes
  • The heavy snow

The Downsides

  • Some buildings lack authenticity
  • Maybe too much nightlife for some
  • It’s very, very high

Getting There

The nearest airports to Val Thorens ski area are Chambery, Geneva and Lyon which can all be reached after three hours of driving.

The nearest railway station to Val Thorens is Moutiers, around 40kms away. Trains from Paris to Moutiers usually take between four and six hours.

There is also a public bus service between Val Thorens and Geneva, Chambery and Lyons airports provided by AltiBus.

See our resort in Val Thorens

The Domain

Welcome to the Les Trois Vallées situated above the small French town of Moutiers. Immerse yourself in the highest of three linked resorts and the wide bowl of Val Thorens.

Due to its location, great snow is almost guaranteed whatever time of year you visit. With its mix of modernity and charm, you’ll immediately feel at home in this welcoming area where everything has been created for your enjoyment.

It’s a compact resort where all your needs can be catered for within easy reach. For foodies, it’s a buffet of brilliant restaurants. A lack of cars helps you enjoy the quiet majesty of the mountains with more than 100 Alpine summits standing to attention as you gaze in all directions.

For non-skiers, there’s also plenty to do. Pick up your lamp for a night time hike in the mountains, challenge yourself to a thrilling toboggan run or see if you can stay in control when driving on ice. Or why not simply sit back at one of the many bars and restaurants, take a look around and soak in the joy of nature as your every day tensions melt away like spring snow?

Your location in Val Thorens means that you have access to surrounding resorts such as Méribel and Courchevel. The question is: will you ever want to leave?

The Ski Area

Start your descent in the largest ski area in the world with over 600 kilometres of runs. Perfect snow and the latest ski-lifts will make it the holiday of your dreams. There are few queues just great views and amazing sport in nature’s playground.

It’s hard to think of a better choice of slopes in the world. Beginners and intermediaries can test their skills on a wide range of red and blue pistes that gently run above the village. Once you find your feet then take on something more challenging such as the long and invigorating journey down to the Maurienne Valley.

For the most adventurous there’s nothing better than an off-piste adventure and the Chaviere and Peclet glaciers seem to be designed with you in mind.

You’ll be skiing straight from your doorstep to runs that have been carefully prepared for your pleasure. Or maybe today’s the day you try a cross-country challenge? Val Thorens is all about endless possibilities.

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