Val Thorens - Piste Ratings
As one of the Trois Valles, Val Thorens offers access to 600km of piste that makes this ski area the largest in the world. Val Thorens' advantage over its neighbours is its height. Sitting at 2,300m, with 99% of its skiing above 2,000m, it is the highest in Europe and all but guarantees year-round skiing. Val Thorens is suitable for all levels of skiers. Beginners have lots of gentle skiing right on the doorstep of the resort, and just beyond this are plenty of blues and reds for the intermediates leading down from the top of the Peclet and Grand Fond funitels. Experts will want to head up in the Cime de Caron cable car which rises nearly a kilometre into the sky and provides a fantastic view of over 1,000 peaks. From here you can ski back down the famous Combe du Caron black run or head off-piste down the Vallon du Lou. Snowboarders will be more than satisfied with the snow parks. The one nearest Val Thorens has a 110m long half pipe and an assortment of rails and other obstacles. Also worth a try is France’s only toboggan course with a 700m vertical drop. It takes 45 minutes and can also be ridden at night.
Although Val Thorens is very ski-focussed, there is plenty of off-slope action too, the majority of which is based at the newly refurbished sport centre. Here you can swim, play tennis – table or court – or have a soak in the Jacuzzi, amongst other things. Or if you want to get back out in the open try snowmobiling after dark. For alternative night time action head out into the nightlife of Val Thorens. It is lively and vibrant and there are plenty of bars to choose from. There is also a fine choice of restaurants, including one run by a Michelin-starred chef.
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'Combe du Caron' - 1'000m vertical
'Pluviometre' - 700m vertical