WEsayThe highest ski village in western Europe with guaranteed snow cover from before Christmas until after Easter. The highest resort offering the most convenient ski access in the giant Trois Vallees area.
As one of the Trois Valles, Catered chalets in Val Thorens offer 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.
New for 2017/18
The Moraine chairlift, which provides for easy blue runs, is being improved to a 10-seater gondola. Another blue run has been added in the Plein Sud sector, which will be most conveniant at the end of the day for skiers staying at the top end of the resort.
New for 2016/17
Two new six-seat chair lifts will open, replacing the old Roc and Stades drags and the Boismint chair. A new red run, Croissant, runs the length of the Stade chair. The Snowpark is getting a total makeover . The new Ski Flux system will display on giant screens real-time information about how busy each run is, to help you avoid crowds. Valuable, but depressing, really.
New for 2015/16
Yet another five-star hotel was opened, Le Pashmina. A new red piste was created in the Plein Sud sector La Chasse which extends the Pluviometre run; it leads to the Boulevard Cumin and so to Les Menuires. A 900m funslope was created next to the Deux Lacs fast chair lift. A beginners terrain park was opened, and the advanced park was revamped.
- Variety of slopes to cater for all abilities, plus access to the Three Valleys
- Found to be one of the most snow-garanteed resorts
- One of the most efficient lift systems in France
- Compact, with doorstep ski lodgings
- Convenient, moderate nursery slopes
- Good range of hotels and some very high quality apartments