Altitude: 2300 Meters

Val Thorens in short

  • Snow is 100% guaranteed
  • Ski-in, ski-out resort in the 3 Valleys
  • World-famous ski resort

The ski resort of Val Thorens, situated at the far end of the Belleville Valley, after the ski resorts of St Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires, largely owes its popularity to its altitude. Val Thorens is actually the highest ski resort in Europe - 2300 meters about sea level. Val Thorens can also boast being part of the Three Valleys ski area and having some of the best snow conditions in the Alps all through the season. Everything in Val Thorens is set up to provide perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions on your ski holidays.

The pedestrianized center of the unique ski resort of Val Thorens is surrounded by easily accessible ski slopes making this a popular ski-in, ski-out ski resort for families. As far as facilities are concerned, there is not much to fault with a snowpark, a boardercross, an area dedicated to children, a slalom run, a 6km-long toboggan run and a smaller one reserved for the youngest clients ... Unlike many other French ski resorts you will not see any large concrete apartment blocks in Val Thorens, just a lot of wood and stone buildings that emphasize the luxurious nature of the resort. Even though the altitude guarantees excellent snow conditions, it does have its drawbacks: there is not a tree in sight and it can sometimes get very cold and a little bleak if the sunshine is being shy in Val Thorens! Day and night life are plentiful here with venues such as La Folie Douce starting the apres-ski action off as early as 2pm in the afternoon! Again, because of its privileged position in the heart of the Les Trois Vallées ski area, prices are known for being rather high! You won't be disappointed, however, as the overall standards in Val Thorens are exceptional!

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Music and Val Thorens, a long love story

What better than some good music after a long day on the pistes in Val Thorens? Jazzy, electro or classical – in Val Thorens you have the choice! This popular French ski resort has long invested in providing a wide choice of live concerts and the latest DJs on stage and on the ski slopes for its international clientele. Val Thorens, the highest ski resort in Europe, attracts music fans all through the ski season to swing, boogie, jazz, piano and classical concerts… Not forgetting, of course, the FestiVal Tho or "FVT”, one of the musical highlights held each ski season in Val Thorens and attracting thousands of skiers and snowboarders from around the world.

FestiVal Tho, THE electro festival in the mountains

Each year in the French ski resort of Val Thorens, when the days on the slopes get longer and the sun is already warm, the biggest DJs on the planet land on the pistes of Val Thorens and make the mountain move for three days - FestiVal Tho! This major event in the electro music scene takes place at the Chalets de Thorens in the 360° Bar at 2300 m of altitude and attracts an international audience seduced by the quality of music and the festive, laid back atmosphere up on the slopes of Val Thorens.

THE highest snowboard spot in Europe is Val Thorens

In the world-renowned Three Valleys ski area, Val Thorens is THE snowboarders’ spot with its 110 m halfpipe, hip-quarters and the Jump Air in its snowpark near 2 Lacs. Come and try out the latest equipment and join in the festivities during the Rock On Snowboard Tour weekend in Val Thorens... Val Thorens is THE snowboard spot thanks to its high altitude, exceptional snow conditions and huge opportunities for freeride and freestyle. Ride in the deep powder from the Cime de Caron or the Pointe de la Masse or on the Péclet or the Chavière glaciers.

Val Thorens and its protected nature

For those who love alternative snow sports and outdoor activities, Val Thorens offers walking or snowshoe tours around the resort or up in the ski area itself. Themed walks are organized, for example, observation of wildlife, scenic walks, outings in the forest, etc... And while you're on your ski holidays in Val Thorens, why not try a 100% natural mountain sport: ski touring with seal skins and participate in the Dynafit Snow Leopard Track initiation organised by the Sports Club in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens and the Famille Plus Montagne label

In its "Family Guide", Val Thorens, with its Famille Plus Montagne label, offers a multitude of ideas, advice and services to enable families to "share unique moments" on their ski holidays in Val Thorens. The program of events, from Christmas to Easter is enticing with different kinds of entertainment for all ages. Val Thorens also offers interesting deals such as the family ski pass that means all members of the family pay the child rate! There are free lifts for the youngest members of the family and a special beginner ski pass at a very attractive price... Families know they will spend great ski holidays in Val Thorens.

 Apres-ski & entertainment Val Thorens

Restaurants 60 Theatre -
Bars & cafes 35 Casino -
Nightclubs & discos 3 Concert hall
Cinema 1  

 Ski school and ski lessons Val Thorens

No. of ski schools 8Private ski lessons € 55
No. of ski instructors 280Ski lessons6 Days, 31 Hours, € 280
Area for beginnersSnowboarding lessons6 Days, 33 Hours, € 274
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Ski-School-Kids 1 Offers available
Skiing-Kids 4 Offers available
Ski-School-Adults 1 Offers available
Skiing-Adults 3 Offers available
Snowboarding 6 Offers available
Telemark 2 Offers available
Freeride 1 Offers available

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 Facilities Val Thorens

No. of hotels 13 Supermarkets 8
Total no. of hotel beds 2100 Banks
Total no. of beds 25414

 Tourist information for Val Thorens

Office de Tourisme Val Thorens
0033 - 0479 - 000808

 Distances from Val Thorens

Railway station
Moûtiers Salin Brides Les Bains approx. 37 km by bus
Genève approx. 159 km by bus
From the motorway:approx. 37 km 45 minuten by car

 Val Thorens for families and children

Childcare Magic carpet
Playground Ski lift for children
Merry-go-round -

  Leisure & sports activities Val Thorens

Public saunaFootpaths 15 km
Fitness centreTorchlight descentfakkeltochten één keer per week tijdens de Franse schoolvakanties
Public solarium Indoor ice rink -
Massage Outdoor ice rink -
Spa & wellness Curling -
Indoor swimming pool Snow rafting -
Hot air ballooning - Dog sledding
Paragliding Snowmobile tours
Indoor tennis court Toboggan run
Squash court

Weblogs about Val Thorens

16 May 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

One of the biggest hassles about any ski holiday in the Alps is how to get there in the first place! Complicated transfers with long wait times are not the best way to start your ski holiday, so next time you book, why not choose one of these easy-to-reach resorts? We've avoided resorts that require costly private shuttles or car hire. All of the ski resorts on this list can be easily accessed from the UK using a combination of plane or train plus an easy shuttle bus or cable car. Remember to pr... More ›

25 April 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Turin (also known as Turin-Caselle) isn’t the first airport you think of when you’re planning your ski holiday in the Alps, but this airport in Piemonte is actually within reach of some of the best ski resorts in Italy, France and even Switzerland. What’s more, the ski resorts near Turin Airport generally boast high-altitude slopes with stunning mountain views and no crowds, making it a fantastic skiing destination no matter what your level. Turin itself is a lovely city worth spending a day or ... More ›

20 February 2019 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

Val Thorens ski resort

The highest ski resort in Europe and with access to 600km of pistes in the sprawling Trois Vallées ski area, Val Thorens is no ordinary ski resort. Here, you'll find pistes for every level, modern lifts and a pedestrianised village centre with ski-in, ski-out accommodation. It's no wonder Val Thorens is one of the most popular ski resorts in France! This year brings even more to the table, with a second zipline and four new ski touring routes.... More ›

1 November 2018 by Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0

It’s the largest ski area in the world and one of the most beloved ski areas in the Alps, but that’s no reason to sit back on your laurels! Les Trois Vallées has invested heavily in renovations for the upcoming 2018/19 ski season, and skiers and snowboarders are likely to be pleased with the results. From new lifts, to new pistes, to improved snowmaking and even a new zipine, the Les Trois Vallées ski resorts of Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens are putting their glad rags on f... More ›

24 October 2018 by Danielle in 'Latest news'' | 0

Following the huge popularity of Europe’s highest zipline in 2014, the ski resort of Val Thorens in the popular French ski area of Les 3 Vallées is set to present a second zipline for the 2018/19 ski season. The new zipline, while not as high as La Tyrolienne, offers a long ride through the very heart of the ski area itself. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart or those who are afraid of heights! While there’s no need to buy tickets in advance, the ziplines can only accommodate several ... More ›

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Total slopes 600 (km)
Green slopes 96 km
Blue slopes 240 km
Red slopes 204 km
Black slopes 60 km
Off-piste 0 km
Lifts (145 )
Drag lifts 42
Chair lifts 61
Gondola lifts 42
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