Ski Holidays in Val Thorens

Val Thorens is the ultimate ski resort destination. Arguably the jewel in the crown of the Three Valleys Ski Area, the highest sitting resort in Europe (at over 2,300m ) and access to over 600 km of well-tended snow-sure pistes, it’s no wonder snow sports enthusiasts rave about Val Thorens.

In addition to the sublime scenery and unbeatable snow conditions, the party atmosphere, holiday vibe and world-class facilities in the resort set it apart from a host of other resorts. From the swift, modern lift systems to the comfortable accommodation and architectural ambience of its traditional and contemporary buildings, everything has been designed to maximise pleasure and minimise hassle – which is all you can ask for from the perfect Alpine holiday experience. Add an eclectic après-ski and top restaurant scene to this heady recipe and it’s easy to understand why Val Thorens has been voted ‘Best Ski Resort In The World’ multiple times at the World Ski Awards.

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A car-free resort, Val Thorens suits families with small children, as well as groups of friends, couples and solo skiers, and there are runs and activities for enthusiasts of all abilities. As well as the local and international cuisine on offer, you’ll find shops, pools, spas, and entertainment for kids of all ages.

The accommodation is split into seven sections, with the three main areas Soleil, Peclet and Les Balcons each offering unique charms.

All said, when you want a vibrant French Ski holiday with unbeatable snow conditions and fabulous facilities and atmosphere, Val Thorens is where it’s at.

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Travel Information
Distance to Calais
995.4 km
Driving time to Calais
9h 4m
Approx tolls from Calais
Gateway Airports
Geneva, Chambery, Grenoble, Lyon St-Exupery
Skiing in Val Thorens

The Three Valleys is the world’s largest ski area and Val Thorens is positioned perfectly on the west-facing slopes of the Tarentaise Valley in Savoie. Here are some tips to help you make the most of it:

  • There’s a huge range of red and blue runs for intermediate skiers – the wide, spacious Genepi run is a joy for those still building their confidence, while red runs such as the extended descent down towards Orelle in the Maurienne Valley offer a challenge that slightly more experienced visitors.m or those wishing to enjoy some peaceful skiing embrace.

  • The wider Three Valleys area connects seven resorts together, including firm favourites like Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania and these combine into the inspirational aforementioned network of 600km of pristine pistes.

  • Piste grooming machines are in perpetual use to keep all slopes looking and feeling fabulous and some of the lifts in the Three Valleys area feature ‘Magnestick’ technology to ensure children are attached securely and safely until they reach the disembarkation point.

Thanks to its peerless altitude, Val Thorens has an extended ski season that lasts from November until mid-May and the slopes are blessed by bountiful sunshine throughout.

Snowboarding in Val Thorens

If you’re a fan of freestyle snowboarding, you’ll be in your element in Val Thorens. Here are some of the highlights for boarders.

  • You can easily access the Meribel Valley using the Plein Sud chairlift where you will find plenty of wide pistes to perfect your carves.

  • Free riders should make a bee line for La Masse in Les Menuires and Le Cime de Caron to pit their wits and skill against challenging terrain.

  • You’ll find Val Thorens Snowpark in the Plateau area and it’s ideal for mastering jumps, jibbing, j-turns, side slipping and every other manoeuvre under the sun.

  • The Snowpark covers 70,000 square metres and features table-top jumps, an airbag, and quarter-pipe jumps. It’s a friendly and accessible atmosphere for all levels of boarders, but if you’re a bit more advanced, you might fancy entering one of the freestyle competitions held throughout the season.

  • The flatter slopes near the Rond point des Pistes are great for novice snowboarders, while green runs like the Deux Combes provide a logical next step once you’ve built up your confidence.

Snow Conditions in Val Thorens

As the highest altitude resort in Europe, you can expect excellent snow conditions throughout the generous season at Val Thorens – in fact, it often experiences an influx of snow seekers from neighbouring resorts that don’t have its natural propensity for perfect powder. Here are some of the stats:

  • With a mighty resort height of 2300m, slopes at 1800 – 3230m, 150km of pistes in Val Thorens itself and 600km in the wider Three Valleys area, this resort couldn’t be better set up for superb snow sports and a supercharged, long-lasting season.

  • The highest point of the skiing accessible by lift is an amazing 3230m. There are two glaciers, and there’s lots of shaded north-facing terrain and plenty of snow making capacity, meaning it’s one of the most snow-sure resorts in the world.

  • In the most recent snow season, official statistics show that Val Thorens enjoyed a total snowfall of 726cm, 61 snowfall days, biggest snowfall of 35cm, maximum base depth of 384cm, average base depth of 186cm, maximum summit depth of 412cm and average summit depth of 233cm.

  • As you can see, it’s evidence that snow conditions are practically perfect and will satisfy the most pernickety powder hounds.

Apres-Ski in Val Thorens

Val Thorens and après-ski go together like snowboards and half-pipes.

When you’ve had your fill of snowsports action for the day, there are some brilliant bars and nightclubs that will keep you busy so that you can party into the wee small hours and recover with a long lie in, sauna and shower the next morning if needed.

But you’ll find variety here too – as well as the livelier establishments that welcome all but are particularly aimed at younger skiers and the university ski trip set, there’s a handful of hip, sophisticated spots and traditional pubs where you can watch sports and have a few beers while blethering with friends and family.

Here are a few can’t miss après-ski highlights for revellers on the roof of Europe:

  • It’s almost mandatory to mention La Folie Douce in any run-down of Val Thorens après-ski attractions. It claims to host the highest dancefloor in Europe and at 2600m, the views are astounding. Be warned – after a few beers and signature shots accompanied by live DJs and table-top dancing, the altitude has been known to cause dizziness! Also, don’t forget that if you want to party in a more exclusive space call in advance and reserve your spot in the VIP area.

  • If you still want to party late into the night, try The Malaysia. It has a 700 square feet dance floor (which it claims is the largest in the Alps) and serves delicious cocktails to a suave clientele from 10pm to 4am.

  • Crewzer is a laid-back beer and burger joint operated with pride and passion by two local residents who are also obsessive freeriders – so you can be sure that they know exactly the type of food, drinks and ambience that hit the spot after an exciting, but exhausting, day on the slopes.

  • Fancy a convivial beer or three at the most elevated British bar in the Alps? Head to The Frog and Roast Beef for lively vibes, yet more dancing, and a traditional yard of ale challenge that’s certainly not for the faint-hearted!

Facilities in Val Thorens

With Europe’s highest zip line and a host of activities like ice driving, mud spas, swimming, bowling, the cinema and live music concerts, Val Thorens means good vibes for families, friends, couples and solo skiers.

Ski Hire in Val Thorens

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to ski rental in Val Thorens, with a plethora of professional businesses peppering the town centre. However, because Erna Low has been arranging ski holidays here for aeons, we recommend booking through us and we’ll make all of the arrangements with our trusted and long-standing partners at exceptional rates.

Ski Passes in Val Thorens

When you book your Val Thorens ski passes through Erna Low, we send them to you in advance so there is no queuing to pick them up after a long journey when you get to the resort.

You can add your ski passes to your package during the booking process, but if you need to include them after you’ve already booked accommodation with us, get in touch and we’ll make all the necessary arrangements. We’ll find you seasonal promotions, plus seniors over 75 and kids under 5 receive free passes (you may be asked for proof of age).

Spa and Pool in Val Thorens

As you might expect, Val Thorens is well-appointed when it comes to spa and pool facilities. At the plush Le Hameau du Kashmir accommodation, a range of saunas and a lovely heated pool. The 5* Hotel Koh-I-Nor has a lovely spa area with several pools, steam rooms, saunas, experience showers and an ice fountain. The popular Residence L’Oxalys boasts two spas, each of which has its own pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room (one area is for private bookings only), while the Spa at Hotel le Val Thorens is also amazing, with a 15m indoor swimming pool offering marvellous mountain views, a Turkish steam room and Scandinavian sauna.

Shops in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has a fantastic array of shops where visitors can find everything from milk, cheese and delicious pastries to everyday essentials; Sherpa Supermarche in Galerie Peclet has you covered. For holiday makers looking for the trendiest snowboards, boots and gear from big brands like Drake, Jones, Roxy, Burton, Volkom, Oakley and Neef, Ride and Style at Galerie Caron is the place to max out your credit card. Finally, Galerie Caron also has a dedicated store for the internationally-renowned brand The North Face, which is handy when you want to pick up a technical ski jacket or a cool hoodie to sport in the bar of an evening.

Facilities for Children in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has a reputation for one of the best resorts for grown-up pleasure seekers, but that’s balanced out by plenty of fab facilities for families with kids of all ages. Get the lowdown below.

Ski Schools in Val Thorens

There’s a wide choice of independent instructors and ski schools in Val Thorens and we can easily advise on the best choice for skiers of different ability levels. Kids as young as aged 3-5 are accepted at many of the resorts ski schools, but if you’re bringing younger children, childcare facilities are also available too.

Prosneige Ski School meets below the Rond Point des Pistes near the bottom of the resort and teaches children aged 3 plus to ski and snowboard. It holds a mini medal ceremony at the end of each week with awards for the kids to take home. It also caters for teens and adults of all levels and offers specialist lessons in handiskiing, night time skiing and freeriding.

Meanwhile, New Generation Ski School particularly focuses on UK visitors, with all lessons taught in English by highly qualified and passionate instructors. It accepts all ages and levels of skiers – from small children to teenage novices and intermediate adults.

Entertainment in Val Thorens

There are plenty of thrilling activities to keep kids entertained in Val Thorens – for instance, they can try the longest toboggan run in Europe, or a 1km Fun Slope with 50 wild obstacles like snow tunnels, bridges, spirals and banked corners. Val Thorens Sports Centre also has indoor activities like trampolining, as well as a children’s pool where your water babies can enjoy gentle sprays and waterfalls.

Childcare in Val Thorens

ESF Ski School offers childcare for children from 3 months to 4 years old, GirlsSchool has a Kids VIP service that includes ski and snowboard lessons and fun activities from 9am to 5pm with lunch included, and the Alpine Child Care website connects parents with au pairs and babysitters to make arrangements before you leave home.

Val Thorens Mountain Info

Val Thorens is surrounded by no less than 6 mountain peaks above 3000m high, including two ski-able peaks – the 3200m Cime de Caron and the 3000m Pointe du Bouchet. The resort shares its immediate ski area with Orelle, and there’s a combined 150km of slopes and 78 pistes.

But it’s also part of the Three Valleys ski area, where the largest peak is the Aiguille de Pechet, with an awe-inspiring 3562m summit. Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world – it’s four times the size of Paris and has over 600km of pistes, 337 runs, 4 glaciers and 180 ski lifts.

This is a completely snow-sure resort with sublime scenery and perhaps the best snow conditions and quality anywhere on Earth.

All Ski Resort Accommodation in Val Thorens Here
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