An action-packed, high altitude resort in the Three Valleys ski area – with an unbeatable snow record and easy access to the slopes.
- Europe’s highest ski resort with over 600km of well-groomed pistes
- Lively nightlife and après-ski scene with plenty of bars and restaurants
- Home to the longest toboggan run in France & the highest in the world
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe at an altitude of over 2,300m. Adored by all its new and returning visitors, there’s no surprise that it’s been crowned ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ for the 4th time in the World Ski Awards. The popular resort boasts modern, efficient lift systems, superb snow conditions and one of the best atmospheres in the Alps. Architecturally, the village has been cleverly designed to create a neighbourly feel around a compact centre, with a mixture of original 1970s wooden façade buildings and more contemporary style buildings painted in grey and taupe.
Val Thorens itself is split into seven sections with the three main areas being Soleil, Péclet and Les Balcons, each of them featuring their own amenities. There is an abundance of facilities and activities within the resort, including gourmet mountain restaurants, luxury spas, shopping centres and a jam-packed entertainment programme. You’ll also find very few cars in the resort due to its car-free policy, making it ideal for families with young children.
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Val Thorens is part of Three Valleys - the largest ski area in the world, and holds an exceptional position on the west-facing slopes of the Tarentaise Valley. The ski area links together eight spectacular resorts, including the likes of Courchevel, Méribel, and Les Menuires, making up over 600km of pistes. The innovative ski facilities include high-tech lifts that take you up to the highest peaks and provide views of more than 1,000 mountain tops. Whether you are beginning to find your snow feet or are seeking maximum thrills, there are a range of runs from gentle to extreme for all abilities to get stuck into. Due to its high altitude, the slopes receive long hours of sunshine all season, and you can still ski right through until May.
Whether you’re visiting as a couple, a family or with friends, Val Thorens has plenty of unforgettable activities and adrenaline-fuelled experiences everyone can enjoy. You’ll have the freedom to choose what activities you would like to try, with the list including things like Europe's highest zipline, ice driving or a taking a mud bath in one of the resorts luxury spa and wellness facilities. General resort activities can be enjoyed by the whole family, like bowling, cinema, music concerts and swimming.
- La Tyrolienne Zipline
Arguably the most exciting off-piste activity in Val Thorens – why not ride Europe’s highest zipline! It carries you all the way from Orelle to Val Thorens resort across the valley, travelling at speeds reaching 100km per hour.
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The giant airbag is a cushion used to absorb the impact of your fall through the air, meaning you can try some freestyle skiing and snowboarding jumps. If you don’t want to ski, then air-tubby is for you – slide down the run on a rubber ring and land safely on the airbag.
Spa at the Koh-I Nor
The spa in Koh-I Nor hotel has introduced a new art of living. Relax in the sanctuary of peace with a scented atmosphere, soothing music, soft lights, sleek design and natural materials. The spa offers special treatments and is dedicated to ensuring your complete relaxation.
Facilities for children
Val Thorens is home to the longest toboggan run in Europe. Get ready to have a blast as you slide down a 6km run featuring varying gradients and raised bends. If you book one of the evening sessions, you can even stop for a delicious dinner in a Yurt when you get to the bottom.
- Fun Slope
The new easy skiercross course (aka Fun Slope) is a 1km ski run with more than 50 funny game obstacles such as snow tunnels, bridges, spirals, rolling bumps and banked corners. You might even hear some cool sound effects as you make your way through the course.
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The sports centre in Val Thorens offers a huge range of indoor activities from trampolining to basketball, as well as a pool with aquatic apparatus. The children’s club allows your little ones to discover the water with sprays and waterfalls
Restaurants and Nightlife
With such a great variety of food and dining options in Val Thorens, you’ll never go hungry. There are over 60 places to eat in town and a dozen more on the mountain, including pizzerias, traditional Savoyard dining, creperies, cafeterias and international cuisine. The resort is also very popular with students and groups due to its charismatic nightlife.
At night, the resort comes alive with underground bars and open-air clubs, filled with happy hours, pumping music and late-night dancing. There are also plenty of more chilled après-ski options, like evening performances and wine bars. Here’s a list of some of our favourites…
- Les Enfants Terribles
If you like seafood, visiting this sophisticated restaurant is a must. It specialises in exclusive lobster and scallop carpaccio, as well as having its own oyster bar.
- La Folie Douce
Folie Douce has frequently been referred to as the ‘dance floor on top of the world’ with dancers, DJs and entertainment; it's definitely the ultimate spot for a party. The venue also features a huge terrace offering awesome views of the resort.
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Awarding with two Michelin stars, this restaurant is the perfect place to try bold and delicate dishes crafted by an innovative team of chefs. The precise and balanced cuisine is full of flavour, aromatic herbs and authentic products.
The Frog and Roast Beef
This English pub often attracts a lively crowd. Visiting this venue, you can expect good music, table-top dancing and even a ‘Yard of Ale’ challenge to get involved with.
Accommodation in this resort
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Advice & Guides
We currently have no featured offers for this resort; however, there may still be discounts available on selected dates. Please visit our ski deals section for information on all our current special offers.
Val Thorens Ski Area
The local ski area of Val Thorens is shared with Orelle and offers over 150km of slopes, including 78 pistes. The range of slopes in the area is said to be amongst the best in the world, with endless off-piste opportunities, mogul fields and a variety of challenging runs – as well as plenty of gentle green and blue slopes for novice skiers. Beginners can also make use of the nursery slopes next to the village, which can be used without a lift pass. For more confident skiers, take the Pionniers or Plein Sud chairs for some exciting long blues heading back down towards the resort.
Val Thorens is one of the most snow-sure locations in the Alps, allowing for a long ski season that usually starts in November and ends in May. The resort also features countless snowmaking facilities to contribute to the natural snowfall, for guaranteed quality conditions even in a poor season. Especially on good snow days, the off-piste is unbelievable – make sure you hire a mountain guide to lead you around the area though.
Three Valleys Ski Area
Val Thorens is part of the Three Valleys ski area, which combines world-class resorts to create the largest ski area in the world - four times the size of Paris! It holds over 600km of varying pistes, 337 ski runs, four glaciers and around 180 ski lifts transporting around 260,000 skiers an hour. From the summit, you will discover magnificent panoramas stretching from Mont Blanc to Les Ecrins, as well as a stunning view over the Swiss and Italian Alps.
Piste grooming machines work tirelessly to maintain the slopes, ensuring they are in top condition for skiers and snowboarders. Some of the lifts are now fitted with the new ‘Magnestick’ technology, which protects the safety of children as they are secured to their chairs until they reach their destination.
Resort Altitude: 2300m
Summit Elevation: 3230m
Vertical Drop: 930m
Total Pistes: 600km
Number of Lifts: 180
Snow Parks: 6
Booking your Val Thorens ski passes in advance can allow you to receive early booking discounts, free child passes or even free upgrades. Erna Low will ensure you receive your passes in plenty of time prior to travel, so you don’t have to waste your time queuing at the resort. We can help you find the best pass deal for your party and duration of stay. For children under the age of 5 and seniors over 75, you can receive free ski passes with proof of age.
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You will be given the option to add ski passes during the online booking process; however, if you have already booked your ski accommodation with Erna Low, please contact us directly to book your ski passes, or use the search option below to find ski pass rates for this resort.
Val Thorens Ski Rental Locations
There are a number of specialist, in-resort ski rental shops within Val Thorens. We recommend pre-booking your ski equipment through Erna Low for the ultimate convenience and value. We have carefully chosen our rental partners to ensure that our customers receive the best equipment, the best value and best service, in the most convenient location to your accommodation. You will spend less time trying to sort your gear out and more time on the slopes enjoying your holiday.
Below is a map of the ski rental locations in Val Thorens.
You will be given the option to add ski rental during the online booking process; however, if you have already booked your ski accommodation with Erna Low, please contact us directly to book your ski equipment, or use the search option below to find rental rates for your preferred destination.
Val Thorens is home to a selection of ski schools and independent ski instructors that specialise in teaching skiers of all ages and abilities. The ski schools usually allow children from the ages of 3/5 years old, but for those too young to ski there is a range of childcare options for the little ones. Here at Erna Low, we are the family ski holiday experts – so if you require any advice, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Ski Schools for Adults and Teenagers in Val Thorens
- Prosneige Ski School
With over 75 qualified ski and snowboard instructors from the National Ski and Mountaineering School, Prosneige offer lessons with maximum group sizes of 10 people. They are also available to teach a more specialised form of snow sports, for example freeriding, handiskiing and nighttime skiing. The school meets at the bottom of the resort, near the Rond Point des Pistes.
- New Generation Ski School
New Generation in a British run ski school, catering specifically for the UK market with all lessons taught in English by a group of highly dedicated, qualified instructors. They offer a diverse range of ski lessons and adventures for tiny tots to adult explorers, and everything in-between.
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With over 25 years of experience, Oxygène ski school are available to teach you everything from skiing to snowshoeing. Tailored for all abilities and ages, enjoy learning with their qualified and multi-lingual instructors.
Ski Schools for Children in Val Thorens
- Prosneige Ski School
Prosneige offer children’s ski and snowboard lessons to kids from the age of 3 years old. They use unique, specific and modern methods to suitably teach the little ones and help them to become safe skiers. They also hold a medal ceremony at the end of the week with free hot chocolate.
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ESF Ski School
ESF is the oldest ski school in Val Thorens, teaching children to ski from the age of 4 years. Children will get the chance to have a go on their air-bag and play games with new friends. For little ones younger than 4, they offer a childcare service for children as young as 3 months.
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Travelling by Air:
If you choose to travel by plane, once you’ve arrived at your chosen airport you will need to take a transfer to Val Thorens which you can do via private taxi, minibus, hire car, coach, train or public buses. Although Chambery is the closest airport to Val Thorens at around 1h30mins drive to the resort (slightly longer if you choose a coach transfer), Geneva is generally regarded as the preferred arrival airport, due to the number of airlines operating and choice of dates and times. Alternatively, Lyon and Grenoble airports are all fairly equal distances from the resort at a travel time of around 2h30mins, giving you multiple flight options.
Travelling by Car:
Self-driving to the Alps is a cost-effective way to travel and gives you the freedom to do what you want, travel at your own pace and stop at some beautiful cities along the way. It takes around 9 hours to drive from Calais to Val Thorens, obviously depending on whether you stop en route. Tolls cost approximately €82 each way, per car – not per passenger.
When driving through France, there are certain regulations that you must adhere to in order to avoid hefty fines. Read our Guide to Driving in France for our top tips and driving insights.
TIP: If you book your Eurotunnel crossing with Erna Low, you’ll receive an automatic upgrade to the Eurotunnel ‘Flexiplus’ service, designed to make your journey as flexible and comfortable as possible!
Travelling by Train:
Moûtiers Salins Brides Les Bains train station is the closest to Val Thorens, although it does involve a 45-60 minute transfer up the mountain to the resort. There are plenty of buses that run from Moûtiers to Val Thorens, or you can book a private taxi through Erna Low.
During the winter season, the Eurostar runs both a direct daytime and overnight train from London St Pancras or Ashford in Kent direct to Moûtiers. The journey time is approximately 7 hours in the morning and around 9 hours on the overnight one. There are also non-direct trains which requires you to change in Paris.
We will be happy to book your rail travel for you, please contact our team of experts for prices and availability.
Whether you travel by plane or by train, you’ll most likely need some sort of transfer to get to your final destination. Here at Erna Low, we work closely with our trusted transfer companies to ensure the most comfortable and stress-fre journey possible. Arrange a transfer as part of your package through us for the best price – whether this is by coach, minibus, private taxi or even by helicopter!
We are happy to arrange your resort transportation for you, and we recommend you book in advance to ensure availability. Please contact our team of experts on 0207 584 2841 for prices and availability.
Current weather: Partly cloudy, some sunny spells
Fresh snow: 3cm
Last snowed: 2018-04-16
Piste information: The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes
Lower snow depth: 206cm
Upper snow depth: 310cm
Piste state: Excellent
Off-piste snow: Best up high
Runs to resort: Good
Lifts open: 26
Lifts in total: 30