Val Thorens Resort Guide

The Val Thorens resort summary is: Val Thorens has 28 lifts within its 2428 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 930m of vertical range and surrounding area.


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Val Thorens Resort Guide

The Val Thorens resort summary is: Val Thorens has 28 lifts within its 2428 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 930m of vertical range and surrounding area.

Vertical:

Top: 3230m
Arrow
930m
Bot: 2300m

Best for:

Advanced level skier
Intermediates/
Advanced

Trails:

20%
50%
30%

Hectares of Ski:

2428
Snowmaking:40%

Val Thorens Lifts:

  • drag lift icon5
  • ski lift icon14
  • cablecar icon9
Total lifts = 28
Val Thorens Resort GuidePhoto credit: David Andre

Visiting Val Thorens

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Val Thorens.

  • Season opens
    20 Nov 2021
  • Season closes
    8 May 2022
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    81 | 48
  • Nearest Airport
    Lyon
  • Nearest Train Station
    Moûtiers Salins Brides-Les-Bains (37km)
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    +3304 79 00 08 08

Val Thorens Features

The terrain at Val Thorens includes::


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What's it like at Val Thorens resort?

Val Thorens is the resort that combines the best of skiing with the best of atmospheres. At an altitude of 2300 metres, the highest ski resort in Europe and the highest point in world’s largest ski area «Les 3 Vallées», with more than 600 kilometres of runs, Val Thorens is without a doubt an exceptional destination. The area has a total of 31 ski lifts, these include 1 cable car, 4 funitels, 5 gondolas, 14 chairlifts and 7 surface lifts.

Renowned for the quality of its snow and up-to-the-minute ski lifts, between powder snow fields and perfectly groomed runs, for beginners to experienced skiers, the Val Thorens ski area offers great snowsports whatever your ability level! Discover a mind-blowing setting and a breath-taking 360° panorama over more than 1000 Alpine summits.

As well as the choice of skiing styles, enjoy a diverse range of lifestyles, a rich, varied selection of accommodation (from 2** apartment residences to 5***** hotels), a wide choice of activities and international-scale events (the Ski Force Winter Tour, Rock On Snowboard Tour, Andros Trophy, Skicross World Cup, SFR Freeskiing Tour…). Whether as a couple, with family or with friends, discover the atmospheres that make the resort what it is, share adrenalin-fuelled experiences and unforgettable moments such as dinner on the slopes, a nighttime toboggan descent, mountain biking on snow, ice driving, massage, beautiful sunsets or quite simply a hot chocolate by the fireside…A lively and trendy resort that foodies will love, come and recharge your batteries and create your own recipe for a successful holiday.


Explore Val Thorens Location Map

Interactive Val Thorens trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.

Val Thorens Live Weather

ResortSnow DepthTemp. (°C)Wind (km/h)Weather
Top Lift: 
7
10
clear
Middle Lift: 
10
10
clear
Bottom Lift: 
10
5
clear

When's the snowiest month to visit Val Thorens?

DecemberAverage: 2.9 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Val Thorens is week 2 of December. There are typically 2.9 snowy days during this week with 47cm of snowfall. Check out the Val Thorens Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Val Thorens

Overall: 4.3 Based on 61 votes and 41 reviews

  • Snowsure 4.8
  • Variety of pistes 4.6
  • Off-piste 4.5
  • Scenery 4.0
  • Apres-Ski 4.7
  • Vote

Baz from United Kingdom writes:

What can you say about VT? Well, it is a world class resort centre for sure. Excellent facilities and of course being at the base of the resort is 2300m it is one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps. The variety of terrain is excellent, and for the lower standard skier or boarder / novice the resort is actually perfect in many respects. There are a couple of free lifts in the town which you could easily use to get your kids finding their feet. But also there is plenty of easy enough skiing round the town to keep a beginner going and help them enjoy getting started. For the intermediate and expert VT has lots to offer with numerous really nice long blue runs and reds, and the south facing Goitschel black run, which can be excellent when pisted the night before. Off-piste, if you get a good snow season, is tremendous and lots of it. It will track out very quickly though as the high capacity uplift and popularity mean you could lose fresh tracks by lunchtime particularly during busy periods. Also worth mentioning is the Orelle valley, which a lot of people don't seem to check out. It is the only south facing valley in Les 3 Valleys, and was always one of my favourite places to go as the runs there are also really rather nice. Plenty of positives then.

There is however, one not so positive. The Val Thorens Snowpark. It used to be one of the premier parks anywhere in the Alps I would say, with usually 3 lines of 3 kickers which were 5m, 10m and 15-18m lines. Now it seems there is way less investment in the development of the park, and the same across Les 3 V so if you like this part of skiing you're likely to get disappointed now. In 2019 there was only one XL jump setup which had two options on it as usual. No L size (10m) line, and only small jumps and rails around other than that. This season it looks the same with only one main kicker setup. It really isn't what you should be able to expect of somewhere you'll be paying over 1000 Euros if you want a season pass, or 300 notes for a 6 day pass. They really should be doing better than this, as the parks are always a very popular area in any resort.

On-mountain facilities are pretty decent with sheltered picnic areas for pack lunches, and lots of options for food around. There are also plenty on mountain toilet options, one set at the top of the Plateau lifts, some at the top of La Morraine gondola, and some more at the Cairn/Carron gondola station. The Face West restaurant right in the centre of town is, I would say, perfect for an apres-ski feed and beer. Its a bit pricey, but the view out is better than any other such place in the Alps, I would contest, and it gets the afternoon sun beautifully with it's westerly aspect. A beer is about 10 Euros, Croque Monsuire with fries the same, pizzas are 20 Euros and are nice, and their crepes are superb.

All in all, it is a great resort with lots of options and plenty of snow sure capability. The only downside may be park skiing if that's on your agenda, but there's always Austria and Switzerland where they seem to want to keep that alive and inspiring.

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