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Resort Information - Val Thorens

Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe at 2300m village height and is well above the tree line - the highest of the Three Valley resorts..  This means it can be bleak and in bad weather it can experience difficulties with high winds closing lifts and pistes but on the up side it means the snow is wonderful and guaranteed at any time of the season.  The village itself is tastefully built and has the typical mountain chalet style buildings - unlike some of the other very high resorts it is a welcoming place.

From Val Thorens, it is easy to get across to the other Three Valley areas - just below you'll find Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville and over the ridge of the Mont de la Chambre you'll find Meribel and Courchevel.  Val Thorens is also linked to the "Fourth Valley" - the resort of Orelle - which is located in the Maurienne Valley on the other side of the mountain.  As with other Three Valley resorts, it has a varied terrain and a choice of pistes for everyone, beginners and experts alike and it also has a range of accommodation to suit most tastes and pockets.

For apres-ski, Val Thorens is one of the livelier ski resorts in France, with plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from.  There is a sport centre with swimming pool, saunas, steam room, hot tubs and a gym plus a leisure centre with a bowling alley and pool tables.  Val Thorens is not a great place to go though if you're not planning to ski as daytime activities are limited.
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We have several catered chalets in nearby Les Menuires and in Val Thorens itself we are pleased to offer a selection of self catered apartments of various types and sizes.

Resort Facts and Figures

  • Piste Height 1515m - 3230m
  • Village Height  - 2300m
  • Pistes - 140km
  • Pistes - 68
  • Lifts - 29
  • Linked to Les Menuires, St Martin de Belleville, Orelle (Maurienne Valley) Meribel and Courchevel (Three Valleys)

Useful Links

For information on lift pass prices, ski schools, equipment rental and childcare options please see the links on the blue bar below - we can offer ski school booking and discounted equipment rental in this resort

Ski Passes  Equipment  Ski School  Childcare 
Getting There

By Road

Val Thorens has easy access by road and is approximately 630 miles (1000km) from Calais - all but the last 30kms is by motorway or dual carriageway.  We provide comprehensive directions to our self drive guests and can offer ferry or Eurotunnel crossings to supplement your holiday.

By Rail

The international railway station of Moutiers is approximately 45 minutes from the resort - the station is served by the Direct EurostartService from London as well as TGV services from Paris.  We are able to provide a number of rail options to supplement your holiday.

By Air

The nearest airports are Geneva of Chambery, both of which are served by a number of UK budget airlines, charter and scheduled services.  Other alternatives would include Grenoble or Lyon which are slightly further away.  Approximate transfer times are:

  • Geneva - 3 hours
  • Chambery - 2 hours
  • Lyon - 3.5 hours
  • Grenoble - 3.5 hours
We provide a fully licenced minibus transfer service from Geneva or Grenoble airports on a shared basis - see our travel pages for further information