An independent guide to Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens

Signpost on Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

An independent guide to the ski resort of Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys, Savoie, France. 

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Val Thorens ski hire

Zenith Ski Shop, Val Thorens

ValThorensGuide recommends Zenith Ski shop, in the centre of resort, for quality ski and snowboard hire. You can expect excellent equipment, and friendly, helpful service. 20% discount on public prices when you book through ValThorensGuide. Read more about ski hire at Zenith, or go to our booking form.

Early booking discounts from Inghams

Inghams chalet host

You can save up to £400 per couple if you book an Inghams ski holiday early - see the details.

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This video shows Val Thorens's Funslope, opened in January 2016:

Val Thorens season dates 2017-18

The 2017-18 ski season in Val Thorens is from Saturday 18th November 2017 to Tuesday 8th May 2018.

Val Thorens resort

The resort of Val Thorens with Mont Blanc behind

The Val Thorens resort section has details of resort facilities including the tourist office, post office, banks, medical centre, church, parking, radio station, and the cinema. There's also a Val Thorens history section, a Val Thorens resort maps page, and information about the sports centre, market, and resort shuttle bus.

Val Thorens news

Newspapers in Val Thorens

Reports on the new developments in advance of the ski season, and on the events during the winter season. Read the news from Val Thorens, and see photos and videos. 

Val Thorens accommodation

Montana Plein Sud apartments, Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers a wide range of accommodation, including luxury hotels, comfortable apartments, catered chalets, and budget self-catering. Read about the hotels, self-catering accommodation, and chalets in Val Thorens.

Featured chalets: Catherine & Olivier

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Chalets Catherine & Olivier, Val Thorens

Ski Total's catered chalets Catherine & Olivier are in a free-standing building called Chalet Coriatos. Chalet Catherine (sleeps 18 people) is on the first two floors, and Chalet Olivier (12 people) on the top floor.

The chalets are in a great location, right by the piste (la Voie Lactée) which runs between the centre of resort and the beginners' slopes. There are good views from the dining areas in both chalets, and the simple Alpine décor gives the interiors a nice, relaxed feel. Both chalets have real fires. 

Book Chalet Catherine or Chalet Olivier with Ski Total.

Val Thorens restaurants

La Maison restaurant, Val Thorens

Many of the restaurants in Val Thorens serve Savoyard specialities like fondue, but there are many other dishes on offer, including pizza, steak, and delicious salads. For burger and chips, or Michelin-starred fare from Jean Sulpice at the Oxalys, find out about it in restaurants in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens bars

Red Fox pub in Val Thorens

From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens nightclubs

Klub Summit, nightclub in Val Thorens

Intentionally or not, you may find yourself rolling into of one of the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia and Baramix. Here's what you need to know.

Val Thorens ski area

Signpost at the top of Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area and the ski area sector by sector. There are pages on the snow park, Skicross, and the slalom stadium. You can also find a page about Val Thorens off piste itineraries, a piste map, and the Val Thorens ski pass prices. Finally, we have a guide to the Val Thorens mountain restaurants.

Val Thorens weather

La Masse in a sea of cloud, seen from Val Thorens

The latest weather forecast for Val Thorens, updated regularly during the ski season. There are also explanations of the weather systems affecting Val Thorens.

Val Thorens travel

Airstrip, Val Thorens

This Val Thorens travel page has information about the ski trains to the French Alps, plus flights, and advice on travel to Val Thorens by car. There's a page on transfer companies, and we have bus times, and the route and times of the resort shuttle

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Val Thorens webcams

Webcam at Rond Point des Pistes, Val Thorens

A selection of Val Thorens webcams so you can see the conditions in resort live.

The webcams include the main webcam at the Rond Point des Pistes, the central point of the Val Thorens ski area; the top of the 2 Lacs chair; the top of the Moutière chair; Plein Sud; and Orelle.

Val Thorens ski shops

Zenith ski shop, Val Thorens

Details of all the ski shops in Val Thorens, including ValThorensGuide's recommended ski shop, Zenith. For ski and snowboard hire and sales, boot-fitting, servicing of your own equipment, and accessories, read about ski shops in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens ski schools

View of ESF office, place Caron, Val Thorens

A guide to the ski schools in Val Thorens. We look at all the Val Thorens ski schools, plus the best options for private lessons in Val Thorens

Val Thorens activities

Zip wire in Val Thorens

Our guide to the (non-skiing) activities in Val Thorens, including ten pin bowling, tobogganing, ski doos (snowmobiles), ice driving, mountain biking, paragliding & paramotor, the Tyrolienne zip wire, and helicopter flights.

Val Thorens events

Skicross World Cup race in Val Thorens

There are sporting events, like the World Cup Skicross, special events including the fireworks at New Year, and weekly events such as the classical and jazz concerts at the church. We have a full list of events in Val Thorens during the winter season, and a weekly update of the current week's events during the winter.

Val Thorens photos for sale

Val Thorens by night

Some of the best photos of Val Thorens from this website are available to buy. Check out our Val Thorens photos for sale.

We aim to provide the best guide to Val Thorens. Because we live in resort all winter, you get the inside track on what's happening. Whatever you want to know about the resort, you can find it in this Val Thorens guide! 

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Why Val Thorens?

Powder skiing in Val Thorens, April 2016

Why do we love Val Thorens? Above all for the snow and terrain. As the highest resort in Europe, it often has some of the best snow. Why ski on icy hardpack, when you've got the option of soft, cold, fresh snow in VT? As for the terrain, there's an extensive beginners' area, kilometres of varied pistes for intermediates and experts, a top-class snowpark, and a World Cup Skicross course. You can find a wealth of off-piste, too, including some of the most charming itineraries in the Alps. 

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The lift company continues to invest in the ski area, with improvements for each new winter season. For example, new for the 2016-17 winter season was the Stade chairlift, to replace two draglifts, and a modern 6-seat Boismint chair instead of the old one. In summer 2017, work is going on to replace the Moraine chairlift with a new telecabine. Other improvements will bring the total invested in the ski area in 2017 to €20 million.

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