An independent guide to Val Thorens
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Saturday 27th July 2019
Stage 20 is 131km from Albertville to Val Thorens. This stage in the Savoie département begins with an ascent of the Col de Méraillet/Cormet de Roselend, followed by the Côte de Longefoy, before taking the old road via Saint-Laurent-de-la-Côte on the way up to Val Thorens. This is also the route of the Etape du Tour 2019.
Read about Stage 20, Tour de France 2019.
Latest news: what's new for winter 2018-19 in Val Thorens
The 2018-19 ski season in Val Thorens starts on Saturday 17th November 2018 (postponed to Saturday 24th November 2018), and finishes on Sunday 5th May 2019.
Skiing Made Easy is a Kindle ebook. It's a practical guide to learning to ski, based on many happy seasons of ski teaching in Val Thorens. Most of the demonstrations are performed by my friend and fellow Val Thorens ski instructor Marina.
'This is the book I wish I'd had when I started skiing' - Amazon
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 resort maps page, and information about the sports centre, market, and resort shuttle bus.
The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area and the ski area sector by sector. There are pages on the snowpark, skicross, and the slalom stadium. You can also find a page about off piste itineraries, a piste map, and the ski pass prices. Finally, we have a guide to the mountain restaurants.
Details of the six ski schools in Val Thorens, to book lessons for adults or children in skiing or snowboarding. Also, find out about high mountain guides, plus the best options for private lessons in Val Thorens.
All the special events in Val Thorens during the winter season, plus the current week's events during the winter. Val Thorens opens on Saturday 24th November 2018 with the Grande Première - free ski and snowboard tests, entertainment, and concerts. Other early season events include the Trophée Andros and the World Cup Skicross.
From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens. Intentionally or not, you may find yourself rolling into one of the nightclubs in Val Thorens - research here the next morning to see where you were.
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.
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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.
A piste down from the Cime de Caron
The lift company continues to invest in the ski area, with improvements for each new winter season. For example, new for the 2018-19 winter season are two new pistes, one of them a blue run down from the Cime de Caron, four new itineraries, similar to La Camille which opened last year, and a zip wire for two from the top of Moutière chairlift back to resort.
The existing Orelle zip wire
Meanwhile, away from the slopes, there are new Koh-i-Nor private chalets, and there's a new 5-star Résidence by Chalets Cocoon.
Chalet Cocoon Val Thorens (impression), by OT Val Thorens