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Val Thorens ski doos

Ski doo ride, Val Thorens

Ski doo ride in Val Thorens, by C. Cattin (OT Val Thorens)

The ski doos in Val Thorens are run by Val Tho Motoneige. You can explore some of the pistes in Val Thorens by snowmobile in the early evening. Either go solo and drive for the full hour, or share a ski doo in which case you can change drivers half way through. Read about Val Thorens ski doos here.

Val Thorens ski doos: the outing

Snowmobiles in Val Thorens

Ski doo outing in Val Thorens, by T. Loubère (OT Val Thorens)

The ski doos in Val Thorens (snowmobiles) are based at a hut in place Caron. They offer one-hour guided ski doo rides on a circuit of around 20km on the pistes. There's a guide on the lead ski doo, and usually five or six ski doos driven by participants, following.

The ski doos are Yamaha Venture Lites, 500cc, 4 gears. Recently, they've been fitted with coloured 'light sabres', which identify which snowmobile is with which guide, and make them more visible from a distance, possibly helping to promote the activity.

Val Thorens ski doos: times and prices

Snowmobiles in Val Thorens

These are the times and prices of ski doo rides in Val Thorens:

  • *departures at 5.30, 6.45, and 8pm (15 minutes later from the second week of February)
  • *driver must be 18 years old and hold a driving licence
  • *minimum age for a passenger 8 years old
  • €130 per ski doo (one person or two); €65 to ride as the guide's passenger
  • *book at the ski doo hut

Val Thorens ski doos: rules and recommendations

Snowmobiles parked in Val Thorens

A few of the rules and recommendations:

  • *warm clothing and gloves required, with glasses or goggles. No ski boots
  • *helmet compulsory (supplied)
  • *no overtaking, no 'slaloming', no drink-driving; leave a safe distance to the ski doo in front

Val Thorens ski doos: contact

Get in touch by visiting the ski doo hut in Val Thorens, or by phone:

  • *book at the ski doo hut, place Caron, open 10am to 8.30pm (more or less)
  • *tel: 00 33 479 00 21 46

Val Thorens activities: toboggan run

Toboggan, Val Thorens

Val Thorens has the longest toboggan run in France, with 6km (3.7 miles) of exhilarating tobogganing, from an altitude of 3000m, down to 2300m. You use the Funitel Péclet to get to the top, toboggan on the piste for a short stretch, then join the dedicated toboggan run, for a total of about 45 minutes of helter-skelter descent. 

Val Thorens ski doos: video

Here's a short video of the guided snowmobile tours in Val Thorens:

Have an enjoyable excursion on the ski doos in Val Thorens!

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