View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens Ski Area

Combe Rosael, Val Thorens-Orelle

This guide to the Val Thorens ski area includes the beginners area, an overview of the ski area sector by sector, the Snowpark, the Slalom Stadium, and the World Cup Skicross. There's a pdf of the piste maps too.

See suggested routes for the 3 Valleys from Val Thorens, and to Saint Martin, and read about mountain restaurants and walking paths in Val Thorens.

Discover the Val Thorens ski area here.


Val Thorens Ski Area: Overview

View from Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

A sector by sector guide to the Val Thorens-Orelle ski area.

The sectors include Plein Sud, Péclet, Moraine, Montée du Fond, Caron, Rosaël, and Boismint.

Read a sector-by-sector Overview of the Val Thorens Ski Area.

Val Thorens Ski Area: Snowpark

Val Thorens snowpark
Snowpark, Val Thorens

Val Thorens has a great snowpark, with jumps organised into lanes - blue, red, and black. It's an Intermediate and Expert Park, on the skier's right of the Plateau piste, and it sometimes hosts top-class competitions.

Read about Val Thorens Snowpark.

Val Thorens Ski Area: Slalom Stadium

Stade de Slalom Yannick Richard, Val Thorens

The slalom stadium in Val Thorens hosts European Cup and FIS races, as well as local Val Thorens ski races. When it's not in use for racing or training, it's open to anyone to ski.

Read about Val Thorens Slalom Stadium.

Val Thorens Ski Area: World Cup Skicross

World Cup Skicross, Val Thorens

The World Cup Skicross Jean-Frédéric Chapuis in Val Thorens is truly an attraction of the resort. In December 2012, it hosted a first World Cup ski cross events in December, and when it's not being used for competitions, it's open to anyone.

Read about the World Cup Skicross.

Skiing Made Easy

Skiing Made Easy

Skiing Made Easy is a Kindle ebook and paperback. It's a practical guide to learning to ski, based on many happy seasons of ski teaching in Val Thorens.

'This is the book I wish I'd had when I started skiing' - Amazon reviewer.

Read more about Skiing Made Easy.

Buy the paperback direct or on Amazon. Buy the Kindle ebook.

3 Valleys from Val Thorens

Chapelets, Courchevel
Chapelets, Courchevel

How to do the 3 Valleys from Val Thorens.

This guide has ideas for a route from Val Thorens via Méribel Mottaret (and Méribel) to Courchevel, and suggests two main options in Courchevel - based on Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel 1850. Le Praz and/or La Tania can be added on.

There are a couple of lunch recommendations, and notes on two possible ways back.

Read about the 3 Valleys from Val Thorens.

Saint Martin from Val Thorens

Saint-Martin-de-Belleville
Saint-Martin-de-Belleville

The route to Saint Martin from Val Thorens.

The lifts and pistes to take, photos, ideas for coffee or lunch, and timings.

Read about a trip to Saint Martin from Val Thorens.

Val Thorens Ski Area: Off Piste Itineraries

La Combe sans Nom off piste

For expert skiers and snowboarders who love getting away from the pistes, lifts, and the crowds, have a look at the off piste section. It includes safety considerations, contacts for local guides, information on the relevant guidebooks, and tips on where to buy or rent off piste equipment in Val Thorens. 

There are also descriptions of some of the best off piste itineraries in Val Thorens, the Belleville Valley, and the 3 Valleys.

Read about the Val Thorens Off Piste Itineraries.

What's New in Val Thorens 2023-24

Skier, Val Thorens
Skier in Val Thorens, ©OT Val Thorens/L Brochot

The Stade des Chalets becomes the Stade Chloé Trespeuch in Winter 2023-24, and the Malaysia nightclub is completely refurbished.

What else is new in 2023-24?

Read about What's New in Val Thorens in 2023-24.

Val Thorens Ski Area: Mountain Restaurants

Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens

A guide to all the Val Thorens mountain restaurants. Some of the best are the Chalet de la Marine, la Fruitière, and les Aiguilles de Péclet. There's also an entry for the ever-popular Folie Douce.

Read about Val Thorens Mountain Restaurants.

Val Thorens Ski Area: Walking

Moutiere walking path in Val Thorens

Val Thorens probably isn't the very best resort for walking, but the lift company and the tourist office have made an effort in recent years to create some walkers' paths. Certain lifts can be used by pedestrians.

Read about Walking in Val Thorens.


Have a great time exploring Val Thorens Ski Area.