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Val Thorens snow report

Here you can find Val Thorens snow reports, which we update approximately once a week during the winter season. 

We provide the official snow depths, but more too. We'll give you an idea of whether it's fresh, soft snow, rather more hard-packed, or in the melt-freeze cycle, with icy snow in the morning, and slush in the afternoon. 

Read our Val Thorens snow report here.


Latest Val Thorens snow reports 2013-14 season

Val Thorens snow report: Sunday 4th May 2014

Powder skiing, 4th May 2014, Val Thorens

We've had a fair bit of fresh snow in the last couple of days. Today, Sunday 4th May, was much better than one might expect for the time of year. 

According to this morning's bulletin, there were 24 lifts open out of the total of 27, with Pionniers, Funitel 3 Vallées, and the 3 Vallées chair closed. 62 pistes were open out of the total of 71, with most of the closed pistes in the 3 Valleys sector, plus Boarder Cross, Stade des Chalets, and Arolle. The official snow depths were:

The temperatures at 8am were -6C at resort level, and -9C at the top. The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5. The link to Orelle is currently open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 26th April 2014

Terrace of Freeride cafe, Caron, Val Thorens

We had sunshine for most of the week, and fairly warm temperatures, then clouds blew in on Friday (25th April), and it snowed a little on Friday evening. 

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts will be open today, and 64 pistes out of the total of 71. These pistes have now closed: Boulevard Goitschel, Marielle Goitschel, Chardons, Triton, Pluviometre, and Traversée Montaulever - all in the Plein Sud/3 Vallées sector; plus Hermine, in the Fond sector. The official snow depths are:

The temperatures at 8am were -1C at resort level, and -4C at the top. The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5. The rest of the 3 Valleys closed at the end of yesterday, Friday 25th April.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 19th April 2014

Snow fence and view of Orelle

It was another mainly sunny week, with warm temperatures on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday, and rather cooler on Tuesday and Wednesday. Clouds blew in on Friday, and we had light snow in the afternoon, evening and overnight, with 3-5cm of fresh snow by Saturday morning (19th April). 

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts will be open today, and 70 pistes out of the total of 71. The closed piste is Triton, in the Plein Sud/3 Valleys sector (one that nobody skis anyway). The official snow depths today are: 

There's 3cm of fresh snow in resort, and 5cm at the top. The temperatures at 8am were -7C at resort level, and -11C at the top of the ski area. The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys are open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 12th April 2014

Pointe de Thorens

It was another week of sunshine and warm temperatures, typically with a maximum of 20C at 1000m, 10C at 2000m, and 2C at 3000m. The exception was Tuesday (8th April), when we had snow and temperatures about 5C cooler.

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts and all 71 pistes will be open today. The official snow depths today are:

The temperatures at 8am were 0C at resort level, and -3C at the top of the ski area. The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys are open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 5th April 2014

French Championships Skicross 2014, Val Thorens

We had sunshine and warm temperatures for most of the week. On Thursday (3rd April) it was cloudy with fairly strong S to SE winds. There was a little snow on Friday night. Today, Saturday 5th April, there is low cloud.

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts and all 71 pistes will be open. The official snow depths today are:

The temperatures at 8am were +1C at resort level, and -4C at the top of the ski area. The avalanche risk is 2 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys are open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 29th March 2014

Groomed piste, Val Thorens

We had snow and cold temperatures on Sunday (23rd March). It got a little warmer during the rest of the week, and we had a good deal of sunshine. 

According to this morning's bulletin, all 27 lifts and all 71 pistes will be open. The official snow depths today are:

The temperatures at 8am were -2C at resort level, and -4C at the top of the ski area. The avalanche risk is 3 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys are open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 22nd March 2014

Aiguille du Fruit, 3 Valleys

We had sunshine, sometimes with a veil of cloud, all last week. It was very warm - the maximums on Monday 16th March were +12C at 2000m and +4C at 3000m, which was typical for the week. As a result, the snow has suffered, and it's spring snow in most places. We are expecting snowfalls today, Saturday 22nd March, though.

According to the bulletin this morning, all 27 lifts and all 71 pistes were due to open on time. The official snow depths were:

The temperatures at 8am were +2C at resort level, and -2C at the top. The avalanche risk was 3 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 15th March 2014

Lac de Bissorte

We had an anticyclone in place all last week, which brought us sunshine. The temperatures were well above average for the time of year, so the snow was spring snow - a little hard in places in the morning, then warming up in the sun as the day went on.

According to the bulletin this morning, 15th March, all 27 lifts and all 71 pistes were due to open on time. The official snow depths were:

The temperatures at 8am were -2C at resort level, and -5C at the top. The avalanche risk was 3 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys open.

Brequin ridge, Val Thorens   Mountain hare tracks in the Combe sans Nom

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 8th March 2014

Top of Bouchet chairlift, 8th March 2014

This was the week when it felt as though we passed from winter to spring. We had a beautiful sunny day on Sunday (2nd March), but snow on Monday and Tuesday. The sunshine returned on Wednesday, and stayed with us on Thursday and Friday, with temperatures becoming well above average for the time of year.

According to the bulletin this morning, 8th March, all 27 lifts and all 71 pistes were due to open on time. The official snow depths were:

The temperatures at 8am were -2C at resort level, and -3C at the top. The avalanche risk was 2 out of 5, and the links to the other ski areas of the 3 Valleys open.

Pic de Rochebrune   Vapour trail

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 1st March 2014

Ski school meeting point, Val Thorens

It was sunny on Sunday (22nd February) and after light snow on Sunday night, sunny on Monday too. Tuesday was mixed, with a bit of S wind, sunny periods, then clouds and snow later. Wednesday was mainly cloudy with snow, then on Thursday we had another glorious day until part-way through the afternoon. Friday and today, Saturday 1st March, are mainly snowy. 

According to the bulletin this morning, Saturday 1st March, there was 14cm of fresh snow at resort level, and 20cm at 3000m. The lifts were all due to open on time, except for the Cime de Caron, scheduled to open about 10am. All 27 lifts and all 71 pistes should open. 

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk is at 3/5 today. The temperatures at 8am were -10C in resort, and -14C at the top of the ski area. 

Ski instructors welcome J-F Chapuis back to VT

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 22nd February 2014

Peyron chairlift, Orelle

After overnight snow, the clouds began to clear on Sunday (16th February). Monday was sunny, and there was sunshine with a veil of cloud on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we had low cloud, but it was followed by a beautiful sunny day on Thursday. Friday was mainly cloudy with snow, but the sky cleared at the end of the afternoon. 

According to the bulletin this morning, Saturday 22nd February, there was 18cm of fresh snow. The ski patrol were shown as blasting to make the ski area safe, so some lifts will be late to open - for example, the 3 Valley link lifts about 10am, and the Cime de Caron about 10.30. All 27 lifts and all 71 pistes should open. 

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk is at 3/5 today. The temperatures at 8am were -9C in resort, and -13C at the top of the ski area. 

Off piste near Portette   Val Thorens zipwire

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 15th February 2014

Combe de Thorens, February 2014

The clouds began to clear by mid-morning on Sunday (9th February). It was windy, with stormy S winds, on Monday 10th, then there was snow on Monday night, and a sunny day on Tuesday 11th. After a little more snow on Tuesday night, Wednesday was another glorious day. It was snowy on Thursday, and mainly cloudy on Friday.  

On the bulletin this morning, Saturday 15th February, all the lifts were shown as open, but with delays to Glacier and Col. However, there are strong SW winds, and some lifts have had to close, including Moraine and Portette. 

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk is at 3/5 today. The temperatures at 8am were 3C in resort, and -5C at the top of the ski area. The links to the other parts of the Three Valleys are open.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 8th February 2014

View of Pointe des Cerces from Rosael

There were clouds and snow on Sunday (2nd February), then better weather on Monday 3rd. It was windy on Tuesday, with a S wind; Wednesday was split between wind in the morning, and clouds and snow in the afternoon. Thursday 6th Feb was the best day of the week, mainly sunny. On Friday 7th, we had up to 30cm of snow. 

Some lifts were shown as late opening on the bulletin this morning, Saturday 8th February, as the ski patrol blast to make the ski area safe from avalanches. For example, Plein Sud and Pioneers were to open on time, the Funitel Péclet at 10am, the 3 Valley links at 10.30, and the Caron cable car at 11.30.

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk is at 3/5 today. The temperatures at 8am were -4C in resort, and -8C at the top of the ski area. The links to the other parts of the Three Valleys were to open late.

Coraia piste, Rosael

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 1st February 2014

Beginners' pistes & Campagnols & Musaraigne lifts, Val Thorens

There was quite a lot of snow on Sunday night (26th January), then better weather on Monday 27th. Conditions were perfect on Tuesday 28th January, with good snow and sunshine. On Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January, there was a S wind in Val Thorens, and it was better to ski in other parts of the Three Valleys. Friday 31st January was another beautiful sunny day. 

All 27 lifts were shown as open on the bulletin this morning, Saturday 1st February, but with Peclet, Caron cable car, and Glacier expected to open late as the ski patrol make those areas safe. All 71 pistes should be open today, but in the coming week, expect the Boardercross to be closed, as there's training for the French national team there. The Boardercross will have been closed to the public for essentially the whole season so far.

The official snow depths this morning were:

However, we have a S once again today, making the snowpack windblown.

The avalanche risk is at 3/5 today. The temperatures at 8am were 0C in resort, and -8C at the top of the ski area. The links to the other parts of the Three Valleys are open.

View south from Les Menuires   Bosses, Meribel

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 25th January 2014

Top of 3 Valleys chair, Val Thorens

On Sunday 19th January, we had strong SE winds. Monday 20th was cloudy, with poor visibility. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there was sunshine, above a sea of cloud on Tuesday. Thursday was cloudy with snow (15cm by Friday morning), and we had snow and clouds on Friday 24th January too.

In Val Thorens, all 27 lifts were shown on this morning's bulletin as being open, and 69 out of 71 pistes. The closed pistes are Boardercross and Snowpark. As a comment, it is great that Val Thorens is hosting skicross competitions, including World Cups, but a shame that this means the Boardercross has been closed all season so far. Is it time to build an easy skicross course that will be open to everybody all season?

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk was at 3/5 this morning, Saturday 25th January. The temperatures at 8am were -9C at resort level, and -13C at 3000m. The wind was 35-50kmh, N to NW, at 3000m.

Sea of cloud in Rosael

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 18th January 2014

Sunday 12th January was sunny and warm, but then the weather changed. There was about 15cm of snow on Monday night, then another 10cm or so on Thursday night. Today, Saturday 18th January, is one of those disappointing S wind days, when certain aspects of slope are scoured of snow.

In Val Thorens, all 27 lifts were shown on this morning's bulletin as being open, albeit subject to closures if the wind gets too strong, and 68 out of 71 pistes. The three closed pistes are Boardercross, Chalets, and Stade Chalets. Triton, which has been closed all season, is now open.

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk was at 3/5 this morning, Saturday 18th January. The temperatures at 8am were -2C at resort level, and -6C at 3000m.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 11th January 2014

View of Lac de Bissorte from Cime de Caron

After the snow on the night of Saturday 4th January, it was sunny for all of last week, but with cloud at high altitude. The temperatures have been very warm - indeed, Météo France in Bourg St Maurice say that the first 10 days in January were the warmest ever recorded

In Val Thorens, all 27 lifts were shown on this morning's bulletin as being open, and 67 out of 71 pistes. (The closed pistes are Triton, plus three pistes on or next to the Skiercross course - Boardercross, Chalets, and Stade Chalets - which are closed due to the World Cup Skicross taking place this week). 

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk was at 2/5 this morning, Saturday 11th January. The temperatures at 8am were 0C at resort level, and -2C at 3000m.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 4th January 2014

Granges chairlift, Les Menuires

It was sunny during the first part of the last week. There was a little snow on Thursday, and a little more on Friday, then quite a strong SW wind first thing on Saturday morning (today). At the time of writing (Saturday afternoon) it is snowing quite heavily, and Meteo France are forecasting heavy snow tonight, with the snow line dropping from 2000m to 600-800m. 

In Val Thorens, all 27 lifts were shown on this morning's bulletin as being open, and 70 out of 71 pistes (just Triton closed). It is likely that the piste service will be using explosives to make the ski area safe on Sunday 5th January, so some lifts will probably open late.

The official snow depths this morning were:

The avalanche risk was at 3/5 this morning, Saturday 4th January, but will certainly increase as a result of the snow currently falling. Extreme care will be required until the snowpack settles.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 28th December 2013

Piste basher in Val Thorens

It was sunny on Sunday and Monday of this week. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, we had strong SE Foehn/Lombarde winds, so that some of the lifts closed. On Wednesday night and Thursday, there was a W wind, bringing snow. The sunshine returned on Friday. 

In Val Thorens, all the lifts are open except Glacier. This morning (Saturday 28th December 2013) only the Caron cable car was scheduled to open late, but in fact some other lifts did not open due to strong winds. The piste & lift information outside the ski patrol office had a big drawing pin obscuring the number of pistes open, but it looked as though it was 57 out of the total of 71.

The official snow depths are:

However, the snow cover is very uneven: about 20cm fell on Wednesday night, and we estimate a further 30cm during the day on Thursday. On Friday night, there was a strong S wind, and this scoured certain aspects of slope.

The avalanche risk was at 3/5 on Friday and today, Saturday. A group of skiers set off an avalanche on Friday morning. The conditions are still unstable, and off piste skiing is not recommended at the moment.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 21st December 2013

Pionniers chairlift, Val Thorens, 21st December 2013

It was sunny for the first part of the week. Then on Thursday, it was windy, with a little snow, and on Friday, it was cloudy with very light snow. The snow is still very good, cold winter snow, but the cover is quite thin in places, so that there are a few stones, especially towards the end of the day on heavily skied pistes.

In Val Thorens, all the lifts are open except Glacier, and the Three Valleys chairlift (formerly known as Three Valleys 2). 58 pistes are open out of the total of 71. For example, all the pistes are open in the Caron sector; but in the Montée du Fond sector, Hermine, Arolle, Portette, and Rhodos are closed. The snowpark is currently closed.

The snow depths are:

The avalanche risk is 2/5.

Val Thorens snow report: Saturday 14th December 2013

Courchevel Thursday 12th December 2013

It has been sunny for most of the week. The snow is still very good on the pistes, including in the Three Valleys, which opened last weekend. Courchevel and Méribel were quiet during the week, meaning the runs stayed in good condition.

In Val Thorens, all the lifts are open except Glacier, Pionniers, and the Three Valleys chairlift. (Pionniers and Three Valleys are both new - replacement - chairs this year, and work is going on to get them ready to open). 58 pistes are open out of the total of 71.

The snow depths are:

The avalanche risk is 1/5.

Val Thorens snow report: Friday 6th December 2013

View north from Val Thorens, 5th December 2013   New Deux Lacs chairlift, Val Thorens, 2013

There was a strong E wind on Monday, which left the off piste rather wind-blown, and difficult to ski. The pistes remain excellent. The official snow depths are:

The avalanche risk is 2.

Many of the lifts are now open. For example, Funitels Peclet, Three Valleys (formerly Bouquetin), and Grand Fond are open, as are Plein Sud, Cascades, Boismint, Moraine, Portette and Plan de l' Eau chairs. The Cairn and Caron bubbles are open, as is the Caron cable car. In Rosael, the Rosael chair is open, but Peyron and Bouchet are not yet open. Also closed for the moment are Glacier, Funitel de Thorens, and Plateau.

Of the new lifts, only the new Deux Lacs is open. The others may still be waiting for authorisation to open - this includes Pionniers and the Three Valleys chairlift.

The Three Valley links are scheduled to open tomorrow.

Val Thorens snow report: Monday 2nd December 2013

Lac du Lou, Val Thorens, 1st December 2013

There was a little snow on Friday night and Saturday, then the sunshine returned on Sunday. The next snow is forecast for the end of this week. The official snow depths are:

The snow is still very good, but it got a bit wind-blown in some off piste areas today. The avalanche risk is 3.

Val Thorens snow report: Thursday 28th November 2013

View from Funitel Peclet 26th November 2013

The snow conditions for the start of the season in Val Thorens are very good, with snow all the way down the valley. The official snow depths are:

It's been cold, so the snow is fresh, and it's compact on the piste. The avalanche risk is 3.

The lifts which are open today are Plein Sud, Cairn, Moutiere, Cascade, Funitel Peclet, Moraine, and Grand Fond. Pionniers might be opening today. Portette is shown on the tourist office site as open, but is not yet moving (10am).

FIS giant slalom in Val Thorens 27th November 2013