Here, you can find the Val Thorens ski pass/lift pass prices
for the ski season 2019-20, together with explanatory notes about price
periods, free passes, reductions for seniors and children, duo and tribe
passes, family passes, beginners' passes, prolongations, and 3 Valleys
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Val Thorens ski pass prices 2019-20: explanatory notes
There are three periods during the season, with different pricing. The
cheapest period is the season opening; next cheapest is the period just
before Christmas; and the full price is charged for the main season. The
23rd November 2019 - 13th December 2019 (20% off)
14th December 2019 - 20th December 2019 (10% off)
21st December 2019 - 3rd May 2020 (main season prices)
Children up to and including 4 years old, and seniors of 75 years or
more, are entitled to free Val Thorens ski passes. Although it's free,
you need to get the free pass, so you go to the ski pass office with
proof of age.
Reductions for children and senior citizens
There are cheaper prices for children 5-12 years old, and seniors 65-74
years old, as shown on the ski pass price list.
Duo (two adults)
The duo category is for two people buying passes for 6 days or more
together. The price is cheaper than the individual price (€10 each off
the adult rate), but not as cheap as the three person price.
Tribe (three adults or more)
This category is Tribe, meaning
three people or more. When three or more friends or family buy adult ski
passes together, for 6 days or more, they get this price reduction (€15
each off the adult rate). No American Indian ancestry is required.
The family pass price is available to families of two parents and two
or more dependent children (where the children are 5 to 17 years old).
The parents and the children pay the child rate.
The family pass can be for a single day, or for 6 days or more (so it
is not available for 2-5 days).
There's a half-price beginner's ski pass (now called Minipass Easy
Rider), valid for only four lifts - Deux Lacs chair, Cascades chair, and
Cairn & Caron bubbles. (There are also some free lifts - see below). There are drawbacks.
It can only be bought for 4h of a morning or afternoon, or for 1 day,
not several days, so you would have to go back to the ski pass office
each day. In a week, you're likely to need more than just these lifts,
so a 6 day Val Thorens pass is usually a better option.
(Note: similar beginners'
passes are sold by the ESF with ski lessons).
If you have a ski pass for 6 days or more, and wish to prolong your
stay, there is a special 'prolongation' rate per extra day, which is
cheaper than the 1 day price. (A pass can only be prolonged for Val
Thorens-Orelle, not Belleville or 3 Valleys).
3 Valleys extension
If you have a Val Thorens ski pass, you can buy an extension for the 3
Valleys, a day at a time.
You can add carré neige insurance to the price of your ski pass. For
adults, the rate is €2.90 per day, or €23.20 for 8 to 21 days, and €35
for the season.
Free lifts in Val Thorens
The free lifts in the Val Thorens ski area, for which no ski pass is
required, are Musaraigne and Campagnols, in the beginners' area, and
Castor & Pollux, which bring people back up to place
On pages 12-13 of the ski pass price list, there
are prices for pedestrian passes for 1 day (€24.50), 6 days (€75.50), or
season (€220). There are also individual prices to use particular lifts.
The main lifts open to pedestrians are Moutière and Cascades chairlifts
(up only), Funitel Péclet, Grand Fond, Rosaël, Peyron, 3 Vallées
Express, Cairn, Caron bubble, and Caron cable car.
The piéton privilège is a
6-day pass which includes a daytime Cosmojet toboggan run, and access to
the aquaclub at the sports centre.
On pages 16-17 of the ski pass price list, there are prices for one
(€16.50) or two (€24.50) descents on the 6km toboggan
run, now called the Cosmojet. An evening descent is €24.50. The
price includes hire of the toboggan, and going up in the Funitel Péclet.
The evening descent includes a mulled wine or hot chocolate and some
Age restriction: children under 5 cannot go on the toboggan; from 5 to
9 years, children share a parent's toboggan (free); from 10 years (if at
least 1m25 tall), they have their own toboggan and pay full price.
The toboggan is open in the afternoons Monday to Friday, and 10am to
4pm at the weekend.
I hope the Val Thorens ski pass prices aren't ruinous
to your yearly budget.