Val Thorens is Europe's highest destination. Here you will find high altitude skiing and snowboarding in France with a superb snow record as well as access to the fabulous Trois Vallées ski area. Open from November to May. Read on for more information.
The highest resort in Europe, ski Val Thorens and get guaranteed snow throughout the season. Part of the Trois Valleés area, you can connect by cable cars to the resorts of Courchevel to enjoy 54 groomed slopes with over 170kms of piste. The nearest airports are Geneva or Lyon (St Exupery), both around 2.5 hours away - but it's worth it for the sheer choice of pistes on offer.
On the Slopes
Ski Val Thorens and you get year round snow on the Glacier de Péclet. There is plenty of terrain for everyone, but with a large proportion dedicated to beginners or low intermediates, this is a fantastic place to learn and enhance those skiing and snowboarding techniques. Advanced skiers and snowboarders should look to the endless off piste powder fields in Lac Du Lou or the hidden valley, but hire a local guide to get the most out of this.
So we think this resort is best for intermediates and off-piste terrain, but there are good challenges for all skiing ability - you may just need to use the lift system a bit to find them.
If you ski Val Thorens you are also in the ski region of Les 3 Vallees.
Off the Slopes
Purpose-built and traffic-free Val Thorens has plenty of accommodation offering ski-to-your-door accessibility. From luxury hotels to private residences, you'll find over 23,000 beds available. The après ski is lively, with a great variety of cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs to suit all tastes and budgets, or you can try the local cinema. Away from the slopes there are other choices to keep you busy including swimming, tennis, a sports centre, or why not try the six kilometre long toboggan piste!
Who's it Best For?
Val Thorens is great for beginners, intermediates and families. However, if you are more advanced, you do have the rest of the huge ski area that is the Three Valleys to explore.
At 2300m Val Thorens is as snow sure as you will get and with easy access to the rest of the Three Valleys it's a great choice for your ski holiday.Other resorts in the Three Valleys include Meribel and Courcheval as well as a number of other villages to explore. With guaranteed snow it really is a great option.
Whether you are looking for a cheap package holiday to Val Thorens or want to book a chalet or apartment independently we can show you all the options available. So whatever your budget check out our holiday deals from leading UK operators.
Why Choose Val Thorens?
- Great access to the Three Valleys, you wont get bored here!
- Snow sure resort
- Great for families and intermediates
- Good ski in ski out accommodation available
Is it Right for You?
If you have made your mind up and you are ready to look at holidays then check the list below. If however you are still undecided why not check out our Val Thorens tailormade ski holidays service to help you in your decision making.
A ski chalet for many epitomises what a ski holiday is all about, the wood burning stove, mountain views and alpine feel. Many also provide great ski in ski out accommodation. For all year round skiing and boarding, the glacier resort of Val Thorens offers some amazing deals on catered and self-catered chalets.
So whatever you are looking for from luxury catered chalets complete with hot tubs to more basic budget offerings check our chalets below where you can compare and filter all results.
Where Should I Look For a Chalet?
Val Thorens has a good choice of chalets. As a purpose built resort Val Thorens has chalets conveniently positioned near to the lifts and slopes. But do remember Val Thorens isn't a sprawling resort so wherever you choose to stay you wont be that far away from the action.
Many chalets in Val Thorens have been built on the slope looking down into the valley and so have great views and good ski in ski out features. Chalets here cater for all budgets and group sizes so you should find what you are looking for. Do beware that if you choose a chalet right in the centre of the resort the apres ski can get quite lively. Many now think Val Thorens rivals St Anton in Austria for its apres ski so don't book in the centre if you mind noise!
Whilst many will always want a ski chalet for their ski holiday a lot of skiers and boarders are now seeing the benefits of booking an apartment. For many this works out a slightly cheaper option and can be great for families and large groups travelling together.
Val Thorens is a purpose built resort but has moved on from being the eyesore that it once was. Many of the concrete high rises are being replaced with smart looking attractive buildings. That means there are many apartments to choose from, some providing the same level of luxury as a high end chalet.
Are Apartments a Good Option?
If its luxury you are looking for then apartments can also provide this but sometimes at a slightly cheaper rate than a chalet. Many come with a catered option and in some apartment complexes you get access to a swimming pool, sauna and gym facilities, almost like a mini hotel.
For families travelling together and large groups apartments booked in the same apartment block can also allow you to holiday together but have more space and privacy. Many are also situated in great locations particularly in the centre of resorts near to where all the action is.
If you are thinking of booking a Val Thorens hotel for your skiing or boarding holiday this winter, why not search with our travel partners. Hotels can be a great way to enjoy your ski holiday with everything provided for you and some hotels will also pick you up and drop you back to your chosen airport.
GoSki.co.uk has access to most of the hotels in Val Thorens, so why not choose from the ski hotels in Val Thorens based on your budget, dates and other requirements. Val Thorens is in the Les 3 Vallées ski area ensuring you have some of the world's best slopes at your feet!
What Type of Hotels Will I Find in Val Thorens?
You will find something for all tastes and budget in Val Thorens. At the luxury end there is the 5*Altapura Hotel. There are also a number of excellent high end 4* hotels including the Fitzroy Hotel and Le Val Thorens Hotel. Another hotel worth checking out is the family run Hotel des 3 Vallees.
For those of you on tighter budgets but wanting to stay in a hotel check out the 2* Coca-Cola Hotel, right on the beginner slopes in the centre of town. For those of you on no budget at all then try the UCPA, a not for profit hotel, very basic ,but good clean accommodation with shared facilities. So Val Thorens really does offer an incredible range, get searching and find exactly what you are looking for.
The best airport for the Three Valleys is Chambery which is about 1 1/4 drive away. Whilst Chambery is the closest it can close in bad weather and isn't serviced by all the major airlines. The next best airports for Val Thorens are Grenoble, 2 hours away, Lyon, also 2 hours away and finally Geneva, 3 hours away. Geneva does have a good bus link to all the resorts in the Three Valleys
Getting from Geneva to Val Thorens
The best way to get to Val Thorens from Geneva airport is by sharing a minibus. If 8 of you can share this make it a good cost effective option. A one way shared transfer like this will cost about 50 Euros. There are a number of companies that offer this service but always book before you leave to get the best prices.
You can of course always hire a private taxi at the airport but you will probably pay more. If you are going to go down this path then always negotiate the price before you head off in the taxi.
Hiring a Car
Hiring a car can work out a cheap option if there are a group of you but if you do not plan to use the car at all during your holiday do compare the prices with private taxi hire. Also do check what car parking facilities you have at your accommodation. If you are hiring a car from Geneva airport you can do so from both the French and the Swiss side although the French side can work out cheaper. If you are planning to drive to Val Thorens do ensure you comply with all French driving legislation.
Find Val Thorens ski schools through GoSki.co.uk and book your ski or snowboard lessons before you leave home this year. From private to group, beginner to freestyle lessons, get professionally qualified instructors to boost your confidence.
Val Thorens ski schools
With a number of ski schools available in Val Thorens, if you want to improve your skiing or snowboarding technique, book yourself lessons now. There are loads of ski and snowboard professionals from any one of a number of Val Thorens ski schools we list below so get organised and learn something new on the piste this winter.