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Val Thorens Ski Resort, France






Key Features

  • Glacier
  • Large ski area
  • Families
  • Good for ski-in / ski-out
  • Off-piste
  • High resort - snow sure

"A fantastic resort offering a great mix of ski and apres entertainment. Including access to Les Trois Vallées meaning you'll have endless snow to play with."

Ryan, Marketing

Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 2,300m
  • Highest lift: 3,200m
  • No. of lifts: 174
  • Guide lift pass price: £265
  • No. of slopes: 320
  • Total piste: 600km
  • Eurostar : Yes
  • Transfer times:

    Geneva: 3hrs 30mins

    Grenoble: 4hrs

Overview of Val Thorens

High above the small French town of Moutiers lie the three resorts of the largest linked ski area in the world – The Three Valleys. Val Thorens is purpose-built and the highest of these resorts (and of all the resorts in Europe for that matter). The layout is in a wide-open bowl, surrounded by 360 degrees peaks.

Val Thorens skiing is all about the altitude north-facing slopes, most of which start above 3000m and offer snow-sure skiing at any time of winter. Intermediates will be in their element racing along mile after mile of piste across the ski area. Beginners are spoilt for choice on the many nursery slopes and the gentle blue and green runs above the village. Finally, advanced skiers couldn't ask for anything more with some of the most challenging terrain of the Three Valleys right on their doorstep.

Like most purpose-built resorts the Val Thorens village itself couldn't really be described as quaint, but it is compact and perfectly planned so that no accommodation is too far from the piste. In fact, most are ski-in/ski-out and only a short walk from the huge assortment of shops, restaurants and bars. See some of the best ski apartments in Val Thorens for ideas on where to stay.

3 Things We Love About Val Thorens

  1. Snow-sure resort - Europe’s highest ski resort, at an altitude of 2,300m with 600km piste to enjoy in the Three Valleys.
  2. Après scene - Well-known for its vibrant après scene and for having the highest zipline in the world.
  3. Ski-in/ski-out - A great variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, with plenty coming ski-in/ski-out

Learn more about Les Trois Vallées ski area, or keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Val Thorens ski holiday.

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    Ski hire in Val Thorens

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Adult   (13+ yrs) Skis | Poles £90 £99 £119 £133
    Ski | Poles | Boots £115 £129 £162 £178
    Snowboard £99 £119
    Snowboard | Boots £129 £162
    Child   (4-12 yrs) Skis | Poles £70
    Ski | Poles | Boots £95
    Snowboard £86
    Snowboard | Boots £115

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.

      For Val Thorens: Model changes available for a small fee (€10 approx.)

      All changes are subject to availability
      Changes from skis to snowboard or vice versa is not counted as a model change and therefore an additional charge applies

      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for beginner skiers and intermediates - designed for skiers looking for comfort and to develop their skills
      • Great performance ski equipment for all over the mountain and on any type of snow (mainly piste skiers)
      • Good for anyone on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Val Thorens

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Local Area Pass Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-75 yrs) £253 £297
      Adult   (13-64 yrs) £281 £329
      Child   (5-12 yrs) £225 £264
      Family   £225 £264

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        • Free lift passes are available for under 5 years and over 75 years with photo ID
        • All Skiworld lift passes are sold at the ‘Tribu’ rate offering savings over buying in resort
        • More options/combinations for family lift passes are available – please call for prices
        • Carre Neige can be added to your pre-booked lift pass with our in-resort team

        Find out more about our ski pack terms and conditions

        The Trois Vallees is arguably one of the largest and most famous linked ski areas in the world. In each of the three resorts it is possible to buy a local area lift pass covering that sole area; these are great for first time beginners or for those that do not want to venture too far. To make the most of the terrain a full area lift pass is available from each resort that covers all three valleys. Due to the great links between resorts and a variety of runs connecting each, anyone from intermediate ability and above will benefit from the full area lift pass which will allow them enjoy and explore a world class ski area.

        • For beginners the village has a recently developed magic carpet area and is a great place to learn although can get fairly busy in peak weeks. For those looking to progress the Cascades chair gives you access to a variety of green runs.
        • For intermediates the excellent long red runs down from the Péclet lift are a good place to start with a selection of decent options. The sometime forgotten Boismint area has some nice wide runs that are often quiet – these can also be accessed from the top of the Cime de Caron lift providing even longer runs.
        • For advanced the ‘4th Valley’ of Orelle is a must in fresh snow conditions. For the best expert runs we recommend exploring the massive ski area you have access to in the whole 3 valleys area – Courchevel being just a 90 minute ski away.

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Val Thorens

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          Snow Forecast

          Next 7 Days 52cm

          Piste Conditions Soft Snow

          Report last updated at: Mon 26th Feb 2024