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Val Thorens


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Chambéry - Savoie Airport


Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Hotel des Trois Vallees


Boutique hotel with amazing views of the mountains.  Guest have access to a sauna.

Extra person charges may apply 



Hotel Le Sherpa - Val Thorens 


This hotel has 56 nicely decorated rooms and rates include half board. 

Extra person charges may apply 



Hotel Le Val Thorens 


Charming ski in/ski out hotel  offering complimentary Internet access, sauna and whirlpool.

Extra person charges may apply 











  • Additional lodging options available in Val Thorens, France.



 L' Oxalys


La Folie Douce located at Rue de la Boucle, Val Thorens, France.


Le Kinabalu located at Galerie peclet, Val Thorens, France.  


  • Additional dining options available in Val Thorens, France.


  • Complimentary Internet access at certain lifts. 

  • Val Thorens mobile site.

  • 3 in 1 pass combining walking, relaxation and fun.

  • New beginner runs.



2010 - 2011 Rental Equipment Information


2010 - 2011 Ski School Information


Val Thorens

The French call it ’glisse’. More fun than glide, and way sexier than slide, big-mountain glisse is what it’s all about in Val Thorens. Meaning? Doesn’t matter whether you are a skier or a snowboarder – a racer, a freestyler a carver or a freerider – the resort’s great snow, long season and outstanding alpine terrain make it possible for just about any glisse enthusiast to find something to rave about. Accessible and fun within the ski area boundaries, more technical and demanding as you leave the lifts behind, the Val Thorens domain also boasts an impressive 1430m vertical drop (from 1800m-3230m). So what are you waiting for? Get in the glisse!

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Pros: Huge piste area, some variety, good snow

Cons: Crowded late season, Not very pretty, No trees

Val Thorens has some of the best European piste skiing, period. Piste bashers will love the varied and interesting selection of intermediate/ advanced groomed runs. Near VT itself the skiing isn't amazing but it's well connected to the nearby areas on your 3 Valleys pass. The only real downside is the lack of tree skiing, and if the weather is bad on a mid-winter trip the exposed slopes quickly get blown clean of powder. Usually conditions are fine, but they can change rapidly, with VT getting the worst wind in the Valleys (being at the top, and most exposed).

Despite the comprehensive efforts of the local authorities, there is still plenty of unpisted terrain, some obvious (and popular) but some tucked away, and left mostly untracked. The sheer size of the available area means that despite the resort getting crowded, people are reasonably dispersed throughout the mid-day, in particular Orelle is normally quiet, and provides excellent terrain for the more advanced. Most of the crowds stay clear of Orelle because the piste map shows it to be basically empty (it isn't, the frogs lie!).


Pros: High. good snow, lots of lifts, great skiing

Cons: Busy, furthest ski resort from the begginning of the valley

Visited Val Thorens a while back in the second week of the Easter Holidays, in a nutshell the skiing was definitely spring conditions.


The village itself often draws much criticism from visitors, sure its not the most aesthetically pleasing site, but it serves its purpose. It lets you sleep, wake up, put on your boots, walk out the door, put on your skis and ski onto one of Europe's most modern lift systems. The resort itself was were the Funitel gondola lift was invented, giving rise to Val Thorens main base lift the "peclet". and a further three Funitels in the resort. There are plenty of chairlifts and the signature "Cime de Caron" cable car rising up to give probably the best advanced skiing in the interconnected three valleys ski area. The other main attraction Val Thorens has is its supreme base altitude. When other ski areas in the Alps are showing grassy meadows Val thorens will have snow. The only drawback is that because of this guaranteed snow it does get crowded late season.


The crowds are one of the few drawbacks the ski area has. With the sheer variety of well groomed pistes and stellar views which greatly outweigh this setback; leading to my claim that the innovative ski resort of Val Thorens is worthy to be found any any genuine skiers bucket list.