Val Thorens - Resort

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Offering excitement, epic snowfall and vibrant nightlife.

The highest resort in the French Alps, Val Thorens is the perfect destination if you're looking for snow-capped mountains, luxurious apartments and exhilarating slopes (and let's face it, who isn't?!). Discovered and founded forty years ago by a group of pioneers, Val Thorens has since been developed into an outstanding ski resort which offers excitement and fun both on and off the snow. 

As well as the various exciting ski activities the resort has to offer, there are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants contributing to the resort’s fantastic atmosphere.

Whether you are looking for a welcoming place to cosy up for a hot drink during the day, or trying to find the perfect setting for a dance after dark, you are sure to find everything you want and need here at Val Thorens.

Key facts

Suitable for beginner skiers

Suitable for intermediate skiers

Suitable for expert skiers

Suitable for snowboarding

Family-friendly

High altitude

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Snowfall

Val Thorens is well known for its snow reliability, particularly in January and February when it tends to get the heaviest snowfall. At an altitude of 2300m, Val Thorens is Europe’s highest resort with ski lifts reaching over 3200m. Because of its remarkable height Val Thorens is able to boast spectacular views and plenty of snow that lasts well into the spring.

Skiing Facilities

The Val Thorens Resort is a snow paradise for all skiing abilities. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, beginner or expert, the resort has plenty to offer all abilities. There are many different ski schools scattered across the resort such as Ecole du ski Français, Ecole Internationale de ski et snowboard and many more. All offer lessons and tuition for all different abilities – the choice is entirely down to you. A handful of schools also offer advanced ski lessons that include off track skiing and mastering tricks and skills.

Snowboarding Facilities

Some schools across the resort offer snowboarding lessons, so if you would prefer a single board to a pair of skis, or you simply want to ‘give it a go’ then this is an option for you.

In terms of snowboarding facilities, there's plenty of carving to be had at Val Thorens. The majority of snowboarding enthusiasts visiting the resort head to Les Menuires Snow Park for BK Park which is located on the Becca sector, accessed via the Becca Chairlift. The fun zones here really are as described - tons of fun. Free to enter during the main ski season (check the website for dates) the zones feature bump and rail areas which are perfect for freestyle practise. For competitive snowboarders, the two border-crosses are a highlight.

Après-Ski

If you’re looking for the fun to continue after the skiing has ended, you're certainly in the right place. The nightlife is vibrant to say the least, offering a wide variety of different bars, clubs and restaurants. The wide variety of venues ensures entertainment for all styles of partygoer.

For drinks after a long day on the slopes, head to Café Snesko, a gorgeous Danish bar with frequent visitors who often find this hidden gem and remain loyal to it night after night because of its unique atmosphere. Expect live music every single night from 5.30pm and on select days as well.

For partying during the early hours, you're going to want to head to Le New Pop Nightclub offering competitive drinks promotions, open doors from 11.30pm - 5.30am and popular themed nights - the perfect excuse for fancy dress. 

If you've worked up an appetite skiing and want somewhere to eat all the calories you've burnt throughout the day, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Perhaps you fancy going from piste to pizza? In which case head to La Pizzeria de Chalets du Thorens, is a popular mountain top pizzeria that offers traditional Italian pizzas as well as a large buffet of starters, fresh pastas and daily specials. Visitors can dine inside in the warmth, or outside on a deck chair basking in the winter sun.

For a more formal dining experience, consider Jean Sulpice Restaurant which holds no less than 2 Michelin Stars. Beautifully furnished inside and out, sporting a contemporary and extremely chic look, eating here provides the perfect opportunity to experience fine dining and sport your glitziest garb. The restaurant overlooks the slopes, and is open in the summer and winter seasons for both lunch and dinner. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. (Lunch: 12.30pm-1.30pm) (Dinner: 7.30pm-9.30pm)

Healthy Activities

With hard work comes great reward and situated around the slopes are a variety of health and wellness spas where you can most definitely reward yourself with some well-deserved R&R.

Located at the heart of the mountain is the Centre Sportif de Val Thorens, the ideal place to go after taking part in winter sports. The centre’s staff are trained in a variety of treatments (mainly sports therapy) and they are there to help you enjoy the perfect holiday well-being experience.

If sports therapy isn’t what you’re after and pampering is more your style, ‘Le Spa’ could be the perfect wellness retreat for you. Founded in 2006, this beautiful spa offers a unique sensory relaxation experience. There are plenty of tempting treatments to choose from, including beauty and slimming treatments.

What’s On?

If you time your ski trip right, you may be able to enjoy some of Val Thoren’s biggest events.

Festi-Val is a music event that takes place on a yearly basis towards the end of March which showcases a variety of music types, including Electro, House and Techno. It is a completely free event, so the opportunity to go and enjoy the peaks, snow, sun and a variety of DJs really is too good to miss.

For a more action packed festival head to Rock On Snowboard, a travelling event dedicated to 100% snowboarding. The annual event, which generally takes place towards the end of November, gives you the chance to see many of the top snowboard brands showcase their latest material. Oakley, Roxy and Niro are amongst the most recognisable names.  The tour offers something for everyone to enjoy, from chatting to the professionals who are behind the making of the latest snowboard gear, to fun shows throughout the day for the children who attend the event.

For all round entertainment, to celebrate the end of the season, Val Thorens hosts the celebratory event; ‘Les Apotheose Days’. Here you can enjoy a mixture of activities from unusual sports such as snow golf, to Airboard (an unusual but exciting tobogganing experience). As the nights draw in, the live music starts accompanied by evening entertainments including stunning Fire Shows and Light Shows. The event is not free, but what you do pay gets you unlimited access to the entertainment and activities that are taking place across the festival. Finishing the season with a bang, this is an un-missable event.

Save with Ski Passes

If you are looking to save a bit of money on your skiing activities and are skiing as a pair, then you may want to look into the 3 Valleés Ski Pass, which is valid for 6 or more days. With Pass Duo, you will be saving €10 per person.

Healthcare

If you are unfortunate enough to become ill or get injured whilst on your ski trip, you needn’t worry as there are a range of medical centres situated throughout the resort. We do however, strongly advise that you have travel insurance prior to travelling to cover any treatment you may require should you fall ill or have an accident. Any hospitalisation will be classed as Emergency Abroad Treatment and could be expensive. For a few minutes form filling and a nominal fee you get peace of mind which will help you enjoy your holiday so much more.

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Aéroport de Chambéry-Savoie1 hour 37 minutes

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Current piste snow depths

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Fresh snow depth0cm
Upper piste snow depth5cm
Lower piste snow depth3cm

Snowfall data by OnTheSnow.com

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