Val Thorens

Ski resorts in France
Val Thorens belong to Les 3 Vallées.

Lifts (0/30)
Slopes (0/86)
High up on a mountain at 7500 feet above sea level, you can find the village that is constantly at the top of humorous lists such as "ugliest in the Alps". But be careful not to judge this place too fast - Val Thorens was built with one specific thing in mind - ski tourism, and it turned out to be very good. The fact that Val Thorens lives up to the reputation as being the Ibiza of the Alps is only a plus. The party starts in the slopes right after lunch and ends at Malaysia, the largest nightclub in the Alps, when others are just about to dig into their breakfast in the morning.
Val Thorens, together with Courchevel, Meribel and Menuires, make up the super giant system called "Three Valleys", which proudly extends over close to 370 miles of slopes, spread out over four valleys. In other words, it is possible to find something suitable for all tastes and preferences, whether you are a fan of tricks, racing or like to take your time. Val Thorens only has one undeniable disadvantage - except the ornamental trees in the snow square, there are no trees, and if you experience whiteout it will become quite a nuisance.

Snow forecast

  • Friday

    0 cm
    Fair

    1 m/s
  • Saturday

    0.8 mm rain
    Cloudy

    2 m/s
  • Sunday

    7 cm snow
    Rain

    2 m/s
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Best Off-Piste:
The classic Cime de Caron at the top of the telelpherique de Caron. There are many variations here, including getting a guide to take you into the Fourth Valley for the experts.

Best Black Run:
My favourite black run is the Plan de L’Eau (to the right of the summit of the Boismint chair, 900m of gradient steepness.)

Best Red Run:
The Glacier and Lac Blanc run over the Glacier du Peclet and are challenging, steep in places and fast. Finish on the Stade run back into Val Thornes for the piece de la resistance. The Col de L’Audzin down from Cime de Caron is authentic back country skiing.

Best Blue/Green:
Moraine or Genepy from the top of Moraine lift back down into town is a good long leg-stretcher. Otherwise take the two Trois Vallees chairs out to Col de la Chambre and shoot down through the valley on Pluviometre.

By: Eric Berthon 3 time world mogul champion and ex-French team coach

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Zetterfeldt
19/10/2018
Best ski resort in the alps

Görgen Andersson
Görgen Andersson (Guest)
09/09/2019
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No one recommends favoring Val Thorens and their extremely expensive ski passes and France in general: as I said, the prices of ski passes in relation to the remaining alps

tallialli
11/01/2019
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Was a ski room here in 2015, so I lived in Val Thorens for 2 months without working a single second.

Skiing - Val Thorens has amazing skiing, with something for everyone. Here is the world's largest continuous ski system. But it is really quite unnecessary because you want to take you from Val Thorens and the far away you have wasted a lot of time on transport routes.

If you go off-piste, there are a lot of possibilities directly from the lift, you will find even more possibilities.
They have a park in Val Thorens, but also other parks in the other systems.
The slopes are good, but they soon get busy later in the season when more tourists come. Stay away from v. 7,8,9, if you do not want to party with lots of Swedish youth and stand in long lifts.

Nightlife - In Val Thorens you will find many places to party. The ski up on the rock on la foil douce overlooking the mountains is cruel. In any case, if you like when the DJs and saxophone artists play. At night you have several night clubs and one of them is the largest of the Alps.

The village - A large minus in Val Thorens is the apartment complex that has been built up, which makes the village much less cozy. A very big plus is that the village is the highest in the Alps (approx. 2300 meters), which means that you live in the middle of the mountains. This I think weighs up the boring buildings as you can check out the view instead of the houses.

Food - This is nothing good at a restaurant on the hill, if you do not pay unnecessarily much money. If you have a tight budget, there will be no food experience at lunch. However, down in the village there are some cheaper alternatives, eg. snow food sells incredibly good burgers and kebabs at a nice price. To go to a proper restaurant you have to pay a lot.










Alicia
Alicia (Guest)
07/01/2019
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The first time I was in the Alps and Val Thorens set the bar high! I bought the lift card "3 valles" where you have access to the whole mountain, which I can definitely recommend for skiers who stay a week or more and want to get everything out of their skiing. Otherwise, the choice of Thor's great range of ski slopes and lift systems has spread over the village so you can basically jump in the skis directly outside the door. The slopes vary in difficulty, but for me the off-piste was the best! When the off-piste area was larger than the pistes and basically unpaved (of course). Nightlife is not to complain about with cool après-ski at La Folie, nightlife with underground dance floor in Malaysia and lots of bars. Staying there was convenient with a large shopping center, as well as grocery stores scattered throughout the village. The resort also fits families with children as they have a large playground in the center and many lighter slopes, as well as basically only seat lifts.

tomashedqvist
28/12/2018
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Val Thorens - an incredibly large system along with Courchevel and Meribel, with slopes for all types of skiers. With a high altitude it is very snow-sure and there are plenty of opportunities for good off-piste. The village is nice, and has changed for the better in recent years with more wooden buildings and less concrete. There are a couple of places with good après ski, and live music.


Pillard
21/12/2018
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A bit like the national border in Sweden, great in the right weather but quite awkward in bad weather. Valto is very high. The village is at 2300m and the highest ridge of 3200m. It's really a hotel complex wiped out on a mountain but with superb rides both inside and outside the piste. If the focus is outside the piste, you should know that it is amazingly rocky so you really want to be sure to have a sturdy base covering the rocks, otherwise you will need a personal service man with you.

There is everything in Valto, good party, great food and cruising skiing. The transfer is a little bit since it's about an hour on the hilly roads of Moutiers but well there is a very good facility with huge piste surfaces and also offpiste surfaces. You can also reach Meribel and Courchevel via the lift system.

Personally, I like the system and have always had great racing here but this sight is a big problem if it's snowing. You should bring that.

Christian
Christian (Guest)
15/12/2017
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Good logistics without long lift queues.
Snow proof with the height of the village.
A little rough road the last mile up to the village.
Plenty of space for skiing outside the slopes.

Gustav
Gustav (Guest)
15/12/2017
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Great skiing in a drowning big system!

Niclas-s
01/12/2017
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The resort itself (type of village) is quite cozy, but it is not always easy to get along longer areas. Especially because the whole village is on the mountain, which creates lactic acid in the legs if you want a beer on afterskin quickly and not planned where you landed from the back after the last ride was good enough.
The ride is good-bye. With that said, like all other major resorts, so many people go there (NO shit), which means that if you want that man's man in the team, you're best done out in good time in the morning. It goes without saying that it is also powdered after a huge dump.
To Val Thorens, Orelle is a little bit smaller and a little half-awkward to get to, but it is highly recommended if you want a bit of pudding, just next to the hill.
What is important to think about in Val Thorens and Orelle is that it is very rocky, beware of the skis and the body so nothing breaks apart.
The difficulty of the slopes is very mixed and I would say with the hand of the heart that there are backs on the whole spectrum, from the very first cautious ride (or totally deadly super fast without any control at all), to Göran and Maria's 100 times o Alps with a day trip on horseback riding .... everyone can get a challenge simply.
Have been there 2 times over New Year and both times it was quite bad with snow, and twice during week 9 where it was great with snow.
Food in the hill is quite expensive 150-200kr isch for a lunch without a drink. However, there are x number of minimarkets around the village with a range like any Ica / system company.

eerik8
01/12/2017
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My first alpesa was to Val Thorens and since then I have visited the resort another 3 times, so a total of four weeks. Can not help but give 5 stars. The resort is located at very high altitude, which results in snow safety. What I love with the resort is above all ski in-ski out which makes it incredibly smooth. There are slopes for all and lots of terrain so the offpiste possibilities are endless. If you are a friends friend and are looking forward to partying, Val Thorens is also a fantastic place. What I like is that nightlife is generally in the same street, which allows you to jump around at various bars without going / taking a bus. Recommends Val Thorens STRONG

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