Val Thorens

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

Val Thorens Snow forecast

  • Friday
    0 ft
    Partly cloudy
    40°F
    2 mph
  • Saturday
    0 in rain
    Partly cloudy
    40°F
    1 mph
  • Sunday
    30 in snow
    Snow showers
    26°F
    2 mph
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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

Facts about Val Thorens

Number of slopes:86
Learning / beginner Green slopes:11
Easy Blue slopes:38
Intermediate Red slopes:30
Advanced / Expert Black slopes:7
Artificial snow:40 number of slopes
Total length of pistes:372.8 miles

Lifts (Total: 28)
Gondola lift:7
Aerial tramway:1
Chair lifts:14
Lift capacity:  53000 persons/hour

Vertical drop
Val Thorens Vertical drop
Highest Point: 10597 ft
Vertical drop: 3051 ft
Base Point: 7546 ft

Season
Start:20 November
End: 8 May

Cross country skiing
Tracks:1.9 miles
Lit tracks:0 miles
Artificial snow:0 miles

Areas
Snowparks:1
Childrens area:1
Country: France
Rhône-Alpes

Reviews for Val Thorens

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

GorVas
18/02/2020
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2020 week 5 Was there with UCPA off-piste we got a dump of 70 cm, best off piste week so far. * Village: * Have read a lot that it is the least c... Read more (282 words)
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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... Read more (32 words)
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 ... Read more (351 words)
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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, whic... Read more (181 words)
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-... Read more (72 words)
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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... Read more (182 words)
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 ... Read more (38 words)
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... Read more (306 words)
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Rider: Karl Johan Tegnér Photo: Mikael Sjöstrand

Trail map

Trail map Val Thorens

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