Val Thorens

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

Lifts (0/30)
Slopes (0/84)
Snow depth
3230 m
2300 m
160 cm
103 cm
-5°C
12°C
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

  • Tuesday

    1.6 mm rain
    Partly cloudy
    10°
    1 m/s
  • Wednesday

    1.6 cm snow
    Heavy rain

    2 m/s
  • Thursday

    3.3 mm rain
    Sleet showers

    1 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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