An independent guide to Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens guide

Signpost on Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

An independent guide to the French ski resort of Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys.

Ski deals in Val Thorens for winter 2016-17

Chalet Chloe, Val Thorens

Ski Total Chalet Chloe, Val Thorens

Ski Total are offering 9 day ski holidays over New Year. 

Sister company Inghams has the following offers:

Christmas in Val Thorens

Discounts on Christmas ski holidays (in Val Thorens and other resorts), departing on Friday 23rd December 2016.

New Year in Val Thorens

8 nights for the price of 7 at New Year in Val Thorens and other ski resorts.

Val Thorens ski hire

Zenith Ski Shop

ValThorensGuide recommends Zenith Ski shop, in the centre of resort, for quality ski and snowboard hire. You can expect excellent equipment, and friendly, helpful service. 20% discount on public prices when you book through ValThorensGuide. Read more about ski hire at Zenith, or go to our booking form.

Val Thorens resort

The resort of Val Thorens

The Val Thorens resort section has details of resort facilities including the tourist office, post office, banks, medical centre, church, parking, radio station, and the cinema. There's also a Val Thorens history section, a Val Thorens resort maps page, and information about the sports centre, market, and resort shuttle bus.

Val Thorens ski area

Signpost at the top of Cime de Caron, Val Thorens

The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area, and the green runs and easy blues; then the ski area sector by sector. There's a page dedicated to the snow park, skier/boardercross, and the slalom stadium. Here, you can also find a page dedicated to Val Thorens off piste itineraries, a piste map, and the Val Thorens ski pass prices. Finally, we have a guide to the Val Thorens mountain restaurants.

Val Thorens accommodation

Val Thorens accommodation - view of Montana Plein Sud

Val Thorens offers a wide range of accommodation, from budget apartments to luxury four-star hotels. This is our guide to the hotels, self-catering accommodation, and chalets in Val Thorens.

Featured chalets: Catherine & Olivier

Ski Total logo

Chalets Catherine & Olivier, Val Thorens

Ski Total's catered chalets Catherine & Olivier are in a free-standing chalet building called Chalet Coriatos. Chalet Catherine (sleeps 18 people) is on the first two floors, and Chalet Olivier (12 people) on the top floor.

You couldn't really get a better location, because these chalets are right by the piste (la Voie Lactée) which runs between the centre of resort and the beginners' slopes. There are good views from the dining areas in both chalets, and the simple Alpine décor gives the interiors a nice, relaxed feel. The chalets both have real fires. 

Book Chalet Catherine or Chalet Olivier with Ski Total.

Val Thorens restaurants

La Maison restaurant, Val Thorens

Many of the restaurants in Val Thorens serve Savoyard specialities - fondue, pierrade and raclette -but there are many other dishes on offer, including pizza, steak, and Tex-Mex. This is our complete guide to the restaurants in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens season dates 2016-17

The 2015-16 ski season in Val Thorens is from Saturday 26th November 2016 to Monday 1st May 2017.

Val Thorens bars

Val Thorens bars and pubs -view of the Red Fox

From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens nightclubs

Val Thorens nightclubs - Klub Summit

A guide to the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia and Baramix.

Val Thorens marmottes

Marmotte in Val Thorens  Marmotte in Val Thorens

The marmottes begin to emerge from hibernation in the middle of April, and by the start of May, they spend more time out of the burrows, and start to forage for grass and vegetation.

Val Thorens events

Skicross World Cup race in Val Thorens

We have a full list of Val Thorens events for the winter season, and a weekly update of the current week's events during the winter.

Val Thorens news

Val Thorens news blog - picture of newspapers

Reports on the events and news from Val Thorens during the winter season, with photos and videos. 

Val Thorens video

This video shows Val Thorens's Funslope, opened in January 2016:

Val Thorens weather

Val Thorens weather forecast - clouds by La Masse

The latest weather forecast for Val Thorens, updated daily during the ski season. You can also listen to the English language version of the weather on Virgin Radio Val Thorens Les Menuires.

Val Thorens webcams

Webcam at Rond Point des Pistes, Val Thorens

A selection of Val Thorens webcams so you can see the conditions in resort live.

Val Thorens travel

Val Thorens travel - snow-covered car

This Val Thorens travel page has information about the Eurostar ski train, plus flight information, and advice on travelling to Val Thorens by car. There's a page with information about, and links to, transfer companies, for getting to Val Thorens from a station or airport. We also have bus times, and the route and times of the resort shuttle

Ben's Bus low cost airport transfers

Val Thorens ski shops

Zenith ski shop, Val Thorens

Our recommended ski shop in Val Thorens is Zenith. Read about ski and snowboard hire and sales, boot-fitting, servicing of your own equipment, and accessories.

Val Thorens ski schools

Ski schools in Val Thorens - view of ESF office, place Caron

A guide to the ski schools in Val Thorens. We look at all the Val Thorens ski schools, plus the best options for private lessons in Val Thorens. There's even a British ski instructor.

Val Thorens activities

Val Thorens activities - tobogganing

Our guide to the (non-skiing) activities in Val Thorens, including ten pin bowling, tobogganing, ski doos (snowmobiles), ice driving, mountain biking, and paint ball.

We aim to provide the best guide to Val Thorens. Because we live in resort all winter, you get the inside track on what's happening. Whatever you want to know about the resort, you can find it in this Val Thorens guide! 

Ben's Bus low cost airport transfers

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Watch our videos on Youtube, and see our tweets for the latest news from Val Thorens.

Ski Force Winter Tour, Val Thorens

Why Val Thorens?

Home page of Val Thorens Guide - why Val Thorens? For the snow and terrain, the Val Thorens ski area, and the constantly improved Val Thorens lifts

Why do we love Val Thorens? Above all for the snow and terrain. As the highest resort in Europe, it often has some of the best snow. Why ski on icy hardpack, when you've got the option of soft, cold, fresh snow in VT? As for the terrain, there's an extensive beginners' area, kilometres of varied pistes for intermediates, a top-class snowpark, and a skier/boarder cross. You can find a wealth of off-piste, too, including some of the most charming itineraries in the Alps. 

New Funitel Peclet, above the clouds

The lift company continues to invest in the ski area, with improvements each winter season. For example, new for the 2015-16 winter season is an easy skiercross type course, suitable for kids and lower level skiers and boarders, called Fun Slope. Another new five star hotel is opening too, the Hotel Pashmina. 

All this may explain why Val Thorens won the World's Best Ski Resort award in 2014, for the second year running, and France's Best Ski Resort 2015.

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