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Val Thorens guide

In this Val Thorens guide, you can find out about the resort, ski area, accommodation, restaurants, bars, events during the winter season, and Val Thorens news. Check out our Val Thorens webcams, read our Val Thorens weather forecast, find the best ski hire in Val Thorens, and see our ski schools page. We hope you'll find this the best guide to Val Thorens.

Latest news

What's new in Val Thorens for 2015-16

Fun Slope, Val Thorens

The main innovation in Val Thorens for 2015-16, on the piste, is the creation of an easy skiercross type course, with rolling bumps, banked corners, and a tunnel - ideal for kids and lower level skiers and boarders. It's to be called Fun Slope. Touring skiing in the early morning and late afternoon is to be accommodated, and there's a new 5 star hotel, the Pashmina. Read what's new in Val Thorens for 2015-16...

World Cup Skicross in Val Thorens, December 2015

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 guide

Val Thorens resort

Val Thorens resort - tourist office, post office, banks, medical centre, church, parking, radio station, club des sports

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

Val Thorens ski area - view of snowpark

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 video

This video shows the Skicross World Cup held in Val Thorens on 10th January 2015:

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

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Chalets Catherine & Olivier

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. 

Dining area in Chalet Catherine

Book Chalet Catherine or Chalet Olivier with Ski Total.

Val Thorens restaurants

Val Thorens restaurants in Val Thorens - view of La Petite Ferme

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 2015-16

The 2015-16 ski season in Val Thorens is from Saturday 21st November 2015 (put back to 28th November) to Sunday 8th May 2016.

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 events

Events in Val Thorens - Apotheose Days

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. We post lots of photos and videos. Updated once or twice a week, you can see what's going on in resort, and get an idea of the current snow and weather conditions.

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

Val Thorens webcams - the webcam at the Rond Point des Pistes

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

Val Thorens ski shops - view of Zenith ski shop

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.

Val Thorens tour operators

Val Thorens tour operators - Erna Low, the self-drive specialist

Read about the tour operators offering packages to Val Thorens. They include Crystal/Thomson, the largest ski tour operator, Inghams, a long-established and reliable company, and more specialist tour operators - such as Skiworld, the chalet specialist, and Erna Low, the self-drive specialist.

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.

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!