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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 page, and read our Val Thorens weather forecast, which is updated daily throughout the winter. Find the best ski and snowboard hire in Val Thorens, and see our ski schools page. We hope you'll find this the best guide to Val Thorens.


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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 videos

This video shows the conditions on Sunday 7th December 2014:

This video has some of the highlights of the World Cup Skicross on 15th December 2013:

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.

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 2014-15

The 2014-15 ski season in Val Thorens is from Saturday 22nd November 2014 to Sunday 10th May 2015.

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

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 hire

Val Thorens ski and snowboard hire in Val Thorens - Zenith skis

This is our page on Val Thorens ski and snowboard hire at Zenith ski shop, with all the options, prices. A 20% discount voucher is available to print off.

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 system is constantly being improved - for example, in summer 2013, the Val Thorens lift company (SETAM) replaced 3 Vallées 1 chairlift with the modern Pionniers, made improvements to Deux Lacs, 3 Vallées 2 (now called 3 Vallées), and Peyron, and put in a 1300m long zip wire. 

All this contributed to Val Thorens winning two awards in November 2013 - for most improved European ski resort, and world's best ski resort.

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We're always adding more content. Check out our Lost in Translation page, which has funny translations we've spotted around resort. Send us any you've found, too.


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!