An independent guide to Val Thorens
An independent guide to the ski resort of Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys, Savoie, France.
Latest news: what's new for winter 2018-19 in Val Thorens
The 2018-19 ski season in Val Thorens will start on Saturday 17th November 2018 (postponed to Saturday 24th November 2018), and finish on Sunday 5th May 2019.
Skiing Made Easy is a Kindle ebook. It's a practical guide to learning to ski, based on many happy seasons of ski teaching in Val Thorens. Most of the demonstrations are performed by my friend and fellow Val Thorens ski instructor Marina Michaud.
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 resort maps page, and information about the sports centre, market, and resort shuttle bus.
The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area and the ski area sector by sector. There are pages on the snowpark, skicross, and the slalom stadium. You can also find a page about off piste itineraries, a piste map, and the ski pass prices. Finally, we have a guide to the mountain restaurants.
The Val Thorens travel page has information about the ski trains to the French Alps, plus flights, and advice on travel to Val Thorens by car. There's a section on transfer companies, and we have bus times, and the route and times of the resort shuttle.
Details of the six ski schools in Val Thorens, to book lessons for adults or children in skiing or snowboarding. Also, find out about high mountain guides, plus the best options for private lessons in Val Thorens.
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.
All the special events in Val Thorens during the winter season, plus the current week's events during the winter. Val Thorens opens on Saturday 18th November 2017, then the following weekend (25th/26th November) it's the Grande Première - free ski and snowboard tests, entertainment, and concerts.
Many of the restaurants in Val Thorens serve Savoyard specialities like fondue, but there are many other dishes on offer, including pizza, steak, and delicious salads. For burger and chips, or Michelin-starred fare from Jean Sulpice at the Oxalys, find out about it in restaurants in Val Thorens.
From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens. Intentionally or not, you may find yourself rolling into one of the nightclubs in Val Thorens - research here the next morning to see where you were.
Our guide to the (non-skiing) activities in Val Thorens, including ten pin bowling, tobogganing, ski doos (snowmobiles), ice driving, mountain biking, paragliding & paramotor, the Tyrolienne zip wire, and helicopter flights.
Reports on the new developments in advance of the ski season, and on the events during the winter season. Read the news from Val Thorens, and see photos and videos.
The latest weather forecast for Val Thorens, updated regularly during the ski season. There are also explanations of the weather systems affecting Val Thorens.
A selection of Val Thorens webcams so you can see the conditions in resort live.
The webcams include the main webcam at the Rond Point des Pistes, the central point of the Val Thorens ski area; the top of the 2 Lacs chair; the top of the Moutière chair; Plein Sud; and Orelle.
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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!
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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 and experts, a top-class snowpark, and a World Cup Skicross course. You can find a wealth of off-piste, too, including some of the most charming itineraries in the Alps.
A piste down from the Cime de Caron
The lift company continues to invest in the ski area, with improvements for each new winter season. For example, new for the 2018-19 winter season are two new pistes, one of them a blue run down from the Cime de Caron, four new itineraries, similar to La Camille which opened last year, and a zip wire for two from the top of Moutière chairlift back to resort.
The existing Orelle zip wire
Meanwhile, away from the slopes, there are new Koh-i-Nor private chalets, and there's a new 5-star Résidence by Chalets Cocoon.
Chalet Cocoon Val Thorens (impression), by OT Val Thorens