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.
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...
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
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.
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:
Featured 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.
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.
From the traditional British and Irish watering holes, to the distinctly European venues, find the best bars and pubs in Val Thorens.
A guide to the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia and Baramix.
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.
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.
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.
A selection of Val Thorens webcams so you can see the conditions in resort live.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!