An independent guide to Val Thorens
An independent guide to the ski resort of Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys, Savoie, France. Subscribe to occasional updates from ValThorensGuide.
Latest news: ski pass prices for winter 2016-17
Latest news: what's new in Val Thorens for 2016-17
Latest news: our ski trains to the French Alps page has the winter 2016-17 timetable for the direct Eurostar ski train
Ski Total Chalet Chloe, Val Thorens
Christmas ski holidays are from Friday 23rd to Friday 30th December 2016.
New Year ski holidays are from Friday 30th December 2016 to Sunday 8th January 2017 (9 nights instead of 7, at nor extra charge).
Sister company Inghams has special offers on holidays at Christmas & New Year.
Savings of up to one third on Christmas & New Year holidays.
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.
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 (including the green runs, and the easy blues), and the ski area sector by sector. There's a page dedicated to the snow park, skier/boardercross, and the slalom stadium. You can also find a page about 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 offers a wide range of accommodation, including luxury hotels, comfortable apartments, catered chalets, and budget self-catering. Read about the hotels, self-catering accommodation, and chalets in Val Thorens.
Ski Total's catered chalets Catherine & Olivier are in a free-standing 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. Both chalets 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. Our restaurant guide covers all the establishments in resort. Whether you want burger and chips at the Café Péclet, or Michelin-starred fare from Jean Sulpice at the Oxalys, you can find out about it here. Read about restaurants in Val Thorens.
The 2016-17 ski season in Val Thorens is from Saturday 26th November 2016 to Monday 1st May 2017.
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 of one of the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia and Baramix. Here's what you need to know.
The marmottes began to emerge from hibernation in the middle of April, and by the start of May, they were spending more time out of their burrows, and starting to forage for grass and vegetation.
There are sporting events, like the World Cup Skicross, special events including the fireworks at New Year, and weekly events such as the classical and jazz concerts at the church. We have a full list of events in Val Thorens during the winter season, and a weekly update of the current week's events during the winter.
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.
This video shows Val Thorens's Funslope, opened in January 2016:
The latest weather forecast for Val Thorens, updated daily during the ski season.
A selection of Val Thorens webcams so you can see the conditions in resort live.
This Val Thorens travel page has information about the ski trains to the French Alps, plus flight information, and advice on travelling to Val Thorens by car. There's a page on 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.
Details of all the ski shops in Val Thorens, including ValThorensGuide's recommended ski shop, Zenith. For ski and snowboard hire and sales, boot-fitting, servicing of your own equipment, and accessories, read about ski shops in Val Thorens.
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.
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.
The lift company continues to invest in the ski area, with improvements for each new winter season. For example, new for the 2016-17 winter season is the Stade chairlift, to replace two draglifts, and a modern 6-seat Boismint chair instead of the old one. The old Mercure hotel turns into the sparkly new Fahrenheit 7, and luxury chalet and passivhaus La Datcha opens its doors (but not so wide as to let all the warm air out).
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