An independent guide to Val Thorens
An independent guide to the ski resort of Val Thorens, in the 3 Valleys, Savoie, France.
Latest news: ski pass prices for winter 2016-17
Latest news: what's new in Val Thorens for 2016-17
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.
This video shows Val Thorens's Funslope, opened in January 2016:
The 2016-17 ski season in Val Thorens is from Saturday 26th November 2016 to Monday 1st May 2017.
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.
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.
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.
The chalets are in a great location, 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 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 of one of the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia and Baramix. Here's what you need to know.
The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area and the ski area sector by sector. There are pages on the snow park, Skicross, 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.
The latest weather forecast for Val Thorens, updated regularly during the ski season. There are also explanations of the weather systems affecting Val Thorens.
This 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 page on transfer companies, and we have bus times, and the route and times of the resort shuttle.
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.
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.
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.
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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