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Val Thorens sports centre

Val Thorens sports centre

Val Thorens sports centre has sports facilities, including a gym, table tennis tables, and tennis, squash and badminton courts. There's an aqua-club, with two pools, jacuzzis, saunas, and Turkish baths. For children, there's a fun park, which has trampolines and bouncy castles. The well-being club has sun beds, and offers massages and facial treatments. The new Delir'Park provides thrills and spills for the more adventurous. Read about the Val Thorens sports centre here.

There's a Val Thorens sports centre brochure, with photos, times, and prices.

Val Thorens sports centre: where is it?

Val Thorens Sports Centre is in the Galerie Caron - next door to la Piscine pizzeria and Eurospar supermarket. The Galerie Caron is to the left of place de Caron on this resort map.

Val Thorens sports centre: sports facilities

Squash players
Squash players, by pbkwee, Licence CC BY 2.0

Sports facilities

The sports facilities are:

  • gym/fitness/weights room 
  • 30 table tennis tables 
  • multi-sports courts for tennis, football, volleyball and handball 
  • 2 squash courts 
  • 6 badminton courts 
  • basketball 

Prices winter 2018/19
Sport Price (per court, unless otherwise stated) Time
Tennis €17 1h
Football, volleyball €25 1h
Squash €16 45 minutes
Badminton €17 1h
Basketball €5 per person 1h
Table tennis €5 per person, bat included  1h
Tournaments €5 per person
Gym €11 per session, or €40 for 5 days
Gym & Aqua-club €21 per session, or €72 for 5 days

Val Thorens sports centre: aqua-club

Waterfall and small pool, Val Thorens Sports Centre

Aqua-club facilities

The aqua-club has:

  • swimming pool
  • hydro fun pool (with jets and waterfall)
  • 2 jacuzzis
  • 3 saunas
  • hammam
  • foot baths

There's also an outdoor terrace, in case it should be warm enough to go outside (or for those who like rolling in the snow part way through a sauna).

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Prices winter 2018/19
Time Adult Child (6-15yrs) Child (3-5yrs)
Before 7pm €17 €8.50 €4
After 7pm €13 €8.50 €4
5 day pass €49 €27 €15
5 day family pass (2 ad + 2 ch 3-15yrs) €108


Val Thorens sports centre: children's fun park

Children's fun park facilities

The children's fun park has:

  • trampolines
  • plastic ball 'pool'
  • bouncy castles
  • other children's activities

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Prices winter 2018/19
Period Price
1 session (U12s) €10
5 days (U12s) €30
5 days funpark & aqua-club (U12s) €42
5 days funpark & swimming pool (3-5 years) €39

The price of the trampolines for over 12s is €10 per session or €30 for a 5 day pass.

Val Thorens sports centre: well-being club

Massage
Massage, by Hamza Butt, Licence CC BY 2.0

Well-being club facilities

The well-being club has:

  • hydro-massaging beds
  • Australian saunas
  • massages, scrubs and facial treatments
  • presso-esthetique
  • Sono 30
Prices winter 2018/19
Treatment Price
Relaxing massage 25 min €45
Sports massage 45 min €78
Relaxing massage 1h10 €115
Facial care 45 min €78
Presso-esthetic 25 min €28
Reflexology 1h €115

What is presso-esthetique? It's aim is to drain tired or heavy legs. Your legs are wrapped in an inflatable 'blanket', which applies sequential pressure, by inflation of different parts of the blanket, to different parts of your legs - ankles, then calves, thighs, and up towards your waist. It seeks to evacuate toxins from your blood.

Val Thorens sports centre: classes

Sports classes available

There are also various fitness classes, including step aerobics, Tai chi, body sculpting, strength training, and aqua gym. Ask at reception for the programme.

You can do a 15 minute session of Fitvibe, too, which is supervised by a coach. It's a machine with a vibration plate, that's supposed to make training much more efficient.

Val Thorens sports centre: Delir'Park

Delir'Park

Delir'Park, Val Thorens sports centre
Delir'Park, by OT Val Thorens

Introduced in winter 2017-18, the Delir'Park is a 630m2 adventure park split into four areas:

  • Crazy Challenge - Wipe Out style games for groups of up to 5 friends to challenge each other
  • Ninja Contest - a time obstacle course with gym equipment
  • Trampolining - trampolines, slack lines, and a big foam pit landing area
  • Iron Cross - a trail which combines running, weight-lifting, and climbing
Obstacle course, Delir'Park, Val Thorens sports centre
Obstacle course at Delir'Park, by OT Val Thorens

This video gives a flavour of the Delir'Park:

Prices 2018-19

€14 per hour, €42 for 1h a day for 5 days; €2.50 for anti-slide socks.

Restricted to 10 years and over, and minimum height 1m40.

Val Thorens sports centre: opening times, phone number, and left luggage service

Winter opening times

The Sports Centre is open from mid-November to early May, and the exact opening dates correspond with those of the ski area.

The opening times are:

  • sports facilities and fun park 1000-2200
  • spa (jacuzzi, sauna, hammam etc) 1100-2200
  • swimming pools 1400-2030
  • left luggage Saturdays 0800-2000

Summer opening times

The summer season is from early July until the end of August. The opening times in the summer are 0900-2100 every day. 

(In addition to the facilites mentioned above, there are 9 outdoor tennis courts in the summer).

Telephone number

You can call the Sports Centre on + 33 479 00 00 76.

Left luggage service

Every Saturday, the Sports Centre offers a left luggage service from 8am to 8pm. €2.50 per item, and €4.50 to take a shower.

Make the most of the facilities in Val Thorens sports centre.

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Val Thorens events

Skicross World Cup, Val Thorens

A guide to the events in Val Thorens during the winter season, plus the weekly programme.

Val Thorens sports centre: renovation

Val Thorens and Mont Blanc

Along with plans to develop and expand Val Thorens, the renovation of the Sports Centre is on the resort's to-do list.

The current Sports Centre dates from 1983, and it is due an upgrade. The main problem is that the Sports Centre is used summer and winter, and it would be awkward to close it altogether for the works. Therefore, the renovation may be carried out in two phases, so that some of it can stay open.

As part of the scheme, access from place des Arolles would be improved - with an entrance at the level of the bus station, rather than just replacing the temperamental escalator which works on a part-time basis. The space on the roof where there are tennis courts would form part of snow-covered place Caron in the winter, instead of being fenced off.

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