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France - Val Thorens

Overall Rating: 5
France - Val Thorens


Accomodation 4.00 Town 4.00 Local facilities 4.00 (i.e. restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 5.00 Lift system 5.00 Skiing / Snowboarding experience 5.00 Apres-ski 5.00

Marked Pistes

Beginner: 52%
Intermediate: 38%
Advanced: 10%


Drag: 72
Chair: 69
Gondola: 33
Cable Car: 6

Resort Facts

Total Pistes: 330
Ski Area: 600km

Base Altitude: 2300m
Summit Altitude: 3230m

Nearest Airports: Chambery (122km), Geneva (156km), Grenoble (187km)

Connected Resorts: Brides les Bains, Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Meribel, Meribel-Mottaret, Orelle, St Martin de Belleville

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8 Reviews
" Alps at its best! " France - Val Thorens 5 Review date: 24/11/2014 Date of trip: February - 2014 Everything about Val Thorens is big and bold, huge...
Accomodation 3 Town 4 Local facilities 3 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 5 Lift system 4 Skiing / boarding experience 5 Apres ski 5
Everything about Val Thorens is big and bold, huge pistes, long wide runs and plenty to do. When the lifts close it is one of the best resorts for Apres Ski. It doesn't have the snobby crowds found in the other 3 Valley resorts, instead Val Thorens has the top of the world frontier out post feel. They party like its the last night on Earth. Maybe it is the altitude or the mass of Dutch and Scandanavians here but it just has a rought and ready feel to it. As for Sking you are in for a treat I found an empty powder full bowl off the Glacier De Peclet lift. You also have the fourth valley which can be testing stuff. Lots of off-piste over there if you can get there after a good snow fall. If the Sun is out though get the Sun Cream on and good goggles because without a treat to be seen it is a bright resort! Not to be missed and by far the best resort in the 3 Valleys.
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" High Altitude skiing across vast area " France - Val Thorens 4 Review date: 13/10/2014 Date of trip: February - 2013 The 3 Valleys is well renowned enough - but most p...
Accomodation 4 Town 4 Local facilities 4 (i.e. Restaurants, hire shops) Slope conditions 4 Lift system 5 Skiing / boarding experience 5 Apres ski 4
The 3 Valleys is well renowned enough - but most people initially think of Meribel or Courchevel. Whilst Val Thorens may be classed as a slightly quieter neighbour, in my opinion it offered some of the best skiing across the whole area, mainly due to it's high altitude.

What I really love about Val Thorens is the fact that if you head up one of the high gondolas such as the Caron or Grand Fond you look down across the whole resort for what seems like miles. So there's no need to keep digging out the map, you just decide visually where to ski to and then set off. In such a vast resort it is difficult to pick out specific favourites but I did particularly enjoy the reds of the Peclet lift (les fires/lac blanc).

Of course the interlinked valleys across to Meribel and Courchevel mean that you are spoiled for choice, but it is probably better to pick one valley or area to ski per day. You can get right the way across from the Orelle side to Courchevel and back in a day, but you will be on a schedule and won't have much time to explore each resort.

Apres ski is also plentiful in the Val Thorens area, with many mountainside bars, offering a lively environment. Be warned though - prices are steep!

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