Val Thorens

Overview

A purpose built resort high above the tree line, Val Thorens is more attractive than other purpose built resorts and has more high quality and attractive accommodation being built. Although supposedly traffic free, workers cars can still create a lot of traffic. It is compact resort with many apartment blocks facing slope-side giving the resort good ski accessibility from most places. It offers excellent and reliable snow cover. With a new and fast lift system, queues are very unusual. There are few bottlenecks and many moving carpets in resort for beginners.

The village is relatively small with a lot of ski in ski out properties, the village is divided into two main parts with the upper half being the Place de Peclet and the road across the hillside to the main chalet area of Plein Sud.  

There is plenty of scope for beginners from the gentle beginner slopes at the foot of the resort and the easy blues above the village.

For intermediates the possibilities are endless with fantastic slopes immediately around the resort through to the easily accessed Three Valley network.

Experts will find find few pisted runs in Val Thorens but will find plenty of off piste to enjoy. The season is long with a start most years in November all the way through to May.

 

Positive

  • Highest resort in the Alps
  • Extensive range of local slopes
  • Good access to three valleys
  • Gentle nursery slopes

Negative

  • Some crowded pistes
  • Queues can be long
  • Village is unattractive
  • Very bleak, no trees

Offslope/apres ski

Val Thorens has a good selection of bars and clubs playing a wide variety of music . There is a wide and good selection of restaurants ranging from good value to very expensive. There is also a good selection of mountain restaurants to suit all tastes. Off the slopes is limited, other than a small sports centre and cinema there is little to do.

Our View

High, ski convenient and snow sure. Great slopes for all abilities, a really good destination for mixed ability groups. Lots of chalets hotels and apartments to choose from.

 

 

 

At a glance

Chalets:
55
Hotel & Apartments:
31
Pistes:
600km
Resort height:
2300m
Top station:
3248m

Suitability

Experts:
4 stars
Intermediates:
5 stars
Beginners:
4 stars
Non-Skiers:
2 stars
Scenery:
3 stars
Resort charm:
2 stars
Nightlife:
3 stars