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Val Thorens

Val Thorens Ski Resort Guide

Val Thorens, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length140km87 miles
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Resort Height2,300m7,546ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Annecy
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Val Thorens

Situated at the top of The Three Valleys, Val Thorens - at 2300 metres the highest resort in Europe- offers a vast range of skiing with (pretty much) guaranteed snow cover all season.

Summary

The French ski resort of Val Thorens is in the French Alps at an altitude of 2,300m7,546ft, with 140km87 miles of marked runs.

Val Thorens is part of the Three Valleys ski area with access to 600km373 miles of downhill skiing, with 497 marked pistes, served by a total of 180 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Val Thorens itself (140km87 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Three Valleys ski resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Méribel and Saint Martin de Belleville.

The ski resort itself is at 2,300m7,546ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,200m10,499ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Skiing

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Val Thorens is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Val Thorens.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Val Thorens is 12km7 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Caron', which is 3km2 miles in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Val Thorens?

The next notable snow forecast is 23cm9in, expected on 1 November, with around 23cm9in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Val Thorens
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2,081m6,827ft

Ski Area Stats

Val Thorens Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 9 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
29
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
29
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
11
Downhill
Total Length
140km87 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
5km3 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
29

The Three Valleys Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
49
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
175
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
207
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
66
Downhill
Total Length
600km373 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
130km81 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
180

Altitudes

Val Thorens Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Resort Altitude (Val Thorens)2,300m7,546ft
Lowest Piste1,850m6,070ft
Max Vertical1,350m4,429ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Val Thorens
Freeriders
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Ski Hire in Val Thorens

Ski Hire Shops in Val Thorens.

For more information, see our page about Val Thorens Ski Hire.

Location and Map

Where is Val Thorens?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in The Three Valleys, Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Val Thorens is Chambery, 90 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Geneva, Lyon St-Exupéry and Lyon Bron airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 29 ski lifts are able to uplift 53,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 100km62 miles of ski runs, with 395 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Val Thorens open?

 Open from : November 20, 2021.

 Closes : May 8, 2022.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Val Thorens Piste Map
Val Thorens

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Val Thorens, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Val Thorens Tourist Office for the latest.

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