Val Thorens

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Heather Burke
Overall
4.1

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort of Les 3 Valleys - at almost 10,500 ft, with some of the best above tree-line wide open bowl skiing. It’s also the largest of Les 3 Vallées – the biggest interconnected skiing in the world. Val Thorens is at the far end of Les Trois Vallées, closest to Italy, south west of Méribel and Courchevel. There are actually 4 valleys in Les Trois Vallées when you include Orelle which is part of Val Thorens skiing. Val Thorens' terrain is huge, all above tree lines just prepared trails on eight peaks between wide open bowls and ravines. Trams, gondolas, six packs and every configuration of lift launch in every direction up every aspect (Val T is a playground for SETAM lift designers). Val Thorens is incredibly scenic if not charming and quaint. You can easily reach Méribel or Courchevel in a few lifts rides– all part of your 3 Valleys ski pass, or just explore all flanks of Val Thorens extensive valley of terrain stretching to Saint Martin de Belleville and Les Menuires to skiers right, or Orelle in the opposite direction.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Val Thorens vs
Val ThorensCourchevel
beginner14 %23 %
intermediate37 %35 %
advanced38 %32 %
expert11 %10 %
total runs82 99
ski area150ac 1,210ac
summit elevation10,597ft 8,982ft
total lifts32 52
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket€53 EUR ($61 USD) €52 EUR ($60 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall161″ 51″

Val Thorens Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 11 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5May 10, 2018
Lucky N. Lucky N.
advanced skier
Fantastic location with access to the three valleys. Boatloads of snow and night time entertainment. Caters to all abilities and very busy high season weeks easily and easily one of the most scenic resorts in Europe!... More
Very Good!3.9 / 5Apr 30, 2018
Bryan T. Bryan T.
advanced skier
Huge resort with state of the art lifts. Great views all over the mountain due to the height of the resort. Really long groomed runs with great apre ski options.... More
Superb!4.9 / 5Nov 28, 2017
ADAvia D.
advanced skier
at 2300 meter, Val Thorens base is an amazing starting point and base for the 3 valley territory. Snow coverage is abundant pretty early in the season and up till back end of April and even May. the terrain is carried and the snow is amazing. the French atmosphere and culture adds a lot to the town mix and the lodging options are amazing and would... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 26, 2017
KLKieron L.
expert skier
Val Thorens is the resort that has it all. It can and does cater for the young, the old, the experts and the novices. Whether big groups or a small faily you wont be disapointed here. Check hotels and chakets for compatability with what you want. Amazing skiing ad definately get the area pass not the local pass giving access to a huge area. If you... More
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 26, 2017
JJJames J.
advanced skier
Val Thorens is one of my favorite resorts, this is why I have been going to this resort for many years! Being the highest resort in the 3 valleys you have free reign on a ridiculous amount of runs which also allows you to explore to neighbouring resorts such as the all so famous meribel! VT provides high end hotels, restaurants and facility's... More
Very Good!4 / 5Nov 12, 2017
SDSam D.
intermediate skier
Fantastic resort with a good slopes for all levels. Base yourself in Val Thorens and I throughly recommend getting a 3 Valleys pass. Allows you to Ski over a wide range and into Courchevel. The night life is great for party goers and families with good food and even better wine ! ... More
Superb!4.7 / 5Nov 09, 2017
KJKevin J.
advanced snowboarder
Best resort I've been in France so far! Lot of snow, wise ski slops and not busy event during holidays time. Great for both family and friends trip! I definitely recommend.... More
Superb!4.5 / 5Nov 08, 2017
LLiam
expert skier
Cant ask for much more from a ski resort. Offering some of the most snow sure slopes in the Alps, you will always be able to find fantastic runs. With 3 Valleys on your doorsteps you need to make sure you bring your piste map to avoid getting carried away in the wrong valley. Massive park and fantastic Apres makes Val Thorens arguably the best... More
Fabulous!4.3 / 5Nov 06, 2017
AAndy
advanced skier
Val Thorens is a great resort for confident skiers, there is a great variety of terrain to challenge any type of skier and it has equally good nightlife and facilities in resort. Families or couples may prefer Meribel, La Tania or Courchevel which still have access to the same terrain area via the 3 valleys lift pass, but are more relaxed resorts.... More
Superb!5 / 5Oct 28, 2017
MRMichael R.
Good resort, good snow, however check when the French And Belgium school Holidays are as it can get very very busy! La folie douche is the best thing on the mountains!

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9% 39% 52%
Val Thorens
14% 37% 49%