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Val Thorens

Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe, at 2300m altitude

Located in the Vanoise alpine massif, Val Thorens is a ski resort that belongs to the department of Savoie. With a maximum altitude of the domain at 3 230 meters, but especially thanks to its village being based 2300m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe.

Its ski area belongs to that of the 3 Valleys, which connects it to the Menuires, Meribel and Courchevel, which makes it a resort known internationally. Indeed, the station hosts many people coming from all over the world, including English and Dutch.

In winter, the resort of Val Thorens, with its « cool and young » spirit, is a Mecca for trendy parties in the bars and discotheques of the resort, with many young people who come to get drunk.

A station created ex-nihilo

The Val Thorens resort, inaugurated in 1971, on the will of the General Council of Savoie, which launches a project of create a new ski resort, in order to diversify the economy of the department.

In fact, it is more a question of a « mass tourism » resort, where the architectural aspect of some buildings have been neglected. Nevertheless, the size of the station with its 22 000 tourist bedsmake it a big mountain village, during school vacations, with all the facilities which vacations can wish: swimming pool, ice rinks, bars, bowling, nightclub and shops in numbers.

Today, the station continues to evolve, and continues to invest massively, having to satisfy its touristsBoth in summer and winter. Thus, one can find the Village Igloo of 150 m² which is practically accessible on foot. As its name clearly implies, this village implements a icy universe. There is also the sledging track Cosmojet of 6 km which favors the practice of Tyrolean traverse.

A wide range of activities in summer and winter

Not only skiing is practiced on Val Thorens. Many activities are proposed there:

In winterAll forms of sliding are welcome. Also, the place puts in place a large selection of winter sports such as paragliding, ice diving, climbing, team sports such as ice hockey, badminton are offered there, thanks to the construction of a brand new sports center of 11 000m2.

In summerit is the paradise of the hikersIt is possible to go up to the glacier by cable car. The station remains alive in summer, and welcomes mountain bike races, or the ascent of many cyclists.

The Val Thorens ski area in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Val Thorens
Commune The Belleville
Massif Massif de la Vanoise
Department Savoy
Mountain Northern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 150
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) : 600
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 8
Name of the ski area The Three Valleys
Connected station(s) Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville
❄ Altitude of ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 2 300
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 3 230
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 2 765
Total height of the domain (in m) 930
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 48
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 11
Number of blue trails 39
Number of red trails 30
Number of black runs 8
Total number of downhill ski trails 88
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts 5
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 0
Detachable Chairlifts 16
Funiculars 3
Gondolas 5
Cable cars 1
Total number of lifts 30
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 1
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 6
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa Yes
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 570
Slogan of the station Live united
? Access to the station ?
Nearest train station: Moûtiers – Salins – Brides-les-Bains
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 682
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list of the ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 64 €
Price of the week pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 321 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 120 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 65 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 850 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 1 100 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transport and food) 1 732 €
Cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transport and food) 2 465 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 4 950 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 7 950 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 297 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 795 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 10
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the price of the stay / 10 9
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 9
Note on the diversity of activities (except skiing) / 10 9
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 8
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 5
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 8
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 8,3
? Ranking according to ? 18th position out of 232 stations in France

Val Thorens in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Val-Thorens ?

The resort of Val-Thorens is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities such as :

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing : this activity allows you to explore the resort in winter. You will have the opportunity to admire the beauty of its winter landscapes and to discover its nature.

Sled dogs This activity allows you to enjoy the unique sensations of sliding offered by the sleds pulled by dogs. At the same time you can admire the landscapes of the resort without too much effort.

Cinema This activity will allow you to enjoy a cinema to watch your favorite movies or discover new ones.

Bowling This activity, available from the age of 6, gives you the opportunity to enjoy 2 lanes to have fun with friends or family.

  • What are the summer activities in Val-Thorens?

The resort of Val-Thorens also offers many summer activities such as :

Hiking The 3 valleys offer us a vast summer playground with footpaths for all levels, no less than 50 hiking routes for sumptuous landscapes of the 3 valleys in summer.

Tyrolean traverse This activity gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the sensations of a Tyrolienne at 1800 meters high, accompanied or alone.

MOUNTAIN BIKE This activity gives you the opportunity to enjoy more than 21 mountain bike trails for more fun. You will be able to fully enjoy the sensations of your mountain bike.

Archery This activity will allow the beginner as well as the veteran to enjoy the sensations offered by archery.

  • What to visit in Val-Thorens and its surroundings ?

Among the places you must visit in Val-Thorens resort, we can mention : chez pepe nicolas, saint jean baptist church, burdin mill.

  • Where to eat in Val-Thorens ?

The resort of Val-Thorens offers more than 31 restaurants among which we can mention la folie douce, rhum box, pashmina spa by l’occitane.

  • Where to sleep in Val-Thorens ?

Val-Thorens resort offers a number of different accommodations such as le val Thorens, tautotel val Thorens, club Med val Thorens sensations.

  • How big is the ski area of Val-Thorens ?

The ski area of the resort of Val-Thorens is 150 kilometers in size, divided into 88 trails. Among these runs, the longest is 6 kilometers long. It also has 28 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of Val-Thorens?

This area has an altitude between 2300 meters and 3230 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Val-Thorens ski pass?

Their packages start from 64 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Val-Thorens?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 850 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 1100 euros.

  • Does Val-Thorens have a bike park?

No, it does not have a Bike Park.

  • How to get to Val-Thorens by train ?

You can easily get there from the Moûtiers-Salins-Brides-les-Bains train station. You can take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of Val-Thorens ?

The zip code of the Val-Thorens resort is 73440.

  • In which department is Val-Thorens located ?

The resort of Val-Thorens is located in the department of Savoie.

  • Does the resort of Val-Thorens have a tourist office?

The resort of Val-Thorens is part of the tourist office of Belleville. It is located at the Maison de Val Thorens.

  • Are there any webcams in Val-Thorens ?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where to find information about the weather in Val-Thorens ?

You can find the latest weather report for Val-Thorens at

  • What is the opening date of the lifts in Val-Thorens ?

In Val-Thorens resort, the lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in Val-Thorens ?

Yes, it is at Maison de Val Thorens, 73440 Val Thorens, France.

What is’s opinion about Val-Thorens?

In the end, gives Val-Thorens resort an average score of 8.28, which places it in 17th place in France. Its strong points are : average snowfall 10/10domain size vs. price 9/10ski area 9/10.

Map of the ski slopes of Val Thorens

Orelle and Val Thorens - Ski slopes map
Orelle and Val Thorens – Ski slopes map
the three valleys ski slopes map
Les Trois Vallées – Ski slope map
Val Thorens - Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Val Thorens – Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
Val Thorens - Les Ménuires - Nordic ski area map
Val Thorens – Les Ménuires – Map of the Nordic area (cross-country skiing)


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