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Skiing Holidays in Val Thorens

Val Thorens

Ski Holidays Val Thorens

If you're looking for virtually guaranteed snow all winter long, look no further than Val Thorens ski holidays. Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in France and Europe and offers a portal to Les Trois Vallées (the Three Valleys) that is beyond compare.

When you book ski holidays Val Thorens, you've got access to approximately 600 kilometers of piste in the region. A lift pass also enables you to access other ski resorts such as Courchevel, Meribel, and Les Menuires.

Given that you've got such a wide expanse of piste on offer, many keen skiers book return holidays to Val Thorens. One of the brilliant things about the area is that each time you visit, you'll always discover something new to explore!

Val Thorens ski holidays boast a broad range of runs including affable blue runs for newbies and long runs for experienced skiers that fancy some challenging experiences on the slopes.

Why Val Thorens Ski Holidays are so memorable

There are so many reasons why the Val Thorens ski resort offers guests such a memorable time and causes lots of skiers to return for future holidays! For a start, the resort is both modern and functional.

Much of the accommodation at Val Thorens got designed to make ski access really easy. Another reason is the ease of access to the resort facilities. When you're off-piste, you can access wellness areas such as saunas, pools, and steam rooms after a day of skiing.

And for those of you wishing to upload your latest adventures to social media while you're on-piste, there are free Wi-Fi access points on the slopes. They're available in locations such as the Three Valleys chair lift stations, and the Pleid Sud.

Val Thorens Ski Resort is fun for all the family

Of course, what makes Val Thorens ski holidays memorable the most is the reason for going out there in the first place: the skiing opportunities! There are a plethora of runs suitable for all skiing skill levels, and all age groups.

Plus, the fact that Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe means that snow arrives early and leaves late in the skiing season. With that in mind, Val Thorens ski holidays are extremely popular during Christmas and Easter holidays as well.

Lively après ski in the evenings

The fun doesn't stop when you come off the slopes and stay within the resort in the evening. Another reason for the popularity of ski holidays Val Thorens is how the resort bustles with energy each night thanks to the many restaurants and bars in the area!

There's also plenty of evening activities to entertain younger members of your entourage. No-one will ever tell you about how they've had a boring time off the slopes when they stayed at Val Thorens! To book your ski holidays Val Thorens, simply select the options from the form at the top of this page to check for availability and pricing.

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Skiing in Val Thorens

Skiing Info

With the 600km of piste waiting within the Trois Vallees there’s something for everyone. The skiing in Val Thorens will suit beginners as well as intermediate and advanced skiers.

There’re plenty of gentle runs that you can access easily from the resort centre and there are even more red and black runs for those experienced skiers out there to test themselves on.

There’s actually roughly 150km of piste to be skied just with the local area of Val Thorens. However, many of you will be taking a ski holiday in Val Thorens simply due to the almost endless skiing opportunities to be found around the various resorts of the Three Valleys.

Beginners Skiing Val Thorens *****

Beginning skiers are very well catered for in Val Thorens. It’s easy enough to access the nursery slopes without having to ride any unnecessary lifts.

The easy slopes that winding through the centre of the resort are ideal for learning to ski on and there’s access to a free drag lift and four magic carpet lifts - so as absolute beginners you will not have to fork out for a full week’s lift pass.

You can learn the basics over the course of the first few days on the free lifts and slopes, and then once you’ve increased in confidence you can purchase a lift ticket and venture further afield.

Intermediate Skiing Val Thorens *****

As an intermediate skier, there is probably enough skiing to last you a week purely within the local area of Val Thorens.

However, it’s more than likely that you’ll want to purchase a full area lift pass in order to experience the skiing on offer in the world-famous resorts of Meribel and Courchevel. There’s an abundance of blue and red runs to keep even the most adventurous of intermediate skiers happy.

The runs up on the Peclet Glacier and the piste which make their way down from Val Thorens to Les Menuires are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Advanced Skiing Val Thorens *****

The sheer volume of pistes is what makes Val Thorens so beloved of advanced skiers. Even if you were to spend the first two or three days of your holidays skiing every inch of piste in the Val Thorens valley you’d still have three other vast ski resorts to explore afterwards.

On top of that, there is countless options for off-piste skiing as well as numerous steep and challenging back runs and mogul fields to be found.

Make time for the famous run down from Cime de Caron with a decent from nearly 3200m. It’s a must for any experienced skiers during their time in Val Thorens.

Snowboarding Holidays Val Thorens *****

If you’re a group of snowboarders or a skier who’ll be travelling with them, you’ll be happy to know that a snowboarding holiday in Val Thorens boasts everything you could want.

In recent years Val Thorens has become very popular with snowboarders due the growing reputation of its well-maintained snow park and the laid back atmosphere of the resort.

As well as that, you’ll also find two 'boarder crosses' and of course there are various other snow parks in the neighbouring resorts.

You’ll encounter plenty of opportunities for riding off piste in Val Thorens and the Three Valleys.

Boarders will also love the long winding blue runs that are such a feature of the Trois Vallees area because they’re great for cruising down on a snowboard, or for jibbing and practising your tricks.

Off-Piste Skiing Val Thorens *****

There are endless opportunities for off piste skiing in Val Thorens and the Three Valleys as a whole.

There’s no tree skiing in Val Thorens itself as the resort is located above the tree line but if it’s tree skiing you’re after, all you need to do is head to the lower resorts of Les Menuires and Meribel.

Tree skiing aside, there’s some amazing off-piste skiing on offer in Val Thorens. Given the resort height of 2300m and a maximum skiing height of 3230m, Val Thorens deserves its reputation as one of the best resorts in Europe for powder snow.

If you’re lucky enough to encounter the perfect snow conditions while in Val Thorens, you have to check out the impressive Vallon du Lou. It’s extreme off-piste skiing at its very best!


Apres Ski in Val Thorens

Apres Ski Info

In recent years, Val Thorens has earned a reputation for a lively apres ski scene and it definitely lives up to its reputation.

This is partly due to the opening of a 'La Folie Douce' franchise, providing a great spot to stop on the side of the piste for a few drinks and a dance.

You can count on the party carrying on until the lifts are closing and bank on the champagne flowing and plenty of dancing on the tables.

Apres Ski Venues in Val Thorens

However, the apres-ski in Val Thorens isn’t just about one venue. You have plenty of other bars and clubs to sample including the Frog and Roast Beef which really feels like a traditional English pub.

If you want to carry on the party into the early hours of the morning, your best port of call is Malaysia, reputedly the biggest night club anywhere in the Alps!

More to Do Than Just Party

If you’re looking for something a bit different than the typical apres-ski activities, why not try renting a skidoo and a guide? Once the lifts are closed you can explore the mountains and valleys to experience the Alps from a completely different perspective.

The views over the village and the rest of the mountains are spectacular, especially at sunset. Val Thorens also has a leisure centre with a swimming pool as well as squash courts and tennis courts just in case you still have some energy left after a long day on the slopes.

Other Activities in Val Thorens

The six-kilometre toboggan run around the foot of Peclet glacier has to be experienced, even for seasoned skiers who feel they’ve already seen it all. Ice diving is also available, and the Turkish-style hammam, the sauna, and the sports centre – with swimming pool – are all highly attractive ways to spend your downtime.

Or, if you’d rather stay active, there’s tennis, squash, and snow showing all to be done – and even a bowling alley if that’s your thing.


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