An independent guide to Val Thorens

View of Mt Blanc from Val Thorens

Val Thorens

Val Thorens from Cime de Caron

In this Val Thorens guide, you can find everything you need to know for a great holiday in an amazing ski resort. Read about about the resort, ski area, accommodation, restaurants, and bars. Check out the events during the winter season, and read the latest news. See what the snow conditions are like in Val Thorens with our webcams. All that and more in this guide to Val Thorens.

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Val Thorens news

What's new for winter 2018-19

Combe de Rosael, Orelle

Val Thorens resort

Resort of Val Thorens, with Mont Blanc behind

The Val Thorens resort section has a map, and covers resort facilities including the tourist office, post office, banks, medical centre, church, parking, radio station, Club des Sports, market, sports centre, cinema, and resort shuttle

Val Thorens ski area

Signposts on top of the Cime de Caron

The Val Thorens ski area section covers the beginners' area, and the ski area sector by sector, including the snowpark, Skicross, slalom stadium, and off piste itineraries. There's also a piste map, the Val Thorens ski pass prices, and a guide to the Val Thorens mountain restaurants.

Val Thorens ski hire

Zenith Ski Shop, Val Thorens

We recommend Zenith for quality ski and snowboard hire equipment, and excellent service. Get a 20% discount by booking through ValThorensGuide. Find out about ski and snowboard hire at Zenith.

Val Thorens accommodation

Montana Plein Sud, Val Thorens

Val Thorens offers a wide range of accommodation, from budget apartments to quality self-catering, and luxury five-star hotels like the Altapura or Pashmina. This is our guide to the hotels and apartments in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens restaurants

Restaurant La Maison, Val Thorens

Many of the restaurants in Val Thorens serve Savoyard specialities - fondue, pierrade and raclette - but there are lots of other dishes on offer too, including pizza, steak, and Tex-Mex. Read our guide to the restaurants in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens bars

Le Monde bar, Val Thorens

A guide to the bars and pubs in Val Thorens. It covers the traditional British and Irish watering holes, venues playing loud Europop, and more relaxed places to drink. Read about bars and pubs in Val Thorens.

Val Thorens nightclubs

Klub Summit, Val Thorens

A guide to the three Val Thorens nightclubs - Summit, Malaysia, and Baramix. Where to find cheesy tunes, live music and dance music, or a sweaty, grungy vibe. All you need to know about late-night Val Thorens.

Val Thorens events

Skicross World Cup in Val Thorens

We have a full list of Val Thorens events for the winter season, including the World Cup skicross in December, and a weekly update of the current week's events during the winter.

Val Thorens weather

View of La Masse and clouds from Val Thorens

Information about the weather in Val Thorens, including the weather systems affecting us and what they mean for Val Thorens. We also have a link to the latest weather forecast for Val Thorens, updated daily during the ski season. 

Val Thorens webcams

Webcam at Rond Point des Pistes, Val Thorens

A selection of Val Thorens webcams so you can see the conditions in resort live. There's the Rond Point des Pistes webcam (pictured) plus three more, so you know what to expect in advance of a ski trip to Val Thorens.

Val Thorens travel

GB sticker on snow-covered car in Val Thorens

Our Val Thorens travel page has information about the nearest stations and airports, plus transfer companies, taxis, car hire, advice on travelling to Val Thorens by car, bus times, and the route and times of the resort shuttle

Val Thorens ski shops

Goitschel Sports, Val Thorens

Our guide to all the ski shops in Val Thorens, for renting or buying ski or snowboard equipment, clothes, accessories, suncream, and more. Here, you can find all the ski shops in Val Thorens, and see locations and contact details. 

Val Thorens ski schools

ESF office, place Caron, Val Thorens

A guide to the ski schools in Val Thorens. We have information about all the Val Thorens ski schools - the ESF, Ski Cool, Prosneige, Evolution 2, Oxygène, and Free School Attitude.

Val Thorens activities

La Tyrolienne zip wire in Val Thorens

Our guide to the (non-skiing) activities in Val Thorens, including ten pin bowling, tobogganing, ski doos (snowmobiles), ice driving, mountain biking, and the world's highest zip wire.

Val Thorens snow reports

Snowplough in Val Thorens

Find up-to-date information about the snow conditions in Val Thorens. We provide the official figures for snow depths, avalanche risk, and pistes and lifts open, plus photos and videos so you can see the latest conditions.

Val Thorens video

A World Cup Skicross event in Val Thorens on 10th December 2016:

We aim to provide the best guide to Val Thorens. Because we live in resort all winter, you get the inside track on what's happening. Whatever you want to know about the resort, you can find it in this Val Thorens guide! 

Val Thorens season dates 2018-19

View of the Aiguilles d'Arves from Cime de Caron

The 2018-19 ski season in Val Thorens starts on Saturday 17th November 2018 (postponed to Saturday 24th November 2018), and continues to Sunday 5th May 2019.

How many lifts open at the very start of the season depends on how much snow has fallen. In any case, there's usually a phased opening of the ski area, with just a few lifts to begin with, giving access to pistes which benefit from snow cannons.

Val Thorens stays open until the end of the French spring school holidays, which usually means until the end of the first week of May. Although it can be warm by that time of year, there has never been any problem keeping the majority of pistes open. 

Why Val Thorens?

Top of Funitel des 3 Vallées, Val Thorens

Why do we love Val Thorens? Above all for the snow and terrain. As the highest resort in Europe, it often has some of the best snow. Why ski on icy hardpack, when you've got the option of soft, cold, fresh snow in VT? As for the terrain, there's an extensive beginners' area, kilometres of varied pistes for intermediates, a top-class snowpark, a World Cup Skicross, and a Funslope (easy skicross). You can find a wealth of off-piste, too, including some of the most charming itineraries in the Alps. 

The lift system is constantly being improved. New in Val Thorens for 2018-19, there's to be a 2-person zip wire from the top of Moraine back to the Rond Point des Pistes. A blue run has been created, down from the Cime de Caron, and a black run in the Boismint sector. There are also to be new itinerary runs. Val Thorens never stands still!

Alpine animals and birds

Marmot in Val Thorens

The wildlife of the Alps, including mountain hares, marmots, and snow finches, and many more to be added.

Café at Cime de Caron, Val ThorensOff piste skier, Val ThorensMarmot, Val Thorens