An independent guide to Val Thorens
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.Follow @twitter
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
The wildlife of the Alps, including mountain hares, marmots, and snow finches, and many more to be added.