An independent guide to Val Thorens
There are many activities in Val Thorens. Ten pin bowling is fun for families and everyone else, and Le Bowling has arcade games too. The toboggan run is the longest in France, at 6km and about 45 minutes of descent. There are ski doos, driving on the ice circuit, mountain biking, a zip wire called La Tyrolienne, and paramotoring. Read about Val Thorens activities here.
Le Bowling is Val Thorens's ten pin bowling venue, at place de l'Arche. It's open every day from 12 noon to 2am. They have eight bowling lanes, and the cost is €12 per person per game, or €20 per person for 2 games (2016-17 prices). As well as ten pin bowling, there are arcade games, snooker and pool, big screen TVs, and internet access. There's a bar, La Bicicleta, where bowlers are not the only ones to quench their thirst. Read more about le Bowling, Val Thorens.
Le Toboggan Val Thorens, by T. Loubère (OT Val Thorens)
Val Thorens has the longest toboggan run in France, with 6km (3.7 miles) of exhilarating tobogganing, from an altitude of 3000m, down to 2300m. You use the Funitel Péclet to get to the top, then you toboggan on the piste for a short stretch, before joining the dedicated toboggan run, for a total of about 45 minutes of helter-skelter descent.
Here's a short video of the Val Thorens toboggan run, produced by the tourist office in 2011:
See times and prices, and read more about the Val Thorens toboggan run.
Snowmobile tour in Val Thorens, by T. Loubère (OT Val Thorens)
The snowmobiles in Val Thorens are run by Val Tho Motoneige, based at a hut in the place de Caron. They offer one hour guided snowmobile tours, with a guide on the lead snowmobile, then five or six snowmobiles following. You can drive for the full hour, or share with a friend, and swap drivers half-way.
Here's a video that gives you a good impression of the snowmobile rides in Val Thorens. Warning: the music is for specialists only.
Read more about ski doos in Val Thorens.
There's an ice circuit in Val Thorens, for car and motorbike racing. The main race of the winter is the Trophée Andros, in early December. The Ice Driving Academy offers people the opportunity to have a go on the Alain Prost ice circuit. Prices depend on which car you take, but the range (2016 rates) for using the Academy's cars with an instructor is:
There's also a karting option (€25 for 10 minutes), and karting for groups (€100 per person for 45 minutes, 6 karts & 12 people).
Here's a short video of the Trophée Andros 2014 on the ice circuit:
Tel: 00 33 674 78 25 13
Mountain biking on snow, by C. Cattin, Val Thorens tourist office
On the same days that there's evening tobogganing (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), you can choose to go mountain biking instead.
Go up the Funitel Péclet around 5pm, then descend the Tête Ronde piste with your guide, Gérald Bigot, in a group of five to ten people. It takes around 45 minutes, and is only for experienced mountain bike riders, or the sporty.
€40 with ski pass, or €50 without. Bike and protective equipment included. Information and booking at the Chalet du Toboggan.
Here's a short video of the mountain biking:
In February 2014, a zip wire opened in Val Thorens, which goes from the top of the Bouchet chairlift to the top of the Funitel de Thorens. It's only open to skiers and boarders, as you can't get there otherwise, and your equipment is transported with you.
You have to be 8 years old or more, and it costs €50. See this video:
Timothy Green, who holds the world record for altitude (5,088m), offers tandem paramotor flights under the name FlyMe Val Thorens. A paramotor is a paraglider with a light motor, which allows the pilot to control altitude, and stay in the air as long as desired. In this case, the fuel used is bioethanol. Clients can do panoramic or acrobatic flights, as they prefer.
For adults, or children from 6 years old, parental consent obligatory up to and including 12 years old. €120 per flight.
Tel: 00 33 479 00 04 92, or contact through Ski Cool
Since the Val Thorens heliport was built in advance of the 2015-16 season, Christian Blugeon has offered panoramic helicopter flights. Flights for up to 5 people:
This is a difficult one, because it's an attractive idea, but on the other hand, ski resorts need cold weather and snow, and helicopters burn a lot of fuel very quickly, contributing to climate change.
Tel: 00 33 450 75 99 15
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.
We have a detailed guide to the Val Thorens ski area, including the beginners' area, an overview of the ski area, the snowpark, skiercross, and slalom stadium, and some of the off piste itineraries. It's based on personal knowledge and experience over many seasons, and it has useful advice and tips.
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