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Val Thorens snowmobiles

Setting off on a snowmobile tour, Val Thorens

Snowmobile ride in Val Thorens, by T. Loubère (OT Val Thorens)

Snowmobile tours in Val Thorens are organised by Val Tho Motoneige. You can explore some of the pistes in Val Thorens by snowmobile in the early evening. Either go solo and drive for the full hour, or share a snowmobile, in which case you can keep the same driver all the way or change drivers half way through. Read about Val Thorens snowmobiles here.

Val Thorens snowmobiles: location

Snowmobile hut, Val Thorens

The snowmobiles in Val Thorens are based at a hut in the place de Caron, close to La Maison restaurant. 

Val Thorens snowmobiles: the excursion

Snowmobile excursion, Val Thorens

Snowmobile excursion, Val Thorens, by T. Loubère (OT Val Thorens)

Val Tho Motoneige offer one hour guided snowmobile rides on a circuit of around 20km on the pistes. The guide is on the lead snowmobile, and participants follow in a line.

Val Thorens snowmobiles: times and prices

These are the times and prices:

  • *departures at 5.30, 6.45, and 8pm (15 minutes later from early February)
  • *€130 per ski doo (one person or two); €65 to ride as the guide's passenger
  • *book at the ski doo hut

Val Thorens snowmobiles: rules and recommendations

Snowmobile ride Val Thorens

Snowmobile ride in Val Thorens, by C. Cattin (OT Val Thorens)

There are some rules and recommendations for a safe and happy snowmobile trip:

  • *driver must be 18 years old and hold a driving licence
  • *minimum age for a passenger 8 years old
  • *warm clothing and gloves required, with glasses or goggles. No ski boots
  • *helmet compulsory (supplied)
  • *no overtaking, no 'slaloming', no drink-driving; leave a safe distance to the ski doo in front

Val Thorens snowmobiles: contact

Contact Val Tho Motoneige in person in Val Thorens, or by phone:

  • *book at the ski doo hut, place Caron, which is open from 10am to 8.30pm
  • *tel: 00 33 479 00 21 46

Video introduction to Val Thorens snowmobiles

Here's a short video of the guided snowmobile tours in Val Thorens:

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Ice driving circuit

Trophée Andros, 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. 

Val Thorens activities: toboggan run

Le Toboggan, 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. 

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