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Val Thorens

Val Thorens is home to some varied and exciting skiing. With its phenomenally high altitude of 2,300m, it is the highest and one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe. The resort is part of the famous Three Valleys ski area which is the largest ski area in the world


Best for

Large quantities of snow & a huge resort

Fun fact

It is the highest resort in Europe and the largest ski area in the world

Nearest airport

Grenoble (144km)

Centre comfort

Resort charm

Snow sure rating

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At a height of 2300m Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and combined with the Glacier de Peclet offers some of the most snow sure conditions of any resort. The village is located in the heart of the ski area making it truly ski in ski out, there is even a piste and 'carpet' lift running right through the centre of the resort. Val Thorens is part of the Three Valleys ski area which is the largest in the world but even just the Val Thorens ski area is enormous, boasting over 140km of piste with an excellent distribution across all levels. 

Nearly all of the ski area is above 2000m and largely north facing which means conditions are typically very good even during challenging snowfall. There are a number of good quality nursery and beginner slopes, but the quality and sheer quantity of the red runs in Val Thorens is what makes it exceptional for all. 

There is a huge amount of accessible off piste in Val Thorens with an abundance of varied terrain in the bowl surrounding the resort. The Cime de Caron chairlift gives access to some particularly good off piste including the infamous ‘fourth valley’ which has some amazing lines. 

Val Thorens has an excellent snow park in the Plateau sector which, following suit, is huge! The park is well thought out with beginner, intermediate and advanced sections making it an excellent place to learn and progress. Val Thorens also has an air bag at the snowpark allowing you to try out new tricks with a safe landing. On the side of the park is an impressive half pipe and a well made boardercross track.

 

Val Thorens truly is a ski-in-ski-out resort with a piste and lift running straight through the middle of the village. The resort is purpose built and thus lacks some alpine charm present at some other ski villages but the skiing and the views more than make up for this. Much of the development has been tastefully built and attractively clad in wood. 

The town is typically south facing with superb views, making it a pleasant place to relax and enjoy the après after a hard days skiing. The après and nightlife in Val Thorens is something not to be missed with so many options to keep even the most ardent party goer entertained!

 

One of the best UCPA centres by far. The Val Thorens UCPA centre is a ski in ski out location built right in the middle of the pistes. The centre has an attractive circular design with 360 degree panorama of the Alps. If you don't fancy the 15 minute walk to town, there is also a free shuttle bus to town where there are a huge variety of shops, restaurants and bars to choose from as well as an indoor sports centre with swimming pool, sauna, hammam and bowling.

Rooms

- 4 person rooms with shared bathrooms

- Ensuite twin rooms available

Facilities

- Well priced bar 

- Buffet style restaurant with an incredible sun terrace

- Games rooms with table tennis and table football

- Ski equipment and storage all on site

- Lift passes provided at the centre

- WiFi in the bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities

 

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By Air

The nearest airports to Val Thorens are Grenoble (144km) and Geneva (150km). Geneva is typically the most popular, due to the wider range of flights and transfers to resorts.

Airport Transfers

We have transfers on Saturdays from Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon airports throughout the winter. The typical journey time is around 3.5 hours.

 

Geneva

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
04/12/21  15:30 N/A
11/12/21 - 18/12/21 20:05 09:25
19/12/21* 16:35 09:25
26/12/21* 20:05 09:25
01/01/21 20:15 09:25
02/01/21* 17:25 09:25
08/01/21 - 26/03/21 20:15 09:25

*Sunday transfers, due to Christmas and New Year landing on Saturdays this year.

We mainly have transfers running on Saturdays. We may have Sunday transfers available, please get in touch if you require this.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3.5hrs, but this can vary due to weather and traffic.

For midweek transfers and flights outside of our times, have a look at Altibus and Alpybus.

Christmas Day (25th of December) will have a very limited service.

April transfer times will be updated later in the season.

 

Grenoble

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
11/12/21 13:00 N/A
18/12/21 - 02/04/22 15:50 All
19/12/21* 11:00  N/A
26/12/21*  11:00  All

*Sunday transfers.

We mainly have transfers running on Saturdays with our partner Ben's Bus. There is a limited service on Sundays, please contact us if you need a Sunday transfer.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic. 

April transfer times will be updated later in the season.

 

Lyon

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
08/01/21 10:05 N/A
15/01/22 - 12/02/22 10:05 09:25
19/02/22 16:55 09:25
26/02/22 10:05 09:25
05/03/22 - 19/03/22 16:55 09:25
26/03/22 N/A 09:25

We have transfers running on Saturdays with our partner Ben's Bus.

There is not a timetable as such, as the transfers are arranged to meet with popular flights. The maximum wait time between landing and bus departing is usually two hours, often much less.

Typically the transfer time is 3h30, but this can vary due to weather and traffic.

By Coach

Our partner company Snowexpress offers affordable and environmentally friendly travel to the alps. All hold bags and ski bags are included in the price. The coaches travel through the night from London Victoria to resort, arriving typically after lunchtime directly at the centre.

By Train

The nearest train station to Val Thorens is Moutiers (37km away), from there you would need to take a taxi or a public bus. Please check out Rome2Rio for information on the transport options from Gare Routiere Moutiers. 

By Car

It is possible to drive to Val Thorens, but it is important to note that driving can become challenging if the conditions turn significantly wintery - snow tires and chains are highly advisable. There is some parking at the centre which is uncovered next to the centre, costing around 50eur for the week. It is not possible to book it in advance.

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