Val Thorens

Val Thorens lays claim to the title of Europes highest ski area at a height of 2300m. It is home to some varied and exciting skiing and, with its high altitude, it is 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, although much of the best skiing is actually located in the Val Thorens valley. The resort has a reputation for exciting nightlife with a friendly and cosmopolitan atmosphere. With good skiing and great après ski, Val Thorens is well worth a visit.



Ski Area

Val Thorens has a total of 140km of piste served by 32 fast lifts pretty much all of which is located above 2000m. Due to its height, the snow cover tends to be the best in Europe although it does mean on bad weather days there are no trees to hide in. The skiing is largely all on north facing slopes which tend to keep their condition well although not so great for a piste side sunbathing. There is a good distribution of pistes for all abilities with a particularly large amount of excellent reds making it an ideal intermediate/advanced resort. For expert skiers there is a huge amount of accessible off piste with a wide variety of terrain.


Town Centre

Val Thorens is in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area and is about as ski in ski out as a resort can get, the village actually has a piste and carpet lift running down its centre. The resort is purpose built so lacks the charm of some other resorts although it has been tastefully developed with largely medium rise buildings and a continual investment in redevelopment. The resort is well known for the quality of its nightlife and superb atmosphere.


UCPA Centre

The Val Thorens UCPA centre is a truly ski in ski out location built bang in the middle of the pistes. It is 15 minutes walk from town which can be a little treacherous when icy. The centre has an attractive and unusual circular design and the usual array of UCPA facilities including a huge bar / relaxing area and another games room upstairs.


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Best For: Snowsure skiing
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (150km), Grenoble (144km)
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Fun Fact: The highest resort in Europe
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UCPA was originally set up to provide affordable adventure holiday packages for people aged 18 to ​39.

Today the UCPA has a wide variety of excellent value ski & snowboard packages for people of all ages.



  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc.  We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • One click and you’ve booked everything. No searching around for lessons, ski-hire etc. And the best thing is you can keep adding people to your group.
    Anna R
  • The food provided was up to a very good standard for all meals with a soup starter available every dinner followed by two or three hot meal choices, a salad bar and a variety of tasty deserts and fruit.
    Richard J
  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
  • Describing the UCPA is difficult. Not because there is a lack of adjectives to adequately convey the amount of fun you’ll have while you are there, the friendliness of the instructors, the quality of the food...
    Mark D
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J


Val Thorens | A La Carte

Val Thorens is Europe’s Highest ski resort, it also seems to be the hilliest if that makes any sense.

Val Thorens | Student Half Time Instruction

Having been on several Action Outdoor holidays before, myself and my friend knew what was what, though never to Val Thorens before it was another exciting adventure for us.

La Plagne, Val d'Isere, Val Thorens, Chamonix | Ski Full Time, Ski Off Piste

The UCPA system offered by Action Outdoors was so good that I spent seven weeks in four different resorts with them in 2013. I started as a very basic skier and went all the way to completing an off piste course in that time. Everything about the experience was top rate. The instruction was excellent. The food was delicious with plenty of it. The vibe and philosophy at the UCPA centers was totally compelling. It was a truly unigue experience and there is no way on earth that anyone could match them for value for money.Action Outdoors proved themselves a very helpful and friendly organisation in managing my whole trip.  I will never ski with anybody else ever again. This is the real deal. Thank you UCPA and Action Outdoors.

Val Thorens | Beginners Full Time

As a first time skier, I had an amazing holiday through Action Outdoors. The price was unbelieveable with all expenses that it covered considered and all the poeple, both workers at our resort and also other holiday goers, were really easy going and I had a brilliant time the entire week and will recommend this to friends & family

Val Thorens | Ski Full Time Instruction

Good resort:
nice atmosphere, excellent food, convenient to come back and go skiing, friendly staff

Val Thorens | Snowboard Beginner

If you haven't booked yet, you must book now. My boyfriend went on a boys trip to the Chamonix UPCA in March 2012 and was raving about UPCA when we went to Val Thorens in Dec 2012. He soon realised this was just as good. The food was incredible - buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner - I'm sure I put on a few kgs! The resort was ski-in-ski-out so straight on the slopes and the snowboarding was mint too. Good price, good food, good boarding, good accommodation and helpful people. There was nothing missing. Thanks!

Val Thorens | Ski Half Time

Really good all round trip. The hostel is brilliant, has everything you need. Is more than just a hostel but a little less than a hotel, ensuite bathrooms in every room was an added unknown bonus! ski equipment and lessons were really good. part time ski gave us extra time to explore VT. The food at ucpa was much better than had anticipated, great choice, and always enough! Great value for money, and much better than i had anticipated! would recommend to a friend!!