Val Thorens Town Centre

Val Thorens is located in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area and at an altitude of 2300m is the highest ski resort in Europe. It is a truly ski in ski out resort with a piste and lift running straight through the middle of the village! The resort is well known for its friendly cosmopolitan atmosphere and vibrant nightlife and with access to some superb and snowsure skiing it is well worth a visit.

The resort itself is purpose built and so lacks the charm of other alpine ski villages but it is not the 1960’s concrete monstrosity one might imagine. Much of the development has been tastefully carried out with most buildings being medium rise and attractively clad in wood. There has been significant revenue poured into renovation and improvement over the last ten years and there is still a great deal of investment being made both into the look and feel and the high tech lift system.

The resort is south facing with superb views making it a pleasant place to relax and enjoy the après after a hard days skiing. It is also a largely ‘car free’ resort apart from transfer days (which are manic) which also helps create a pleasant atmosphere. The resort generally attracts keen skiers and boarders with not so much for non skiers to do. If you do fancy something different the nearby village of St Martin de Belleville is a particularly charming alpine village and well worth a visit.

Val Thorens Nightlife

Some people say that the altitude is to blame but whatever the reason, there is no denying that the nightlife in Val Thorens is manic. There are plenty of bars and clubs to keep even the most ardent party animal entertained.

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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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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!!