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Ski Holidays Val Thorens
Ski holidays Val Thorens

Val Thorens Ski Resort Guide

Why Ski in Val Thorens?

New for 2018/19 ski season in Val Thorens

Val Thorens is adding two new runs to its piste map in 2018/19 ski season, one black and one blue. The blue run looks like it’s going to be a very welcome addition as it snakes 3.2km on its way down from the Cime Caron, one of the highest points in the resort. The new black in the Boismint sector adds some excitement to an area, which until now had only blue and red runs.

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and in the most popular ski area of the 3 valleys which includes other resorts including Meribel and Courchevel. Its height means that the snow is normally in good condition from early until late in the season.

Val Thorens is located at 2300m with a ski range of between 1260m and 3220m and covers 650 km of piste in the full area. In the valley below are Reberty, Les Menuires and the attractive village of St Martin de Belleville. Most of Ski Lines clients prefer to take the full area lift pass.

Most of the buildings are mid-rise apartment-style and it is often possible to ski from very close by and a select few offer ski in ski out. Ski Line offers catered ski chalets, self-catered apartments and hotels of all levels in Val Thorens.

Many guests always request Val Thorens for early season holidays but it is worth noting that in poor weather and high winds the resort can be closed, so we would always prefer to stay a little lower, if the sun is shining you can always head up to Val Thorens and if the weather is poor you can head for the runs in the tree line for better visibility. There is a bus that connects Les Menuires to Val Thorens but it’s not free!

Val Thorens offers great skiing for all levels of skiers with plenty to do both on and off-piste.

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Val Thorens Piste Map
  • Upper Piste depth
  • Lower Piste depth
  • Weekly Snowfall
76.1 cm
102.2 cm
115.4 cm
122.3 cm
130.1 cm
144.8 cm
154.1 cm
167.2 cm
178.3 cm
183.1 cm
192.8 cm
200.1 cm
204.3 cm
216.0 cm
221.5 cm
218.0 cm
222.9 cm
219.7 cm
214.6 cm
209.7 cm
40.9 cm
57.3 cm
69.9 cm
72.9 cm
73.8 cm
89.2 cm
99.2 cm
105.8 cm
112.5 cm
116.4 cm
124.6 cm
126.1 cm
127.4 cm
136.4 cm
140.7 cm
135.7 cm
135.6 cm
132.0 cm
125.2 cm
118.1 cm
84.4 cm
86.6 cm
121.4 cm
122.1 cm
97.4 cm
113.7 cm
135.0 cm
123.4 cm
124.7 cm
86.4 cm
87.4 cm
68.9 cm
71.8 cm
92.7 cm
98.5 cm
100.3 cm
106.8 cm
86.4 cm
96.1 cm
59.9 cm
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Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018


  • Km of Piste
  • Black
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Green


  • Resort Altitude
  • Highest Piste

Expert Ratings

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Snowboarding

Beginners skiing in Val Thorens

The excellent nursery slopes have a moving carpet lift making it ideal for children, the slope is gentle and ideal for beginners to master the basics on, once mastered, head for the blues above the resort which are gentle and ideal for progression. Because of its height in peak winter, the slopes can be cold and families with young children should bear this in mind. It’s possible to buy a beginners lift package that includes 3 lifts with some great runs.

Intermediates skiing in Val Thorens

The choice for intermediate skiers is massive in the 3 valleys and reaching the far end of the ski area at Courchevel 1650 can take 90 minutes. The lifts are fast and queues not normally an issue. Blue run skiers will enjoy the runs over in the 4th valley (Maurienne area) which is fun when the sun hasn’t been shining too much.

Advanced skiing in Val Thorens

Many of the black runs around Val Thorens could easily be Reds in other resorts but the appeal for advanced skiers will be the access to the full area of the 3 valleys and the tremendous off-piste skiing available. Some drop 1400m vertical but with many hidden drops and crevasses its essential that this is only tackled with an experienced guide.

Extreme sports and things to do in Val Thorens this winter.

Val Thorens Ski Resort - Extreme Sports

Fly two-by-two on la Bee! Val Thorens double zip-line has a length of 1800 meters and a maximal flying height of 65 meters!

  • Pedestrian or skier, Departs from the top of the Moutière chairlift!
  • Accessible to children from 14 years old and taller than 1.40m
  • Open every day from 9:45 am until 4:30pm
  • €35pp

Val Thorens Ski Resort - Extreme Sports

The Ice Driving Val Thorens driving school gives you the opportunity to try ice karting.

A 300m long by 5m wide ice run is specially set up for karting at the Alain Prost driving circuit centre.

It’s fun to do with friends or family, and great for trying out the sensations of sliding around on the ice for the first time.

Get there using the free shuttles from the P3 car park.

Ice karting sessions can be booked throughout the week.

Val Thorens Ski Resort - Extreme Sports

Looking for an adrenalin rush? Discover the highest ice-racing track in Europe.

Your chance to learn steering, counter-steering, braking…. all the techniques are tried under the watchful eye of a trained professional.

The Ice Driving Val Thorens welcomes you on the « Alain Prost’s » ice-racing track of VT:

  • Altitude: 2,200m
  • Length: 760m
  • Width: 10-12m

Val Thorens Ski Resort - Extreme Sports

A new snow sport

Hurtle down from 3000m along the 700 m of height difference on the Tête Ronde blue slope. Accessible to sporty ones and experienced MTB riders every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening this season.

Departure at 4pm45 (5.15 from February), after the slopes, have closed, accompanied by Gérald Bigot, a state qualified instructor, for a sporty descent full of excitement. Experience riding on the snow with an MTB, your position on the bike, braking, turning and perhaps even falling during more than 45 minutes (6 km) at nightfall.

A well-deserved reward at the bottom: mulled wine for everyone who makes it!

It costs €40 with a valid ski pass or €50 without.

Val Thorens Ski Resort - Extreme Sports

The mountains viewed for those with a head for heights.

Once you’ve have crossed the slopes, take to the heights and discover the mountains from another angle… from the air!

Beneath your, the Belleville Valley, facing the Mont Blanc is revealed. You will be led by state-qualified instructors.

Departure from 3000m altitude for a descent of 650m. Powerful sensations and unforgettable memories! Are you ready to fly?

Val Thorens Ski Resort - Extreme Sports

Ice diving: cool adventure

Instructor lead diving in frozen Lac du Lou. Access the lake on snowshoes or cross country skis (40 minutes), followed by a 30-minute ice diving session supervised by our professional driving instructors (includes equipment briefing), then it’s back to the resort on snowshoes or skis.

After putting on a waterproof dry suit and diving equipment (compressed neoprene drysuit, waterproof gloves, diving mask), it’s time for 20 minutes of glacial exploration.

Open to anyone aged 16 and over, even if you have never been diving before.

Walk to the lake and ice dive session: €180.

Après ski in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has a good mix of nightlife. New to Val Thorens is the Chalet de La Marine on the Dalles piste which is similar to the famous Folie Douce in Val d’Isere and it should be the place to start your après ski. Later on, bars like the Red Fox are always popular. Dicks Tea Bar is busy later on at night and stays open until late.

Activities off the slopes in Val Thorens

Val Thorens has a good sports centre with pool, saunas and hot tubs, the leisure centre has pool tables and bowling. For children, the toboggan run is the longest in France and always popular. Some of the restaurants have a good reputation and have had good feedback about both food and 360º views at the top of the Cime de Caron cable car.