Val Thorens is adding two new runs to its piste map in 2018/19 ... Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.