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Welcome to Val Thorens
Val Thorens is a compact, purpose built resort at an altitude of 2300m, the highest ski resort in Europe. It offers an extended season when compared to most other resorts, opening nearly two months longer, from the last week in November until the first week in May. Situated at the top of the Three Valleys, its high altitude makes it snow sure, and the modern ski lift system makes it easy to access the linked resorts of Meribel and Courchevel. Despite being purpose built, Val Thorens is not the 1960’s concrete eyesore that you might expect.
It has been developed to fit its surroundings, and has benefited from investment during the last 10 years. Those few drab monoliths that were put up during the 60s are being replaced by more attractive buildings, along with state of the art lifts and snow making equipment. Val Thorens is well known as a lively resort, popular with from student and families alike. There are fewer catered chalets in Val Thorens than in neighbouring Meribel, and the majority of accommodation is in hotels or self-catered apartments.
The Val Thorens valley is made up of the three separate villages of Les Menuires, Val Thorens, and Saint Martin De Belleville. With its own glacier and a peak elevation of 3200m, one thing you’re guaranteed is amazing snow sure conditions throughout the season and well into late spring. With several beginner areas, some more advanced skiing on the glacier, 319 pistes totalling 600km in length, 200 lifts, and a great snowpark, this is a resort that suits all ages and abilities.
Latest news, reviews & events in Val Thorens
Find out all about what is happening in the Val Thorens area, and how to make the most of your time here. The latest news, reviews of fun activities, current events and the trendiest restaurants, as well as interviews with leading locals, insider's guides and our top choices for things to do, see and experience in the region. Plus, during the winter season, our famous snow reports and dump alerts all in the same place.
A number of events take place over the winter and summer months in Val Thorens and the Belleville valley in which it sits. From Ski cross championships to a mountain bike race that takes place across the whole of the 3 valleys, you'll find something to keep you entertained during your stay.
- EasyJet Winter 2019/20 flights go on sale
- Fresh spring conditions in Val Thorens
- Val Thorens Dump Alert: 4th April 2019
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- Latest gear - best new clothing for spring 2019
What to see & do in Meribel
Not only is the Val Thorens valley a haven for snow lovers in the winter, bringing thousands of families and visitors from across the world to enjoy its varied ski terrain, but it is also home to incredible opportunities for summer holidays too, with a broad network of hiking trails, road cycling, and mountain biking.
The Vanoise National Park is one of the highlights of the entire Tarentaise region. A haven for all sorts of wildlife as well as a magnet for outdoor sports enthusiasts, it is well worth a visit at any time of year. All of the creatures most commonly associated with the Alps are well represented, such as chamois, marmots, ibex and even and eagles.