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 sympathetically to its surroundings and has benefitted from plenty of investment during the last 10 years. Those few drab monoliths that were thrown up during the 60’s are being replaced by more attractive buildings and there are now state of the art lifts and snow making equipment. Val Thorens is well known as a lively resort, popular with everyone from student trips to families and couples. 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 of three separate villages, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Saint Martin De Belleville. With its own glacier and a peak elevation of 3,200m, one thing you’re guaranteed is amazing snow conditions throughout the season and into late spring. With several beginner areas, some more advanced skiing on the glacier and a great snowpark, this is a resort that suits all ages and abilities.