Val Thorens is a purpose built resort created over 40 years ago, the original idea thought up by Pierre Schnebelen. The resort began it's first season in December 1971 wtih just three draglifts.
The resort gradually developed over the next 10 years, the biggest development in putting Val Thorens on the map being the installation of the Cime Caron lift in 1981. Val Thorens has now been working with Tour Operators for the past 20 years and is growing from strength to strength. Jean Sulpice at the Oxalys restaurant received his first Michelin Star in 2004 and since then the level of restaurants and hotels that have opened up has seen an increase in quality and standards extending the level on offer. Val Thorens is now well known as a lively resort, popular with everyone from student trips to families and couples. There are fewer catered Chalets in Val Thorens - the majority of accommodation is in hotels or self-catered apartments.
Val Thorens is continually developing with new hotels emerging each season. Shops and services are spread out throughout Val Thorens with the main indoor shopping centre in the middle of the resort where the sports centre is also located. Parking is restricted now to the official car parks of which there are five at different points throughout Val Thorens.
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