Over the centuries Val Thorens and the surrounding areas have been farmed and mined in much the same fashion as most of the Alps.
These days Val Thorens is a pleasant attractive resort with a lively night life, good restaurants and plenty to do both on and off the mountain. Heritage tours of the area can be organised through the Tourist Office and the back streets of St Martin are well worth a wander to get a feel of the original ‘old town’. In the summer a hike along some of the high mountain walking trails will lead you past old refuges and farm buildings from years gone by. The resort is now linked to the rest of the Three Valleys and the neighbouring domains of Courchevel and Méribel are easily accessible via the fast and efficient lift system.