Val Thorens only has 4km of prepared cross country trails, but they accommodate both classic and skating styles and are perfect for beginners or those who just want to spend a few hours trying something a bit different.
Further down the Valley between Les Menuires and St Martin de Belleville there are 28km of marked pistes for cross country skiing. The best starting point is next to the very picturesque Plan de l’eau in Les Menuires and the tracks are all well marked out leading towards the lower villages along the valley ending in Châtelard.
Best of all, the cross country trails are free to use! You can pick up a guide book and trail map from the Tourist Office.
Once you have grasped the basics in Val Thorens head to the other parts of the 3 valleys for more of a range of cross country tracks with a total of 90km of trails are available in Meribel, Courchevel and La Tania. Both classic and skating forms of the sport are accommodated, usually side by side. The pistes are maintained each night and walkers are requested not to use the marked cross country trails across the three valleys.