Val Thorens is part of the Three Valleys, the world's largest ski area with more than 650km of pistes spread over three main resorts: Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel. This ensures that buying a Val Thorens lift pass is money well spent!
To start with, be aware there are two main types of skipass to choose from:
- Val Thorens (Belleville) Valley pass - the cheaper, local area ski pass, offering access to 150km of pistes; suitable for beginners
- 3 Valleys pass - whole area pass, offering access to a whopping 650km of pistes through Meribel all the way across to Courchevel
|Val Thorens 6-Day Ski Pass Prices Winter 2021/22|
|Cheapest Lift Pass||Biggest Lift Pass|
|Val Thorens-Orelle Ski Pass
Adult (13-64 yrs)
6 Days from €280
|3 Valleys Ski Pass
Adult (13-64 yrs)
6 Days from €330
- How much are ski passes in Val Thorens?
- Deals & discounted ski passes in Val Thorens
- Free ski passes in Val Thorens
- 3 Valleys ski pass price list
- Val Thorens-Orelle ski pass price list
- Pedestrian passes in Val Thorens
- Other passes in Val Thorens
- Annual & season passes in Val Thorens
- Ski season dates in Val Thorens
- Where to buy ski passes in Val Thorens
- How ski passes work in Val Thorens
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How much are ski passes in Val Thorens?
It depends. Ski pass prices in Val Thorens change according to your age, the number of days you want to ski for, the time of year and the area you want to ski in. Val Thorens also offers some great discounts available for families and groups.
In our experience, most people visiting Val Thorens stay for a week, which means that 6-day ski passes are the top choice among skiers and snowboarders who want to enjoy our mountain playground.
How to buy your Val Thorens ski pass
You can buy your pass online and then collect it in resort or have it delivered to your home. Before you buy anything, we recommend you check the weather forecasts for your arrival and/or speak to your accommodation provider or ski school, who should be able to advise you of the best options.
Deals & discounted ski passes in Val Thorens
Are there any ski pass deals and discounts in Val Thorens?
You bet there are! Val Thorens offers discounted ski passes for groups of two and three people, families, beginners, those coming early or late in the ski season...
Group ski passes
Both the 3 Valleys Pass and the Val Thorens-Orelle pass offer discounts for groups of two or more people skiing together. So, if you're skiing as a pair or in a group of three and more, then go for the Duo or Tribu ski passes and save €10 or €15 per person respectively. To qualify for this offer, all the passes must be for the same ski area and duration and bought together online in one payment. These passes are available for 6 to 14 days, as well as for the whole season. Special discounts are available to groups of 20 and more, please contact the ski pass offices in resort for details.
|Group Ski Pass Prices 2021/22 in Val Thorens|
|Duration||Val Thorens-Orelle Pass||3 Valleys Pass|
Family ski passes
Family discounts are available for both the Val Thorens-Orelle and 3 Valleys pass. Everyone in the family group pays the child's rate! Your family needs to be made up of a minimum of 2 adults and 2 children (aged 5-17 yrs) but you can include a maximum of 7 children for the same price per person. To benefit from the discount, at least 4 identical ski passes must be bought online in one transaction. Proof of age will be requested for children and seniors, either at the moment of sale or in resort. Ages on the first day of skiing are taken into account and each member of the family will also require their own hands-free pass. These passes are available for 6 to 14 days, as well as for the whole season.
|Family Ski Pass Prices 2021/22 in Val Thorens|
|Val Thorens-Orelle Pass||3 Valleys Pass|
Early & late season discounts
During the first and last few weeks of the season, reduced rates apply to both the Val Thorens-Orelle and Three Valleys area passes. The snow cover may not be 100% across the resort but the pistes will be quieter, the service in bars and restaurants less frenetic and you could be very lucky with the weather.
Beginner ski passes
Beginners can move up from using the free drag lift and magic carpets on the snow front to a pass that is available for morning, afternoon and one-day durations. These ski passes are -50% less than standard passes! Three nursery slopes are available using the beginner pass: Plein Sud (Cairn gondola), Péclet (Two Lacs) and Caron (Caron cable car). If you wish to explore further afield, the 3 Valleys Pass is worth getting - more than 50% of the ski runs are classed green or blue, and you can follow beginner itineraries to discover the whole area.
Saturday ski passes
On Saturdays, the resort offers 10% off the day ski pass rate for Val Thorens-Orelle, and 20% off the 3 Valleys area.
Free ski passes in Val Thorens
Who can ski for free in Val Thorens?
Yes, you heard it right, you can ski for free in Val Thorens! There are free ski passes available to young children and seniors, while a few lifts and pistes are free to use
Everyone aged under 5 & over 74
Children aged under 5 years old and people aged over 74 years old ski for free. Proof of age required at the moment of purchase. A €3 fee will be charged for the hands-free card.
Cross-country ski pistes
Good news for cross-country skiers: there's no need to buy a pass as the cross country ski trails in the Val thorens valley are completely free of charge! Equipment can be hired from most sports shops and you can pick up a guide booklet and map from the Tourist Offices to show you where they are.
A few of the magic carpets and drag lifts in the snow front are free to use. These include Castor and Pollux, twin covered 240m long moving carpets in the Plein Sud area, the Musaraigne and Campagnols 200m long magic carpets right at the heart of La Grenouillère, and the Roc drag lift.
3 Valleys ski pass price list
Where can you ski with a 3 Valleys lift pass?
The 3 Valleys ski pass includes access to 600km of marked pistes. With this pass, you can enjoy the full extent of the world’s largest ski areas, which incorporates 7 linked ski resorts: Meribel/Mottaret, Courchevel, La Tania, Val Thorens, Les Menuires/St Martin de Belleville, Orelle and Brides Les Bains. 3 Valleys lift passes are available from 4 hours to 14 days, as well as for the whole season.
Who should buy a 3 Valleys ski pass?
The 3 Valleys ski pass suits intermediate to expert skiers who want to have access to one of the largest ski areas in the world. However, you don't have to be an expert to ski the 3 Valleys as there are plenty of greens and blues across the area to allow any level of skier or boarder to enjoy it. Those staying in Val Thorens for more than a couple of days should also consider buying a 3 Valleys pass as they have plenty of time to explore the 328 runs on offer.
|Ski Pass Prices 2021/22 in The Three Valleys|
Val Thorens-Orelle ski pass price list
Where can you ski with a Val Thorens-Orelle lift pass?
The Val Thorens-Orelle lift pass gives you unlimited access to the lifts in the Val Thorens and Orelle Valleys, with 150km of pistes. Val Thorens-Orelle ski passes are available from 4 hours to 14 days, as well as for the whole season.
Who should buy a Val Thorens ski pass?
Val Thorens-Orelle ski passes are perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers who will enjoy the gentle and wide green (11) and blue (35) runs. However, don't think this pass doesn't suit expert skiers – the ski area boasts 30 red and 9 challenging black pistes and access to some great off-piste. The Val Thorens-Orelle ski pass is also a great option for those staying in the area for a short period of time. Alternatively, if you don’t plan on skiing hard all day, every day, or have to get back to meet your kids from ski school, then this local area pass will also suit you.
|Ski Pass Prices 2021/22 in Val Thorens-Orelle|
|3 Valleys Extension|
Can you upgrade your Val Thorens-Orelle ski pass to a 3 Valleys ski pass?
Yes, you can upgrade a Val Thorens-Orelle lift pass to a 3 Valleys lift pass if your ski pass is valid for at least 2 days. There are 1-day 3 Valleys extensions available. Please enquire at one of the ski pass offices.
Pedestrian passes in Val Thorens
How much are pedestrian passes in the 3 Valleys?
You'll be glad to hear that pedestrians can also enjoy the 3 Valleys ski area in the winter. Pedestrian rates are available for single and return journeys on certain lifts, as well as for 1 and 6 days, should you want to ride the lifts more frequently. There are 11 lifts that pedestrians can use in the winter: Peclet Funitel, Cairn & Caron gondolas, Cime Caron cable car, 3 Vallées Funitel, Grand Font Funitel, Rosael chair lift and the 3 Vallées Express gondola in Orelle. Pedestrians can also ascend on the Moutière, Cascades and Pionniers chairlifts and descend on foot. These passes are available to buy at the ski pass offices in resort only.
|Pedestrian Pass Prices 2020/21 in the Three Valleys|
Other passes in Val Thorens
Are there any other passes available in Val Thorens?
Yes, there are! There is a pass that covers more ground than the Val Thorens-Orelle lift pass but less than the 3 Valleys pass, the Vallée de Belleville ski pass, while the 3 Valleys also offers a subscription-based ski pass.
Belleville Valley ski pass
For those that want to explore further but not perhaps the whole of the 3 Valleys area, then the Vallée de Belleville pass covers the entire Belleville Valley from the bottom, where Les Menuires and Saint Martin de Belleville are located, all the way up to Val Thorens. These passes are available for 1-day, 6-day or the whole season.
3 Vallées Liberté Pass
If you are a regular skier in Val Thorens and the 3 Valleys, then the 3 Vallées Liberté card may be of interest to you. Anyone that skis at least 8 (non-consecutive) days a season can benefit from the total freedom to ski whenever they want without having to pass by the ticket office each time. Payment is debited directly from your bank account after you have enjoyed your day on the slopes and you can check your account online anytime. The more you ski, the greater the reductions you can accumulate with -10% off the daily public adult rate throughout the season and -20% off the daily public every Saturday on adult 3 Valleys pass prices. Your 9th ski day is free and then each 6th day after that. This pass is only available to buy online, and the annual subscription costs €30.
Annual & season passes in Val Thorens
How much are season passes in Val Thorens?
Val Thorens season pass prices depend on your age and type of ski pass. There are family and group discounts available.
What's included in your 3 Valleys season pass?
Holders of the 3 Valley season pass benefit from a reciprocal agreement with several prestigious ski resorts around the world. Get a free 3-day pass for Shiga Kogen (Japan), Mount Buller (Australia), La Parva & Valle Nevado (Chile) and Matterhorn Ski Paradise (Switzerland), as well as 2-days passes for the three Vail Resorts in the USA.
|Ski Season Pass Prices 2021/22in Val Thorens|
|Val Thorens||3 Valleys|
2 Adults+2 Children
Ski season dates in Val Thorens
When can you ski in Val Thorens with your ski pass?
In winter 2021/22, the Val Thorens ski season runs from 20th November 2021 to 8th May 2022. Ski-pass prices are usually cheaper at the beginning and the end of the season, when not all of the lifts may be open. Therefore, there are three season bands that apply to lift-pass prices:
|Val Thorens Season Dates Winter 2021/22|
|Early Season||Main Season||Late Season|
|18th December 2021
- 15th April 2022
|16th April - 8th May 2022|
Where to buy ski passes in Val Thorens
There are two main ways of purchasing your Val Thorens ski pass: online and in resort.
How to buy your Val Thorens ski passes online – A step-by-step guide
To save time and money, you can pre-order your Val Thorens ski passes online. The process is really simple:
- Click on one of the buttons below, it will take you to the Val Thornes lift pass website
- Select the area you want to ski in (Val Thorens-Orelle, Vallée de Belleville or 3 Valleys), the duration of the passes, your first ski day and the number of people, including their ages
- Any discounts you may be eligible for will be automatically applied to the price of your passes
- State whether you already have a rechargeable card (in which case you'll need to insert its WTP number – see below for more information) or you don't (a €3 fee will be added for the card)
- You can also choose if you want ski insurance or not – we recommend you add it
- Create an account with your personal details
- Choose whether you want your ski passes to be delivered to your home address for a small fee (allow at least 10 days for delivery outside France and 7 days within France), or you prefer to pick them up at one of the ski pass offices in resort
- Pay for your ski passes
That's it, you're all ready to hit the slopes!
How to buy your Val Thorens ski passes in resort
You can also buy your pass at a lift pass office when you get to resort. If you're uncertain of the pass you need or are looking to see how the weather is before buying your pass, then this can be a good option. The lift pass office staff is also great at advising exactly which pass is best for you while some passes, such as pedestrian and beginner lift passes, are only available at the ski pass offices. Be warned, though, you may have to queue, especially at busy times.
How ski passes work in Val Thorens
Ski passes in Val Thorens are loaded onto a rechargeable SmartMedia card, which is more or less the size of a credit card and has a chip that stores the lift pass information. This hands-free card is read remotely at the entrance of the lifts, so you just need it to put it in a pocket on your left side (many ski jackets have a special pocket on the left sleeve) and the turnstile will activate remotely as you pass through. Keep it away from your credit cards, mobile phone or other ski passes as they may obstruct the card reading. Hands-free cards cost €3 in Val Thorens, and this fee is not refundable.
What is a ski pass WTP number? You can recharge and top-up your Val Thorens hands-free card as many times as you want over several years. In order to do so, you need to enter the card's WTP (Wireless Transaction Protocol) number when purchasing your pass online. You can find this number on your card. After you've recharged your hands-free card in advance, you can generally go directly to the lifts without having to stop at the lift pass offices.
Worth knowing – About Val Thorens & 3 Valleys ski passes
Unless otherwise stated, ski passes and prices are generally subject to the following terms:
- A hands-free pass costs €3 if you don't already have one to recharge
- A photo is required for free passes and season passes
- The type or duration of the ski pass refers to consecutive days
- Prices shown are for the main season
- When buying insurance as part of your Val Thorens or Three Valleys ski pass purchase, either online or at the Ski Pass Offices in resort, it will be provided by Carré Neige. The prices above do not include ski insurance, which you can add starting at €2.90 per person per day. Please, check the insurance policy and the company's T&Cs before purchasing.
- Passes are strictly personal and non-transferable
- Longer duration ski passes are available when you buy online and in resort
Prices, offers, discounts & conditions are shown here as a guide only and are subject to change – to be confirmed at the time of booking. Further terms & conditions may apply. Prices may be subject to changes in sales tax.