Val Thorens, France Map
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe offering brilliant quality skiing all season long
It is part of the enormous 3Vallees – skiers can ski from Val Thorens, visit Orelle; pop down into Les Menuires, head via Meribel onto Courchevel or La Tania – your options are endless as are your options for good skiing lunch – there’s too much choice in this large ski area and new high end restaurants are opening all the time making Val Thorens a must visit destination and has 268 ski lifts.
There is excellent choice for intermediate skiers and children will relish the amount of choice on offer and love the central magic carpet area (our little ski tester, aged 5, loved it!) Older children also will have huge fun on the large sledging piste open from January – March – it is over 10km long!
New for 2015/26 – a skier cross park especially for children to be known as the ‘Fun Section for children’
The town isn’t pretty, but it’s development in recent years is far more sympathetic to the surroundings, so yes it’s not a pretty high street to wander around – however there is a good indoor shopping mall (helpful for snowy days) with other shops and restaurants scattered around the main hub. Val Thorens has some good nightlife, with an underground club – so it’s not just for families. La Folie Douce has now opened here – perfect for apres ski.
We visited Val Thorens in December of 2015 and discovered a whole new ski area waiting for us; we had skied there in the past but only when staying at it’s larger neighbour, Courchevel. As we were based in Val Thorens we began each day from here and actually spent most of our time around the resort and it’s neighbour Orelle – a fabulous quiet ski area.
We ate out twice during our stay in the resort so there are plenty of options to choose from if you don’t want to cook for yourselves (at our recommended self catered ski apartments) and we even thought about visiting the nightclub as it’s lights were drawing us in – thankfully remembering the pistes were brilliant called us back. Many of the luxury hotels have incredibly popular restaurants that are worth booking into it – for example the Michelin star restaurant at L’Oxalys – Jean Sulpice is a must do!
Lunch on the piste was reliable and quite affordable, all things considered.
WHERE IS IT?
3 hours from Geneva, 2 hours 30 minutes from Lyon or 1 hour 30 minutes from Chambery.