Val Thorens Ski Resort

Val Thorens is Europe's highest resort village at 2300m.
Val Thorens ski resort is part of the world largest ski area - the 3 Valleys.

Val Thorens Ski Resort

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3 Valleys Ski Resorts


    Val Thorens Trail & Piste Map
  • Val Thorens Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,800 – 3,230m (1,430m)

    3 Valleys: 1,100m – 3,230m (2,130m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 m+
  • Lifts (30)
    7 Gondolas/cable cars
    16 Chairlifts

    3 Valleys - 166 lifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Val Thorens Orelle: late Nov to May
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3 Valleys: early Dec to late April
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 84 (150km)
    Longest run – 8km+
    Advanced - 13%
    Intermediate - 33%
    Beginner - 54%

    3 Valleys
    Runs – 328 (600km)
    Off-piste - 10,500ha
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Val Thorens - Orelle
    Adult - €44.80 to 56
    Child - €35.80 to 44.80
    Child u/5yr - Free

    3 Valleys ski area
    Adult - €50.40 to 63
    Child - €40.30 to 50.40
    Child u/5yr - Free

Val Thorens Ski Resort France

Val Thorens is Europe's highest ski resort village & part of the world's largest interconnected ski area, the 3 Valleys. Situated at the head of the Vallee des Belleville above the interlinked resorts of Meribel & Les Menuires, Val Thorens shares a local lift pass with adjacent Orelle (the fourth valley!) & has 99% of its terrain over 2000m elevation. Two glaciers are counted amongst its massive skiing & snowboarding acreage, making it one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in France ( & Europe!).

See the Val Thorens ski trail map here.

Ski lift pass options are many & varied when skiing Val Thorens-Orelle. The local pass is for the 150km of trails in the Val Thorens-Orelle domain. It is €7/day cheaper than the full 3 Valleys lift pass which includes Meribel, Courchevel & Les Menuires-St Martin de Belleville. In between is the Vallee des Bellevilles lift pass. At €3/day cheaper than a 3 Valleys pass, it includes all the Les Menuires-St Martin de Belleville lifts & terrain down valley from Val Thorens. Choose wisely!

Where is Val Thorens, France?

Val Thorens ski resort is in the Savoy region of the French Alps, 143km east of Lyon and 37km by road south of the nearest major town, Moûtiers.

Lyon and Geneva are the main gateway airports. Both are connected to Moutiers by train. Paris has direct TGV train connections to nearby Bourg St Maurice with stops at Moutiers. Taxis, shuttles & public bus transport are available from the airports & Moûtiers train station.

Search bus & train transport options to Val Thorens & book online here.

Alternatively, anyone adverse or contagious to trains & buses can organise a private transfer direct from a hotel or airport. Search & book all transfers to Val Thorens here.

Another access to Val Thorens is via the Orelle gondola which emanates from the Maurienne valley to the south. Orelle is only 117km west of Turin, Italy via Bardonecchia & the (expensive) Frejus Tunnel. With one’s own car, Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport can easily be used to ski the region.

Val Thorens Accommodation

Whilst the village at Val Thorens might dominate the upper Vallee des Belleville, further down there are a procession of villages all connected to Val Thorens by ski lifts. The stark, modernist Les Menuires is followed further down by the traditional villages of Saint Martin de Belleville & Saint Marcel. Whether you stay low in the warm embrace of a traditional village or high amongst purpose-built apartment towers is entirely up to you!

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The Powderhounds will finally review Val Thorens Orelle in season 2019/20. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Val Thorens

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Tarentaise Powder Ski Safari
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 3+ Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski some of the most famous ski areas of the world in France with an experienced guide riding vertical descents of up to 2,000m through untracked powder even days after a snowfall. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy & min group of 7.
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USD 2,209
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