Val Thorens Ski Resort

Val Thorens has Europe's highest ski resort village at 2300m elevation
Val Thorens Ski Resort, 3 Valleys, France © C.Cattin
Ski powder at Val Thorens France © C.Cattin
Val Thorens Ski Resort © C.Cattin
Val Thorens Ski Resort © C.Cattin
Val Thorens Ski Resort Accommodation
Val Thorens Ski Resort © C.Cattin
Hotel Koh-I Nor Val Thorens
Juxtaposition! Val Thorens Ski Resort © C.Cattin
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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 Vallée 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.

Lift Passes

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 St Exupery (LYS) and Geneva (GVA) are the main gateway airports. Both are connected to Moûtiers by train. From Paris (Gare de Lyon) the direct TGV train connection to nearby Bourg St Maurice & stops at Moutiers on the way. Taxis, shuttles & public bus transport are available from the airports & Moûtiers train station. Buses to Val Thorens from Moutiers train station are on the T3 line. They run at least once in the morning, around lunchtime & in the afternoon. Travel time is around 1hr 10min. Buy train tickets via the link below, purchase bus tickets from the driver. A free shuttle bus runs 5 times a day between St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires & Val Thorens. 

Search rail transport options to Val Thorens & book train tickets from Geneva, Paris, or Lyon to Moûtiers 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 or a rental, Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport can easily be used to ski the region, but we recommend using a French or Swiss airport to access the region.

Val Thorens Accommodation

Having travelled this far, why wouldn’t you stay in the highest alpine resort village in France. Val Thorens sits reasonably prettily in the high alpine at 2300m elevation, but to call it a village is a bit of misnomer. The ‘classically’ French high- rise buildings are reminiscent of Tignes Val Claret juxtaposed against the white peaks. Not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’, but one cannot deny its ‘location, location, location’! And to be fair, the more recent additions to the village are classy establishments that would satisfy the most discerning guests. One look at the Hotel Koh-l Nor Val Thorens will confirm it.

Search & book all Val Thorens ski accommodation here.

Whilst the village at Val Thorens might dominate the upper Vallée 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 village of Saint Martin de Belleville (& Saint Marcel). Whether you stay low in the warm embrace of an authentic village or high amongst purpose-built apartment towers is entirely up to you! The ski distance between them all is quite vast and needs to be a consideration 

Way back down in the lowlands, Moûtiers & Bride Les Bains can make a good value base from which to make forays to each of the 3 Valleys ski resorts, particularly if one has their own car. In the opposite direction in the Maurienne valley, the other access to Val Thorens by gondola is tiny Orelle. Numerous apartments & chalets are available throughout the valley near the village. Staying near Orelle avoids all the excesses of the 3 Valleys plus is close to a whole lot of other lesser known, but not lesser, ski areas including Galbier Thabor & the like.

Ski Rentals, Lessons, Guides & Services

Ski rentals are available in the villages of Val Thorens, Les Menuires & St Martin de Belleville. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals here.

An eye-popping number of ski guides & instructors ply their trade in the Val Thorens ski resort & adjoining valleys. A good mountain guide can make all the difference to an off-piste powder day in an unfamiliar ski resort. See our Val Thorens Ski Lessons & Guiding page for more information.

If you need a new ski outfit comprising modern jacket, pants, gloves & googles, Val Thorens is one of the French ski resorts served by a ski clothing rental company. Order online & your ski outfit is delivered direct to your accommodation at the resort.

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The Powderhounds will finally review Val Thorens, Orelle & the 3 Valleys 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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