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VAL THORENS

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The highest resort in Europe Val Thorens, FRANCE is part of the world famous Les 3 Vallees. The stunning resort has endless skiing and snowboarding opportunities and an excellent snow record.

Val Thorens Skiing and Snowboarding

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Val Thorens is exciting and demanding with extreme off piste options, powder fields, cliff drops and steep chutes and very long linking groomed trails and gentle beginner areas. All the terrain is above the tree line and serviced by a fast and efficient lift system.

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Val Thorens

Val Thorens is part of Les 3 Vallees the largest interlinked resorts in the world with 600 kilometres of endless marked trails plus unlimited off piste terrain. You could ski or snowboard Les 3 Vallees terrain for weeks and not cover it all.   For information on Les 3 Vallees click here

Ski passes can be purchased for just Val Thorens or for the entire Les 3 Vallees area. In 2009 morning mini ski passes were introduced enabling guests to ski or snowboard at Val Thorens and Les 3 Vallees from lift opening to 12.30pm only.

Val Thorens and Les 3 Vallees has Hands Free ski passes which automatically enable lift access without staff manually checking passes ensuring less crowd congestion.

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Val Thorens

The off piste terrain at Val Thorens is mind blowing. The Val Thorens Village is in a central bowl within the Valley. It has a 360 ° view of the surrounding peaks enabling skiers and snowboarders to pick their off piste route from the comfort of a distant hotel or cafe before heading up the lifts.

The most challenging and steepest off piste terrain is found all the way along the upper ridges of the Val Thorens Valley from the Col de la Montee Du Fond area to the peak of Mont Brequin.

From the top of the Cime Caron Cable Car turn left to access the untouched and vertical Combe de Caron trail that runs down to the top of the Caron Gondola.

The Cascades Chairlift has massive moguls beneath it and winding fast runs above it on the Peclet Glacier. Also mogul riddled is the Marielle trail under Les 3 Vallees 2 Chairlift.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Val Thorens

Intermediates can cruise around the entire resort of Val Thorens on very long linking groomed trails.

Start off with fast GS turns down the freshly groomed Moraine trail before heading down to the curving Moutiere trail.

The Boismint Chairlift at the base of the Moutiere trail gives access to naturally rolling and steeper terrain. Try the lengthy Blanchot trail that eventually links with the Tetras trail ending at the base of the Plan de L’eau Chairlift.

After a snowfall confident intermediates tackle the advanced Col de l’audzin trail on the upper slopes under the Cime Caron Cable Car its a great way to progress powder skiing and snowboarding skills.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Val Thorens

Beginners learn to ski or snowboard on the easy wide slopes above to the Val Thorens Village. For the 2010 winter season Val Thorens has introduced a separate new 10 hectare beginner only area at the bottom of the Cascades Chairlift in front of the Village. It is very gently sloping and has 4 magic carpet lifts.

Once confidence grows head to the lengthier groomed trails under Les 3 Vallees 1 Chairlift. Catch the Plein Sud Chairlift to access the 2 Lac Chairlift for an even longer and slightly steeper run down the Chalets trail.

Val Thorens has five Ski and Snowboard schools with bilingual instructors offering group, private and day long lessons for all ages and ability levels. The Ski Schools also offer off piste lessons, guided tours and freeriding terrain park lessons.

Val Thorens Terrain Park and Halfpipe

The Val Thorens Snowpark in the Plateau area is accessed from the Moutiere Chairlift. The snowpark has beginner, intermediate and advanced zones with jumps, rails, boxes and a well cut halfpipe.

A fun and fast 1.4 kilometre long boardercross course next to the Lacs Chairlift has twists, sharp turns and big jumps.

Other Activities at Val Thorens

Val Thorens is home to the longest tobogganing run in France measuring 6 kilometres in length and 5 meters in width. The scenic run is parallel to the Tete Ronde trail taking an average time of forty five minutes from start to finish. It is defiantly worth doing for the awesome views and the speed.

Other activities at Val Thorens include ice driving, snow shoeing, paragliding, snowmobile tours, hiking and scenic flights.

Off the slopes enjoy going to the cinema, swimming in the Val Thorens Sport Centre pool and massage and beauty treatments.

In 2007 a new ten pin bowling and leisure centre was built in the village. La Bicicleta has eight bowling lanes, pool tables, a games room, internet cafe and an Asian restaurant and bar.

Shopping at Val Thorens

The Val Thorens Village has over 80 shops stocking the latest ski and snowboard equipment and rental gear, fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops, photography and art galleries, eyewear shops, pharmacies and newsagencies.

The Village has well stocked grocery markets, patisseries (bakeries) cheese shops, wine shops, delicatessens and butchers.

Val Thorens Restaurants

Val Thorens has restaurants, bistros and cafes scattered throughout the Village all serving beautiful French cuisine and local Savoyard specialties.

Go with a group of friends to La Fondue Restaurant for cheese fondue and raclette; the restaurant may be small and cosy but the atmosphere is fun and loud!

Montana Restaurant serves quick snacks on its huge slopeside sun terrace at lunchtime and exquisite local meat, fish and cheese delicacies for dinner.

Le Sherpa Restaurant has five course gourmet French cuisine dinners every night and speciality food nights where guests can sample local Savoyard dishes. The restaurant has a dessert buffet and an excellent international wine list.

Go to Chalet de la Marine for an enjoyable lunch on the sundeck. Try the bacon cheese and cream tart followed by either the roast chicken or local sausages accompanied by a glass of champagne.

Val Thorens Nightlife

Val Thorens has a vibrant nightlife with trendy bars, English Pubs and funky nightclubs.

The Frog and Roastbeef Pub is the highest English pub in Europe. It opens early for après ski drinks and music then serves tasty pub meals before clearing the tables for late night tabletop dancing.

The Ski Rock Café is the most popular après ski spot whilst Le Tango has the Village’s best live music.

The Underground Nightclub hosts international DJs throughout the winter season.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
10,597
3,230
Base
7,546
2,300
Average Snowfall
394 inches
Lifts
29
Trails
68
140 km
Terrain %
advanced
40
intermediate
35
beginner
25
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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