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Val Thorens

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Val Thorens Ski Resort Guide

Val Thorens, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length140km87 miles
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Resort Height2,300m7,546ft
 Nearest AirportsChambery and Annecy
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Val Thorens

Situated at the top of The Three Valleys, Val Thorens - at 2300 metres the highest resort in Europe- offers a vast range of skiing with (pretty much) guaranteed snow cover all season.


The ski area of Val Thorens is in the French Alps at an altitude of 2,300m7,546ft, with 140km87 miles of marked runs.

Val Thorens is part of the Three Valleys ski area with access to 600km373 miles of downhill skiing, with 497 marked pistes, served by a total of 180 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Val Thorens itself (140km87 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Three Valleys ski resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Méribel and Saint Martin de Belleville.

The ski resort itself is at 2,300m7,546ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 3,200m10,499ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Val Thorens is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Val Thorens.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Val Thorens is 12km7 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Caron', which is 3km2 miles in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Val Thorens?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Val Thorens.

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Ski Area Stats

Val Thorens Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
140km87 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
5km3 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

The Three Valleys Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
600km373 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
130km81 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Val Thorens Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,200m10,499ft
Resort Altitude (Val Thorens)2,300m7,546ft
Lowest Piste1,850m6,070ft
Max Vertical1,350m4,429ft

Ski Slope Aspects

N, E, S, W

Val Thorens has ski slopes facing north, south, as well as east and west, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Val Thorens
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

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Ski Lessons in Val Thorens

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Location and Map

Where is Val Thorens?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Les Belleville, Albertville.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Val Thorens is Chambery, 90 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Geneva, Lyon Bron and Lyon St-Exupéry airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 29 ski lifts are able to uplift 53,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 100km62 miles of ski runs, with 395 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Val Thorens open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

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