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Val Thorens

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 Length87 miles
Highest Lift10,499ft
Resort Height7,546ft
 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 French ski resort of Val Thorens is in the French Alps at an altitude of 7,546ft, with 87 miles of marked runs.

Val Thorens is part of the Three Valleys ski area with access to 373 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 (87 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 7,546ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 10,499ft, 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 7 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Caron', which is 2 miles in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Val Thorens?

The next notable snow forecast is 9in, expected on 2 June.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Val Thorens

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
87 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
3 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
373 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
81 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Val Thorens Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift10,499ft
Resort Altitude (Val Thorens)7,546ft
Lowest Trail6,070ft
Max Vertical4,429ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Val Thorens
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Ski Rental in Val Thorens

Ski Rental Shops in Val Thorens.

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Ski Lessons in Val Thorens

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To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Val Thorens Ski Schools and Val Thorens Ski Instructors.

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Location and Map

Where is Val Thorens?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in The Three Valleys, Savoie.


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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 St-Exupéry and Lyon Bron 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 62 miles of ski runs, with 395 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Val Thorens open?

 Opened : November 20, 2021.

 Closed : May 8, 2022.

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

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

Trail Map

Val Thorens Trail Map
Val Thorens

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Val Thorens, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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