Presentation of the resort of Val Thorens
The ski resort of Val Thorens located in the heart of the sublime Massif de la Vanoise opened its doors in 1971. As part of the 3 valleys territory, it is the highest and probably the largest ski area in Europe. It has no less than 600 kilometers of slopes and 150 kilometers just for Val Thorens.
The village is perched at 2300 meters and its highest mountain, the “Pointe du Bouchet“, reaches 3230 meters. This remarkable altitude means that you are surrounded by all the slopes and ski lifts and you can easily access all the activities quickly, no matter where you are staying. The whole stay of the vacationers can be done in a pedestrian way in the good air of the mountain.
The atmosphere in Val Thorens is very sporty and cosmopolitan. You will be able to move easily from one place to another because the modern and freshly renovated infrastructures are numerous and allow you to easily relieve the overflow of tourists and skiers in high season and to limit in a pleasant way the waiting times that we know too often elsewhere. In the evening, there is no shortage of restaurants where you can get your strength back and enjoy a good meal from the region. There are nearly 70 of them. If you still have some energy left to have a drink with friends and party until the end of the night, you will be spoilt for choice.
Winter activities in Val Thorens
The name of the resort rhymes with all forms of skiing (alpine skiing, telemark, snowboarding, sledding, cross-country skiing…) So if you come as a beginner or as a specialist, whatever your tastes, don’t bother bringing your own equipment. One of the most interesting ways is to get your equipment from a professional. One of the best options is to rent a ski in Val Thorens with Sport 2000.
For those who want to get off the beaten track, off-piste tours are organized with a guide, paragliding flights allow you to admire the whole valley from the sky and see the Mont Blanc.
If speed skiing is not for you, don’t worry, multiple accompanied tours are programmed with ski touring or snowshoes.
There are even walks for all levels of walkers. For example the easy Marine trail or the Moutière trail which requires a little more physical condition.
Only in Val Thorens
– Cosmojet a toboggan run that measures six kilometers.
– Circuit automobile d’initiation à la conduite sur glace.
– Freestyle from beginner to pro: several levels of courses allow you to have fun with your family or to try out perilous figures. All this is located in the VT Fun Ride, VT Family Park and VT Park areas.
– Atypical atmosphere for an evening in a yurt with meals offered.
– The highest zip line in the world, 1.8 kilometers long (“the BEE”) will fly you 65 meters above the ground.
Summer activities in Val Thorens
Val Thorens Resort does not fall asleep when summer arrives, quite the contrary.
The nature is different, the horizons are clearer, but the air is always as pure.
There are many activities for children or between friends.
– Canyoning: the region has many gorges flooded with water that allow white water climbing.
– Mountain biking itineraries: The 3 valleys area is a privileged space for mountain bikers along routes with ascents and descents accessible to beginners as well as experts depending on the itinerary.
– Initiations to high altitude trails around the Montaulever Circuit (6 km), the Lac du Lou Circuit (15 km) and the Mont de la Chambre Circuit (10 km), the most difficult.
– Buggy rides: half-day packages from two people to a maximum of six to explore the paths of the Belleville Valley.
How to get to Val Thorens
By road : take the A41 or A43 freeways, then take the Route Nationale 90 to Moutiers-Salin-Brides-Bains, then follow the Départementale 117 to Val Thorens (about 40 kms).
Please remember to reserve your parking space on site.
By train : TGV station Moutiers-Salins-Brides-Les-Bains then a shuttle bus to the resort.