Val Thorens Ski Holidays
France

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Val Thorens was voted world’s best ski resort in the World Ski Awards and it’s not hard to see why. Val Thorens itself has 150km of pistes with 31 lifts and is part of the Three Valleys which is the largest ski area in Europe totalling over 600km of piste connected by 169 lifts.

The resort is the highest in Europe and has one of the longest seasons staying open from mid November through to early May. The idea of creating the highest resort came about in 1969 and was developed through the seventies, eventually becoming the village so well loved today attracting skiers of all ages and abilities from all over Europe and beyond.

Val Thorens is purpose built sitting at 2300m with skiing up to 3230m and it is not the most attractive of places but in recent years major efforts have be made to turn the resort into a much prettier alpine village by re-cladding  existing buildings and ensuring all new construction follows a more Savoyard style.

The resort offers plenty of well located great value accommodation and is very appealing to young skiers wanting budget accommodation in a lively resort; however Val Thorens also attracts a more up market clientele with luxury accommodation and even a Michelin star restaurant.

With high snow sure skiing and the large and varied ski area, what’s not to love about Val Thorens.

Val Thorens has some of the best apres ski and nightlife in the Three Valleys:

Summit Nightclub is the highest night club in Europe. The club is open late and attracts a very British crowd

Saloon Bar is located at the top part of Val Thorens under the Les Neves Apartment block. The bar is a fantastic place to wind down after a long day skiing. The bar attracts the university crows with good music and live bands.  
 
The Frog & Roastbeef
is the highest pub in Europe and the only British Pub in resort. The bar shows all the live sport and has some of the best live bands in the Alps.

Malaysia is the largest club in the Alps. The club hosts some of the biggest events in the resort with international DJs.

Folie Douce  is a famous apres bar with a large open terrace known for its wild entertainment with Dj’s, singers, dancers and musicians putting on a fantastic show.

Bar 360 is located just above the entrance of the Moriane & Portette chairlift, on the terrace outside of the Chalets the Thorens. The bar offers après ski out of the ordinary with great drink, food and music.

Cafe Snesko is a popular Danish bar and has gained recognition as one of the best apres ski bars outside Austria.

Val Thorens offers a range of activities for non skiers including:

Ice climbing Experience or beginners ice climbers can climb VTs frozen waterfalls
Helicopter Tours
Heli skiing not allowed in France but tours are
Leisure Centre – pool and spa facilities, badminton, they will open all day in bad weather!
Ice driving – Professional instructors and track
Parapenting – VT can be a bit cold for this but on a sunny day you’ll get the most amazing views!
Zip Wire – highest
in the world! Tyrolienne, 3230m up and 1.3km long
Longest toboggan run in Europe! 6km! Great fun, wouldn’t recommend for toddlers, goes from top of Peclet gondola

Dog Sledding

Immeuble Eskival, 73440

Val Thorens

+ 33 (0)4 79 22 61 55

Ice Driving and Ice Karting

Parking P3

73440

Val Thorens

+33 6 74 78 25 13

Sports Centre

Rue de Caron

Val Thorens

+33 4 79 00 00 76

There is plenty of choice of places to eat in Val Thorens:

L’Auberge des Balcons serves traditional Savoyard specialities. The restaurant is a great spot to stop for lunch whilst out on the slopes.

Le Vieux Chalet is a family run restaurant serving gourmet French and Savoyard dishes. The restaurant offers a warm and cosy atmosphere in a relaxing setting.

La Bouitte  is located towards St Martin and serves a creative and subtle cuisine with draws inspiration from the culinary Savoyard traditions. The restaurant won its third Michelin star in 2015.

Le Diamant Noir is a gourmet restaurant with a Michelin starred chef. The restaurant is located at the top of resort in the Hotel Kohinor

Johns American Restaurant is a Danish run TEX-MEX restaurant serving American and Mexican cuisine in a friendly and warm atmosphere.

Cafe Peclet is a cosy cafe restaurant serving hearty Savoyard cuisine. They pride themselves on everything being homemade, even the fries!

La Maison serve fresh, quality products in their cosy interior and outdoor terrace.

Le Base Camp is located in the 5* Hotel Pashmina. The restaurant serves quality produce and authentic, refined dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.

Chez Pepe Nicolas is located on La Chasse piste between Les Menuires and Val Thorens. The restaurant combines contemporary cuisine with traditional Savoyard dishes with local products from the region.

Le Chalet de la Marine is a mountain restaurant located in the heart of the Val Thorens ski area. There is as both a Bistro self service restaurant and a Michelin star restaurant.

Good for Couples

Jean Sulpice

Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, 73440

Val Thorens

+33(0)4 79 40 00 71

Good for Couples

L'Epicurien

Residence Montana

Rue du Soleil, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 (0)4 79 00 21 30

Good for Family

Brasserie Val Thorens

Hotel Koh-i-Nor

Rue de Gebroulaz, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 4 79 31 00 00

Good for Family

Face West

Place de Caron, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 (0)4 79 00 05 94

Good for Friends

La Grange

Rue du Soleil, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 4 79 00 05 19

With such easy ski access and beginner slopes, Val Thorens is a popular resort choice for families with children in tow. But when the weather closes in, the mountains are not the best place to be so parents ideally need a backup plan to keep the kids entertained when bad weather stops play!

The resort’s Sports Centre offers a swimming pool and saunas but perhaps better suited to families with children is the centre’s bowling alley, which features eight lanes and welcomes kids aged 6 and over. There’s also a games room and two billiard halls. http://www.bowlingvalthorens.com/

For children looking for high-octane fun off the piste, Val Thorens offers air-boarding. Imagine holding on tight to a rubber ring and hurling yourself down the slope... well that’s air boarding! Although not for the faint-hearted, it’s a great way to keep the family entertained off the skis.

Another favourite for kids is the resort’s infamous toboggan run. The run is six kilometres long with enough twists and turns to keep the kids entertained for hours. The run begins at the foot of the glacier de Peclet and flows down to the base of the resort. Stunning views and thrills a-plenty, you can read up on it here: http://www.valthorens.com/winter-en/val-thorens/activities-and-entertainment/sports-activities/toboggan.92.html

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RESORT STATISTICS

  • ALTITUDE

    2300m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    8km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    3230m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    198

  • TOTAL PISTE

    600km



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