The slopes

  • Extent 5 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 5 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 5 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 1 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 2 out of 5
  • Convenience 5 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 4 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 2 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Three Valleys

Key facts

Resort2300 m
Slopes1260-3230 m
Lifts180
Pistes600 km
Price index115

Val Thorens

France

Val Thorens resort and mountains

The upside

  • Extensive slopes for all abilities, plus access to the Three Valleys
  • One of the most snow-sure resorts
  • One of the slickest lift systems in France
  • Compact, with ski-in/out lodgings
  • Convenient, gentle nursery slopes
  • Decent range of hotels and some very smart apartments

The downside

  • Not a tree in sight
  • Away from the front de neige, not an attractive place to walk around
  • Not ideal for non-skiers
  • Some very crowded pistes and dangerous intersections
  • Queues for the justifiably popular Cime Caron cable car
  • Latest user reviews

    There aren't any reviews yet.

    Your views?

    If you have visited this resort not too long ago, why not add your own short review to this page?

    News – 2017/18

    The Moraine chairlift, which serves easy blue runs, is being upgraded to a 10-seater gondola.

    Another blue run has been added in the Plein Sud sector, which will be useful at the end of the day for skiers staying at the top end of the resort.

    Hotel Pashmina’s ‘Les Explorateurs’ restuarant was awarded a Michelin star in 2017. And Montana Village is opening the Montana Lodge Residence – 17 new 5-star apartments with hotel facilities.

    News – 2016/17

    In the Péclet sector a fast new six-seater chair replaced the old Roc and Stades draglifts. And a new Croissant red piste, equipped with snowmaking, provides guests staying at the higher end of the resort with a new return run.

    The relatively new Boismint quad chair was replaced by a six-pack, which means that this relatively quiet area might become more crowded.

    The Snowpark was given a “total makeover” with special attention being paid to improving areas for beginner freestylers; the medium zone for more experienced riders was also extended and improved.

    The new Ski Flux system displays on giant screens real-time information about how busy each run is and how good the snow is to help you plan your routes.

    The dear old Mercure hotel has been transformed into the trendy 4-star Fahrenheit Seven, complete with cool wine bar Le Zinc.

    Summary

    Val Thorens continues its gradual drift upmarket, with a fourth 5-star hotel now open. But it remains a top place for the enthusiast looking for the best snow available and fast lifts to whizz you around. For a late trip, in particular, it’s the best base in the wonderful Three Valleys. But we normally prefer a cosier base lower down. That way, if a storm socks in, we can play in the woods; if it’s scorchio, we can set off for Val Thorens.

    Blogs, features and news

    Map unavailable.

    The slopes

    • Extent 5 out of 5
    • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
    • Snow 5 out of 5
    • Queues 4 out of 5
    • Terrain p'ks 4 out of 5
    • Expert 4 out of 5
    • Intermediate 5 out of 5
    • Beginner 4 out of 5
    • Boarder 4 out of 5
    • X-country 1 out of 5
    • Restaurants 4 out of 5
    • Schools 3 out of 5
    • Families 3 out of 5

    The resort

    • Resort charm 2 out of 5
    • Convenience 5 out of 5
    • Scenery 3 out of 5
    • Eating out 4 out of 5
    • Apres ski 4 out of 5
    • Off-slope 2 out of 5

    Key facts covers:

    • Three Valleys

    Key facts

    Resort2300 m
    Slopes1260-3230 m
    Lifts180
    Pistes600 km
    Price index115