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Adapted tourism - Handiski

Resort Infrastructure

For the last 15 years Val Thorens has committed itself to make the resort more accessible to the disabled – whether in lodging, parking, adaptive skiing or other activities.
Our objective: to encourage everyone celebrate the magic of mountain play.

For your convenience and comfort, a number of lodging options (hotels, lodges, apartments), restaurants and services (tourism office, parking) are now wheel chair accessible (see even reserved for the disabled).

Adaptive Skiing

One of the pioneers of disabled sports, and a wonderful means to taste the freedom of gravity sports, adaptive skiing is suited to a wide range of disabilities. With instructors trained specifically in a variety of adaptive ski categories, the Val Thorens Ski Schools invite you to explore the biggest ski area in the world.

The Different Categories

Adaptive Skiing - Tandem Skiing

Targeted group: Tetraplegics, handicapped heavyweights, seniors, and all people suffering from serious mobility issues.
Equipment: (articulated ‘ski-chair’on a pair of skis) A special below-zero blanket covering the customer from head-to-foot. A pair of ‘Millet’ over-mitts.
Goal for this kind of equipment: touring, sensation of speed and gliding/sliding based on the clients’ abilities and needs .

Dual Sit-Ski

Targeted group: paraplegics, people with lower body disabilities, mentally handicapped, genetic illness. An energetic outing for older folks or non-skiers wishing to visit the Val Thorens and 3 Vallees aeras.
Equipment: skiing apparatus with a low centre of gravity.
Adjustable ‘Fournales’ shock absorbers
2 adjustable outriggers
2 wide skis
4 different-sized shells designed to be adapted to most body types (Size 1, 3, 5, 6)
2 steering handlebars with attached lifeline

Goal for this kind of equipment: helping disabled skiers become independent.


For your security, we remind you of a few safety rules. (these rules were excerpted from the French Federation of Adaptive Sports rules book). 

-All sit-skiers must be accompanied by a competent skier who can lend assistance when necessary.
-On arrival, the escort must contact the proper authorities in order to be informed of the accessibility of specific runs, lifts and services.
-On the slopes, the escort assists the sit-skier in all situations.
-The safety bar must be down for the duration of the lift ride.
-The resort reserves the right to refuse access to all non-approved equipment.
-The use of a helmet is strongly recommended for sit-skiers.


In order to encourage disabled visitors to enjoy the sensation of sliding on snow, Val Thorens now offers significant lift pass reductions – up to 50% – both for the adaptive skiers and their escorts*

*On presentation of disabled identification :-50% off for all ski domains .

For those requiring an escort (vision impaired, wheelchair bound, autistic child), 50% off on lift pass – the same as disabled person. Note: the pass must be bought AT THE SAME TIME as the disabled person being escorted.
Toilet for disable people are available with wheelchair at TC Caron/Cairn, TC Moraine, and Funitel  Péclet

Disabled Travel Book (Download)

The town of Saint Martin de Belleville of whom Val Thorens depends has signed the charter “For a mountain of comfort” on the 20th of August 2012.

The city has to implement actions and to realise constructions in order to facilitate the skiing activity for disabled people.

To facilitate your stay, this travel book includes all the services accessible to disabled people at the resort (accommodation, transportation and parking, ski-lifts and ski pass).

Orelle - Ski lifts

  • STOR (côté Orelle)

    Gare de la Télécabine - 73140 Orelle
    Telephone : +33 4 79 56 88 01
    Fax : +33 4 79 56 88 02
    Web E-mail contact

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