Welcome to our exclusive guide dedicated to the success of your stay in Val Thorens. Whether you are an avid ski enthusiast or simply looking for magical moments in the mountains, we are delighted to share with you our valuable tips and advice to make your stay a memorable adventure. From planning your stay to discovering the resort's hidden gems, we invite you to delve into this carefully crafted guide, designed to allow you to fully enjoy every moment spent at Val Thorens. Let yourself be guided !

Val Thorens in the 3 Valleys

Val Thorens, a resort in the heart of the 3 Valleys

À Val Thorens, the ski area is open from November 25 to May 5, enough time to indulge in the pleasures of skiing and explore the immensity of the 3 Valleys ski area, open from December 2 to April 21.

Because yes, come ski at Val Thorens, it means having access to the ski area of Val Thorens-Orelle, but it is also and above all the possibility of skiing in Les 3 Vallées, the largest ski area in the world. Just that !

Throughout your stay, you have the freedom to move from one resort to another thanks to the 600 km of slopes connected on skis. Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Orelle will no longer have any secrets for you!

The ski area of Val Thorens

Renowned for the quality of its snow and its state-of-the-art ski lifts, the ski area of Val Thorens – Orelle is a true skiing paradise. Located 99% above 2000 m and with 150 km of slopes to descend, the ski area offers excellent conditions for maximum enjoyment.

As a bonus: while skiing Val Thorens, you have access to the Orelle ski area and can reach the summit of the 3 Valleys: Pointe du Bouchet. It is the highest peak accessible on skis in the 3 Valleys, at 3230m above sea level (this is 30 meters higher than our beloved Cime Caron).

Between fields of powder and perfectly groomed slopes, there is no question of performance, from beginner to advanced, the Val Thorens – Orelle ski area offers pleasure whatever your level!

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Skiing on groomed slopes

The station Val Thorens

Highest station in Europe, Val Thorens is perched at an altitude of 2300m. It is made up of 6 districts: the Soleil district (yellow), the Grande Rue district (red), the Balcons district (blue), the Plein Sud district (white), the Slalom district (green) and the Lombarde district (purple). ).

Hint: once there, to identify which district you are in, look at the color of the logos Val Thorens on the street lamps. Does the color match the color of the neighborhood you are located in?

À Val Thorens, most accommodations offer ski-in/ski-out departure and arrival. If not, there isn't much of a walk to get to the slopes. The slope access points are also indicated in dotted lines on the resort map.

Book accommodation

By booking your stay with Val Thorens By booking, you benefit from a wide choice of accommodation, but also reduced prices on your ski passes, activities, parking space and even transport.

Our teams are located in the center of the resort and are therefore able to offer you products that meet your needs as closely as possible. Book your stay quickly with the advice of a 100% Made in team Val Thorens !

By clicking on the button below, you will be directly redirected to the reservation center website 🙂

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reserve a parking space

À Val Thorens, parking in car parks is compulsory. So, two options are available to you: park in one of the resort's public car parks, or park in the private car park of your hotel or residence (if, and only if, your accommodation has private parking ).

In the majority of cases, you will have to park in one of the resort's public car parks. To do this, we advise you to reserve your space online on the Valthoparc website, to be sure of having a space in the car park closest to your accommodation.

Good to know: online booking on the Valthoparc website is possible up to 7 days before your arrival. After this period, you will have to buy your ticket at the automatic ticket counters in car parks P0 and P1 or at the ticket counters in car park P2, upon your arrival at Val Thorens.

Buy a ski pass

Because most of you come to Val Thorens above all for skiing, here are our tips and tricks for choosing your ski pass 🙂

First of all, you have the choice between the ski area of Val Thorens – Orelle and the 3 Valleys ski area. If you don't ski a lot or if you're just starting out, you'll already have plenty to do in the ski area of Val Thorens – Orella. If you want to explore as many ski slopes as possible and do a series of descents, then the 3 Valleys ski area will be the best option.

Then, different packages are offered to you: 4 hours, 1 day, 2 days, 6 days, beginner, season… it’s up to you to make your choice according to your desires!

Hint: if you come as a family (2 adults and at least 2 children) or as a tribe (3 or more), there are family and tribe pass to benefit from reduced rates. These passes are valid on packages of 6 days or more.

Finally, you have the option of purchasing your pass online and collecting it on site, or purchasing it directly upon arrival at the resort. Buying online allows you to save time and avoid waiting at the ski lift ticket offices 😉

Tip: even for a small injury, emergency interventions in the ski area are chargeable. We therefore encourage you to take thesnow square insurance when purchasing your ski pass.

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Skiing with friends in the morning
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Ski equipment rental

Rent your ski equipment

Most hotels and tourist residences have either a ski shop inside their accommodation, or a partnership with a ski shop close to their establishment. In this case, equipment rental may be offered to you when booking your accommodation.

In other cases, you will have the choice between the numerous equipment rental companies in the resort and will be able to choose the one that suits you best.

Hint: by booking your stay with Val Thorens Booking, you can book your accommodation, your ski pass, equipment rental or even your parking space, all at advantageous rates.

forthcoming Val Thorens

Several transport options are available to you to come to Val Thorens.

If you want to come by train or plane, be aware that you will necessarily have to take a bus, a taxi or rent a car to get to Val Thorens, as the nearest train station is 37 km away and the nearest airport is 122 km away.

If you wish to come by car, simply take the N90 towards Moûtiers, then take exit no. 40 and follow the D117 until Val Thorens.

Tip: before your departure, remember to consult the weather forecasts,road conditions and above all to be equipped with 4 snow tires or chains because special equipment is now mandatory in mountainous areas.

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Station entrance Val Thorens


The station has a luggage room located in the bus station, Place des Arolles. You can leave your luggage there on your arrival, while waiting to collect your accommodation, or on the day of your departure if you want to take advantage of the slopes until the last minute.

The luggage storage is open every day during the winter season.

Good to know: It is not possible to reserve a place in luggage storage in advance, but don't worry, we will always find a place for you :)

WiFi at Val Thorens

À Val Thorens, wifi is free in several places in the resort and ski area. Most accommodations also have free wifi.

If, however, you do not have access to a wifi network, the station is equipped with paid wifi. Different offers are available depending on the length of your stay.

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Wifi at Val Thorens
Beti autonomous shuttle to Val Thorens

Getting around the station

The advantage to Val Thorens, there is no need for a car! The station can be crossed on foot from one end to the other in 20 minutes. So, you can go get your bread in the morning, go to the sports center in the afternoon or even eat a good raclette at the restaurant in the evening, on foot (almost) effortlessly.

A shuttle station free also runs every day, from morning to evening and allows you to move around the different areas of the station.

Hint: If you do not know which stop is closest to your accommodation, a detailed list of all the stops with, for each stop, the hotels and residences served can be consulted on the shuttles page.

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs

À Val Thorens, there is a wide variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs available to you! Mountain restaurants, resort restaurants, fast food, wine bars, beer bars, party bars, tea rooms… you will be spoiled for choice.

Tip: If a restaurant catches your eye, we invite you to reserve a table before your visit, or as soon as you arrive in the resort. Restaurants are particularly busy on Friday evenings 😉

Restaurant at Val Thorens

The activities

Val Thorens offers a multitude of activities in the resort and in the ski area. Whether during the day or in the evening, there is no room for boredom!

Tip: in order to anticipate your stay as best as possible, there are certain very popular activities that it is advisable to book in advance, such as snow groomer rides or even dog sledding for which online reservation is possible. Others, like snowmobiles, require an on-site reservation. In this case, it is strongly recommended to book your activity at the start of your stay, or even on the day of your arrival.

Shops and services

À Val Thorens, there are all the shops and services you need! Convenience stores, bakeries, regional products, fashion boutiques, souvenir stores, sports stores, newspapers, tobacconists, opticians, health services, transport services, banking services, laundromats, garages, hair salons, DIY services, concierge services, luggage storage, locksmith... Find detailed lists of all our businesses and services in the businesses menu on our site.

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Family goes shopping Val Thorens
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Family on a restaurant terrace

A resort for families

Val Thorens is labeled station Famille Plus label Mountain : a label that determines 6 commitments for welcoming young and old alike! The assurance of a family experience suitable for all ages.

Hint: Thanks to the free resort shuttle, drop your children off at ski lessons effortlessly. No need to bother carrying the whole family's skis, shuttle stops are located near the snow gardens 😉

The Tourist Office

Located in the heart of the resort, on Place Caron, the Tourist Office is an essential stop during your vacation in Val Thorens. You will find all the practical information there, but also the entertainment and activities organized in the resort during your stay.

The Tourist Office welcomes you every day of the winter season from 8:45 a.m. to 19 p.m.

As a bonus: a mountain of exclusive gifts for young and old awaits you on sale only at the Tourist Office. If you come to see us for information, do not hesitate to take a look at our shop. Thanks to the Val Tho Space Shop (not a bad shop name, right?), you can now bring a little bit of us home with you!

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Tourist Office shop Val Thorens
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Reading the Practical Guide to Val Thorens

Our documentation and brochures

This is where you will find the PDF versions of our plans, but also of our brochures and our entertainment programs. The different documentation and brochures are also available in different places on the site, but this is where you will find them collected 🙂 If you would like to receive some at home, simply make a request for documentation via the contact form which can be found on the dedicated page. Finally, we also invite you to visit us at the Tourist Office during your stay in order to have access to all of our paper documentation.

The Club Val Thorens : the resort’s loyalty club

The Club Val Thorens, it’s the resort’s loyalty club. Every week, there are more than 100 experiences to be won in a draw, as well as resort events reserved for club members! Discovery behind the scenes of the resort, thrills, serenity, gastronomy, VIP invitations, in short, only experiences to live exclusively at Val Thorens. Oh and we didn't tell you, it's free!

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Distribution of Cotton Candy for the Club's 5th anniversary Val Thorens
Walk with a dog on the mountain trail

Come with your dog

Because your furballs also have the right to a vacation Val Thorens, we have gathered all the information you need to know on a dedicated page! List of dog-sitters if you wish to have him looked after while you enjoy the ski slopes, footpaths or even the nearest veterinary clinic, you will find everything there for a successful stay at Val Thorens with your 4-legged companion.


To know Val Thorens at your fingertips, discover all of our articles on our blog. Behind the scenes, culture, activities, advice, tips… await you there!

Sunset snow groomer

If all these tips and tricks are not enough, or if you simply prefer to communicate with us in person, do not hesitate to contact us at 04 79 00 08 08, we will be happy to answer you 🙂

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