Welcome to our exclusive guide to making your stay in Val Thorens a success. Whether you're an avid snow sports enthusiast or simply looking for some magical moments in the mountains, we're delighted to share with you our invaluable tips and advice to make your stay a memorable adventure. From planning your stay to discovering the resort's hidden treasures, we invite you to dive into this carefully crafted guide, designed to help you make the most of every moment you spend in Val Thorens. Let us be your guide!
Val Thorens, a resort at the heart of the 3 Valleys
In Val Thorens, the ski area is open from 25 November to 5 Mayplenty of time to indulge in the pleasures of the slopes and explore the vastness of the 3 Vallées ski area, open from 2 December to 21 April.
Because, yes, coming to ski in Val Thorens means having access to the Val Thorens-Orelle ski area, but it also and above all means being able to ski in Les 3 Vallées, the largest ski area in the world. And that's not all!
Throughout your stay, you'll have the freedom to move from one resort to another, thanks to 600 km of ski-linked pistes. Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville and Orelle will hold no more secrets for you!
The Val Thorens ski area
Renowned for the quality of its snow and its state-of-the-art ski lifts, the Val Thorens - Orelle ski area is a real paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Located at 99% above 2000 m and with 150 km of runs to enjoy, the ski area offers excellent conditions for maximum pleasure.
Bonus feature: When you ski in Val Thorens, you have access to the Orelle ski area and can reach the summit of the 3 Vallées: the Pointe du Bouchet. This is the highest skiable peak in the 3 Vallées, at 3230m (30 metres higher than our beloved Cime Caron).
Between fields of powder and perfectly groomed slopes, there's no question of performance. From beginners to advanced skiers, the Val Thorens - Orelle ski area offers fun for all levels!
Val Thorens resort
The highest resort 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).
Tip: Once you're there, to find out which district you're in, look at the colour of the Val Thorens logos on the lampposts. Does the colour correspond to the colour of the district you are in?
In Val Thorens, most accommodation offers a ski-in/ski-out service. If not, you don't have to walk far to get to the pistes. The slope access points are dotted on the resort map.
When you book your stay with Val Thorens Reservation, you benefit from a wide choice of accommodation, as well as reduced rates on your ski passes, activities, parking spaces and even transport.
Our teams are located right in the centre of the resort, so they can offer you products that meet your needs as closely as possible. Book your stay now with the advice of a 100% Made in Val Thorens team!
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reserve a parking space
In Val Thorens, parking in car parks is compulsory. You have two options: 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 a private car park).
In most cases, you'll need to park in one of the resort's public car parks. We advise you to book your parking space online, on the Valthoparc website, to make sure you have 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 time, you will need to buy your ticket at the automatic pay stations in car parks P0 and P1, or at the pay stations in car park P2, when you arrive in Val Thorens.
Buy a ski pass
As most of you come to Val Thorens primarily for the skiing, here are our tips and tricks for choosing your ski pass 🙂
First of all, you can choose between the Val Thorens - Orelle ski area and the 3 Vallées ski area. If you don't ski much or if you're a beginner, you'll already have plenty to do in the Val Thorens - Orelle ski area. If you want to explore as many ski runs as possible, then the 3 Vallées ski area is the best option for you.
Then there are a range of packages to choose from: 4-hour, 1-day, 2-day, 6-day, beginner, season... it's up to you to make the choice that suits you best!
Tip: if you're coming as a family (2 adults and at least 2 children) or as a tribe (3 or more people), there are family and tribe pass to benefit from reduced rates. These passes are valid for packages of 6 days or more.
Finally, you have the option of buying your lift pass online and collecting it on site, or buying it directly when you arrive at the resort. Buying online saves you time and avoids waiting at the lift pass desks 😉
Advice : Even for a minor injury, there is a charge for rescue services in the ski area. We therefore encourage you to take thecarré neige insurance when you buy your ski pass.
Hire 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 hire may be offered when you book your accommodation.
In other cases, you can choose from the many equipment hire companies in the resort and select the one that suits you best.
Tip: by booking your stay with Val Thorens ReservationHere you can book your accommodation, ski pass, equipment hire or parking space, all at great rates.
Coming to Val Thorens
There are several transport options available to get to Val Thorens.
If you're coming by train or plane, you'll need to take a bus, taxi or hire a car to get to Val Thorens, as the nearest train station is 37km away and the nearest airport is 122km away.
If you're coming by car, simply take the N90 towards Moûtiers, then exit at junction 40 and follow the D117 to Val Thorens.
The resort has a luggage store located in the bus station on Place des Arolles. You can leave your luggage there when you arrive, while waiting to collect your accommodation, or on the day of your departure if you want to enjoy the slopes right up until the last minute.
The luggage room is open daily during the winter season.
Good to know: It's not possible to book a place in bagagerie in advance, but don't worry, we'll always find a place for you there 🙂
Wifi in Val Thorens
In Val Thorens, free wifi is available in many parts of the resort and ski area. Most accommodation is also equipped with free wifi.
If, however, you do not have access to a wifi network, the resort is equipped with wifi for a fee. Different offers are available depending on the length of your stay.
Getting around the station
The great thing about Val Thorens is that you don't need a car! You can walk from one end of the resort to the other in 20 minutes. So you can pick up your bread in the morning, go to the sports centre in the afternoon or eat a good raclette in the restaurant in the evening, all on foot (almost) effortlessly.
A station shuttle The free bus also runs every day from morning to evening, enabling you to get around the different areas of the resort.
Tip: if you don't know which stop is closest to your accommodation, a detailed list of all the stops with the hotels and residences served at each stop can be consulted on the shuttle service page.
Restaurants, bars and discos
Val Thorens has a wide range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs for you to choose from! Mountain restaurants, resort restaurants, fast food outlets, wine bars, beer bars, party bars, tearooms... you'll be spoilt for choice.
Advice : If a restaurant catches your eye, we suggest you book a table before you arrive, or as soon as you arrive in the resort. Restaurants are particularly busy on Friday evenings 😉
Val Thorens offers a multitude of activities in the resort and on the ski area. Whether during the day or in the evening, there's no room for boredom!
Advice : To help you plan your stay as well as possible, there are some very popular activities that you are advised to book in advance, such as groomer rides or dog sledding, which can be booked online. Others, such as snowmobiling, require on-site booking. In this case, we strongly recommend that you book your activity at the beginning of your stay, or even on the day of your arrival.
Shops and services
Val Thorens has all the shops and services you need! Mini-markets, bakeries, regional products, fashion boutiques, souvenir shops, sports shops, newspapers, tobacconists, opticians, health services, transport services, banking services, launderettes, garages, hairdressing salons, DIY services, concierge services, luggage stores, locksmiths... Find detailed lists of all our shops and services in the shops menu on our site.
A family-friendly resort
Val Thorens has been awarded the station Family Plus Mountain a label that determines 6 commitments for young and old alike! A family experience for all ages.
Tip: Take your children to ski lessons effortlessly with the free resort shuttle. No need to worry about carrying all the family's skis, there are shuttle stops near the snow gardens 😉
The Tourist Office
Located right in the heart of the resort, on the Place Caron, the Tourist Office is a must during your holiday in Val Thorens. You'll find all the practical information you need, as well as events and activities organised in the resort during your stay.
The Tourist Office is open every day during the winter season from 8.45am to 7pm.
Bonus feature: a mountain of exclusive gifts for young and old awaits you, on sale only at the Tourist Office. If you drop in for any information, don't hesitate to have a look at our shop. Thanks to the Val Tho Space Shop (not a bad name for a shop, eh?), you can now take a little bit of us home with you!
Our documentation and brochures
This is where you'll find PDF versions of our maps, brochures and event programmes. The various brochures and leaflets are also available in different places on the site, but this is where you'll find them all together 🙂 If you'd like to receive some at home, simply request them using the contact form on the dedicated page. Finally, we also invite you to come and see us at the Tourist Office during your stay so that you can have access to all our paper documentation.
The Val Thorens Club: the resort's loyalty club
The Val Thorens Club is the resort's loyalty club. Every week, there are over 100 experiences to be won in a prize draw, as well as events in the resort reserved for club members! Behind the scenes of the resort, thrills, serenity, gastronomy, VIP invitations, in short, exclusive experiences in Val Thorens. And we didn't tell you, it's free!
Bring your dog
Because your furballs also have the right to a holiday in Val Thorens, we've put together all the information you need to know on a dedicated page! A list of dog-sitters if you want to look after your pet while you enjoy the ski slopes, footpaths or the nearest veterinary clinic, you'll find everything you need for a successful stay in Val Thorens with your 4-legged friend.
To get to know Val Thorens at your fingertips, read all our articles on our blog. Behind the scenes, culture, activities, advice, tips... all waiting for you!
If all these tips and tricks aren't enough, or if you'd simply prefer to talk to us face-to-face, don't hesitate to contact us at 04 79 00 08 08, we'll be happy to get back to you 🙂