VAL THORENS WELCOMES YOU IN JANUARY
Last update on January 19 2021
Despite the closure of the ski lifts, come and enjoy the great outdoors in Val Tho!
On this page you will find all the information relating to your stay: accommodation, restaurants and shops open as well as outdoor activities accessible in compliance with health regulations.
THE SKI LIFTS
The ski lifts are currently closed to skiers and pedestrians.
We will keep you informed of the situation on this page, on our Covid-19 page, as well as on our social networks.
We are ready to open our ski area as soon possible, while respecting the sanitary conditions.
From January 4, several activities are on offer.
The activities to be practised independently:
- Ski touring: a 4.8km, 820m d+ ski touring trail is marked and groomed with a start at the Rond-Point des Pistes at 2280m and an arrival at 3100m at the top of the Col chairlift. The ascent is via the green slope "Combe de Thorens", the blue slope "Génépi" and then the red slope "Col". The descent is via two groomed and secured slopes: Col (red slope) then Moraine (blue slope). Open every day depending on the weather conditions.
- Cross-country skiing: a 3km cross-country skiing track will be marked out at the start of the Rond-Point des Pistes. See the route.
- Tobogganing: 3 toboggan runs will be accessible.
- La piste aux étoiles, starting from Place Caron (along the Castor et Pollux magic carpet)
- La grenouillère at the start of the Rond-Point des Pistes
- L'Espace neige du téléphérique (Place Caron)
- Mountain biking: La Montagnette trail will be accessible to mountain bikes.
- Snowshoes: our footpaths (see below) are authorised for snowshoes
- Footpaths: 2 footpaths will be accessible on foot or with snowshoes.
- La Montagnette (starting from Les Balcons district)
- La Marine (from Chalet Cosmojet)
- Ski touring: initiations and ski touring outings are proposed by La Maison des Guides et de La Montagne, Le Bureau des Guides des Belleville, Caroline Vincent and Prosneige, ESF, Evolution 2, Ski Cool, Oxygène, ESI Ski Family and Val Thorens Ski Instructor ski schools.
- Cross-country skiing: courses are proposed by La Maison des Guides et de la Montagne and by ESI Ski Family and Val Thorens Ski Instructor ski schools.
- High Mountain: off-piste ski outings are proposed by Le Bureau des Guides des Belleville, La Maison des Guides et de la Montagne, Ski Cool and Oxygène.
- Snowshoe outings: proposed by Raquette Nature, La Maison des Guides et de La Montagne and by Prosneige, ESF, Evolution 2, Oxygène, ESI Ski Family and Val Thorens Ski Instructor ski schools.
- Children's and beginners' ski lessons: proposed by the Prosneige, ESF, Ski Cool, Oxygène, ESI Ski Family and Val Thorens Ski Instructor ski schools (attention, there are no ski lifts open).
- Children's and beginners' snowboard lessons: proposed by Prosneige, ESF, Ski Cool, Oxygène, ESI Ski Family and Val Thorens Ski Instructor (attention, there are no ski lifts open).
- Initiation Pow Surf: private lessons proposed by Ski Cool.
- Telemark: group or private lessons proposed by Oxygène.
- Skating rink: the skating rink is open every day: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 5.45pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm and from 2pm to 5.45pm. More information here. Activity from 3 years old.
- Avalanche Victim Search Workshop: activity proposed by Le Bureau des Guides des Belleville (location: Rond-Point des Pistes. You must have your own equipment), La Maison des Guides et de La Montagne (equipment provided), Ski Cool, Prosneige and Oxygène.
- Nivology training: activity proposed by Le Bureau des Guides des Belleville and Oxygène ski school.
- Sled dogs: activity proposed by Evolution 2, from 2 years old (from Monday to Friday)
- Electric mountain bike ride: activity proposed by Evolution 2
- Paragliding: activity proposed by Oxygène
- Ice climbing: activity proposed by Evolution 2, Oxygène, La Maison des Guides et de La Montagne and Le Bureau des Guides des Belleville
- Well-being: home massages proposed by Zen Altitude, Escale Zen and Caroline Vincent; Yoga and meditative walking proposed by Escale Zen; traditional Chinese energy treatment, Gi Gong, energy harmonisation and foot reflexology proposed by Caroline Vincent.
Experiences of the Val Thorens Club
Visit Justine and Edouard at the Val Thorens Club place Caron, tell them what you want to do to make your stay a delightful one! Loan of the latest GoPro Hero9 for 24 hours, delivery of the United Nations Passport of Val Thorens (treasure hunt). Take advantage of these extras by registering for free at Club Val Thorens here. Club members will take part in weekly draws to live new experiences:
- Access for the Skating Rink: win your place to have fun on the ice. 5 sessions to be won each week.
- Live the life of a snow clearer: Yann has a most important mission, to guarantee you access to our beautiful resort. Discover the behind-the-scenes of snow removal in the resort by boarding our biggest machines (loader, snow plough, milling machine). Amateurs of mechanics, make yourself known! An experience to be won on days with heavy snowfalls (departure in the morning for 1 to 2 hours of experience).
- Live the life of a piste groomer: Ready to climb aboard a piste groomer when the slopes close for the day? Gilles and his team of piste groomer drivers will take you to discover the secrets of grooming Val Thorens’ ski slopes… Experience to be gained twice a week (duration 1h to 2h).
- Market: Tuesdays and Thursdays, all day long (Place de l'Eglise)
CAR PARKS AND SHUTTLE BUSES
In order to facilitate snow clearance in the resort, car parks are compulsory. The P0 reception is openevery day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm; Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.
The P0, P1 and P2D car parks are open for parking. They will be allocated to you according to availability, the size of your vehicle and your accommodation. Find all the information about parking in Val Thorens on our parking page.
Reminder: a long journey by car, during curfew hours, must be covered by one of the derogatory reasons for the certificate. There is no valid reason for leaving or returning from your holiday by car, so make sure you make arrangements to reach Val Thorens before 6pm.
2 free shuttles will be available:
- A resort shuttle: it will operate one rotation per hour from 9.30 am to 6 pm (map to download here).
- A Belleville valley shuttle: it will operate 3 times a day (except on Saturdays).
- From Saint-Martin-de-Belleville: 9.15 am, 1.15 pm and 4.15 pm
- From Val Thorens: 10.15 am 14.15 pm and 17.15 pm
- See details of the stops here
You can also check the list of all our accommodation open here.
SHOPS & RESTAURANTS
- Carrefour Montagne Caron: open every day from 8am to 6pm.
- Sherpa Péclet: open every day from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 4pm to 6pm.
Find the list of all the shops open here.
In order to make your stay easier, some of our restaurateurs have set up the click&collect, in compliance with sanitary rules.
Discover the list of our restaurants open for takeaway sales.
Opening hours of the Tourist Office
The Tourist Office is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 12.15pm and from 2pm to 5.30pm.
- Pharmacy: open every day from 19 December, from 10am to 12.30pm and from 3.30pm to 6pm.
- Telephone: 04 79 00 02 72
- Medical Centre: open Monday to Friday from 9am to 11pm and from 3pm to 5pm without appointment.
- Telephone : 04 79 00 00 37
More information on open health services here.