For the 2 consecutive years, Val Thorens was awarded the “World’s Best Ski Resort” and the “France’s Best Ski Resort” at the World Travel Awards 2014 and has now also won it for 2016.
Val Thorens is the highest resort in Europe (2300 meters). At the top of the 3 Vallées, it opens out onto the world’s largest ski area, with 600 kilometres of equipped slopes, 320 signposted runs, and some 174 ski lifts.
There are clear benefits of being at such a high altitude: The ski resort of Val Thorens is quite rightly renowned for its high quality dry snow, which is pretty much guaranteed from November to May.
Its site, boasting remarkable sunshine and snow cover, is surrounded by 6 glaciers and 6 equipped mountain peaks at altitude of more than 3000 meters.
Enjoy unique panoramic views over more than 1000 peaks in the French, Swiss and Italian Alps from La Cime Caron (3200 meters); a vast, diverse, naturally international vision.
Between powder snow fields and perfectly groomed slopes, the huge Val Thorens ski area offers every kind of snow sports to every kind of person, with something for every taste, ability level and even mood (relaxed, sporty, musical, festive…): Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, snowshoeing and best of all, the longest toboggan run in france: 6 kilometres for 45 minutes of pure descent!
Val Thorens promises ease for fans of “mind-blowing skiing”, a laid-back approach for beginners, and enjoyment for everyone, whatever your skiing ability level. Easy access to the slopes from hotels and residences makes Val Thorens qualified for the “doorstep skiing” label.
Val Thorens’ pioneer spirit is evidenced by its ski lifts, which, like the resort, are at the peak of innovation. Comfortable, modern equipment guarantees fast, completely safe journeys. Waiting time is kept to a minimum, even at peak times and during difficult weather conditions. Safety and speed make all the difference for ski lovers.
A diverse range of lifestyles, accommodation and leisure activities complements the wide choice of skiing.
Val Thorens offers a wide range of accommodation: ranging from 5 star hotels to charming 2 star hotels, from the most affordable, to top of the range, luxury apartments in 5 star residences.
For over a decade, the resort has developed a wealth of chalets and residences offering the latest equipment in terms of comfort, as well as hotel services, ideal for families, couples, or groups of friends.
Val Thorens is home to another vast area, that of its entertainement and leisure activities. The best and most varied cosmopolitan, multicultural, and welcoming atmospheres are provided by experts in extending guests a warm welcome.
Laid-back, lively, and vibrant, discover everything you’d expect from a town with all the atmosphere of a village. From sports center, shopping, 40 bars and 60 restaurants, the largest nightclub in the Alps, as well as live concerts every week.
Ice-driving, toboganing and snow mountain biking complete this melting pot of activities for visitors from all over the world.
Discover the secrets of Val Thorens with a Segway on snow to get a true feeling of gliding on snow.
Be careful not to skid! An outing among friends where hilarity is guaranteed!
From the age of 14.
Duration: 1 hours
What is a Segway?
The Segway is an ecological form of motorised transport, which is easy to control and safe.
It consists of two wheels, a platform on which the user stands, and a handlebar. It all works thanks to a gyroscopic stabilisation system.
Do you enjoy a good adrenalin rush? Discover the highest ice-racing track in Europe. The Val Thorens Drivers’ School wants to initiate you to a number of new sensations.
Steering, counter-steering, braking….all the techniques are tried under the watchful eye of a trained professional .
The Ice Driving Academy welcomes you on the « Alain Prost’s » ice-racing track of VT:
– Altitude : 2200 m
– Length : 760 m
– Width : 10 to 12 m
– Circuit officially recognized to welcome the “Trophée Andros” races
The Ice driving Academy team:
– The pist initiation and baptism are done under the control of several skilled pilots, all holders of the BPJEPS
The Ice Driving Academy driving school gives you the opportunity to try ice karting.
A 300-m long by 5-m wide ice run is specially set up for karting at the Alain Prost driving circuit centre.
It’s fun to do with friends or family, and great for trying out the sensations of sliding around on the ice for the first time.
Get there using the free shuttles from the P3 car park.
Ice karting sessions can be booked throughout the week.
Once you’ve have crossed the slopes, take to the heights and discover the mountains from another angle… from the air !
Beneath your, the Belleville Valley, facing the Mont Blanc is revealed. You will be led by state-qualified instructors.
Departure from 3000m altitude for a descent of 650m. Powerful sensations and unforgettable memories! Are you ready to fly?
Experience Val Thorens and the Belleville Valley from a birds-eye view, flying on a tandem paramotor!
A paramotor is a motorized paraglider that enables a pilot and passenger to climb in altitude and stay airborn for as long as they want. Enjoy an unforgettable aerial view as you soar above the valley at a comfortable speed of 35km/hr.
Your pilot, Timothy Green, will tailor the flight to your sense of adventure ,whether it be a smooth panoramic flight over the valley and resort or an exhilerating acrobatic flight.
Weather permitting, you can even fly over some of the summits and glaciers in the area to witness an amazing panoramic view of the Massifs de la Maurienne, the Tarentaise, the Vanoise all the way to the Mont Blanc and the Ecrins mountain ranges.
To reserve your flight, please contact Ski Cool up to 3 days before the the day you want to fly so we can double-check the weather to give you the best flight time and date possible.
Accessible to Beginner Skiers and Intermediate Snowboarders
Monday – Saturday 9h30 to 15h45
Meeting place: Altiport (accessible from the Moutière chair lift on the right). Arrive with your ski / snowboard equipment.
Price €120 (for 20-30 min flight) // GoPro Video Souvenir (4gb SD Memory card provided): €50
Longer flights or sunset flight upon request
Don’t Forget to Bring:
Skis or Snowboard
Warm Clothes and Gloves
Helmet (can be provided by Ski Cool)
Tim Green : Paramontor pilot
Tim Green 28, is a certified tandem paramotor piliot with over 10 years of experience as a professional pilot.
At age 16 he received a Private Pilots License and starting paragliding quickly progressing to acrobatics. Moving to Chamonix he started competing placing 11th in the World Aerobatic Championships in 2006 and 1st in the Swiss Championships 2009 as well as 1st place at the Chamonix Vol et Ski Competition in 2010.
Tim then started Cloudbase Productions and focuses on aerial cinematography captured from a tandem paramotor.
Ziplining at high altitude
A glide over 1300 m… 1 minute 45 seconds of pure pleasure in breathtaking surroundings, from the 3 Valleys peak at 3230 m, at the top of the Bouchet chairlift in the Orelle resort, over to the Val Thorens crest, at 3000 m, at the top of the Thorens Funitel.
From Orelle to Val-Thorens, suspended from a steel cable, comfortably installed in a cocoon of fabric which will take you over the 100 km/h barrier, you can experience what it feels like to be a great bird of prey, soaring over infinite spaces.
Access is reserved to skiers by the Bouchet chairlift, in the Orelle resort.
The glide costs 50 €, and tickets are purchased on-site.
Please note that there are a limited number of places.
Length: 1300 m
Altitude on departure: 3230 m
Altitude on arrival: 3000 m
Maximum height above the ground: 250 m
Speed: from 65 to 105 km/h
Age: from 8 to 88
Weight: maximum 120 kg
Luge – The longest toboggan run in europe
Get ready for an incredible experience on a marked-out run in the heart of a magnificent natural valley. All the thrills of a toboggan run for everyone from 5 years old.
After an 8 minutes ascent using the Péclet Funitel, you arrive at the departure set at the foot of the magnificent Péclet glacier, at an altitude of 3,000 m.
Then it’s off for 45 minutes of excitement and sliding entertainment!
The itinerary is great fun, linking raised bends and varied slopes giving tobogganists intense pleasure. Nothing to fear, just let yourself go and enjoy, right at the heart of an exceptional site.
Mountain Bike on Snow
A new snow sport
At an altitude of 3000 m, at the foot of the Péclet glacier, in the heart of a sumptuous high mountain decor, hurtle down the 700 m of height difference on the Tête Ronde blue slope. Accessible to sporty ones and experienced MTB riders every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening.
Departure at 5pm, after the slopes have closed, accompanied by Gérald Bigot, a state qualified instructor, for a sporty descent full of excitement. Experience riding on the snow with a MTB, your position on the bike, braking, turning and perhaps even falling during more than 45 minute (6 km) at night fall.
A well deserved reward at the bottom: mulled wine for everyone!
Would you like to try an activity that combines fun, sport and discovery ? Then snowshoeing is for you!
Did you know that snowshoeing in the oldest snow sport in the world? Over 10,000 years ago, snowshoes allowed hunters to move around easily despite the thick layers of snow. Today, snowshoeing has become a true sports and leisure activity.
One major advantage is that everyone can enjoy it as it requires no technical knowledge or particular physical condition. What’s more, snowshoeing allows you to discover the stunning landscapes around the resort at your own pace.