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Skiing in Val Thorens

01 January 0001
skiing in val thorens

  • Gateway to the Three Valleys ski area with access to 600km of piste with an unbeatable snow record.
  • Extensive slopes for all abilities including vast off-piste areas and powder fields on the Peclet and Chaviere glaciers. 
  • Access to the largest lift-linked ski area in the world with 183 lifts in total (31 in Val Thorens). 
  • Lots of runs on offer for intermediates – virtually limitless red and blue terrain. 
  • A Snowpark made up of 5 zones (beginners, intermediates, experts, boardercross and Jump Air). 

Ski Area Overview: 

Known by many as the ‘Snow Paradise’, the Val Thorens ski area is excellent for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, including those who enjoy a spot of cross-country skiing and off-piste enthusiasts. 

Based in a lively gateway to the Three Valleys, you’ll be able to experience the 600km of piste with an unbeatable snow record. Modern lift systems, well-groomed pistes and plenty of ski-in/ski-out accommodation makes it the ultimate playground for beginners right through to the advanced powder seekers.  

The diverse range of slopes in Val Thorens are amongst some of the best in the world, with virtually limitless red and blue pistes, it provides the intermediate skier with continuous opportunities during their Val Thorens ski break. 


skiing in val thorens

Take a look below at our breakdown to find out more information relevant to your ability: 

Advanced

As Val Thorens (and the Three Valleys in general) mostly feature red and blue runs, experts who want a real challenge should head for off-piste excursions with a professional guide. If you do fancy a challenge on-piste though then there is definitely more than enough to keep you occupied; we especially recommend the couple of black runs from the top of the Cime de Caron – both routes certainly get the adrenaline pumping.

If you are up for the challenge, then try the Combe de Caron run that leads back towards Val Thorens, but if you are looking for something even steeper, then try the Combe Rosael. 

Intermediates  

For intermediate skiers, Val Thorens is home to some of the best options in the whole of the Three Valleys. For awesome views, head up the Cime de Caron cable car and then take the Col de l’audzin run down towards the Boismint chair. The Boismint red is a great descent so from there pick any of the fast reds heading down towards Les Menuires or St Martin.   

For the slightly cautious intermediate, there are a range of wide blue pistes to choose from which are perfect for building confidence and refining your technique. 

Beginners

With plenty of progressive terrain, Val Thorens is ideal for those wanting to learn to ski or snowboard, as it has a good selection of ski schools with English speaking instructors and wide gentle runs close to the centre of the resort. There are also several surface lifts (magic carpets) which are included in your area lift pass. Once it’s time to step up a level, beginners will find a selection of suitable blue runs just above the village.  

Snowboarders

Val Thorens is a popular choice with snowboarders as it has its own terrain park serviced by the 2 Lac lift. The terrain park is a 5 zone, 70000m2 area filled with different modules such as raised bumps, whoops, hand rails, boxes, a table top, wall ride and a big air.

Val Thorens also has some excellent steep runs and an extensive amount of off-piste for the more advanced riders in the group. Beginners will find a variety of easy runs leading into the resort with easy access and offering a steady progression. 

Off-Piste*

Val Thorens is one of the best places in the Alps for off-piste skiing, collectively with the ski areas in the Belleville Valley and the Three Valleys. The areas are surrounded by six glaciers that offer endless fields of powder. If you are an experienced off-piste skier, then you’ll find Val Thorens has several recognisable tracks starting at the top of numerous peaks. *  

A few popular off-piste routes include: The Pierre Lory from the top of the Col chair into the Maurienne Valley; La Masse down to the Valley des Encombre and Lac du Lou from the Combe de Rosael black run from La Masse. Just above St Martin, further down the valley between Jerusalem and Pramint, is also renowned for its off-piste skiing. For the safest and most enjoyable experience off-piste, Ski Weekends recommend that you always use a local guide. 

* Ski Weekends strongly advise that off piste skiing should only be undertaken when in the company of a professional ski instructor or guide.


To find out more about skiing in Val d'Isere feel free to contact one of our friendly Ski Experts on 023 8020 6971 or email [email protected]

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