Val Thorens Ski Holidays

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Not only is Val Thorens the highest ski resort in Europe, it’s part of the renowned Three Valleys domain – said to be the largest interconnected ski area in the world. While it might not be the prettiest town, Val Thorens’ spectacular altitude makes if one of the best snow-sure bets, and certainly a top choice for an early or late season escape. To sweeten things further, the resort’s lofty position affords some absolutely stunning mountain panoramas.

With most of the resort’s chalet apartments by the piste or close to them, visitors to Val Thorens can enjoy convenient slope access. The resort’s nursery area sits below the town centre and is easily accessible from a number of properties, and progression onto the wide blue pistes is easy from there. Of course, there’s also a generous selection of more challenging red runs, a few black trails, some brilliant off-piste skiing to be had in Orelle and much, much more to explore across the whole Three Valleys.

Val Thorens also benefits from a wide selection of restaurants and bars to suit a range of tastes and budgets, from the raucous après-ski scene of the Folie Douce and Cafe Snesko to fine 2 Michelin star dining at Jean Sulpice.

Holidaymakers interested in Val Thorens can fly from all over the UK into a variety of airports. Transfer times vary depending on the conditions, but are approximately as follows: 2hrs from Chambery, 2hrs 45mins from Grenoble, 3hrs from Lyon and 3hrs 15mins from Geneva.

One can also catch a train to Moutiers, from which Val Thorens is approximately an hour’s drive away.

Within the resort itself, it is very easy to walk from place to place, however there is a free bus service for added convenience.
Val Thorens has a lot to offer when it comes to après-ski and nightlife. As a seasonaire will likely tell you, après begin at the Folie Douce just off the Plein Sud chair. There, you can get your fix of piste-side beers, table dancing and slick Djs.

In town, Cafe Snesko offers vibrant Scandinavian après with live music, while the Frog & Roastbeef has brilliant burgers, darts, sports on the television and a great afternoon happy hour.

Saloon is another solid option, boasting good-value cocktails, great music and a downstairs area with more of a clubby vibe. Speaking of clubs, Summit is a great little venue to head to as the night ticks on, and Malaysia is not to be missed: this hotspot is purportedly the largest nightclub in the Alps – plus it kicks on until roughly 5am.

For a more laid-back post-skiing drink, Le Bar du Val Thorens in the Hotel Val Thorens is a charming piano bar with a relaxed atmosphere and comfy seating. The modern Hotel Tango is another great choice, with nice cocktails and occasional live music.
From bowling to ice driving, Val Thorens has a fine selection of activities to enjoy sans skis.

Thrill seekers can take a exhilarating tour about the snowy terrain on skidoos, and Val Thorens is also home to the highest race track in Europe! Here, you can test your mettle on the ice driving circuit or gather the gang for some friendly ice karting.

For families, dog sledding is a charming way to see the resort, while the sports centre offers no shortage of pastimes: bowling, swimming, tennis, football, volley ball, squash and a fun park with trampolines and bouncing castles.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are a few ideas to start you off.

Dog Sledding

Immeuble Eskival, 73440

Val Thorens

+ 33 (0)4 79 22 61 55

Ice Driving and Ice Karting

Parking P3


Val Thorens

+33 6 74 78 25 13

Sports Centre

Rue de Caron

Val Thorens

+33 4 79 00 00 76

From American-style Tex-Mex to Michelin star quality dining, the restaurants of Val Thorens cater to a variety of tastes, budgets and groups.

For families, the Hotel Koh-i-Nor houses two restaurants with wonderful children’s menus, while Face West has a great selection of food from snacks to steaks and pizza.

If you’re looking for something extravagant to impress that special someone, Jean Sulpice boasts cuisine worthy of 2 Michelin stars – though it can certainly be pricey, you do get what you pay for.

Groups of mates searching for hearty portions at great value-for-money should head over to John’s American: home to large servings of Tex-Mex grub. La Grange is also a good bet, offering tasty helpings of traditional French cuisine and pizza.

Below, you’ll find a few top restaurants for families, couples and groups of friends, as voted by our ski experts.

Good for Couples

Jean Sulpice

Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, 73440

Val Thorens

+33(0)4 79 40 00 71

Good for Couples


Residence Montana

Rue du Soleil, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 (0)4 79 00 21 30

Good for Family

Brasserie Val Thorens

Hotel Koh-i-Nor

Rue de Gebroulaz, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 4 79 31 00 00

Good for Family

Face West

Place de Caron, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 (0)4 79 00 05 94

Good for Friends

La Grange

Rue du Soleil, 73440

Val Thorens

+33 4 79 00 05 19

From husky rides to the many activities housed in the resort’s sports centre, there’s plenty to keep the young ones occupied in Val Thorens.

ESF Val Thorens offers top-notch kids clubs for children aged 3 months and over, with English, French, German and Dutch speaking nannies.

There are also a number of independent nannies and babysitters in the resort. That said, for families with young children, neighbouring Courchevel and Meribel may be better suited – there, you’ll find more childcare providers and dedicated family-only properties with in-house childcare.

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