France, Three Valleys Ski Area
At 2300m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, contributing 93 miles of its own slopes to the vast Three Valleys system which it shares with Courchevel, Méribel, and Les Menuires – a total of 373 miles. With slopes as high as 3230m (10,600ft), the area has an excellent snow record which supports skiing right through until May. The resort has been designed to offer doorstep skiing from practically wherever you stay and has a village feel around a compact centre where car access is restricted, so it's lovely just to to wander around.
Skiing in Val Thorens is at such an altitude it means long hours of sunshine, an unrivalled snow record and great skiing for all grades. Val Thorens ski holidays come complete with relaxed nightlife with a good choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. There is also a superb sports centre in the village with tennis and squash, an indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. All set in some of the most breathtakingly bright snow and soaring peaks.
|Off Piste||Best up high|
Beginners ski holidays in Val Thorens
Val Thorens is ideal for learning to ski or board with a a good ski school and wide gentle runs by the resort centre.
Intermediates ski holidays in Val Thorens
Extensive skiing and some the best intermediate runs in the 3 Valleys, from the good choice on the Peclet glacier to the cruisy routes down to and above Les Menuires.
Advanced ski holdiays in Val Thorens
The long steep Combe Rosael and Combe de Caron will provide a challenge to most, and you will be spoilt for choice for bumps. Superb off-piste, including the spectacular Vallon du Lou.
Snowboarding holidays in Val Thorens
There are 2 "Boarder Crosses" in Val Thorens and an excellent "Snow Park as well as plenty of off-piste opportunities".
9 - 4.45
Free but not need for skiing
The Chalet Alys is based in the Altitude Residence and is ideally located for the slopes. You can walk or generally ski down around 250m to the edge of the piste and ski from here to a choice of ski lifts to start your day. At the end of an enjoyable day's skiing, you can leave the piste just above the Altitude and ski on an unpisted track almost to the door of the residence.
The Chalet Amelie is based in the Altitude Residence and is ideally located for the slopes. You can walk or generally ski down around 300m to the edge of the piste and ski from here to a choice of ski lifts to start your day. At the end of an enjoyable day's skiing, you can leave the piste just above the Altitude and ski on an unpisted track almost to the door of the residence.
The Chalet Anais is based in the Altitude Residence and is ideally located for the slopes. You can walk or generally ski down around 250m to the edge of the piste and ski from here to a choice of ski lifts to start your day. At the end of an enjoyable day's skiing, you can leave the piste just above the Altitude and ski on an unpisted track almost to the door of the residence.
Centrally located right in the heart of Val Thorens, the Hotel Le Portillo offers comfortable and attractive accommodation as well as excellent skiing convenience.
LEARN TO SKI
6 days 'Blue' ski/boot hire, 6 days tuition (3hrs per day), 6 days local lift pass
Adult £419 L/ £464 H Child £361 L/ £402 H
Learn to Ski packs must be pre-booked in the UK and are not bookable locally.
Child ski = 5-12yrs.
High and Low season dates as lift passes.
|Three Valleys area pass||
Local Pass (Val Thorens/Orelle
L (15-21 Dec & 13-20 Apr), H (22 Dec-12 Apr).
†Photo required for free child pass.
|Skis & Boots||£121||£140||£158|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£140||£158|
|Child (6-11yrs)*||Skis & boots||-||£66||-|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£66||-|
Equipment Hire (6 days) – Please see here for description of hire categories.
*White category skis/boots available for children aged 3-5: £49.
|Tuition||Days||Hours||Adult 13yrs+||Child 5-12yrs*|
|Ski/Snowboard (morning)||6||3 hrs per day**||£209 H / £187 M / £177 L|
|Ski (afternoon)||3||2 hrs per day||£117||n/a|
*Child snowboard tuition= 7-12yrs.
** Only 2 hrs on Sun. H (22 Dec - 4 Jan, 9 Feb - 8 Mar & 30 Mar -12 Apr), M (15-21 Dec, 4 Jan - 8 Feb & 9- 29 Mar), L (13-19 Apr).
Times: 6 day lessons are 10-12 noon on Sunday and 9-12 Mon-Fri.
3 day lessons are 2.30-4.30 Sun-Tues.
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Resort Code: FRVT
Childcare available in resort (this is to be moved)
Non-ski kindergarten: 3 months-4 years, approx. €380 for 6 days (lunch not provided) or €190 for 6 half days.
Pre bookable Ski kindergarten: 3-4 years, 6 mornings (3 hours) £175.
Languages spoken: French
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturday
Isle of Man
Transfer 3hrs by coach
Flights depart Saturdays
Transfer 2hrs 15mins by coach
Supplements apply on some flights.
*Only private transfers (at supplement) available on these flights.
Direct Eurostar to Moutiers
Transfer from Moutiers - 1hr
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: No
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info:
Free but not need for skiing