Ski Holidays in Val Thorens

Europe’s highest ski resort, surrounded by spectacular 3,000m peaks

  • Resort altitude of 2,300m
  • 600km of marked pistes 
  • 53 green, 137 blue, 106 red and 32 black runs

At an altitude of 2,300m, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and as part of the huge Three Valleys area, it is undoubtedly one of the very best. 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. The height of Val Thorens means long hours of sunshine, an unrivalled snow record and great skiing for all grades. 

The Vallée des Belleville, including Val Thorens, has received the Flocon Vert label, demonstrating the resort's dedication to environmental preservation and highlighting its dedication to sustainable development. When you arrive in Val Thorens, the best way to get around is by foot, bus, or skis - many of the hotels are in great locations, so the pistes are easily accessible, no matter where you are. To keep the slopes skiable, all snow groomers use a more sustainable fuel and are equipped with a snow coverage gauge device to determine where artificial snow coverage is required. After a day on the slopes, many of the buildings are well insulated to keep the heat in and have smart heating controls to reduce the use of energy. Solar panels are also used to generate renewable electricity.

Skiing and snowboarding in Val Thorens

Val Thorens is known for its fantastic snow quality throughout the winter season, with the majority of the skiing being above 2000 metres.  Beginners will enjoy being closer to home on the fantastic nursery slopes, while the more advanced will enjoy the variety of different graded slopes throughout the resort. Being part of the largest interlinked ski area there are no limits on where you can go. Those with a full area pass have the opportunity to explore the wider Three Valleys ski area, a snow lovers paradise, with efficient links between Meribel, Courchevel and Les Menuires.

Where to stay in Val Thorens

We offer a variety of accommodation in Val Thorens, the majority of them having the benefit of ski in/ ski out access, making it incredibly easy to get onto this world renowned ski area.

Bars and restaurants in Val Thorens

The nightlife scene here is vibrant, you'll find plenty of great options for restaurants, bars, and clubs to choose from. La Folie Douce is the perfect spot for a drink or two after a day of mountain adventures. You'll love the lively atmosphere, with  live music and DJ sets to keep you entertained. Après ski continues in Le Monde, a Dutch bar in the resort's centre. If partying isn't really your thing then don't worry, there are plenty of bars where you can enjoy watching live sports. The Shamrock Irish Pub is a great place for you to check out.

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Val Thorens

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering, half board  chalet catering. Optional add ons include equipment hire, lift pass and tuition, please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for more information on these.

Ski hotels and chalets in Val Thorens

  • from£1679pp
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  • 88 rooms
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Ideally located on the ski slopes, the Altapura lives up to its name as the ‘highest ski palace’, redefining luxury and style in Val Thorens. Available on a half-board basis, with the option to sample Savoyard cuisine, it is a great choice for those looking for high quality accommodation in France.

  • from£989pp
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  • 180 rooms
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Available on a half board basis,  the Hotel Les Arolles provides great value for money with contemporary style rooms and mini family suites, a huge south facing terrace and buffet-style meals. With a central location in Val Thorens and ski in, ski out access, you have convenient access to the Three Valleys. 

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  • from£1199pp
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  • 49 rooms
Hotel le Val Chaviere lift view

Run by the charming Garcin family, the Val Chavière is one of our most popular hotels, offering a very warm welcome and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a superb ski-in/out location.

  • from£919pp
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  • 64 apartments
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Located at the foot of the slopes, the self catered Résidence Hameau de Kashmir enjoys stunning views, excellent service and a stylish interior with a selection of luxurious apartments in the Three Valleys. Optional half board is available to pre-book.

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Hotel Le Val Thorens Exterior

Reaching the lifts from the Hotel Val Thorens couldn’t be easier, just clip in and ski! A fabulous ski-in/ski-out hotel with excellent spa facilities and a choice of two restaurants for dinner. This hotel is offered on a half board basis.

  • from£1139pp
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  • 55 rooms
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The Hotel Le Sherpa offers cosy accommodation on half board in a central location, enjoying skiing to the door and spectacular views of the mountains surrounding Val Thorens.

  • from£1249pp
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  • Sleeps 8
Chalet Mathilde Lounge 10

Chalet Mathilde is one three chalets in an exclusive residence in Val Thorens, all individually hosted. Sleeping eight with four bedrooms, it's ideal for a small group who want to discover the Three Valleys. The nearest piste is the Plein Sud, just 100 metres away and there's a sauna and steam room for relaxation at the end of the day. Offered on a chalet catering board basis, you'll enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and cakes, dinner and wine included with your stay. This chalet sleeps 8 people and can be booked for sole occupancy.

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  • Sleeps 8-10
Chalet Chloe Lounge 7

Chalet Chloe is one three Inghams chalets in a small residence just by the Balcons area of Val Thorens with a 100 metres walk connecting to the Plein Sud piste. This chalet has four bedrooms and is ideal for a small group of family or friends. Offered on a chalet catering board basis, you'll enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and cakes, dinner and wine included with your stay. This chalet sleeps 8-10 people and can be booked for sole occupancy.

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  • Sleeps 8
Noella Lounge 2

Chalet Noella is one of our three Inghams chalets in Val Thorens, sharing an exclusive building. Each chalet is independently hosted and Chalet Noella has four bedrooms. The nearest piste is just 100 metres away and there's a shared sauna and steam room to enjoy at the end of the day. Offered on a chalet catering board basis, you'll enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and cakes, dinner and wine included with your stay. This chalet sleeps 8 people and can be booked for sole occupancy.

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  • 165 rooms
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The Cheval Blanc is an attractive ski in-ski out residence on a self catering board basis, enjoying a quiet location in the lower part of the resort, with a good standard of comfort it is an excellent choice for your next ski holiday to France.

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The Residence Hermine is part of the Chalet des Neiges complex in the quiet Plein Sud area of Val Thorens. Offered on a self catered basis, each apartment is decorated in modern Alpine decor and has a fully equipped kitchen, perfect for a week in the mountains.

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  • 28 rooms
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This hotel has wonderful views over the slopes and the mountains and it couldn't be easier to begin your skiing day as the slopes are right on the doorstep. Available on a half board basis you can enjoy meals from the comfort of your hotel.

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Hotel Le Fitz Roy Val Thorens Exterior[1]

This 5-star hotel offers everything you could need for a great ski holiday and is offered on a half board basis. With its prime location in the centre of resort, Hotel Le Fitz Roy offers ski-in, ski-out access so you can really maximise your time on the mountains. You'll be able to spend your evening relaxing by the fire or take a trip to the hotel's spa area where you'll find a swimming pool, hammam and sauna.

  • from£789pp
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  • 135 apartments
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Village Montana is made up of three residences, Montana Premier and Valbel located on the piste and Montana Soleil is just over the road. The self catered apartments are spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated and it's just a minute's walk to the centre of resort.

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  • 37 rooms
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The Plein Sud has a fantastic location, benefiting from great views across the snowy peaks, plus ski-in/ski-out access. Available on a self catered board basis, each apartment has a well equipped kitchen so you can eat in or dine out.

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  • 108 rooms
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A modern self-hotel offered on Bed and Breakfast with a vintage twist and fantastic ski-in/ski-out access, voted as one of France's best Ski Hotel 2020 at the World Ski Awards, this hotel is an excellent choice for your next French ski holiday.

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  • 92 rooms
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Located at the foot of the slopes, the Hotel Hameau de Kashmir enjoys stunning views, excellent service and a stylish interior with a selection of hotel suites available on a bed and breakfast basis.

  • from£682pp
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  • 68 rooms
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The self catering Machu Pichu Apartments have a super piste-side location allowing for easy access to the Three Valleys. Suitable for families and friends looking for apartments with a central location in Val Thorens. There is the option to upgrade to half board.

  • from£589pp
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  • 58 rooms
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The self catered Tikal Apartments benefit from an excellent ski-in/ski-out location, and are also near the centre of Val Thorens and it's amenities. Take the hassle out of choosing where to go for dinner and opt into optional half board at the residence 'Les Temples du Soleil'.

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  • 115 Apartments
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Made up of six alpine chalet buildings, Residence les Balcons is located at the top of Val Thorens resort and overlooks the valley with panoramic views of the mountains. These self catered apartments are spacious and comfortable and provide you with access to a number of spa facilities including a heated swimming pool and sauna. 

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Beginners skiing in Val Thorens

Val Thorens is ideal for learning to ski or board with a good ski school and wide gentle runs by the resort centre. Rond Point des Pistes is a great place to start with magic carpet and gentle greens, there is the opportunity to progress onto a longer green at the toop of the 2 Lacs charilift. Once you have progressed head up the Cascades chairlift where you can find some easy blues. It is also a great choice if you're looking to get back into skiing or boarding. 

The fun slopes have a space theme, head down a slalom under arches and between mascots, pass through snow-covered tunnels, or even opt for a challenge down a mogul field. It is a great way to build confidence while practising new skills.

Intermediates skiing n Val Thorens

Val Thorens is an intermediate’s paradise with endless options across the Three Valleys, and being the largest interlinked ski area, it is easy to get between each resort or ski area. The Péclet sector is a great place to ease yourself back into skiing or boarding. Further afield Point de la Masse is a wonderful south facing ski area and also one of the highest points in Les Menuires, where you can find plenty of long runs coming down from the summit.

Advanced skiing in Val Thorens

Skiers and boarders are spoiled for choice with access to three different glaciers.  The Caron Sector offers you incredible panoramic views while you carve down the steep Combe de Caron run, its incredible when theres been fresh snowfall but can test you when its a mogul field. La Combe de Rosaël is an ungroomed black run which goes down into Orelle, the so called fourth valley, its a steep and demanding black with a descent of 1100m. The Orelle area is perfect if you have more experience on the slopes and want a quiet day on the slopes.

Freestyle and freeride in Val Thorens

For the more adventurous skier or boarder, there are plenty of snow parks dotted around the Three Valleys. In Val Thorens you can head up the Moutière chairlift to access the Plateaux Pistes, where you can find different graded courses, with a variety of bends, rails, kickers and a boardercross. 

Meribel and Courchevel also have their own snow parks with a variety of jumps, rails, boxes and airbags.

For the off piste enthusiasts Lac du Lou has some of the best off piste skiing in the area. We would recommend hiring a guide to show you the best hidden spots in the resort though.  


Mountain facts
Area 600 km
Resort Altitude 2300m
Ski Alt. From 1800m
Ski Alt. To 3200m
Runs 53 136 113 35
Lifts Lifts 200
Lift Ski LockersNo
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Glaciers1
Snow Cannon Coverage50%
Off-piste OptionsYes
Things To Do

Restaurants, food and drink

There are plenty of restaurants, both on the mountain and in the resort itself. You can find Savoyard specialities such as fondue, raclette or tartifilette, if you are cheesed out, there are also a number of fine dining French brasseries,  pizzerias and an American style diner in resort. 

A ski holiday in France is not complete without trying the famous French cheese dishes. La Laiterie is part of the 5* Hotel Altapura, so you can expect high quality dishes. All of the cheeses on their menu are carefully selected and paired together with regional wine, it is a culinary experience not to be missed.

Johns American is an American themed restaurant located in the upper part of Val Thorens, serving a range of tex-mex classics such as fajitas, burgers, salads and their famous ribs.  If you are in the Péclet region,  Les Aiguilles de Pécle is a lovely spot to stop for lunch. With wonderful views of the surrounding ski area, you have the choice of a sit down meal in the upper part of the restaurant or a self service restaurant downstairs. 

Après, bars, clubs and nightlife

Val Thorens is a lively resort and there is no shortage of places to go after a day skiing. The famous Folie Douceis situated under the Plein Sud chairlift, and has live music, DJs and dancers throughout the winter season. Once you have made your way off the mountain, Le Monde is a Dutch après bar in the centre of the resort, promising a party like no other. For the night owls, there are three nightclubs in Val Thorens. Malaysia, Klub Summit and Le Baramix. Malaysia has undergone a refurb for this winter season, new visuals, new music and a new atmosphere, the club’s entrance will also be moved to the bottom of Place Caron.

Spas and swimming

For an afternoon of relaxing head to the Le Board Sports Complex. The complex has a swimming pool with swimming lanes, massage jets and a children's area. There is also an adults only area with jacuzzis, a hammam and saunas. 

Treatments and massages are also available to book. Book and pay locally. 

Shopping

There are lots of shops selling souvenirs so you can remember your trip. There are also a couple of pharmacies selling French beauty brands, as well as sport shops with the latest seasons apparel. 

Equipment rental and sports shops are typically open until late in the day so you can maximise your time on the mountain before returning your equipment at the end of your last day.

Festivals and events 

Val Thorens has been hosting a Belgian week for a number of years.  Join the thousands of Belgian party animals and enjoy seven days of great food, drink and partying. Tickets are mandatory to enter the event. 

A Dutch week is held at the end of each winter, parties and DJ sets are held in some of the best locations in Val Thorens. There are also activities and entertainments for children such as  ski lessons and a kid's disco. You can even test the newest skis and snowboards for free. Register your interest so you don't miss out.

Festi Val Tho marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter season. Each year the music festival has live music and DJ sets in some of the best bars in resort. Admission is free.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Tobogganing

The longest toboggan run in France can be found at the Cosmojet Toboggan run, accessible via the Péclet funitel. It takes about 45 minutes to run the roughly 6 kilometres to the bottom.

Le Board Sport Centre

As well as the swimming pool and wellness facilities, the complex has a range of sports courts and a fitness area with body building facilities. There is also a soft play area for the children which includes giant trampolines, slides, rope bridges and a ball pit. Payable locally.

Snowshoeing

If you would prefer to experience the mountain by foot, there are plenty of paths to follow. The sentier de la Marine is a relatively easy walk of around 5km, starting at Chalet du Cosmojet you will be met with fantastic views across the snowy landscape.

Night skiing

Have you ever wanted to stay on the mountain after last lifts? Every Friday you can enjoy the Tête Ronde and Christine runs in Péclet sector until 6.30pm. It is free of charge for guests with a valid Val Thorens/ Orelle ski pass.

Zip lining 

Take to new heights and have a go at the La Bee zip line at the top of the Moutiere chairlift. This adrenaline filled zip line is suitable for children over the age of 14. Height restrictions apply. Pay locally.

The Tyrolienne du Bouchet is the highest zipline in Europe giving you the chance to whizz through the incredible mountain scenery. Located at the top of the Bouchet chairlift. Pay locally.

Electric mountain bike

Using the electric mountain bikes, you can easily navigate the snowy terrain. You will be able to take an exploration ride on the Montagnette path in Val Thorens with the benefit of an Evolution 2 guide. Pay and book locally.

Snake gliss

Snake Gliss (sledge train to you and me) is where sledges are tied together, led by a professional instructor and whizzing down the 45 minute descent from the top of Funitel de Péclet. 

Bowling

For a bit of evening entertainment head to the resorts bowling centre, where there are eight lanes for bowling, a pool table and a variety of games including a football table. 

Snowmobiling

Ride your own snowmobile, or with a passenger and follow your guide on a tour around the unspoilt winter landscapes around Val Thorens. Book and pay locally.

Lift Pass
6 days Season Child
5 - 12 years
Adult
13 - 64 years
Senior
65 + years
Three Valleys Area Pass Mid £260 £305 £292
High £288 £340 £323
Local Pass Mid £223 £258 £250
High £246 £288 £277

 

Lift pass information 

Free lift passes for children aged 0-4 are issued locally, photo ID required.

Local Lift Pass covers Val Thorens and Orelle.

Three Valleys Area Pass covers Val Thorens, Meribel, Meribel Mottaret, Courchevel, Les Menuires and Orelle.

Lift pass prices are based on the local 'Tribu' rates.

Season dates

  • Mid season: 21 Dec 24 - 11 Apr 24
  • High season: 14 - 20 Dec 24 & 12 - 30 Apr 25

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Equipment Hire
6 days Category

Child

6 - 12 years

Adult 

13 years +

Skis Red - £119
Black - £135
Skis & boots  Blue - £135
Red £107 £158
Black - £181

White category skis, boots and helmet available for children aged 3-5: £59

6 days Category

Child

8 - 12 years

Adult 

13 years +

Snowboard Red - £119
Black - £135
Snowboard & boots Red £107 £158
Black - £181

Equipment information 

A helmet is included for children.

Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

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Tuition
Ski tuition Season Child 5 - 12 years Adult 13 years +
6 days AM Low £264 £264
High £330 £330

 

Snowboard tuition Season Child 7 - 12 years Adult 13 years +
6 days AM Low £264 £264
High £330 £330

Tuition information 

Ski and snowboard AM timings: Mon - Fri 9am - 12pm, Sun 10am - 12pm.

Ski and snowboard PM timings: Sun - Fri 2:30pm - 4:30pm. From 7th Feb onwards, PM lessons run till 5pm

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Season dates

  • Low season: 01 Nov - 21 Dec 25, 05 Jan - 08 Feb 25, 09 Mar - 29 Mar 25, 06 - 30 Apr 25
  • High season: 22 Dec 24 - 04 Jan 25, 09 Feb - 08 Mar 25, 30 Mar - 05 Apr 25

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices will be confirmed at time of booking.

Travel Information

All our holidays include return travel to resort either by flight or train and then the transfer between the airport or railway station and Val Thorens.

All departures are on Saturdays with stays for 7 or 14 nights.

The transfer in Val Thorens will stop as close as possible to your chosen accommodation. In some cases there may be a couple of minutes' walk due to regulations on where coaches can stop.

Travel By Air

Flights to Chambery or Geneva from 13 UK airports

Transfer Times

  • Chambery airport: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes by coach
  • Geneva airport: approx. 3 hours 45 mins by coach 

Transfers may be longer during bad weather conditions or French school holidays. French school holidays span 21 Dec 24 - 06 Jan 25, 08 Feb - 10 Mar 25 and 05 Apr - 05 May 25.

Travel By Train

We have a 7 night train option to Val Thorens that can be booked on line.

This is a train that departs and returns Saturdays which a much shorter transfer of 1 hour from Moutiers railway station.

Here are the provisional timings

Saturdays 

Arrive

Depart

London St Pancras

-

 07:04

Change at Lille Europe

09:26

11:03

Change at Lyon Part Dieu

14:00

14:50

Moutiers

18:10

 

Upon arrival you meet you transfer up to Val Thorens (1 hour)

Return timings are as follows

Saturdays

Arrive

Depart

Bourg St Maurice

-

 13:17

Change at Lyon Part Dieu

16:10

17:00

Change at Lille Europe

19:58

21:00

London St Parcras

21:27

 

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • Free bus service in resort
  • Choice of ski-in/ski-out accommodation
  • Train and plane travel options
  • Inghams rep based in resort
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