Loveskiing’s Val Thorens Review
Amongst the clouds, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe. The resort forms part of the 3 Vallées ski area which, with over 600 km of piste, is the largest ski area in the world. The nearest airports are Chambery, Lyon and Geneva. They have a transfer time of 2 hours, 2 hours 45 mins and 3 hrs 15 mins respectively. Alternatively the resort is only a mere 45 minutes away from Moutiers for those taking the snow train (straight from London or Ashford). Given the high altitude of Val Thorens and the Glacier de Péclet the resort is a safe bet for early or late season tourists with excellent snow conditions practically guaranteed throughout the season. The winter season lasts into early May and summer skiing is possible on the glacier. The highest skiable peaks are Pointe du Bouchet (3220m) and Cime de Caron (3200m), with its cable car of the same name: it is one of the biggest in the world and has a capacity of 150 passengers… well worth the trip to the summit (check out the picture we took below). The resort was built during the 1960’s so does lack a certain mountain village charm, however we can confidently state that Val Thorens charm lies in its magnificent snow conditions, mindnumbing après-ski and marvellous lift system.
Check. It. Out. Without a doubt. That’s our opinion at Loveskiing.
Cime de Caron lift © James Cox Productions
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- People go to Val Thorens because they love to ski, not to show off the latest fashion fad.
- It is the biggest ski area in the world offering over 600km of pistes for you to carve up.
- Excellent off-piste above Orelle
- The sheer size of the Three Vallées, there is always somewhere new to explore.
- Although not the cheapest resort, it is far from being the most expensive.
- The new leisure centre gives a suburb alternative on those cold, cloudy days.
- Due to its height, it can become a victim to the elements. Expect days of high winds and whiteouts.
- It is not your traditional picturesque mountain town.
- Its height makes it the go to place at the beginning and end of the season.
- Those who love to indulge in off-piste
- Après-ski!! 4 words, two different locations: FOLIE DOUCE. BAR 360. Incredible après-ski.
- Those who are after a trendy resort.
- Those who struggle with the high altitude and cold conditions.