Val Thorens has to be considered as one of the best resorts in the Alps and there are a great number of reasons for this. First off, it is the highest resort in the whole of Europe, meaning it can brag some of the best snow conditions in the Alps as well as one of the longest lasting seasons too. Second, it forms part of the 3 valleys ski domain, which grants access to a massive 600km of piste, 6 snow parks and a seemingly endless expanse of off-piste. Third and probably foremost is the the après in Val Thorens. When it comes to après, you will most certainly struggle to find better. Val Thorens well and truly sets the bar (no pun intended…). All in all, you’ve not visited the Alps until you’ve been to Val Thorens.

pisteVillage Altitude
villagePiste (local) | 600km (3 Valleys)
top runTop Run | 1450m (Bottom Run)
runsBlue Runs | 135 Runs (Full)
runsRed Runs | 119 Runs (Full)
runsBlack Runs | 33 Runs (Full)
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The Best Bits

Access to the 3 Valleys ski domain, totalling 600km of piste | The highest ski resort in the whole of Europe, boasting some of the best snow conditions available | The town is almost entirely surrounded by piste | Both a Folie Douce and Bar 360, which will you prefer? | A giant offering of accommodation | Everywhere in the resort is within walking distance | Probably the best offering of bars and clubs in the whole of the Alps .

The Skiing

Is it possible for there to be too much piste? No we didn’t think so either. With the 3 Valleys ski pass, you have access to 600km of piste and 6 snow parks. This is one of the biggest and best ski domains around. Thats not say though that you won’t be completely satisfied with the local Val Thorens ski pass as well. The local area has a great mix of runs suitable for all levels and will more than satisfy you during your time in Val Thorens

The Aprés

Chances are you will have already heard about the après in Val Thorens and we can personally assure you that it will not disappoint. With the largest number of bars of any resort and clubs like Malaysia, the après in Val Thorens really is as infamous as you’ll have heard. For many, the après is the only reason they come here. There is no better place in the Alps when it comes to drinking. You’re only issue is deciding whether to go to Bar 360 or Folie Douce.


Val Thorens is located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps and is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300m altitude. It is located in the commune of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in the Savoie region of the Alps. Val Thorens is just under 2.5 hours drive from Geneva Airport, 2 hours and 15 minutes from Grenoble Airport and just over 1.5 hours from Chambéry Airport. Ben’s Bus offer great value shared transfers to Val Thorens.

Alternative Ski Activities

Just because you’re on a ski holiday, doesn’t mean you have to ski. You have world famous Alpine food, beautiful rustic buildings, the smell of wood smoke wherever you go & heaps of the fluffy white stuff to play in. Other activities in resort include: Indoor leisure centre with swimming pool | Snowshoe Outings | Segway Outings | Sled Dogs| Toboggan Rides | Ice diving | Snowmobile Rides | Tyrolienne (glide across a valley), a must whilst in resort

Skiing Level

Val Thorens boasts skiing for all levels. For beginners this resort is ideal, as you have all the bunny slopes right on your doorstep. You also have a huge number of blues in the resort, making it ideal for intermediates too. As for the more advanced skier, you have everything you need in terms of reds / blacks and a whole load of off-piste all in the VT area. Throw in the 3 Valleys pass also and you get access to the full 600km of piste and 6 snow parks to play in.

Is This Resort For Me?

Probably some of the best skiing in the Alps and even better après. If these two elements are what you go skiing for, then there really is no better place. Val Thorens is probably the number one destination for student ski trips and is renowned for it’s après scene, so if busy and loud isn’t your thing, we suggest you avoid certain weeks in the season. The resort is primarily made up of apartment blocks and hotels, so if you’re after your typical rustic, alpine village feel and chocolate box chalets on every corner, again this probably isn’t your cup of mulled wine. However this resort caters very well for families, along with your mixed groups and student groups alike. Everything here is within walking distance and in terms of food and activities, no resort can offer as much as val Thorens. Ultimately, this resort really can cater for all, its just worth checking your holiday dates before booking, as the resort can be almost unrecognisable one week from the next.